The Panthers took a big step towards claiming the Class B South title with a 35-16 road win over rival Lacey Township. It was Point Boro’s fifth win over the Lions this decade with Boro also winning last years meeting to claim the 2017 B South Championship.
It was an impressive win for the Panthers, holding Lacey to just 10 bout points (six coming by way of a forfeit at 120). Point Boro won 10 of the 14 bouts with the Panthers receiving bonus points from Nick Torree 15-0 tf. (106), Francis Marshall 23-8 tf. (152), and Anthony Bonavito 10-1 md. (285). In a big bout at 138 lbs, Sophomore Ty Bailey defeated 2017 state qualifier Luke Moynihan 8-4.
While Point Boro has plenty of young talent, it is their senior class that has consistently been able to get the job done. Friday featured nothing different as both Gabe Fatizzi and Ryan Sansone pulled out gritty wins to help Point Boro get off to a 9-0 start Friday evening.
“We work hard every day of the week and to come out tonight and perform well is expected of us. This is a special group that we have and being able to compete like we did with some of my closest friends is something special,” Fatizzi said.
Another big piece to the puzzle has been senior Francis Marshall who has added valuable depth to the middle of this Panther lineup.
“Coming out and wrestling for a division title was a lot of fun. I just went out there and did my best to get bonus points,” Marshall said.
Francis further explained how much momentum can transfer from one wrestler to another when bonus points are acquired. “Bonus points are a huge momentum changer for the team. When one guy sees another guy earning bonus points, it makes them want to go out and earn more than just a decision. In these types of matches, everyone wants to match each other intensity-wise,” Marshall explained.
For Ty Bailey, his 8-4 win over Moynihan showed just how much progress he has made in his sophomore year. Bailey avenged a loss to Moynihan where he dropped a 13-11 decision last season as a freshman.
“I felt like one from one season to another, I was able to get ready for this match,” Bailey said. “My game plan was to be aggressive and wrestle for the entire six minutes,” Bailey explained.
This bout was huge for the Panthers as it gave them a 6-4 lead early on. “Every point counts in those situations. We anticipated on this being a close match, especially in the beginning”.
Coming into the season, Point Boro knew their success would be contingent upon everyone working as a team. This was especially evident as both underclassman and upperclassman did what they needed to do for the victory.
“Every kid that we put out there knows what they have to do in order for us to be successful,” Coach Pat Brady said. “These guys have been wrestling in the Spring and in the Fall and have been in quite a few battles. Everyone holds themselves accountable and they hold each other accountable and that showed in this match,” Brady explained.
The Panthers will look to keep things rolling and will continue to work towards wrapping up the division as they wrestle Lakewood and Pinelands next week.