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Kerly Borbor Grapples Her Way to New Brunswick's First State Wrestling Title

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New Brunswick wrestler Kerly Borbor (far R) after winning the first State championship in program history

After finishing 3rd in the State wrestling tournament last year, New Brunswick's Kerly Borbor battled her way to securing the first-ever championship in school history.

At last week's NJSIAA tournament in Atlantic City, Borbor began her march to the 180 pound-title with a pin fall victory over High Point's Lacey Hums at the 1:20 mark of her match in the semifinals.  Standing between Borbor and the Zebras' first state wrestling championship was Mainland High School's Amirah Giorgianni, who advanced to the finals via DQ in the semis.

Despite being held on her back for much of the second half of the match, Borbor fought hard to avoid being pinned and forced the contest into a tiebreaker. It was there when Borbor took control of the bout and emerged victorious by the final score of 9-5, clinching the inaugural championship for New Brunswick High School.

The win also capped off an undefeated season for Borbor, who ended the 2019-2020 campaign with a record of 16 wins against 0 losses.

“It means the world to me,” Borbor said. "To be the first ever state finalist and a state champ, it’s just overwhelming. I never thought I’d be the first. "