CLARK, N.J.- The Arthur L. Johnson High School varsity wrestling team continues to string together high scores and victories through two major wrestling meetings in the 2016-17 season. The first meet of the season, the Edison Classic, featured players on the team starting on a high note. The boys followed up this success with high numbers in the Rahway Holiday Tournament, which took place over the Christmas/Winter Break.
“It’s pretty amazing that when you enter eight wrestlers in a tournament and four win it, there must be something clicking in the locker room,” Johnson head coach Mike Siter said. “These kids work their tails off. Coach Roberts and I are proud to have these wrestlers represent Johnson HS.”
Junior Chris Fuschetto took the win in the 132 lb. weight class in both tournaments and had the added distinction of being named Most Outstanding Wrestler in both contests.
The Edison Classic took place on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 and featured competitive schools including ALJ, Edison, Verona, J.P. Stevens, Red Bank Regional and Metuchen.
The Rahway Holiday Tournament took place on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in which four Crusaders finished in first place. Fuschetto, along with junior Dan Olenick (heavyweight), sophomore Sebastian Iakouchevitch (170-pound) and junior Tyler Bohm (145-pound).
Olenick locked up his victory in the Rahway Holiday Tournament at 5:59 on the clock, battling back from an 8-7 deficit, reversing his wrestler who put him on his back with four seconds left for the pin.
Joe Concina placed fourth place for the Crusaders.
Iakouchevitch improved his personal record to 7-0 with victories in both the Edison Classic and Rahway Holiday Tournament.
The Johnson Crusaders go back to work on Wednesday, Jan. 4 against Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS at 7:00 p.m.
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