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Camden Catholic Triumphs Over Red Bank to Secure Spot in Wrestling State Finals

After taking down St. John Vianney to clinch the coveted title of NJ state champions last year, it is no surprise that Camden Catholic wrestling continues to pursue a new chapter of success this season.

With an exceptional roster of highly skilled athletes, Camden Catholic wrestling stands 14-1 at the top of the Olympic conference (10-0 in the division). They soon added another tick to their winning record in Thursday’s Non-Public B Semifinal after dominating Red Bank Catholic 48-27.

The boys came in hot after a 65-6 win against No. 7 DePaul in Tuesday’s quarterfinals. Dom DiGiacomo got the squad going with a pin against Red Bank’s 113-pound Arthur Torrone.

Lazarus Joyce from Camden Catholic took down 126-pound Michael Milke by a 17-2 technical fall. Following right after, Luken Ramos of Red Bank Catholic was pinned in 1:28 by 138-pound Eric Swanson.

With sophomore Sammy Spauling winning on a forfeit, Camden Catholic’s 150-pound Michael Craft pinned Robert Connelly of Red Bank Catholic in 5:46. His senior brother 157-pound Austin Craft of Camden Catholic then wrestled Red Bank’s Christian Rodriguez for a 9-1 major decision win.

Keeping the team alive, 165-pound Kage Jones of Camden Catholic immediately pinned Frankie Romeo in 42 seconds for the win. When asked about what he thought while on the mat and making it to state championships, here’s what Jones had to say:

“I love going out there and performing for everybody. I have full confidence in my team and can't wait to go out and win on Sunday.” 

Jaden Simpson of Camden Catholic kept it going as he defeated 175-pound Vincent Muscillo with a pin (3:15). Tristan Owen finally wrapped it up with a win over Red Bank’s Hayden Woolley by decision, 6-2. Camden Catholic came out victorious taking down Red Bank Catholic 48-27.

Camden Catholic continues onto state finals with a 15-1 record at Rutgers University on Sunday morning where they will rematch Saint John Vianney for the title.

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