Wrestling: Morris Knolls Sends 12 to District 8 Tournament

File photo of Boardwalk Hall during the 2016 NJSIAA State Wrestling Championship. Credits: Tim LeCras

PASSAIC VALLEY, NJ – Five Morris Knolls wrestlers were seeded in the top 4 of this weekend’s NJSIAA District 8 individual wrestling tournament held at Passaic Valley High School on Saturday.

Seniors Connor Fortune (160 pounds) and Shane Beston (285 pounds) sit as No. 2 seeds in their respective weight classes, while junior Jacob Cougle (170 pounds) will be the No. 3 seed, with Jack Wemmlinger (113 pounds) and Wade Drugac (220 pounds)  as the No. 4 in their classes.

Morris Knolls will be represented by 12 wrestlers looking to secure their spot in next weekend’s Region 2 tournament, with their ultimate goal of a trip to Atlantic City in March.

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Last year, three Morris Knolls wresters advanced all the way to Atlantic City. Wade Drugac’s older twin brothers, Luke and Dean, both finished second in the state championship finals of their weight classes.

NJSIAA District 8 features nine other schools, including Passaic Valley, Wayne Valley, Montville, Garfield, Parsippany Hills, Boonton, Teaneck, Elmwood Park and Hopatcong.

The top 3 finishers in each weight class advance to next week’s region tournament. Matches begin at 9 a.m., with the finals scheduled to start at approximately 5 p.m.

Here is a complete list of competitors from Morris Knolls (weight class, seed, name, year, 2016-17 record):

106 – No. 5 Orlando Sullivan, senior, 16-12

113 – No. 4 Jack Wemmlinger, freshman, 20-13

120 – No. 7 Daniel Perrault, sophomore, 11-13

126 – No. 8 Matt Stavrakis, senior, 10-19

132 – None

138 – No. 7 Steven Gasperini, sophomore, 5-24

145 – No. 7 Chirs Torres, senior, 10-17

152 – No. 5 Michael Kaiser, sophomore, 17-13

160 – No. 2 Connor Fortune, senior, 28-3

170 – No. 3 Jacob Cougle, junior, 21-10

182 – None

195 – No. 6 Joseph DeSimone, sophomore, 4-9

220 – No. 4 Wade Drugac, junior, 20-10 (younger brother of Dean 182 and Luke 195, who finished second in last year’s state championship)

285 – No. 2 Shane Beston, senior, 29-2


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