Howell is on the fast track to vying for their fourth-straight sectional championship – and they’re laser focused on that feat.
It was all evident Wednesday night when Howell rallied behind Shane Reitsma and Christian Murphy to knock off Toms River North, 34-26, to move onto the South Jersey Group 5 sectional championship later this week.
Reitsma grabbed a second period pin at 170 pounds and Murphy followed that up with a first period pin of his own at 195 pounds to cap off a 15-point swing and jolt the Rebels in front. Wednesday’s win also marked the 77th-straight dual match win for Howell.
The win sets up a rematch with Southern in Manahawkin. Howell last defeated Southern, 33-15, in last year’s Group 5 final at RWJ Barnabas Arena in Toms River.
JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights:
Howell 34 — Toms River North 26
120: Ryan Rosenthal (TRN) tf. James McGee 5:48, (16-1)
126: Nick Reilly (TRN) d. Neiko Malone, 6-5
132: Darby Diedrich (H) by forfeit.
138: Mark Fedeli (TRN) d. Pierce Gomez, 4-2
145: Evan Richard (H) d. Sergio Boyda, 6-1
152: Nick Boggiano (TRN) d. Paul Jakub, 8-3
160: Jack Oleske (TRN) d. Xavier Kelly, 3-2
170: Shane Reitsma (H) p. Matt Spalletta, 2:21
182: Jake Nase (H) d. Alex Murrillo, 8-1
195: Christian Murphy (H) p. Alex Vargas, :32
220: Joe Sardina (H) won by DQ over Vincent Palmieri, 3:57 (Stalling).
HWT: John O’Donnell (TRN) d. Justin Wright, 2-1 (double OT)
106: Ethan Liptzin (H) md. Jake Rosenthal, 8-0
113: Alex Danielson (TRN) by forfeit
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