(Newark, NJ) – The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored the West Essex High School Wrestling Team for winning the 2019 NJSIAA Group 3 State Championship during a special presentation held at the Hall of Records in Newark, New Jersey. The Commendation was sponsored and presented by District 4 Freeholder Leonard Luciano, and longtime Livingston resident Freeholder At-Large Patricia Sebold.

Freeholder Sebold offered greetings to the team on behalf of the Board, and congratulated them on their successful season. “On behalf of the Board, I congratulate the West Essex Wrestling team on their tremendous season. These young men have brought great distinction and honor to the County of Essex and the towns of Essex Fells, Fairfield, Roseland, and North Caldwell by winning the Group 3 State Championship. They have shown that with hard work, sacrifice, and teamwork, the end result of being champions becomes an attainable goal.”

The West Essex Knights Wrestling Team finished the season with a record of 22 victories and 4 losses. They closed out the season with an 18-match winning streak and triumphed over Ocean Township in the semifinals and Delsea High School in the finals to win the Group 3 State Championship. In addition to winning the state championship, they were also the TCNJ Pride Tournament Champions, District 5 Champions, and had six individual Essex County Champions. The Knights were also led by an equally successful coaching staff.  Assistant Coach Greg Ruggiero was named the Assistant Coach of the Year District 5, and Head Coach Mike Markey was named the Essex County District 5, Region 2 Coach of the Year, the New Jersey State Coach of the Year, and the NJ.com Coach of the Year.

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Coach Markey thanked the Freeholders for the honor, and thanked the members of the team for representing the community in a positive fashion. He stated, “As proud as we are for the season we had, we are more proud of the young men that these boys are.”

Also in attendance for the ceremony were Freeholder Vice President Wayne Richardson, Freeholders Romaine Graham, Rufus Johnson, Robert Mercado, Carlos Pomares, and Freeholder President Brendan Gill.