CLARK, NJ – The Arthur L. Johnson High School wrestling team will travel to Scotch Plains on Saturday to compete in the District 13 wrestling tournament. It is the first time SPF will host the event. Participating schools are A.L. Johnson (Clark), Elizabeth, Linden, Plainfield, Rahway, St. Peter's Prep, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Seton Hall Prep, and Summit.
"We wrestled a bunch of these teams during the season so our wrestlers feel pretty confident,” ALJ head coach Mike Siter said. “Two powerful teams were added into the mix, Seton Hall Prep and St. Peter's Prep, so we will see where we stand with those teams.”
The Crusaders entered eight wrestlers in the tournament. Among them is junior Christopher Fuschetto, who recently earned his 100th varsity win. Fuschetto, who enters the tournament with a 33-2 records, is the top seed and wrestler to beat in the 132 weight class.
“We worked hard getting to this point and we're going to leave it on the mat at Scotch Plains," Siter said.
Wrestling for the Crusaders are:
- 106 lbs: Jason Duffy, No. 7 seed (6-13), Freshman
- 126 lbs: Christopher Manning, No. 9 seed (11-19), Freshman
- 132 lbs: Christopher Fuschetto, No. 1 seed (33-2), Junior
- 138 lbs: Joseph Concina, No. 7 seed (11-24), Junior
- 145 lbs: Tyler Bohm, No. 4 seed (20-9), Junior
- 160 lbs: Sebastian Iakouchevitch, No. 2 seed (30-3), Sophomore
- 170 lbs: Nicholas Rabeno, No. 8 seed (2-19), Junior
- 285 lbs: Daniel Olenick, No. 3 seed (23-9), Junior
Weigh-ins begin at 8:00 a.m., and the first match of the day will start at 9:30 a.m. Each athlete will compete in up to four matches (pre-quarters, quarters, semifinals, and finals), and the top three finishers in each weight class will move onto the regional tournament that begins on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Union High School and continues on Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25. After the regionals, the state Meet of Champions will take place in Atlantic City on March 3-5.
The host school will incur the costs of staging the tournament, however they get to keep the proceeds from admissions and concessions.
"I am really excited about hosting districts at SPF. My teammates and I always talked about how cool and special it would be to have districts at SPF. So when the opportunity came, I wanted to do all I could to have it here," SPF head coach Marc Fabiano said. "The kids, families, and alumni have all had positive things to say when they heard districts was at SPF."
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