By DAVE O’SULLIVAN Publisher EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Ben Maggio, a senior 220-pounder from Absegami, is in just his second year as a varsity wrestler. He didn’t win the district or regional championship last year, and may not this year. He finished fourth last year in the annual Arthur O. Marinelli holiday tournament hosted by Egg Harbor Township High School. Today, however, he walked out into the parking lot with a gold medal around his neck. Maggio was one of several area first-time Marinelli winners, having pinned Williamstown’s Jake Chamberlin in just 42 seconds in the championship bout at 220 pounds. Maggio said the win definitely is the highlight of his high school career — so far. “This is the first time I’ve ever won a tournament. It feels great,” Maggio said. “My goal was to win the Pine Barrens and this one. I took second at Pine Barrens, so it feels really good to win this one. I was JV my sophomore year and last year was my first year of varsity. I didn’t know anything about Chamberlin. I figured he would be a really competitive to make it to the finals of this tournament.” Maggio took command early on, taking down Chamberlin by the ankles and turning him. Before he knew it, the referee was blowing the whistle for a pin. Egg Harbor Township’s Connor Agostino, left, outlasted Haddonfield’s Frank Fortino 3-2 in double overtime to win the title at 195 pounds. In double overtime, a coin flip determines who will start in the bottom position, and after 30 seconds the roles are reversed, giving each wrestler a chance to score. In the first of the two 30-second periods, Agostino was trying to escape when Fortino was whistled for an illegal slam, giving Agostino a 3-2 lead. Agostino then rode out Fortino in the second of the two 30-second periods to secure the win, and his first championship. Clearview dominated the team standings, crowning six champions, including Most Outstanding Wrestler Mike VanBrill, who scored a technical fall over Oakcrest’s Callisto Kraus to win the 138-pound title. VanBrill scored two technical falls and a major decision on his way to the championship bout. Teammate Zack Firestone captured his fourth straight Marinelli title, pinning Absegami’s Kelvin Siem late in the first period to win at 132 pounds. Egg Harbor Township finished second in the team standings, crowning two champions, a second-place finisher and four thirds. Haddonfield was third while Absegami finished fourth, with James Giegold joining Siem as a second-place finisher. Williamstown crowned a pair of champions, while Haddonfield, Absegami and Cinnaminson each had one. Ocean City finished with a second- and a third-place finisher, while Kraus was Oakcrest’s only entry into the top three. Contact Dave O’Sullivan: firstname.lastname@example.org; on Twitter @GDsullysays [adsense]
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Sully, as he’s known throughout South Jersey, began his newspaper career in 1995 and has worked for some of New Jersey’s top papers, including The Asbury Park Press and Press of Atlantic City, as a writer and editor. He’s earned several New Jersey Press Association awards and continues to produce high quality reporting, writing and photography. A native of Ocean County, Sully played high school baseball at Lacey Township High and college baseball at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. After a successful 15-year career in the newspaper business, Sully launched Glory Days Magazine in 2013 and for nearly a decade has been bringing fans outstanding and insightful coverage of high school sports throughout South Jersey.
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