Wagner is New Pt. Beach Coach/Dorsi, Dougherty, Murtha Make College Commitments

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As written back in February, John Wagner appeared to be the main candidate for the Point Beach job, and the former Roselle Park head coach and current athletic director was officially approved by the Board of Education as the Garnet Gulls’ new head coach on Tuesday night, which was first reported by the Asbury Park Press.

Wagner, who coached at Roselle Park from 1981-2005, lives in the area and will take over for Steve Sasse, who stepped down on the heels of a 2-8 season. Sasse was a longtime successful wrestling coach who took over a program that has perennially struggled with participation numbers and success at Ocean County’s smallest public school.

Wagner led Roselle Park to NJSIAA North II, Group I titles in 1992 and 1993 and nine state playoff appearances, so he knows what it takes to build a champion. Pt. Beach’s last winning season was in 1997, when it went 7-3 and won a division title. Current Red Bank coach Nick Giglio led the Garnet Gulls to their last state playoff berth in 2001.

That is a great hire for a program that has been mired in a losing situation, so we’ll see if Wagner can right the ship and make Point Beach competitive again.

Also, some more college commitments were announced recently.

Red Bank Catholic fullback/linebacker Mike Dorsi, an All Shore Media first-team All-Conference selection and one of the top players on one of the Shore’s best defenses, is headed to Division III power Delaware Valley College, which has won three straight conference championships. He looks to play fullback for Delaware Valley.

Brad Dougherty, a three-year starter for Toms River North who played on the offensive line this past season, is headed to Widener University to play linebacker, according to his father.

Colts Neck running back/linebacker/punter Pat Murtha, who was an All-Class B North pick by the coaches, has committed to Susquehanna University, according to Cougars coach Greg LaCava. Murtha was a two-year starter for Colts Neck.

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