CLARK, NJ- It was just last year when Arthur L. Johnson High School senior Chris Fuschetto secured his 100th career win during his junior year. Now, with his high school career in the books, Fuschetto leaves as one of the best wrestlers in the high school's history.
According to Johnson wrestling head coach Mike Siter, Fuschetto is graduating the school as the all-time winningest wrestler in Johnson program history, finishing with 133 career wins. His final career record at the high school stands at 133-17.
“Chris was the hardest worker I have ever coached in the wrestling room,” Siter said. “He set a level that all wrestlers at ALJ should look up to.
In the 2017-18 season, Fuschetto went 16-2 with seven pins, along with two wins on technical falls.
His storied wrestling career featured him competing in the 2018 NJSIAA District 13 Semifinals Round. Fuschetto defeated Elizabeth’s Kevin Bacan (132 lbs.) 16-0 with a technical fall at 3:42 (1:42 of the second round).
He advanced to the NJSIAA 2018 Region 4 Wrestling Tournament in the 138 lbs. round as the second-seeded wrestler in the bracket. After receiving a first-round bye, Fuschetto defeated Roselle Park’s Joshua Mejia, the seventh-seeded wrestler in the quarterfinals round in bonus points, 9-2.
In the semifinals round, he defeated third-seeded Maguire Pecci of Seton Hall Prep 6-2 to advance to the finals. Fuschetto came up short, losing to fourth-seeded wrestler Aaron Coleman of Iselin Kennedy 8-2.
Despite that, he competed in the 2018 NJSIAA State Wrestling Championship Tournament in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
As the 17-seed, Fuschetto defeated 16-seeded Shane Kobis of High Point 6-3 in the first round, before his career concluded with a loss to top-seeded Quinn Kinner of Kingsway High School.
“Chris’ 133 wins set the school record and is the most I have ever coached, so that might tell you something about where Chris stands in my book,” Siter added. “He will be missed here at ALJ.”