WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Saturday, West Orange High School hosted the NJSIAA Region 4 Wrestling District Tournament. Wrestlers competed in 14 different weight classes as they battled to earn a first place finish in their respective weight groups.
West Orange junior Chris Morgan won the second Outstanding Wrestler Award of his career with three pins and three wins, including a 1:39 pin against Hasbrouck Heights freshman Sean O’Malley in the Championship Match of the 182-pound weight group. He is now 32-0 on the season.
West Orange sophomore Victor Lopez earned a first place finish in the 106-pound group with a, 5-1 decision against Becton freshman Phil Ruiz to win his second title in just two seasons.
In the 113-pound bracket, St. Peter’s Prep junior Alec Kelly earned a, 16-0 victory by technical fall over North Bergen junior Dan Ortega in the Championship Match.
Hasbrouck Heights sophomore John Iurato won the 120-pound group with an, 11-2 major decision against North Bergen senior Devin Garrido.
Senior Joe Ferinde of Nutley won the 126-pound bracket as he defeated Clifton sophomore Kareen Askew with an, 8-4 decision in the Championship Match. It was Ferinde’s second title of his career.
In the 132-pound bracket, sophomore Matthew Rose of Hasbrouck Heights earned a 6-4 decision against Queen of Peace freshman Mike Scaravelli to finish first in the bracket.
Clifton freshman Mohammed Farhan also won a, 6-4 decision against Hasbrouck Heights’ freshman Michael O’Malley in the Championship Match of the 138-pound group.
In the 145-pound weight class, St. Peter’s Prep senior Ryan Burkery earned a, 10-0 major decision over Nutley junior Darwin Pena to win a District Championship.
Passaic Valley senior Tyler Tepe took first place in the 152-pound weight class with a, 2-1 decision over Newark Academy junior Steve Bonsall and improved his career record to 71-24.
Becton senior Roy Forys also earned a District Championship in the final year of his high school career with a, 10-4 decision over Clifton junior Patrick DePasque.
In the 170-pound weight group Passaic Valley junior Jala’a Darwish earned a, 13-2 major decision in the Championship Match against West Essex senior Jaxon Panico.
Queen of Peace junior Jeff Velez earned a, 6-2 decision against Hasbrouck Heights senior Mauro Altamura in the 195-pound group.
In the 220-pound weight class St. Peter’s Prep senior Christian Colucci pinned St. Mary (Ruth.) senior Nick Kovacs in 1:05. Colucci has a 22-1 record in his senior year.
St. Peter’s Prep earned another district championship as sophomore Jose Palomino pinned Union City sophomore Jonathan Beltre in 3:55 in the heavyweight 285-pound group.