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Hanover Park Athlete of the Week: District 11 Champ, Matt Liberato

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Credits: Lisa Mita Photography
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EAST HANOVER, NJ- Junior Matt Liberato thought his season might be over when he suffered a broken wrist in his match against Queen of Peace on January 21st. In spite of this, he made a remarkable recovery and came back to wrestle in the Group 2 semifinals and finals down at Toms River on February 12th. Matt won both those matches and followed that up by winning the 160lb weight class at district 11, held in Morristown on February 18th. He now qualifies for the regions with a chance to advance to Atlantic City, something that less than three weeks ago seemed impossible.

Matt has been wrestling since he was nine years old and his Dad is his role model. Matt trains at Edge during the off season and made a big jump in weight classes from last year, going from 138lbs to 160lbs this year. He attributes much of his success at Hanover Park to seniors Lou Raimo and Rory Deluca, along with the Hornets coaching staff who have helped him adjust to Hanover Park over the past two years. His college choice is the University of North Carolina to continue his wrestling career and study to become a Chiropractor. He enjoys hunting and playing golf, and is thankful to be part of the amazing wrestling program at Hanover Park, whose winning tradition creates a bond with past and present wrestlers.

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