It was a big week for the Haddon Township High School wrestling team which went 3-0, including a win against Haddonfield. Meanwhile, the boys’ basketball team snapped a small losing skid with a landslide win.
It is no secret that the road to a Colonial Conference Patriot Division title runs through Paulsboro. The Hawks are ready to test that road today when it travels to take on the traditional wrestling powerhouse—and they are entering that game with a host of momentum.
Haddon Township (5-1) was perfect last week, defeating Haddonfield, Delran and Pinelands. In their local showdown with the Bulldawgs, the Hawks dominated from the start, winning the first four matches and running away with a 39-21 victory. Renato Paoli (113), Brian Navarro (126) and Tim Wolf (220) each won by pin.
Haddon Township returned to the mat one day later for a tri-meet and kept the winning going. The Hawks got pins from Paoli (113), Jason Marinak (138), Mike McCutcheon (145), Daniel Clemente (160) Sean Jones (182) and Wolf (220) in a 52-22 win over Pinelands. The Hawks nearly got a clean sweep against Delran, winning 73-3.
Paulsboro (5-1) won last year’s matchup 43-24, but the Hawks are feeling good about their chances this time around.
“(Beating Haddonfield) is a big boost,” Haddon Township coach Brian Farnham said. “We are heading into the teeth of our schedule with teams like Paulsboro, but I like our individual improvement. We just have to continue to improve as individuals as we move forward.”
After a brief losing streak the Hawks got back on the winning track Friday with a 61-42 win over Pennsauken Tech. Tyler Easterday fueled the offense with 20 points, while Trey Thatcher netted 18. Casey Boyle also had a hot hand, finishing with 13 points. The victory stopped a brief two-game skid. Township opened the season 5-0 before falling to Woodstown and Paulsboro. Easterday and Thatcher had 25 and 24 points, respectively, against the Red Raiders, but it wasn’t enough to save the Hawks from a 25-3 first-quarter deficit.
Haddon Township (7-1) hits the road this week with conference games against Gateway (Tuesday) and Woodbury (Thursday).
The Hawks were in action just once this past week, but they made the game count. Haddon Township took down Colonial Conference foe Paulsboro, 53-31. The Hawks have now won three in a row and are 3-1 in the conference. Haddon Township will look to protect their home court this week as it hosts Gateway (Tuesday) and Haddon Heights (Thursday).
The Haddon Township boys swim team made it back to the .500 mark with a 90 80 win over Paul VI Thursday.
The boys' and girls' swim teams will be in action Tuesday when the Hawks host West Deptford and Thursday against Eastern.