Gov. Livingston Advances 6 Wrestlers to the State Region Quarterfinals

Gov. Livingston's Quinn Haddad Credits: Michael Bruchert
Gov. Livingston Chris Bottone Credits: Michael Bruchert
Gov. Livingston Chris Bottone Credits: Mike Buchert
Quinn Haddad Credits: Mike Buchert

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ-- After moving nine wrestlers past Districts last weekend, GL wrestling took to the mats at Union High School on Wed, Feb 24 to compete in the Regions. Four out of the seven GL competitors sealed their spot in the next level of Regions, while two of the wrestlers already had byes to the next round.

Two of the nine Gov. Livingston wrestlers, Dan Tomlinson (285) and Nic Mele (120) had byes in their respective weight classes. They will compete in the next round on Friday, Feb 26, along with the four wrestlers who won in Wednesday’s match: Jake Pecorelli ’16 (106), Austin Senkarik ’16 (138), Quinn Haddad ’18 (160), and Jack Blasch ’16 (195).

Pecorelli (106) started off Gov. Livingston’s success at Regions with a huge pin against Irvington's Terrell Ashman. In an effort to seal off his match, Pecorelli stopped at no cost. His quick and tactful pin placed him further in the bracket, providing GL with its third wrestler to move on to the next round.

Sign Up for E-News

Austin Senkarik (138) began with the same intensity and drive as Pecorelli. Senkarik’s two points poised him for a quick 2-0 start. A takedown in the second along with another point would add three more to his already two-point lead, leaving Senkarik up 5-0 going into the third. A powerful takedown and multiple moves landed Senkarik a spot in the next level of the Regions, as he overcame Philippe Lovensky (Rahway) with a final decision of 10-0.

Nick DeLuca (152) lost in a tough battle as he was just one point away from a golden ticket to the ensuing round. A comeback was not far out of reach as he worked relentlessly to make up for the deficit, but was ultimately defeated 6-5 in an intense match.against Victor Azeredo (Union).

Quinn Haddad (160) began with a slow start to his match. Going into the second, Haddad and Cranford's Dave Busch had failed to earn any points. After a stop in time, Haddad came back guns blazing and going into the third had a three point lead. Haddad would leave the mat with a victory under his wing as he defeated his opponent 6-2.

Turner Haddad (170) fell short of a triumphant walk off the mat as his opponent came on the mat with power. Although the first minute was a hard-fought battle on both sides, Haddad was pinned by Delbarton's Cole Kreshpane in 1 minute 55 seconds into the first.

Chris Bottone (182) came out testing the waters with Millburn's Daniel Caivano. Neither side could make a move or gain dominance over the other, leaving the score 0-0 going into the second. In the second, however, Bottone’s opponent caught three points although Bottone remained aggressive and alert. The three-point lead would leave Bottone with a loss to end his night.

Jack Blasch (195) started off aggressive and dominant on the mats for GL’s last match of the night. He took advantages of his openings, and in a thrilling end to Wednesday’s events for the Highlanders, Blasch succeeded in pinning Cranford's Dylan Budnik and moving on to the next round.

Next, quarterfinal rounds will take place Friday evening at 6 p.m. at Union High School. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Logic and Sensible Spending Take Priority

May 24, 2018

Logic.  It's what people use when endeavoring to complete things in the most sensible order.  Everyone knows that "logic" means sequencing events in a formulaic, predictable manner.  We learned this at a young age, as we observed Star Trek on TV and came to understand why Captain James T. Kirk relied on Spock as his first officer because his strategic plans were ...

I will draw on my experience to deliver a great future for Berkeley Heights

I am impressed with the day-to-day leadership of our Mayor and Town Council and I hope to help them continue to do great work. As I have been doing my research since deciding to run for a seat on our Town Council, I have learned a few things about all the work that has been happening in recent years.  For example, while plans for the Stratton House development were recently announced, our ...

Christopher Rinaldi for Town Council - Leadership, Judgement, Experience

My name is Christopher Rinaldi.  As a long-time member of the Republican Party, I am running in the Republican Primary on June 5th for Township Council and Republican Municipal Committee of Berkeley Heights.

As a follow-up to my Candidate Statements from the last two weeks, I would like to share with you a few areas of direct work experience garnered over the past 25 years that I believe ...

