Third time’s the charm for Egg Harbor Township freshman 145-pounder Jason Kaenzig

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GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Generally, the higher-seeded wrestlers finds themselves victorious in the opening round of the District 32 tournament. Egg Harbor Township freshman 145-pounder Jason Kaenzig apparently didn’t care about seeds or records. The sixth-seeded Kaenzig scored a 2-0 win over No. 3 Shane Stack of Ocean City in the quarterfinal round, advancing into Saturday’s semifinals while ending Stack’s season. Stack beat Kaenzig twice during the regular season, including an overtime win during a regular-season match earlier this month. Kaenzig shook off both losses for an exciting victory on Friday night at Absegami High School. “My mindset was to keep working harder and correct my mistakes for today. I do consider it an upset because I lost to him twice, but I beat him today where it counts,” said Kaenzig, who was the only wrestler seeded lower than fifth in any weight class to advance. Eagles head coach Mike Caiazza saw a possible victory for Kaenzig before the match even started. Absegami's Khiri Williams scored a thrilling 4-3 overtime win over Oakcrest's Musah Ali in the 182-pound weight class. Absegami’s Khiri Williams scored a thrilling 4-3 overtime win over Oakcrest’s Musah Ali in the 182-pound weight class. Top seeds in good shape: In many of the weight classes, all four top seeds advanced with little trouble. An interesting bracket is 126 pounds, where if Cedar Creek’s Andrew Solomon can get past Cameron Andres of Ocean City he may have a shot at top-seeded Pat D’Arcy of Holy Spirit. D’Arcy beat Solomon, the second seed, earlier this year but it was a very close match until late in the third period. At 152 pounds, St. Augustine’s Jarred Hodges, the top seed, and No. 2 Vinny Levin of Ocean City seem to be on a collision course, but No. 3 Carlos Rivera of Cedar Creek and fourth-seeded Matthew Moreno of EHT will have their say on Saturday afternoon. Absegami’s Khiri Williams scored the most entertaining win of the day when he outlasted Oakcrest’s Musah Ali 4-3 in two overtimes at 182 pounds. St. Augustine’s Nick Clark scored an impressive 11-second pin at 170, and EHT’s Tommy McGrail, a first-year wrestler as a senior heavyweight, nearly picked off Cedar Creek’s Owen Bowles. Bowles hung on for a 2-1 win when McGrail couldn’t get the takedown in the final 30 seconds.


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