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.

Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.