TOMS RIVER, NJ -- The West Essex wrestling team completed its journey to a state Group 3 championship Sunday with victories over Ocean Township in the semifinal round early in the day, followed by a triumph over Delsea High School in the championship round.

The Knights defeated Ocean, 39-16, and then vanquished Delsea in a tight match, 40-33. The semifinal victory featured pins by Alex Jones, Luke Dignazio and Bardhyl Gashi. The championship round saw West Essex wrestlers Gashi, Mike Pescatore and Carson Barry all come through with pins.

CHAMPIONSHIP
145 pound    John Patterson (Delsea) dec. Dane Perrone, 9-3    
152 pound    Nick Bennett (Delsea) pinned Drew Donohue, 2:26
160 pound    Alex Jones (West Essex) won by forfeit    
170 pound    Peter Kenny (West Essex) dec. Jon Stokes, 10-5    
182 pound    Luke Dignazio (West Essex) tech fall over Vito Genna, 25-10    
195 pound    Curtis Thomas (Delsea) pinned Vasili Tsilionis, 1:14
220 pound    Samuel Carsillo (West Essex) maj. decision Matthew Kratzer, 16-4    
285 pound    Bardhyl Gashi (West Essex) pinned Pierre Stokes, 2:14
106 pound    Mike Pescatore (West Essex) pinned Delsea 2:14
113 pound    Rick Cassidy (West Essex) maj. decision     CJ Mazzarelli, 14-6    
120 pound    Carson Barry (West Essex) pinned Asa Walton, 3:43

SEMIFINALS
138 pound    Darren Jones (West Essex) dec. Nicholas Benner, 6-2    
145 pound    Jonathan Bartley (West Essex) dec. Alex Poniros, 3-1 (SV)
152 pound    Alex Jones (West Essex) pinned Jared Tracey, :32
160 pound    Tah-Jay Phillips (Ocean) dec. Drew Donohue, 6-4    
170 pound    Anthony Esposito (Ocean) maj. decision Matt Zaccaria, 15-44    
182 pound    Peter Kenny (West Essex) dec. Ryan Moran, 6-4    
195 pound    Luke Dignazio (West Essex) pinned Ruan Faria, 3:51
220 pound    Samuel Carsillo (West Essex) dec. Dino Poniros, 7-1    
285 pound    Bardhyl Gashi (West Essex) pinned Joseph Teresi, 5:31
106 pound    Blake Tarnowski (Ocean) dec. Mike Pescatore, 5-3 (SV)
113 pound    Ricky Cassidy (West Essex) dec. Demetri Poniros, 3-2    
120 pound    Carson Barry (West Essex) dec. Will Tisony, 4-3    
126 pound    Mike Ruane (West Essex) dec. AJ Benner, 11-8