Only Holy Spirit sophomore Pat D'Arcy remains in the hunt for a title after day one of the grueling two-day Beast of the East Tournament at the University of Delaware in Newark.
D'Arcy opened his debut at the tournament with a 34-second pin in his first match and followed that up with a 33-second pin in his second.
The No. 6 seed at 106 pounds advanced to today's quarterfinals with a 3-1 decision in the pre-quarters. D'Arcy will face No. 3 seed Jose Rodriguez of national powerhouse Perry (Ohio).
Southern Regional, Buena Regional and three wrestlers from Holy Spirit each traveled to the tournament.
Buena's Billy Ward (126) and Dillan Berghof (145) and Southern's Zach Wilhelm (132), Nick Hem (170), Connor Case (182) and Jesse Bauta (220) each lost in the pre-quarters.
However, they lead a group of area wrestlers that can still wrestleback and finish as high as third in the prestigious tournament.
Millville takes two
Obi Kali (220) had two pins as Millville swept a tri-match with a 45-25 win against Lower Cape May and a 49-19 win against Williamstown.
Zack Goranson (113), Keith Mahoney (145), Rico Rivera (152), Connor Dixon (170), Javier Colon-Rivera (182), Ed Shockley (195) and Fred DeMary (285) were also double-winners Saturday.
Shockley won a 3-2 decision against District 32 champ Cory Damiana of Lower Cape May and pinned Williamstown's Nigel Skinner.
Eric Pruszinski had a pair of pins in Lower's two losses. Zach Valcarce (120) and Jackson Sole (160) also won twice.
Prep on the road
Tyler Sentman was the only St. Augustine Prep wrestler to win three matches on Saturday as the Hermits traveled north for a tough nonconference quad at Watchung Hills.
Sentman, a defending District 32 champ, won all three of his matches with pins in the first period.
Tom Gattinella, Jose Tabora and James Bennett all won twice. Gattinella, a two-time District 32 champ and two-time state qualifier, now has 98 career wins.
Absegami wins 2 of 3
Chris D'Alfonso (113), John Willette (152) and David Blake (182/195) each won three matches as Absegami won two out of three matches in a quad at Cherry Hill West. Willette, a defending District 32 champ, had three first-period pins.
Cliff Owens (138/145), Cooper Gallagher (170/182) and Josh Johnson (285) each won three matches in the same quad for Ocean City. Owens and Johnson each had two pins.
Tough day for Mainland
Mainland Regional had a tough day with losses to Sterling, Paul VI and Gateway Regional/Woodbury in a home quad on Saturday but didn't go without a few standout performances.
John Fitzgerald (152/160) had pins in all three of his matches. Justin Bishop (106) and Timothy Lenzsch (170) were also triple-winners for the Mustangs. Colin O'Hara had pins in each of the two matches he wrestled.
Lacey Township's Ben Mrozinski had an interesting day as the Lions swept a tri-match with a 45-27 win against host Manchester and a 56-12 win against Rumson-Fair Haven.
Mrozinski, a Region 6 qualifier last season, picked up two wins without wrestling a single second as he was forfeited to in both matches. Nick Vecci (132), Andrew Garrity (138), Luke Fernandez (170/182) and defending District 24 champ Pat Schinder (220) were also double-winners.
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