The College of New Jersey Athletics
EWING, N.J. — Three consecutive pins catapulted The College New Jersey to a 25-17 win against visiting Centenary on Friday in a showdown of nationally-ranked programs.
The 12th-ranked Lions won by fall at 165, 174 and 184 pounds to take the lead for good as they capped the regular season with a dual meet record of 19-2. The loss snapped the 10th-ranked Cyclones’ 11-match winning streak as they dipped to 11-2.
After the Cyclones won the opening bout at 125 pounds by decision, sophomore Dan Herr quickly put the hosts back in front as he won by a 14-4 major decision at 133 pounds to put TCNJ in front 4-3.
Centenary reclaimed the lead thanks to a 12-4 major decision at 141 by Dave Alsieux, who is ranked seventh nationally.
Again the Lions battled back as John Darling scored three back points late in the third period to pull out an 8-6 victory at 149 knotting the match at 7-7.
The see-saw battle continued at 157 pounds with the Cyclones grabbing a 6-4 decision, but Justin Bonitatis put the Lions in front 13-10 with a pin in 5:44. It win was the 129th of his career leaving him one shy of tying Tim Jacoutot for the most in program history.
Sophomore Brian Broderick made it two consecutive pins at 174 pounds as he needed only 42 seconds to pick up the win extending the lead to 19-10.
Junior Mike Denver kept the Lions rolling at 184 pounds as he garnered his 100th career win in style pinning Centenary’s J.J. Mitchell in 6:11. Denver’s victory also secured the team win for the Lions.
The Cyclones closed out the dual meet with wins at 197 pounds and heavyweight making the final 25-17.