Wilkes-Barre, PA… The College of New Jersey wrestling team posted its third straight dual meet victory to start the season as the Lions beat Metropolitan Conference opponent King’s (PA) College 43-6 on Wednesday.
The Lions (3-0) are ranked eighth in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III poll, and have now won 16 straight dual meets dating back to last season.
Freshman Kyle Kinchen (Jackson, NJ/Jackson) gave the Lions the early lead with a pin in 4:13 at 125 pounds before the Monarchs earned their first win at 133. That match featured King’s top-ranked and defending national champion David Morgan facing TCNJ's seventh-ranked Ray Sarinelli (Rockaway, NJ/Morris Hills). Morgan recorded an escape in the third period to break a 2-2 deadlock and hand Sarinelli his first defeat of the season via a 3-2 decision.
The Monarch’s tied the score at 6-6 with a win at 141 before TCNJ took the lead for good at 149 pounds as sophomore Tyler Branham (Newton, NJ/Kittantinny) posted an 11-0 major decision. Dan DiColo (Budd Lake, NJ/Mt. Olive) made won by fall in 4:39 at 157 for another win.
The Lions then received back-to-back forfeits with Al Wonesh (Columbus, NJ/Northern Burlington) getting the win at 165 and Greg Osgoodby (Waldwick, NJ/Waldwick) at 174 pushing TCNJ’s lead to 28-6.
At 184 pounds, Jim Tomczuk (Delran, NJ/Delran) then won 6-5 for the Lions with Shawn Vanwingerden (Wantage, NJ/High Point) notching TCNJ’s third win by fall at 197 in 4:13.
Senior heavyweight Steve Carbone (Cranford, NJ/Cranford) capped the meet for the Lions with another pin getting his opponent flat in 5:33 to round out the scoring.
TCNJ will be back on the mat this weekend competing in the Spartan Invitation hosted by York (PA) College on Saturday.