How the Holi Color Festival Came to Summit; Event Planner Shares Her Story

May 21, 2018

Back in India, Holi was a holiday observed by almost all states. The holiday would be declared at all educational institutes and offices. It's a two day spring festival also known as the festival of colors. The festival signifies the victory of good over bad, the arrival of spring with the fragrance of flowers in the air and aura of warmth and happiness.

Holi festival is the time ...

Rain Didn't Dampen Our Vision for Art in the Park

The rain did not dampen our vision for Art in the Park!! Columbia Middle School was transformed into an art paradise, filled with an array of artists whose talents are nothing short of magical! The Peppertown Park Art in the Park Committee would like to thank all of the artists who came to our very first Art in the Park event. We are in awe of your creativity and immeasurable talents! You all ...

Gov. Livingston Hilltop Players Host Annual Relay Cabaret, May 31

May 24, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston Hilltop Players will be hosting their annual Relay Cabaret at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31 in the GL cafeteria. It is a night of songs, scenes, monologues, and dances from famous plays and musicals. We ask for donations at the door, and all funds raised will go to Relay for Life in the memory of our beloved technical director, Kenneth ...

Mindfulness Meditation Session Begins Program on Nutrition at New Providence Library

Dr. Kavita Kewalramani, a board certified Internist at K Primary Care and Medical Nutrition Center in New Providence, will start with a short mindfulness meditation session, followed by the latest research on how mindful nutrition helps to improve your health and weight. Dr. K will also share a recipe for healthy protein bites which will be sampled by the audience, and discuss her weight loss ...

Amazon’s Career Choice program wins “Community Excellence” award

EDISON, NJ - Amazon’s Career Choice program recently received the “Community Excellence” award from the New Jersey Community College Consortium for its impact on the local community.

Steven Johnson, Amazon’s Director for Associate Development, was on hand to accept the award and lead a panel discussion on how the program provides trained, motivated employees for ...

Michelle Greco: The Logical Choice

Credentials and Expertise.  These are basic qualities that any headhunter, supervisor, manager, or hiring partner demands when looking for a new work colleague to bring on board.  

It comes as no surprise, then, that the Berkeley Heights Republican Municipal Committee (RMC) engaged in the same analysis and looked for these essential criteria to fill Republican ...

Fallout Continues from Lawsuit Against Mountainside; Police Chief on Administrative Leave

May 19, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Police Chief Allan Attanasio is the latest member of the police department to suffer repercussions from a complaint filed against the borough on May 11.  Attanasio, who is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, was “placed on administrative leave,” on Thursday by Borough Administrator and former Police Chief James Debbie, said  Lt. Joseph ...

Video Shows School Board Member In Altercation With Police at Traffic Stop in South Orange

May 16, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange Maplewood School Board Member Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad got into an altercation with a South Orange police officer who stopped her for speeding last month, in which she used profanity, complained when she was issued a ticket and called South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll “a skinhead cop.”

Lawson-Muhammad also appeared to suggest that she would ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, May 24, 9:30 AM

Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop, Summit

Here Comes Summer! Junior League of Summit Thrift ...

Giving Back Green

Fri, May 25, 9:30 AM

Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop, Summit

Here Comes Summer! Junior League of Summit Thrift ...

Giving Back Green

Sat, May 26, 9:00 AM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Aunt Carrie's Attic Sale

Giving Back Other

Sat, May 26, 11:00 AM

Home For Good Dog Recue, Berkeley Heights,

Dog Adoption


Sat, May 26, 2:00 PM

New Providence

Memoir Writing Workshops @ NPML

Arts & Entertainment

Thu, May 31, 11:30 AM

Canoe Brook Country Club, Summit

Fortnightly Club Scholarship Luncheon

Food & Drink Giving Back

The Evaluation of the College Search

It’s is a bizarre time of year as a college counselor as I find myself at both the beginning and end of this process.  Sophomores and juniors are excitedly and idealistically starting to consider what will be important to them in a school.  At the same time, while only separated by a year or two, my seniors have all committed within the past month to a school and have spent the ...

Don’t Make These Three Mistakes About Social Security

Social Security has been around for decades and it’s not about to disappear. Why? Social Security is not an entitlement ("gift") that can be taken away - it’s a forced savings scheme that Americans pay into in their working years in order to secure a pension for life. Ideally, Social Security should not be your sole source of income in retirement but even comfortable ...