NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Hub City’s own Javon Mercado is set to hit the mat tonight in the quarterfinals of the Region 5 wrestling tournament.

Mercado (25-7) is the sole Zebra left in the competition, according to Wrestling in the 220-pound weight class, he’s lined up to duke it out with Will Ortman (33-2) of Hopewell Valley on mat 4 at Hunterdon Central High School.

Mercado, a New Brunswick High School senior, was slotted as the seventh seed in regions after placing second for his class in the District 20 meeting.

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He bested Franklin’s Abu Kossay earlier this week in the preliminary round on his way to tonight’s match.

Ortman, Mercado’s opponent tonight, was picked by Star-Ledger reporters to take second overall in the Region 5 tourney.

The match tonight is the second of four rounds.

The best of the best will go on to compete in states in Atlantic City.

The Zebras sent a handful of wrestlers to the regional contest. All of them but Mercado were taken down in the first round, according to reports.