Wrestling Ties for Fifth at Blue Jay Classic, Led by Hillermeier’s Runner-Up Finish at 197 – New Jersey City University Athletics
Wrestling Ties for Fifth at Blue Jay Classic, Led by Hillermeier’s Runner-Up Finish at 197 – New Jersey City University Athletics,
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — The New Jersey City University men’s wrestling team finished in a tie for fifth place with Keystone College after scoring 48.5 team points on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Blue Jay Classic, hosted by Elizabethtown College. The Gothic Knights had a very strong performance at the Classic following their home-opening dual match last weekend. The squad had nine different wrestlers record a victory (five with multiple) and had two different wrestlers finish in the top-three for their respective weight-class.
The overall event was won by Wilkes University, followed by Davis and Elkins College in second, Elizabethtown in third, Roanoke College in fourth and as stated, a tie between NJCU and Keystone for fifth place. The University of Scranton finished seventh and Elmira College eighth, respectively.
Senior captain Kyle Hillermeier (Howell, N.J./Freehold Township) had a career showing this afternoon, finishing at the runner-up in the 197 pound weight class. Hillermeier had three straight victories to start his day, before falling to Cameron Butka of Wilkes University 5-3 decision. This was the best tournament finish in his Gothic Knight career. He started with a 20-5 technical fall in his first match, won by fall at 1:22 in his quarterfinal match and advanced thanks to an injury default in the semifinal round.
Junior Matthew Armamento (Kenilworth, N.J./Roselle Park) led the squad with five victories on the day, including a victory in the third-place 165-pound matchup against Charles Everdale of Wilkes. Armamento defeated Everdale in third period by fall. He won via 18-2 tech fall in his Round of 16 match before falling via a 7-3 decision in the quarterfinals. In the consolation bracket, he started off with two straight wins by fall before topping his teammate, sophomore Ty Bailey (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Boro) in the consolation semis via a 5-3 desicion. After capturing the third place finish, Armamento leads the squad with nine victories this season.
With a change of weight class back to his natural division, junior Jeff Johnson (Middlesex, N.J./Middlesex) found himself much success during the Blue Jay Classic at 157 pounds. Johnson advanced to the semifinals of the bracket before losing to Noah Tarr of Davis and Elkins. Johnson had two straight victories, winning in the Round of 16 via an 11-2 major decision and taking his quarterfinal match with a 1-0 decision, that led him into the semifinals and also captured an electric victory by fall in the consolation bracket semis to get into the third place match, but fell short to Wiley Houser after an injury default.
Bailey and fellow sophomore grappler 125-pounder George Rivera (Teaneck, N.J./Teaneck) each had two victories during the tournament. Bailey started his day with two quick victories, a win by fall in the Round of 16 and another pin in the quarterfinals, that led him into the semi-finals of the 165-pound weight class. As mentioned, Bailey fell short in the consolation semis to fellow Knight, Armamento. Rivera advanced to the semifinals with a 19-6 major decision in the Round of 16 and a 12-11 decision in the quarterfinals before ultimately falling in the consolation semis.
In addition, junior Enrique Cuevas (New Brunswick, N.J./New Brunswick), freshman Mikey Cross (Union, N.J./Union) and sophomores Abdul Ibraheem (Bayonne, N.J./Bayonne) and Shane Lallkissoon (Manville, N.J./Manville) all secured victories for the Green and Gold at the Blue Jay Classic.
The squad will return to the mat for a tri on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 10:00 a.m. against nationally ranked #10 Johnson and Wales Wildcats in Providence, R.I. Later that day in a scheduled 11:30 a.m. match, the Gothic Knights take on Wabash College in a neutral dual at JWU.