Pinelands Regional Junior Takes Fourth in Regional Tourney, Punches Ticket to Atlantic City

Making THE Excursion: Pinelands Regional junior Mason Livio will be the only Wildcat in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Corridor this week following he swiped fourth at 126 kilos for the duration of the NJSIAA Location VIII tournament on Feb. 26. (Picture by David Biggy)
Mason Livio couldn’t address the puzzle of beating Oakcrest’s Hogan Horsey, but he didn’t have to. The Pinelands Regional junior is on his way to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
Soon after dropping to Horsey in the 126-pound semifinals of the NJSIAA District 32 tournament a week earlier, Livio misplaced twice to the Oakcrest senior all through the Area VIII tourney. However, the second time was in a battle for 3rd area in the region, which intended Livio earned a place in this week’s point out finals.
The best four wrestlers from just about every regional tourney comprise the 32-competitor slate at just about every weight class throughout the a few-day time finale, which starts off Thursday, March 3, with preliminary and 2nd-spherical contests. A fourth-location finish in the region, combined with the actuality this will be his 1st time in A.C., usually means Livio likely will be a person of the decreased seeds at 126. However, the skilled Wildcat, with his 31-5 file, will be in the blend.
Immediately after successful a 7-1 conclusion about Williamstown’s Carlos Frontado in the 1st round at Egg Harbor Township Higher School, Livio ran into Horsey and dropped a 6-1 selection – the exact score from the district semifinals bout.
As soon as in the wrestlebacks, the fifth-seeded Livio edged Delsea eighth-seed Alex Zimmerman, 6-5, and wanted just one far more victory versus Washington Township’s Jackson Hoopes to get paid his spot in the Hall. Livio won the bout, 7-5. In the 3rd-position match-up, Horsey defeated Livio yet again, this time 7-.
Livio was the only community wrestler to claw his way out of Location VIII. Teammate Mateo Mena finished fifth at heavyweight, though Gavin Wagner and Josiah Hart were bounced prior to the consolation bouts.
Also the eighth seed, it appeared Mena (29-5) was headed to at the very least a regional title contest right after he knocked off prime-seeded Jayden Wright of Millville in the quarterfinals. Regrettably, Mena shed a 4-2 selection to eventual champion Rocco Bennett of Delsea in the semifinals.
Right after staying pinned by Hammonton 3rd-seed Anthony Evangelista in 3:59 of the wrestleback semifinals, Mena faced Ocean City’s Aiden Fisher, whom he’d pinned to earn the district championship a 7 days previously. This time, Fisher gave Mena a superior struggle, as the Pinelands senior concluded his occupation with a 1- victory.
At 165 lbs ., Wagner (27-9) pinned Deptford’s Nick Childress in 1:48 in the course of the very first spherical, but was dumped into the wrestlebacks adhering to a 6-2 reduction to Delsea third seed Tyson Derenberger, then experienced his junior year finished with a 4-1 determination in opposition to Clearview’s Nicholas Sindoni. In the meantime, Hart’s sophomore period arrived to an finish at 21-13 with a first-spherical loss to St. Augustine’s Jackson Slotnick, who pinned in 1:19.
Barnegat’s lone representative, senior Jorge Ramos (20-7), had his occupation finished in a 7- loss to Delsea freshman Zavier Stokes in the course of the very first spherical of the 113-pound bracket.
—  David Biggy

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