• Dan Russoman

Wildcats fall to New Egypt


St. Joseph’s P.J. Williams takes down New Egypt’s Nick Green early in their match last week. (THG/Dan Russoman. To purchase photos in The Gazette, call (609) 704-1940.)

HAMMONTON—Three St. Joseph Academy wrestlers had pins, but the host Wildcats fell short last week, falling to New Egypt 46-18 in a non-conference dual meet.


New Egypt took advantage of two forfeit wins to jump out to a 12-0 lead in the meet before the Warriors’ Santiago Morfin earned a 14-0 major decision against St. Joe’s Douglas Farinaccio at 126 pounds to stretch the lead to 16-0.


Three more forfeits put New Egypt ahead 32-0, but at 152 pounds, Gahad Hughes gave the Wildcats their first points of the meet when he pinned Brandon Metrick in 51 seconds.


Nick Melchiore followed with a first-period pin at 160, taking down New Egypt’s Nick Metrick in 29 seconds.


The Warriors earned another forfeit at 170, and at 182 New Egypt’s Giovanni LaRocca pinned Gavin Steiner. The next match came at 285, where St. Joe’s P.J. Williams pinned Nick Green in 1:58.


Earlier in the week, St. Joseph lost at Lindenwold 33-9. Both teams were missing wrestlers at several weights, and there were six double forfeits in the meet. Five bouts were contested on the mat, with St. Joe wrestlers posting two victories.


At 126, Farinaccio defeated John Maldonado 10-5 and at 285, Williams pinned Luis Alvarado.


The Wildcats entered the week with a record of 2-9 as they continue to show improvement.


“We’re surviving. It’s tough with just seven kids, but we’re getting better,” St. Joe coach Joe Melchiore said.


On April 14, St. Joseph will host Holy Spirit at 6 p.m. The Wildcats also wrestle at home on April 16, when they host Cedar Creek at 6 p.m.