NJSIAA Region 1 Wrestling Tournament: Controversy for Newton


HARDYSTON, NJ - Wrestling is a sport that is meant to be traditional and respectful of opponents. While it is a very physical sport, there are still things that are frowned upon on the mat. Senior Adam Schlereth was put to the test with all of this.

On the final day of the regional tournament at Wallkill Valley Regional high school, things started out normally for Newton.  They knew they had to overcome adversity with both of their wrestlers starting their day in the wrestle backs.

In Schlereth’s first match of the 220-pound weight class wrestle backs, things started out well for him against Ralph Hall of Lenape Valley. Schlereth defeated Hall with a 2:28 fall but then things turned for the worse when Hall threw a punch at Schlereth after the whistle.

Sign Up for E-News

“He was a sore sport about it,” said Schlereth. “He shook my hand and then hit me with a nice punch.”

Schlereth and Hall have a little bit of history playing youth football together so this was not the first time they have seen each other.

“He’s always been the type of kid to be mad or frustrated after he loses,” added Schlereth. “But, I didn’t think he would actually punch me.”

After Hall threw the punch, he was kicked out of the building and police on duty followed him out. It is possible that Hall could face charges for assault since he is 18 years old. If facing a tough bracket was not enough for Schlereth, he had this distraction for the rest of the day.

“Everybody was talking to me about it but I was trying to focus on my match,” noted Schlereth. “The cops came to me and asked if I wanted to press charges but I told them to talk to me after I wrestle.”

Despite the punch controversy, Schlereth still made an impressive run to the consolation finals where he went on to lose in a 5:04 fall.

“Coming in as a seven seed, nobody expected me to do what I did,” said Schlereth.

While Schlereth was getting the attention for Newton, the Braves had another wrestler trying to win their way through the wrestle backs. This was senior Lance Fischer in the 160-pound weight class, who won in a 5:03 fall and 4-1 respectively in his first two matches to have a chance at going to the state tournament. Unfortunately, Fischer also lost in the consolation finals in a 5:13 fall.

For Schlereth and Fischer, this was their last shot at the state tournament and despite overcoming a lot of adversity, both of them will end their high school wrestling careers coming up just short of a spot in the state tournament.

“It was a lot of fun and a lot shorter than I thought it was going to be,” added Schlereth.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Plane Crashes into Lake Aeroflex in Sussex County Park

April 23, 2018

NEWTON, NJ—A one-manned plane crashed into Lake Aeroflex in Kittatinny Valley State Park around 11:30 this morning.

“I heard the plane cut out, then I saw it turn left and flatten out, and then it landed in the lake,” passerby Justin Leyman said. “It took the rescue crews about a minute or so to get the pilot out of the lake."

The plane was completely ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, April 29, 3:30 PM

Codey Arena, West Orange

Girls Try Hockey Free Clinic


Fri, May 4, 7:00 PM

Sparta Evangelical Free Church, Sparta

Veritas Christian Academy presents The Music Man

Arts & Entertainment


Sun, May 6, 7:00 AM

Liberty State Park, Jersey City

11th Annual Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for ...

Health & Wellness

Sun, May 13, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River


Sun, May 27, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River


Sun, June 10, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River


Sun, June 24, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Life Along the Wallkil River


Re-Elect Wayne Levante

April 25, 2018

I have been a tax paying home owner in Newton for the past 6 years.  I met Wayne Levante approximately 1 year ago at an event here in Newton.  I wasn’t expecting much because my interactions and observations of other council members had been rather negative.  I found them arrogant, unapproachable, and uninterested.  To my surprise I found Mr. Levante quite the opposite! ...

Say no to Wayne Levante on May 8th

For those who live in Newton I urge you to vote “no” for Wayne Levante on May 8th. Events within the past few months have demonstrated that Wayne Levante does not have the temperament or people skills to serve Newton. His character and temper is very unbecoming and concering.

Wayne Levante’s ego makes him unfit and unsuited for the job. He does not have any self control. He ...

7 Tips For Using Mirrors in Your NJ Home

Mirror, mirror on the wall, how to decorate with them, if at all? First of all, mirrors serve as the perfect complement to nearly any space, so should definitely be incorporated in your New Jersey home decorating.  Secondly, if used thoughtfully, mirrors add considerable value to a space both aesthetically and functionally. So how should you bring on the mirrors? Team Nest Builder offers ...

You Could WIN a New Roof Through No Roof Left Behind

If you live in Sussex, Morris or Warren County and your home needs a new roof, you’re in luck! Jeff Alte Jr. Roofing & Siding will be giving away a free roof to a family in one of these counties through the national No Roof Left Behind program.

Nominations are being accepted through May 31st online only.  Nominate yourself or anyone you know who needs a new roof. Nominees must ...

Buying a Home Is Cheaper Than Renting in Majority of US

Great news for first-time New Jersey home buyers! The results of the 2018 Rental Affordability Report from ATTOM show that buying a median-priced home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom property in 54% of U.S. counties analyzed for the report.

The updated numbers show that renting a three-bedroom property in the United States requires an average of 38.8% of income.

The least ...

Home Buying Myths Slayed

Team Nest Builder wants YOU to know the truths about buying a New Jersey home!

Some Highlights:

The average down payment for first-time homebuyers is only 6%!

Despite mortgage interest rates being over 4%, rates are still below historic numbers.

88% of property managers raised their rents in the last 12 months!

The credit score requirements for mortgage ...

Buy A Home To Build Your Family's Wealth

Over the next five years, home prices are expected to appreciate, on average, by 3.6% per year and to grow by 18.2% cumulatively, according to Pulsenomics’ most recent Home Price Expectation Survey. Team Nest Builder wants you to understand what that means for homeowners and their equity positions.

As an example, let’s assume a young couple purchased and closed on a $250,000 home ...

Now’s the Time to Buy Your NJ Luxury Home

House no longer fits your needs? Planning on buying a New Jersey luxury home? Now is the time to do so!

Recently, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing released its Luxury Market Report which showed that in today’s premium home market, buyers are in control.  The inventory of homes for sale in the luxury market far exceeds the number of people searching to purchase these ...

Girls are Signing Up for a Summer of Adventure at Girl Scout Camp

April 25, 2018

RIVERDALE, April 23, 2018: There are still spots open for campers to sign up for Girl Scout Summer Day Camp at Jockey Hollow in Mendham Township and Lake Rickabear in Kinnelon. Parents and guardians can check out one of our Open House events, or our online camp brochure, as well as sign up at Your girl does not need to be a registered Girl Scout to enjoy a summer of adventure and ...

TAPinto Paterson Video: Paterson Police Officer Tamby Yagan Laid to Rest

April 25, 2018

WAYNE, NJ- The precision of well over 1000 police officers coming to attention was a sad reminder of the all too frequent line of duty deaths the profession faces on an annual basis.

According  to “Officer Down Memorial Page”, 135 law enforcement officers lost their lives on duty in 2017.

The pipes and drums played in unison, honor guards raised their flags, a New ...