ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - A terrific senior season ended with a spot on the podium for Bridgewater-Raritan’s 145-pound wrestler Matt Sacco at the NJSIAA Wrestling State Championship Tournament.
Sacco earned a fifth place finish in the tournament, earning a victory by forfeit in the fifth place match to be earning a state medal for the first time in his career.
“It was a great year for me,” Sacco said. “A big step up from last season. I didn’t even get a win at states last year. I’m very pleased with getting fifth place and getting a spot on the podium.”
Coming in at 38–0 on the season, and fresh off of winning the Region 4 Tournament, Sacco cruised to two straight victories to begin the tournament before suffering a setback by losing his first match of the season in the third round of the tournament.
Sacco didn’t let his first loss of the year affect him and rebounded with two straight victories to put himself in position to earn a third place finish.
Another blow with a loss in Sacco’s next match against Wyatt McCarthy, of Newton, dropped him to wrestle for fifth place.
Joe Sacco, of South Plainfield, could not complete due to injury, resulting in Matt Sacco taking home fifth place in the tournament for Bridgewater-Raritan.
Sacco finishes his senior season with a record of 42–2, one of the best individual seasons in program history.
“It feels amazing to be able to put together one of the best seasons in school history,” Sacco said. “It’s very humbling to see all my hard work from when I was young to now pay off. I couldn’t have done it without my coaches and teammates. My family has always been supportive of me and helping me strive to get better. I set a goal for myself and I was able to achieve it.”
Matt Winchock and Brett MacMath were also participants in the state tournament for Bridgewater-Raritan.
In the 170-pound bracket, Winchock earned two straight wins following a first round loss to keep himself dancing in the tournament.
Winchock lost a heartbreaker to Robbinsville’s Garrett Bilgrav, 4–3, and was eliminated from the tournament just two wins shy of qualifying for a state medal.
The senior finishes the season with a mark of 30–10.
MacMath competed in the 182-pound weight class for Bridgewater-Rartian, where he earned an upset 3–1 victory over West Morris’ Luke Stefanelli in the first round of the tournament.
The junior went on to the lose the next two matches to get eliminated from the tournament.
MacMath finished his junior season with a record of 36–7.