This year there was a different look in the NJSIAA wrestling Regional championships in South Jersey. That’s because the NJSIAA made several changes, moving teams to different regions. For instance Paulsboro, a long-time staple in Region 8, moved to Region 7 this season.
One other new change is that the top four finishers in the Regions qualified for this weekend’s individual state championship at Atlantic City.
Here is a look back at some of the highlights provided by South Jersey wrestlers in Region 7 and 8.
Winning one regional title is quite an accomplishment. Imagine being Cinnaminson heavyweight Keith Swartley, Seneca junior Joe Manchio (113), Holy Cross senior Avery DiNardi (152) and Kingsway junior Quinn Kinner (132). All four won a third regional title.
Swartley scored an overtime decision over Cherry Hill West’s Lorenzo Hernandez. That was his 121st career win, extending his school record.
Manchio, a defending state champion at 106 pounds, was a 14-3 winner over Cherokee’s Collin Wickramaratna, 14-3.
DiNardi scored a 3-1 overtime victory over Haddonfield’s Chris Bolletino.
Kinner earned an 18-7 major decision over Matthew Barrett of Southern to capture his third Region 8 championship.
Gateway junior twin Dante and Antonio Mininno were both Region 8 champions. Dante Mininno won at 106 pounds and Antonio at 113. The two have almost identical records. Dante improved to 38-0 while his brother was 37-1 with the championship victory.
Another top brother pairing
West Deptford’s Dylan Fischer won the Region 7 title at 138 pounds in quick fashion, scoring a pin in 51 seconds during the final. His brother Corey Fisher placed second at 145 pounds. West Deptford, like Paulsboro, was one of the teams that moved from Region 8 to 7.
Double individual winners
These wrestlers won a second Region 8 title: Antonio Mininno, Gateway (113), Delsea’s Edison Echevarria (120), Delsea’s Billy Janzer (170).
Region 7 two-time winners: Lucas Revano, Camden Catholic (120), and Mike Taulane, Collingswood (195).
Schools with multiple champions
Paulsboro: Anthony Duca (126) and Santino Morina (160) in Region 7.
Camden Catholic: Lucas Revano (120) and Anthony Croce (132) in Region 7.
Gateway: The above mentioned Dante and Antonio Mininno in Region 8.
Delsea: Edison Echevarrria (120) Billy Janzer (170) in Region 8.
Not surprisingly, pins were scares in the Region 7 and 8 final, with a total of just three. Here are the champions who won via pin.
Dylan Fisher, West Deptford (138) Region 7.
Mike Taulane, Collingswood (195) Region 7.
Billy Janzer, Delsea (170) Region 8.
These wrestlers from the seven-county South Jersey area won their titles in overtime.
Keith Swartley, Cinnaminson heavyweight Region 7.
DiNardi, Holy Cross (152) Region 7.
Edison Echevarria, Delsea (120) Region 8.
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