Council Recognizes New Providence High School Athletes Hua and Gazaway at Council Meeting

Council recognizes David Hua for his outstanding swimming achievements at New Providence High School. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Council recognizes Tyler Gazaway for his outstanding wrestling achievements at New Providence High School. Credits: Bobbie Peer

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Council honored two New Providence High School graduating athletes, David Hua and Tyler Gazaway, with a Borough Proclamation recognizing their outstanding accomplishments during the May 23 Council meeting. 

"You two young men really make this town very proud. It is an honor and privilege to give you these proclamations," said Mayor Al Morgan. 

UPenn bound Hua finished his NPHS careers as the most decorated boys' swimmer in school history leading his team to the Central Jersey Group C championship.

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His personal accomplishments include: 

  • Setting seven of the school's 11 swimming records;
  • Set meet records in the Union County Tournament (21.31) and Meet of Champions (20.91) in the 50 free [with a season state record]. 

Hua was named First Team All-State by and was named the Courier News swimmer of the year. 

Gazaway earned All American Honors in finishing third place at the 145 pound weight class of the High School Senior Division at the 27th Annual NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, VA. Gazaway came back to win third place by winning nine consecutive matches after losing in round 1. No other high school wrestler in the tournament, with a 64 man bracket, had pulled off such a feat.

The top 8 place finishers in each weight class were officially declared Senior All-Americans and will be recognized at the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum. 

Gazaway is a highly decorated wrestler, breaking the school record for most wins at NPHS set by Ross Baldwin and Shane Mallory in 2005. Gazaway is a three time Union County Champion, three time District 12 Champion and  a repeat Region 3 Champion, and reached the quarter final round of the New Jersey State Championship in Atlantic City.

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