EAST RUTHERFORD – Seven points were the difference for Becton/Wallington on its way to the NJIC Division 1 title.
But that wasn’t the difference Wednesday against division rival Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge.
The Wildcats provided one more nail-biter in clinching their seventh straight division title, but first outright since 2012. And in doing so, they beat their three closest rivals by a combined seven points.
“We know that every match counts,” junior Michael Cabrera said after the Wildcats won the final two bouts to edge the Aviators, 34-33, and clinch the title. “We don’t rely on just the good kids.”
Becton/Wallington (9-4), which shared the title in each of the last two seasons, beat the Aviators by one point, Garfield by one point and Lodi by five points, with all three matches going down to the final bout.
“Not only to win three matches like that, but to have three league matches come down to the last bout was incredible,” said Becton coach Mike Settembrino, whose team had gone five days without practice because of the weather. “But we knew it was going to be like that.”
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