Jackson, No. 3 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, answered its doubters by shocking No. 1 High Point, 31-28, Monday night in Jackson.
While the rest of the state was trying to figure out what happened to Jackson last week, coach Doug Withstandley brought his charges together in time to pull off the upset over High Point (17-2).
The match began ominously for High Point when Jackson sophomore Brian Hamann, ranked No. 6 in the state by The Star-Ledger at 119 pounds, pinned third-ranked Billy Hagany in 3:50. Hamann, trailing 2-1, hit a reversal with 18 seconds left in the second period and stacked Hagany for the shocking fall.
“When I got on top of him I was just thinking pin, pin, pin,” said Hamann. “I knew it was a huge match and everyone stepped up after me.”
High Point coach John Gardner said, “It was still early. We had time to recover.”
Jackson would split the 14 bouts evenly, 7-7, with High Point but its advantage in bonus points, 10-7, proved to be the difference, not to mention a few other huge bouts.
119 - Brian Hamann (Jackson) def. William Hagany (High Point) – Pin 3:50
130 – Spencer Young (Jackson) def. Jason Snider (High Point) – Maj. Dec. 9-1
135 – Brad Royle (Jackson) def. Brennen Donahue (High Point) – Dec. 5-1
145 – Joe Gaccione (High Point) def. Joe Bartolini (Jackson) – Dec. 12-9
152 – Randy Royle (Jackson) def. Alec Alvino (High Point) – Dec. 6-2
160 – Rob Hennings (Jackson) def. Antonio Porraspita (High Point) – Tech. Fall 18-1
171 – Ethan Orr (High Point) def. Doug Hamann (Jackson) – Dec. 6-4
189 – Dallas Winston (Jackson) def. Kyle Stoll (High Point) – Pin 1:20
215 – Buddy Mallon (High Point) def. Max Sunder (Jackson) – Dec. 1-0
HWT – Billy Smith (High Point) def. Joe Nolan (Jackson) – Dec. 3-1
103 – Alec Huxford (Jackson) def. John Torppey (High Point) – Maj. Dec. 10-0
112 – Justin Bellis (High Point) def. Austin Clark (Jackson) – Pin 2:49