Wrestlers Start Strong In Regions

By on February 22, 2018

Bill Fauerbach pinned Belvidere’s Zachary Vought in his opening match.

The Region 3 wrestling championship kicked off last night in West Orange and almost all of Verona High School’s wrestlers will be advancing to the Friday round.

John Gabriele, wrestling at 152, scored a technical fail over Bradley Mika of Wood-Ridge. He will take on Justin LeMay of West Morris in the quarterfinals. At 170 pounds, Nick Riggio got an 11-3 major decision on Nick Wolmart of Randolph. Riggio faces the bracket’s No. 2 seed, AJ Lonski of Delbarton, next. At 182 pounds, Bill Fauerbach got a big pin on Belvidere’s Zachary Vought in 3:19. Fauerbach goes up against the No. 4 seed, Kenneth Newman of Livingston. The lone loss for Verona was Dean Palmer (120), against Charlie Treston of Randolph. But Palmer is only a freshman, and he ran up a record of 20 wins–eight of which were by pin–and just eight losses in his opening varsity season.

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Frank Gabriele, who won the District 10 wrestling championship at 138 pounds this past Saturday, had a bye in first round. He will face Scott Finnis of Randolph on Friday night. The quarterfinals begin at 6 p.m. in West Orange, with semifinals starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Consolation finals for third place will be at 1:30 p.m. and the finals at 3:30 p.m.

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