Gallagher's hopes for a state title ended in the quarterfinals with a 13-5, major decision defeat against Nicholas Costa of Brick Memorial. Gallagher trailed just 4-2 late in the second period before Costa earned a three-point near fall to open a 7-2 lead.
Gallagher saw his tournament run come to an end in the consolations with a 4-2 loss to Jan Castellanos, of Secacus.
Gallagher notched a 3-0 decision over Vinny Mainiero, of St. Joseph-Montvale, in the pre-quarterfinals. Gallagher opened the scoring with a first-period takedown and added an escape in the second.
Cooper Gallagher, Ocean City, Sr. (36-1)
Seed: Bottom bracket No. 6 seed.
Record vs. state qualifiers: 3-1.
Gallagher’s road to Atlantic City: Won his first District 32 and Region 8 titles.
Back points: Gallagher has a bye in the prelims and awaits the winner of a prelim between Lenape Valley’s D.J. Barrett and bottom bracket No. 3 seed Vinny Maniero of St. Joseph-Montvale. Gallagher’s only loss this season came to fellow-Region 8 champ Kellen Whitney of Hammonton.