So, how about them Rebels?
Today is National Popcorn Day, and how fitting, as you'll want to "Get Your Popcorn Ready" as tonight is the Battle of Point Pleasant. For those keeping track, that is a violation of rule #81 of this website, NEVER quote an overrated former Dallas Cowboy wide receiver. Speaking of which, congratulations to Tony Romo on finally making it to a Conference Championship game. Yep, I've got jokes this morning.
Anyway, we will have bout by bout updates here tonight from the action in Point Pleasant, and there is a little look at that matchup just below the well-placed advertisement.
Speaking of bout-by-bouts, received a couple donations last night thanking for the updates on the matches last night. For some reason, I'm having trouble sending emails through PayPal to thank you, so I'll say "Thank You" here. "Thank You." It helps keep things running around here a great deal.
We'll be back here later with updates and such, so see you then.
Rumson @ St John Vianney - 7:00pm
RBC @ Manasquan - 5:30pm
Middletown South @ Middletown North - 6:30pm
Jackson Memorial @ Howell - 6:30pm
Pt Boro @ Pt Beach - 7:00pm
Brick Memorial @ Ewing - 6:00pm
Shore @ Highland Park - 6:00pm
Raritan @ Monroe - 7:00pm
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It is arguably the best rivalry on the Shore Conference Wrestling scene. Up years, down years, leap years, it doesn't matter, when the Gulls and Panthers get together, the house is packed, and the atmosphere is second to none. In what will be a sold out matchup in front a raucous crowd, the Gulls host the Panthers in the latest installment of the Battle of Point Pleasant.
Both teams enter this year's matchup with undefeated records. Beach stands at 17-0, and captured their 21st Divisional Championship last night with a win over Keansburg, while the Panthers enter tonight's match with a 13-0 record and clinched at least a share of the B-South Title with a win over Donovan Catholic last night.
From a historical standpoint, Boro has owned the series between these two. I can't confirm that Beach won in 1996, as there have been seasons in the past where the two teams have not met, but I was told that a Boro win 1997 was a start of the current run where they have not been beaten by the Gulls.
On paper, Boro enters this one with the edge, with their deep and talented lineup, including State qualifiers: Spencer Robinson, Francis Marshall, and Anthony Bonavito, a strong group of upperweights, and some very talented youngsters down low. Beach's lineup received a big boost with the return of Jason Sherlock, a 23-bout winner last season, who returned to the lineup on Wednesday night for the first time this year. He joins a team that has been racking up the points this season, defeating teams by an average of 53-14 in duals.
As I say though, Resilite doesn't make paper, they make wrestling mats, and in a rivalry match in front of a packed home crowd, anything can, and usually does, happen. With that in mind, here's a look at the potential lineups for this year's matchup, with the visiting Panthers listed first:
106: (Fr) Nick Torre (13-7) vs. (Fr) Kip Lovgren (14-5)
113: #4 (Sr) Ben Sabo (21-1) vs. (Sr) Will Jarvis (15-4)
120: (Fr) Jack Bailey (15-6) vs. (Fr) Riley Simon (12-7)
126: (So) Jake Magley (11-8) vs. (Sr) Mike Duffy (11-3) or (Fr) Jason Schultz (8-2)
132: (Fr) Luke Schumatti (3-2) vs. #8 (So) Jesse Bowers (16-2)
138: #9 Ty Bailey (17-5) vs. (Sr) Jude Lovgren (12-5) or (Jr) Anthony Luongo (7-1)
145: #7 Spencer Robinson (16-4) vs. Lovgren or Luongo
152: #2 Francis Marshall (19-3) vs. #6 Jimmy Sherlock (16-3)
160: #8 John McTaggart (15-3) vs. (Sr) Jared Hoeler (10-6) or (So) Jason Sherlock (2-0)
170: (Sr) Ryan Sansone (14-6) vs. Hoeler or Sherlock
182: (Sr) Dylan Ippolito (10-10) vs. (Sr) Vin Storino (14-5)
195: #3 Billy Borowsky (20-1) vs. (So) Liam Buday (11-7)
220: #10 Gabe Fattizzi (17-5) vs. (Jr) Santino Giampa (9-3)
Hwt: #3 Anthony Bonavito (17-0) vs. (Sr) Antonio Lipari (12-7)