Bower qualified for the second round of wrestlebacks with a 10-5 decision over Manny Dominguez of North Bergen. Bower broke open the match with a reversal and three-point near fall in the second period.
Bower's season ended in his next match, a 3-0 loss to Collin Boylan of Hunterdon Central. Boylan scored the winning points on an escape and takedown in the second period.
Bower dropped a 3-1 decision to Northern Highlands' Sean Kelly in the preliminaries. Kelly used a first-period takedown and second-period escape to grab a 3-0 lead. Bower's only point came on a third-period escape.
Brandon Bower, Holy Spirit, Sr. (34-3)
Seed: Unseeded in the top bracket.
Record vs. state qualifiers: 2-1.
Bower’s road to Atlantic City: Won his second District 32 title and finished third in Region 8.
Back points: Bower is making his first trip to states and opens with top bracket No. 6 seed Sean Kelly of Northern Highlands. The Bower-Kelly winner will face Region 3 champ Dan Reed of Delbarton, the No. 3 seed in the top bracket.