JSZ’s Year in Review Series: 2021-22 Wrestling Season

The 2021-2022 New Jersey high school sports season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what was an incredible year.

Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists had boots on the ground from August 2021 through June 2022 and covered over 1,000 games in over a dozen different sports during that timeframe.

So, before we turn the page on the past year, our team gets together and looks back on their favorite moments in each sport.

The 2021-22 Wrestling Season

Jay Cook | North Jersey: Bergen Catholic beats Delbarton on criteria; Feb. 12, 2022

“If you call yourself a wrestling fan, then this is the match you need to watch from the 2021-2022 season. Tied at 23-23 at the end of the match, both coaches, athletic directors and referees went into a back room for 15 minutes to decide the winner on criteria. It went all the way down to Criteria J, and Bergen Catholic emerged as sectional champs. The Crusaders would go on to win a Non-Public A state title days later.”

Rich Chrampanis | North Jersey: Olivia Klein wins 100 lb. state championship; Feb. 21, 2022

“One year earlier, Klein lost a heartbreaker in the state finals. To see her climb the mountain once again and get redemption was inspirational. Her post-match interview was raw emotion and shows what it means to accomplish such a major goal.”

Mike Frankel | South Jersey: Phillipsburg 27 Southern 25; February 11, 2022

“This was an absolute battle between two of the most decorated programs in New Jersey, with a trip to a state final on the line. The night came down to the final bout, where the Stateliners clinched the victory on the road.”

James Mooney | North Jersey: Brian Soldano wins state title; March 6, 2022

“It was an emotional finale to a storied high school career as High Point’s Brian Soldano completed a dominant weekend in Atlantic City to bring home his third-straight state title and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.”