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Ingersol, D’Arcy win Region 8 titles; Absegami sends 3 to states

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Ingersol Mike Schultz/EHT's James Ingersol tries to keep Atlantic City's Joe Cutugno from escaping during their 160-pound Region 8 finals match. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - For Egg Harbor Township High School wrestler James Ingersol, "There's no place like home."

Ingersol, the second seed at 160 pounds, won the Region 8 title, defeating Atlantic City's Joe Cutugno by decision (7-2) in his home gym on Saturday. After leaving the mat, he was greeted by at least 20 fans who poured out of the bleachers to shake his hand or hug him.

"Winning it in my own gym made it feel so good," said Ingersol.

He is the first Egg Harbor Township wrestler to win a Region 8 title since Zack Agostino did it in 2010.

Ingersol won his quarterfinal match 5-0 over Paulsboro's Tom Paulsen. He faced Clearview's Kyle McMahon, who was the third seed, in the semifinals. He defeated McMahon 4-2 in a match he described as "tough."

Cutugno, who was the fourth seed, was also a tough opponent. He defeated the top-seeded Nick Clark from St. Augustine in the semifinals to earn the chance to wrestle for a Region title.

ingersolcoach Mike Schultz/James Ingersol leaps into the arms of his coach Mike Ciazza after winning his Region 8 title. "I knew it was going to be a hard match (against Cutugno), he's been working just as hard as I have and he wanted it just as bad," Ingersol said. "When I came in I said 'you know what, It's my senior year, go all out.' And I did. It showed."

Holy Spirit's Pat D'Arcy won his first-ever Region 8 title on Saturday. He defeated Clearview's Zach Firestone 3-1 in dramatic fashion, earning two back points as the clock expired.

"At some point we were both waiting for time to run out but I realized I was out the back and there was a chance I could get two before the whistle and fortunately, the referee gave it to me."

D'Arcy was the top-seed at 113-pounds and Firestone was seeded second. With the win, D'Arcy avenged his loss from last year against Firestone in the Region finals.

"It feels good (to win today), last year it was tough losing in the finals."

D'Arcy wasn't overly sold on his own performance saying that he allowed Firestone to dictate the pace a little too much. He called the match 50-50 and feels he needs to be better prepared the next time he wrestles him. The two could meet next weekend at Boardwalk Hall during the state tournament.

D'Arcy's teammate Brandon Bower (145) also qualified for the state tournament after winning his consolation finals match over Gloucester's Jon Lado by UTB (1-1).

Absegami also had good day.

The Braves had three wrestlers place third and stamp their tickets to Boarwalk Hall next weekend.

Chris D'Alfonso (120), Will Sanz (195) and Chris Henchy (220) all won their consolation bouts.

D'Alfonso defeated Woodstown's Patrick Higgins 3-2.

The always-aggressive and exciteable Sanz defeated fourth-seeded Brandon Beebe 6-4.

"It feels awesome," Sanz said. "This has been one of my dreams since I started wrestling."

Sanz impressively worked his way from the eleven seed to qualify for states.

Equally impressive was his teammate Henchy who had never wrestled prior to this season.

He was pinned by state powerhouse, Bryan Dobzanski from Delsea in his quarterfinal match but bounced back to win his next three matches.

"My coaches told me I was capable of this in the beginning of the year," Henchy said. "I thought they were just saying it to make my head big. All season I went one match at a time, kept my head on straight, didn't try to do anything to outrageous and here I am. It's exciting."

The final destination for all place winners is Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, for the NJSIAA state wrestling tournament.

The tournament begins next Friday March 7.

Check shorenewstoday.com later this week for local wrestler seedings.

Third place winners (winners qualify for state tournament)

106- (8) Trace Kinner, Kingsway defeats (3) Andrew Solomon, Cedar Creek by MD 9-1.

113- (3) Eric Pruzinski, Lower defeats (4) Anthony Duca, Paulsboro by decision 7-4.

120- (9) Chris D'Alfonso, Absegami defeats (7) Patrick Higgins, Woodstown by decision 3-2.

126- (2) Mike VanBrill, Clearview defeats (6) Yanni Patsaros, Absegami by pin fall :55.

132- (2) Anthony Rachabaldo, Williamstown defeats (8) Drew Burdsall, Pennsville by MD 14-6.

138- (7) Chaz Bramble, Buena defeats (2) John Pierson, Delsea by decision 10-7.

145- (2) Brandon Bower, Holy Spirit defeats (5) Jon Lado, Gloucester UTB 1-1.

152- (3) Dom DeMarco, Delsea defeats (6) Sheldon Morris, Highland Regional by decision 5-2.

160- (5) Tom Nolan, Highland Regional defeats (6) Dakota Gomeringer, Woodstown by pin fall :59.

170- (6) Joe Sindoni, Clearview defeats (7) Jose Tabora, St. Augustine by decision 4-1.

182- (3) Victor DeFrance, Delsea defeats (2) James Bennett, St. Augustine by decision 6-3.

195- (11) Will Sanz, Absegami defeats (4) Brandon Beebe, Hammonton by decision 6-4.

220- (8) Chris Henchy, Absegami defeats (4) Isaiah Coppage, Penns Grove by decision 3-2.

285- (4) Davontae Randall, Paulsboro defeats (3) Robert Frederico, Hammonton SV-1 4-2.

Darcyfinal Mike Schultz/Holy Spirit's Pat D'Arcy tries to turn Clearview's Zak Firestone during their 113 pound Region 8 finals match. D'Arcy defeated Firestone 3-1 in the final seconds. gallaghertakedown Mike Schultz/Ocean City's Cooper Gallagher drives St. Joe's CJ Lafragola out of bounds on a take down attempt. gallagher Mike Schultz/Ocean City's Cooper Gallagher celebrates with his coach after claiming the Region 8 title

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