Saturday

Damiana bounced back in the first round of wrestlebacks with a second-period pin over Kittatinny's Garrett Armstrong. Damiana built an 8-1 lead before ending the bout in 3:07.

Damiana, who is headed to Hofstra University on a scholarship, saw his season end in the next round with a 6-4 loss to Dominic Carfagno of St. Joseph-Montvale. Carfagno broke a 4-4 tie with a takedown in the final minute.

Friday

Damiana reached the pre-quarterfinals with a 12-6 decision over Bound Brook's Aaron Saavedra. Damiana snapped a 6-6 tie with a reversal and two-point near-fall in the second period to take control of the bout.

Damiana fell into the wrestlebacks after getting pinned in the second period by Christian Brothers Academy's Mike Oxley. After a scoreless first period, Oxley locked Damiana in a cradle for a pin 17 seconds into the second at 2:17.

Cory Damiana, Lower Cape May Regional, Sr. (36-1)

Seed: Bottom bracket No. 6 seed.

Record vs. state qualifiers: 5-1.

Damiana’s road to Atlantic City: Won his third District 32 title and finished second in Region 8.

Back points: Damiana is making his third trip to states. Damiana faces Bound Brook’s Aaron Saavedra in the prelims with the winner moving on to face Region 6 champ Mike Oxley of Christian Brothers Academy, the bottom bracket No. 3 seed.

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.