EAST HANOVER, NJ – Fresh off a 13-7 record, a District 10 title, a North 2, Group 2 championship and a conference title, the Hanover Park High School wrestling team is ready for a new season.
The storied program has seen a ton of success in recent years, and the 2019 campaign was no exception.
Hanover Park defeated Madison, Verona and Bernards on the path to a North 2, Group 2 title. The Hornets lost to South Plainfield in the Group 2 semifinals.
Hanover Park then crowned seven champions and dominated the District 10 tournament held at Randolph High School this past February.
The Hornets had a wrestler in the final of 10 of the 14 weight classes.
Hanover Park took first at District 11 in 2018. The program has won three straight sectional titles. Hanover Park was a Group 2 finalist back in 2017.
Last season, Joey Olivieri was a Region champion at 126 and Nick Raimo won a Region title and state championship at 132.
The state title was the second for Raimo, who won at 126 in 2017. Raimo now wrestles for Arizona State University. He finished with a 132-5 high school record.
Oliveri was a state champion in 2018, but he moved up in weight classes from 106 to 126.
Oliveri enters his junior year with Hanover Park.
The team looks to be competitive once again in 2019-20 and find more wrestlers headed to the state championships in Atlantic City.
Hanover Parks opens the year on Dec. 21-22 in the Battle of the East tournament at the University of Delaware.
A number of quality wrestlers and teams from many states will compete in the tournament.
Hanover Park then competes in the Mountain Lakes Tournament on Dec. 27.
The Hornets will take on Belvidere and Belleville on Dec. 30 to close out the year.
Hanover Park then competes in the Henry Boresch Duals on Jan. 4. Matches against Roxbury (Jan. 7) and Parsippany (Jan. 9) follow before a highly anticipated match West Morris Central, a team Hanover Park lost to last season, on Jan. 11, 2020.
Kinnelon and Kittatinny follow on Jan. 15 and Jan. 17, respectively.
Hanover Park will battle in the Escape the Rock Tournament (Pa.) Jan. 18-19. Matches against Pequannock (Jan. 23), Mount Olive (Jan. 25) and state powerhouse Phillipsburg (Jan. 29) follow before the Morris County Tournament at Mount Olive Jan. 31-Feb. 1.
Road matches at Whippany Park and Paramus (Feb. 5, Feb. 8) lead up to the District 10 Tournament on Feb. 22.