Hilltopper Sports Round-Up: Wrestling Grapples with Linden and Plainfield, Hockey Hammers Cranford, While Summit High Boys and Girls Basketball Both Fall in Close Encounters


SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit High School Varsity Wrestling Team saw strong individual performances, but a series of walkover results gave Linden an 54-26 victory. The teams split eight head-to-head matches -- Summit getting wins from Rhajon Venable, Quinn Halper and captains Philip Angelo and Michael Acitelli --  but Linden claimed the points in five forfeits, to just one such win for Summit via Danny Petrela.

Against Plainfield on December 23, the match was even closer, with Plainfield using walkovers to eek out a 38-33 victory over The Maroon & White. Angelo, Acitelli, Halper, Venable, Petrela and Jack Hedges were victorious on the day.

Hockey Blasts Cranford

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Charlie Collins, Luc Radice, David Sharpe and Will Vitton all scored in a four-goal, first-period goal blitz as the Summit High School Varsity Hockey Team blanked Cranford, 7-0.

Owen McLaughlin, Davis Strabley and Chris Giangiulio also all notched goals for The Maroon & White, with Giangiulio, Sharpe, Tom Pryymak, Corey McManus (2) Matt Galeano, Johnny Puskar, Radice and Tucker Cannon all contributing assists.

Summit fired 33 shots on goal, while Nikita Pryymak in goal turned aside all 27 Cougar shots for the 5-2 (3-0 in division) Hilltoppers.

Girls Drop Defensive Battle Against Union Catholic

Summit and Union Catholic were locked in a defensive struggle, with the Hilltoppers owning a two-point lead entering the fourth quarter. But, in the final frame, Summit could manage just a lone point, turned the ball over four times down the stretch and, while Union Catholic's offensive output of seven points was not exactly prolific, the six-point margin proved decisive and the Hilltoppers fell, 34-31.

Captain Christina Richson led Summit (1-2) with 10 points, while Grace Keegan and Catherine Maloney each had six. Captain Anna DiSibio had nine of the Hilltoppers 25 rebounds.

Boys Defeated at Morris Knolls

Senior captains Will Schaffer (21) and Chip Roriston (19) combined for 40 points, but Morris Knolls got 23 points from Christian Bornemann, 14 from Nick Vittorio, and 13 rebounds from Cole Franchi to edge Summit 66-57.

Summit led after one quarter 15-11, but was outscored by nine points in the second stanza and never caught up. The Hilltoppers did get to within three points inside the final five minutes, but came up short and saw their record dip to 1-2.

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