COVID case shuts down Point Beach wrestling, nixing rivalry match

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Point Pleasant Beach hosted Shore Regional for a varsity wrestling match on Wednesday March 17, 2021. 285 lb. bout BeachÕs Joshua Ramos taking on RegionalÕs Cade Torres. (MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE OCEAN STAR)

POINT BEACH — The Point Beach wrestling program has been shut down for two weeks due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the program, according to athletic director Rich LaDuca.

The Garnet Gulls have cancelled five of the six remaining matches of Season 3, including the highly anticipated meeting with crosstown rivalry Point Boro. Last season, Beach stunned Boro with a criteria win and was the first rivalry victory for the program in decades.

This season, due to the nature of the match, the two teams were scheduled to meet outside on Al Saner Football Field at Boro.

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According to LaDuca, the Gulls have hopes of rescheduling the Panther match.

Before the shutdown, Beach was 2-1 and earned the second win of the season with a victory over Shore Regional.

Beach will return to the mat on Friday, April 2, hosting Jackson Liberty. The match is currently the season finale, unless other contests are either rescheduled or picked up.

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