By NICK KOSKO Staff Writer EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Cape-Atlantic League wrestlers had a tough time making it to the Region 8 championship round, but with teams such as Clearview Regional and Delsea Regional in the mix, a tough road to one of the top three spots on the podium and a berth in the state championship next weekend at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall was not unexpected. With the few CAL wrestlers in the finals, St. Augustine Prep’s Jose Tabora stood out above the rest as he captured he first Region 8 title. By doing so, Tabora also punched his ticket to Atlantic City for the state tournament, which he also has never qualified for.  The senior 182-pounder defeated Millville’s Jose Soto 10-2 in a dominating display of wrestling. Tabora has battled a shoulder injury all season (suffered during football season when he is the Hermits’ quarterback) and wore a big shoulder brace throughout the tournament, but looked unstoppable in Saturday’s final round. After the sound of the buzzer, Tabora pointed to the sky in celebration after a roller coaster season. “I knew all of the kids here were tough and I had to take it one match at a time,” Tabora said. “It felt really good to know I finally made the state tournament, and this region title was just the cherry on top.” Despite the title, Tabora said he was not sure, at one point in the season, if he would be able to continue wrestling because of the shoulder injury. The injury, along with the passing of his great grandmother, made the victory that much sweeter, he said. St. Augustine Prep senior 182-pounder Jose Tabora fights off Millville's Jose Soto during the Region 8 championships on Saturday at Egg Harbor Township High School. Tabora won, 10-2, to capture his first region title. (Glory Days Magazine photos/Dave O'Sullivan) St. Augustine Prep senior 182-pounder Jose Tabora fights off Millville’s Jose Soto during the Region 8 championships on Saturday at Egg Harbor Township High School. Tabora won, 10-2, to capture his first region title. (Glory Days Magazine photos/Dave O’Sullivan) “I had to pick and choose my matches and just had to be careful with it. The injury was in the back of my mind, but when I felt I was good enough to go, I put it out of my head,” Tabora said. “It was definitely and up and down year on and off the mat, but I am glad I was able to fight through it and get to this point.” At 220 pounds, Tabora’s teammate, Jim Brady captured his second region title with a 4-1 victory over Vito Nucci of Clearview. Brady rebounded from a close match with Egg Harbor Township’s Dietrich Trumbauer on Friday with a pin and a controlling win to cap off his Saturday action. “It was a good win, but I want to be remembered for something bigger and not just this right now,” Brady said. “The predictions mentioning me in states are nice, but they mean nothing. I just have to go out there and prove to everybody I can get to the top.” Known as a crowd pleaser and antagonist, Brady signaled to the Clearview fans after his victory. “I kind of had those pre-match and post-match celebrations planned it advance,” said Brady, who during finals introductions donned a bucket cap and did the Cam Newton “dab.” “It’s just something I like to do to appeal to the crowd, be entertaining. When you get to do that stuff, that means you are winning, and winning is everything in this sport.” One of the marquee matchups of the night featured Egg Harbor Township’s Connor Agostino and Woodstown’s Chad Watt in the 195-pound final. Agostino, the defending Region 8 champion, needed overtime over Mainland’s Kolin Roberts in the semifinals to get to the main event. However, Watt, who won the pair’s first matchup, 4-2, edged out Agostino 3-2 in a thriller. Watt was able to reverse Agostino and take a 2-0 lead in the third period. With about 15 seconds left, Agostino was able to reverse Watt to tie the bout, 2-2. Seconds later, however, Watt broke free of Agostino’s grasp and ran around the mat to shed seconds off the clock and hang on for the victory. Watt became Woodstown’s first region champion in the school’s long history and avenged a fourth-place finish at 182 last season. Two other bouts on the night featured defending region champions finishing second this time. St. Augustine Prep senior 220-pounder Jim Brady poses for the crowd during Region 8 finals introductions. St. Augustine Prep senior 220-pounder Jim Brady poses for the crowd during Region 8 finals introductions. Buena Regional’s Mason Brestle won the 152-pound title last season, but fell to Delsea’s Lorenzo Ruggerio 3-2 in the ultimate tie-breaker. Brestle lost to Ruggerio in the District 31 final last week. St. Augustine Prep’s Nick Clark was looking for his second Region title but fell 3-1 to Delsea’s Billy Janzer by giving up a late takedown. Buena’s Antonio Rodriguez took the crown at heavyweight by scoring a 5-0 decision over Cumberland’s Maquay Richmond. The victory gave Rodriguez his second consecutive Region 8 crown. Delsea’s Edison Echevarria took home Most Outstanding Wrestler as he took down the top two seeds at 120 pounds, Paulsboro’s Anthony Duca and top-seeded Trace Kinner of Kingsway. Echevarria and Kinner butted heads late in the match, causing a delay during which both wrestlers had to get their heads heavily wrapped to stem the bleeding from cuts. The match was stopped with six seconds left as Kinner had to withdraw via injury default, still woozy from the late head collision. While the Cape-Atlantic League didn’t sport many champions this season, a few wrestlers battled through wrestleback rounds and managed to take third place to punch their tickets to Atlantic City. Egg Harbor Township featured two additional wrestlers earning their first trip to states. Terrell Coleman and Dietrich Trumbauer placed third at 113 and 220, respectively. Coleman edged out St. Augustine’s Connor Kraus 3-2 in another close affair between the two wrestlers. Trumbauer, who lost to eventual champion Jim Brady on Friday night, needed to win three matches in a row to place. He capped off his night with a 3-2 victory over Delsea’s Vince DeGeorge. Trumbauer, a senior, faced the possibility of his career ending at any point on Saturday. “You can’t describe the feeling. It’s pretty crazy that I got this far in this tournament,” Trumbauer said. “I just had the mentality that I was going to go out there and wrestle each match and I didn’t even think about it possibly being my last match.” Brady said he was impressed with Trumbauer’s tenaciousness. “He had a great tournament and wrestled extremely well to get that place on the podium. I’m sure I’ll be practicing with him this week and we’ll put the work in,” Brady said. Buena’s Tim Suter also placed third with a 5-0 victory over Delsea’s Mason Maxwell. Egg Harbor Township’s Mike Caiazza won Region 8 coach of the year for the first time in his 30-plus years as coach of the Eagles.