Sports

East Brunswick's Schleifer Wins 160-pound Wrestling State Final

6dc343b4961aac396473_photo-8.JPG
4684108cd8ee0d089ee6_photo-7.JPG
6dc343b4961aac396473_photo-8.JPG

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – All East Brunswick High School’s Jonathan Schleifer knows is the podium at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Since his first trip down to state finals’ weekend during his freshman year in 2011, Schleifer has placed in the Top 8 of his weight class, but never the leader.

2014 is different. After beating Bound Brook’s Joshua Ugalde, 6-4, Schleifer is standing at the top of the podium as the State Champion 160 pound wrestler.

“Freshman year my goal actually was just to place and I realized what being a state champ really was,” Schleifer said. “Everybody talks about it in their practice rooms, but once I was here in eighth place and I was looking up at the guy all the way up at the top, I knew that’s what I wanted. Every year I trained harder and harder until I knew what it took to be a state champion.”

Sign Up for E-News

The experience of making it to state championship weekend each of the last three years showed early in the match.

Schleifer scored four points in the first period, including a 2-point take down in the opening minute, which was his game plan all along.

“Once I got a little bit of points, I started getting a little big more defensive, which came back to bite me,” the senior Bear said. “The game plan was to take him down and let him up, take him down and let him up.”

His defensiveness hurt him in the second period as Ugalde took advantage of an 1-point “escape” and a 2-point takedown to tie the match at 4-4.

In the third period, Schleifer was credited with a 2-point reversal after Ugalde called for an injury timeout in the middle of a play, resulting in the match-deciding points.

“I just stayed in good position,” Schleifer said of his late play. “I think that was all I needed really.”

The state championship victory is the last one of Schleifer’s high school career. He will move on to wrestle at Princeton University in the Fall.

“I still have much bigger matches to win,” Schleifer said. “I’m not a high school wrestler anymore, I’m a D-1 athlete. I have to step up the training. Not that I feel like I’m not in my league, I have to put more focus in it if I want to succeed.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

East Brunswick

Pinkin Resolution to Raise Awareness of Gun Violence passes Assembly

May 24, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - Assembly Democrats Yvonne Lopez, Angela McKnight and Nancy Pinkin resolution to raise awareness of gun violence was voted out of the Assembly 67-0 on Thursday.
            The measure (AJR-100) designates June 2 of each year as “Gun Violence Awareness Day” in New Jersey in order to promote ...

Learn How to “Ace The Interview” at the East Brunswick Public Library

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—Looking for a new job? East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) is here to help. The library offers a special program called “Acing the Interview” on Saturday, June 16 at 10:30 am, which is designed to help jobseekers.

“Acing the Interview” focuses on what many feel is the most stressful part of the job search process: ...

East Brunswick Public Library Launches “EB Grow” Seed Library

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—Every spring, library customers visit East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) to find resources on how to garden. Thanks to a joint partnership between East Brunswick Public Library and the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, gardeners will be able to get some “seed money” to start their first crops for the year.

The ...

The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2005)

            The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani, a New York Times best selling author, was recommended to me by a young woman who actually came from the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania, the place where the novel is set. “The author did such a wonderful job of describing how the town actually is,” said the young lady.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's Press, 2018)

            What is the “final frontier” on the Earth's surface? Many people would say Alaska, the 49th state, which was added to the United States fifty years ago. Once one has traveled to that remote land, it is impossible to forget the magnificence of the terrain and beasts. Floating by ship in Glacier Bay, surrounded by ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...