CLARK, NJ – Clark Recreational Wrestling hosted the Central Jersey ‘A’ Flight Tournament on Sunday, March 1 at the Arthur L. Johnson High School. This was the second year that the league hosted teams from around the region. Over 200 wrestlers competed for top spots to complete the 2014-15 recreational wrestling season.
“We were thrilled to be asked to bring this event to Clark for the second year in a row. We offered a full day of wrestling, concessions, raffles, prizes and vendors selling frozen ice and wrestling apparel as well,” Head Coach Andy Troczynski said. “It was a successful day for the league and a great way to finish out the season.”
The Watchung Hills A team was this year’s tournament winner. Cranford, last year’s champion, presented them with the coveted first place trophy. This was Watchung Hills’ first time capturing the Central Jersey Champions title.
Clark had 7 wrestlers place in the top 6 in their weight classes.
· First place winners: Jake Talarico (55 lbs) and Andy Trocyznski (102 lbs)
· Second place winner: Alessio Perentin (77 lbs)
· Third place winner: Felix Lettini (90 lbs)
· Fourth place winner: Jordan Downey (HWT)
· Fifth place winner: Matthew Lordi (50 lbs)
· Sixth place winner: Joey Ortega (73 lbs)
The tournament marks the end of a successful season for the Clark Recreational Wrestling program.
The season began in November with wrestlers from grades K-8. The team competed in the Northern NJ Youth Wrestling (NNJYWL, K-eighth grade) and Central Jersey Youth Wrestling (CJYWL, K-sixth grade) leagues. This year was the first year Clark entered the North Jersey league. It provided an opportunity for seventh and eighth grade wrestlers to compete as Clark does not have a middle school team.
The season ended with a winning record of 6 wins and 5 losses and had a strong presence at the end of year tournament. NNJYWL placers were:
· First place winner: Sebastian Iakouchevitch (HWT)
· Third place winners: Vito Galluzzo (137 lbs), and Andrew Troczynski (102 lbs)
· Fifth place winners: Felix Lettini (90 lbs) and Federico Veltre (130 lbs)
· Sixth place winners: Alessio Perentin (75 lbs)and Jake Talarico (55 lbs)
The Central Jersey team also finished above .500 with an 8-7 record for the season.
“We have a very young team, many of our varsity wrestlers are in third or fourth grade, sometimes competing against fifth and sixth graders. We also have a terrific group of kids in our instructional program joining our varsity and JV squads next season,” Trocyznski said.
“Sixth graders Jordan Downey, Felix Lettini, James Lordi, Shane Morgan and Andy Trocyznski have contributed so much to the team over the years with their skills and leadership. They are graduating from the K-6 program,” he added.
Several team wrestlers will be traveling to Trenton on March 15 to compete in the NJ State Championships. They are eighth graders Sebastian Iakouchevitch and Sean Maclaney, sixth grader Andrew Troczynski, fourth graders Jason Greenbush, Matthew Lordi and Jake Talarico, third graders Dom Lettini and Alessio Perentin and second grader Christian Troczynski.