MOUNT OLIVE, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights’ Mickey O’Malley keeps rolling along, possibly even getting better, as the the road to Atlantic City and the state championships has come to its conclusion.
The 170 pound senior, undefeated on the season, and coming off a convincing victory over highly-rated Bergen Catholic wrestler Chris Foca last Saturday District Championships did himself one better, pinning Foca at the 3:10 mark of their match in the Region 2 finals. O’Malley and Foca had already punched their tickets to the state meet by making the finals on Saturday.
But O’Malley cemented his reputation as the best 170 pounder in the state by pinning Foca. O’Malley reached the final by defeating Benjamin Liss of Fair Lawin in 1:23, by technical fall in the semi's. The combined effort was enough for O’Malley to once again be named the meet’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, a bookend for his Most Outstanding Wrestler of District 5, and the George Jockish Invitational.
The ticket to Atlantic City was also punched for senior Matt Dallara, who lost in the finals to Bergen Catholic’s Shane Griffith, 7-2. Dallara lost a week ago in the District 5 championships to Griffith.
At 106 pounds, Drew Scuilla lost during the wrestlebacks section by pinfall to Wayne Valley’s Hunter Davis, being pinned at the 3:51 mark.
At 182 pounds, Abdul Aksu put himself back into contention for a spot in Atlantic City when he defeated Mt. Olive’s Dominick Spera, 8-4, advancing to the consolation semi-finals. Aksu however, dropped his next match, to Ryan Rue of Fair Lawn, 10-6.
Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro - TAPinto will have continuing coverage of O’Malley and Dallara’s progress throughout the state tournament in the upcoming week.