Del Val earns gold rush victory over rival Voorhees



Del Val athletics has a tradition of winning, and these athletes should be compensated as they continue their athletic careers at college.

Following its thrilling win over Hunterdon Central, Del Val took on Voorhees High School last night for the team’s annual Gold Rush meet.

This annual event is reserved for Skyland Conference rivals only. Voorhees looked to break out of a slump going into the match, as the team had lost its previous 5 contests and held a record of 1-8, while the Terriers looked to keep the ball rolling with their 9th straight win after an 8-0 start to the season. 

The match started with Corey Crater wrestling Myles Murphy at the 138 pound weight class, which ended on a pin in favor of Crater and Del Val to make the score 6-0. Following a win at 145 by Voorhees, taking the match to 6-3, the Vikings forfeited to Ben Brown at 152 and to Nick Ferri at 170 while winning the 162 match in a decision to grow the Terriers lead to 18-6.

After earning another decision win at 182, Voorhees forfeited its 195 and 220 pound matches to Del Val’s Zach Zuchowski and Matt Schneider respectively to grow Del Val’s lead to 30-9. Nick Moose pinned his opponent at 285 and Derek Schepens followed with a pin of his own at 106 to earn the Terriers 12 points to make the score 42-9.


Voorhees answered with 2 wins in a row, with one being a pin at 113, making the score 42-18. The comeback effort proved to be too little too late, however, as both Gage Crater and Chase Christie pinned their opponents at the 126 and 132 pound classes respectively to make the score 54-18, which clinched the victory for Del Val. This win would be the 784th in program history. 

Del Val improved to 9-0 on the season Wednesday night, keeping its undefeated season intact as well as its 3-match streak of holding its opponents under 20 points.

The team has 3 straight home meets coming up against Watchung Hills (1/21), Bernards (1/22) and Hillsborough (1/24), so be sure to head out and be a part of the Dawg Pound and cheer on the team.