The state wrestling tournament starts Friday in Atlantic City and features several Timber Creek competitors.
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Friday, March 8, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
Brandon Keller received a top seed for the NJSIAA state wrestling tournament, March 8-10 in Atlantic City.
Four Timber Creek Regional High School wrestlers will grapple for a state title beginning this week in Atlantic City. The wrestlers learned their seeds Monday morning, NJ.com reports. Appearing in the state tournament are: 113 pounds, bottom bracket: John Amato (No. 5) 138 pounds, bottom bracket: Brandon Keller (No. 1) 152 pounds, top bracket: Dom Ruggierrio (No. 4) 160 pounds, top bracket: Bryce Shade (No. 2) The state tournament will unfold at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall March 8, 9 and 10. The final wrestler standing in each weight class will be crowned a state champion. Tickets are on sale via ticketmaster.com for the tournament. For the full wrestling state tournament seeds, visit NJ.com’s coverage.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Timber Creek wrestling team will meet Toms River South in the Group 3 finals for the third straight year.
The Timber Creek Regional High School wrestling team is ready to once again head up to Toms River South and come home with yet another Group 3 title. The two teams have become quite familiar with each other in recent years. The squads have met in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 finals the last two years, with the Chargers winning both bouts. Victories by Timber Creek and Toms River South Thursday night assured there would be another rematch. No. 3 Timber Creek defeated No. 6 Hammonton 53-18, in the semifinals, while No. 1 Toms River South scored a 57-9 win over Cherry Hill West. When the two teams met last season, the Indians hung with the Chargers for much of the match until Timber Creek’s top wrestlers helped the team pull away for a 38-…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Highland earned a No. 3 seed in Group 2, while Timber Creek earned a No. 2 seed in Group 3.
Highland Regional High School is getting the marching band ready. The band, along with a rabid fan base, hopes to help the Tartans’ wrestling team blow the roof off of the Highland gymnasium. The NJSIAA released its wrestling brackets Wednesday, revealing Highland as a No. 3 seed in the South Jersey Group 2 playoffs. The Tartans will host No. 6 Gateway/Woodbury, on Monday. The match should have a special feel, as Highland wants to show that it is back as one of the area’s top squads, while Gateway is in the postseason for the first time in 30 years. The winner of Monday’s showdown will travel to take on No. 2 Clayton, which received a first-round bye. No. 1 Delsea also has a bye. The other quarterfinal pits No. 4 Barnegat against No. 5 …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Chargers came into Cherry Hill and rolled to a victory.
Timber Creek hit the road and defeated Cherry Hill West, 48-15, in wrestling Wednesday. Patch was there to take photos from the Olympic Conference match.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
John Amato strives to not only make it back to the state tournament, but find success there.
After pulling off a tremendous come-from-behind win in the 106-pound final of the Region 8 wrestling tournament last spring, John Amato was on top of the world. The Timber Creek High School grappler had achieved his goal of becoming a region champion and was on his way to show the rest of New Jersey what he was all about at the state tournament. That part of the equation didn’t work out too well. “I went to states and I went downhill,” said Amato. “I went 0-2 and I wasn’t expecting it.” Amato’s short stay at the state meet stuck with him for much of the offseason. While he was happy to have earned a chance to compete at that level, he also knew he was capable of more. So he intensified his training in the offseason, gained a little weight …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
The Timber Creek wrestling team got all they could handle from Highland in a 31-22 victory.
When a final wrestling bout of Friday night’s match between Highland Regional High School and Timber Creek came to a close, fans of the victorious Chargers rose to their feet to applaud a hard-fought victory. At the same time, fans of the Tartans also stood up and let their wrestlers know that only on the scoreboard was Friday night’s match considered a loss. Timber Creek reaffirmed its place as the area’s dominating wrestling team with a 31-22 victory over Highland, while the Tartans proved that youth doesn’t mean weakness in a valiant effort. On a night filled with drama, excitement, loud crowd noise and even a few bursts of temper, just about everyone left Timber Creek satisfied. “I love these kids,” Highland coach Mike Davidson said. “…
Sunday, March 11, 2012
This Timber Creek athlete charged ahead on the wrestling mats, grappling his way to the state finals.
Although already respected as one of the area’s top wrestlers, Timber Creek junior Brandon Keller took his reputation to a new level when he won his third Region 8 title and made it all the way to the state finals. The result will be surreal expectations in his senior season that will be extremely hard to match or surpass. Yet, Keller said the expectations from the wrestling community are nothing compared to what he expects from himself. “I’m going to have pressure from outside people, but I have pressure from myself, too,” he said. “The outside stuff won’t bother me because it’s nothing more than the pressure I put on myself. It’s not like outside people will tell me something I don’t believe myself.” Keller—Gloucester Township Patch's …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The 2012 Region 8 Wrestling Tournament will be held at Egg Harbor Township High School.
The NJSIAA has released the seeds for the Region 8 Wrestling Tournament, which begins Wednesday at Egg Harbor Township High School, and a pair of defending champions from Timber Creek—Ricky Carter and Brandon Keller—earned No. 1 seeds, while John Amato, Bryce Shade, and Robert Shade are No. 2 seeds. The Chargers’ Dom Ruggiero is a No. 3 seed. Despite winning a District 30 title over the weekend, Highland's Martel Harrison received no love from the seeding committee. Harrison is seeded sixth at 285. The complete seeding chart for District 8 is below: 106 pounds Mike Van Horn (21-10), Washington Township, vs. (8) Patrick Higgins (28-7), Woodstown, winner to meet (1) John Gentile (28-2), Paulsboro; Steven …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Seven wrestlers won district titles, and Timber Creek and Triton met on the hardwood.
As the winter season starts to wind down, individual achievements become the focus for local high school wrestlers, while team playoff success is the goal for the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. Last week saw seven local wrestlers claim district titles, and Timber Creek and Triton meet head-to-head on the hardwood. Below is a look back in the week that was in local athletics, as well as a glimpse at this week’s schedule. WRESTLING It was a championship weekend for the Timber Creek wrestling team, as six grapplers won individual titles helping the squad to a team title at the District 30 Wrestling Tournament. John Amato, Ricky Carter, Brandon Keller, Dom Ruggierio, Bryce Shade and Robert Shade all left with first-place medals, while …