FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Spotswood High School's Zach Weiner will be making his first trip to the NJSIAA/ Rothman Orthopaedics Individual Wrestling Championships in Atlantic City. The junior was the second seed in the 132-pound weight class region five championships this weekend at Franklin High School. Weiner lost in the semifinal round, but finished in the top four, qualifying for a trip to the state's high-profile wrestling championships along with 448 boys and 60 girls. The championship takes place in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on March 5 through March 7.
Weiner had a bye in the first round of the region five championships after winning the District 19 championship last weekend in his weight class. He defeated Marlboro High School's Zach Vasile. The pair met again yesterday in the region five semifinals, but Vasile came away with the win by a 6-3 decision. Weiner defeated 10th seeded Darren Figueroa from Sayreville War Memorial High School by a 3-2 decision to advance to the semifinal round. Vasile lost to top seeded Anthony White from South Plainfield High School in the finals.
Weiner defeated Pingry's Jack Martin by a 5-2 decision in the semifinal of the 132-pound wrestleback. He then lost to North Hunterdon's Conner Quinn by a 7-0 decision in the final of the consolation round to decide third place. Despite the loss, Weiner finished fourth in his weight class giving him a spot on the mat in Atlantic City. Weiner joins White, Vasile and Quinn who also earned berths at the region five championships at Franklin High School.
Weiner boasts an individual record of 19-4 for the Chargers this season. The junior made the varsity wrestling squad as a freshman. Last year, Weiner placed third in his weight class to earn his first trip to regionals, but did not end up qualifying for a trip to Atlantic City.
Spotswood High School has had wrestlers compete in the much-watched Atlantic City state wrestling tournament before. In 2018, Shea Obado wrestled in the 160-pound weight class after finishing third at the regional tournament. Obado was knocked out early in the competition, losing in the first round. Amiran Odzelashvili headed to the championship in 2013. Odzelashvili lost in the second round in the heavyweight division. Jason Mar recorded the highest finish in the Chargers' history in the state wrestling tournament in 2003. Mar placed third in his respective weight class.