Returning region finalist Connor O'Neill won the 160-pound weight class at the Powerade tournament in Canonsburg, Pa., one of the top high school wrestling tournaments in the country, earning him North Jersey Record Athlete of the Week.
As the seventh seed, the junior defeated the No. 6 seed and No. 2 seed in order to make the championship finals where he squared off against the No. 1 seed. O'Neill, who has committed to Rutgers, scored a last-second takedown in regulation to tie the score and a quick takedown in overtime to win the title, according to the North Jersey Record.
Ocean senior Dino Poniros had two clutch wins to help the Spartans to victory in two important matches, earning him Shore Sports Network Athlete of the Week with 44% of the votes.
In a 40-37 victory over Middletown North that shook up the Class B North race, Poniros won by fall over Andrew Kanski at 220 pounds in the penultimate bout, and with Middletown North set to forfeit in the final bout at 285 the win effectively clinched the match, according to Bob Badders of Shore Sports Network.
In a 38-28 victory over Hopewell Valley, Poniros won by 9-4 decision over Christian Cacciabaudo to start a three-bout winning streak by the Spartans to erase a 28-26 deficit. Ocean's win over the Bulldogs gave them a leg up on securing the No. 1 seed in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 3 tournament.
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