UNION, NJ - Seven Watchung Hills grapplers qualified to wrestle in the quarter-finals of the NJSIAA Region 4 Tournament on Friday night, and six will move on to the semi-finals Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Blake Bahna, Danny Miller, Nick Ciraulo, Jacob Stasil, Rob Saum, Vince Mattaliano, and Justin Hayward all wrestled Friday night and all but Bahna move on. Jonathan Guardado will wrestle in the semis for North Plainfield. Consolation finals are set for 2 p.m. with finals at 3 p.m.
Bahna lost a 3-0 decision to Aiden Taylor of Voorhees. Miller, Ciraulo, Saum, and Mattaliano won by decision. Stasil and Hayward each pinned their opponents for Watchung Hills. Guardado won by decision for North Plainfield.
All in the semi-finals advance to next weekend’s NJSIAA Individual Wrestling State Championship in Atlantic City.
The semi- final pairings are:
106: CJ Composto, Westfield vs. Patrick Phillips, Brearley. Anthony White, South Plainfield vs. Gabriel Leo, Roselle Park.
113: Luke Hoerle, Westfield vs. Sean Reindero, St. Peter's Prep. Nicholas Sacco, Bridgewater-Raritan vs. Frank Diesso, North Hunterdon.
120: Matthew Armamento, Roselle Park vs. Aidan Taylor, Voorhees. David Loniewski, South Plainfield vs. Brock Laggini, Somerville.
126: Joe Heilmann, South Plainfield vs. Danny Miller, Watchung Hills. Michael Kelly, St. Peter's Prep vs. Mark Montgomery, Roselle Park.
132: Charles Cunningham, Seton Hall Prep vs. Jon A Mejia, Roselle Park. Tommy Fierro, South Plainfield vs. Nick Ciraulo, Watchung Hills.
138: Andrew Gapas, North Hunterdon vs. Aaron Coleman, Iselin Kennedy. Christopher Fuschetto, Johnson vs. Maguire Pecci, Seton Hall Prep.
145: Rhise Royster, Rahway vs. Joe Sacco, South Plainfield. Jeff Johnson, Middlesex vs. Jacob Stasil, Watchung Hills.
152: Owen Smith, New Providence vs. Jack Cannon, Scotch Plains-Fanwood. Rob Saum, Watchung Hills vs. Tucker Kirchberger, North Hunterdon.
160: John Poznanski, Colonia vs. Jacob Vega, Carteret. Danny Young, Seton Hall Prep vs. William Hughes, North Hunterdon.
170: Quinn Haddad, Gov. Livingston vs. Alex Garcia, Seton Hall Prep. James Cruz, St. Peter's Prep vs. Vincent Mattaliano, Watchung Hills.
182: Justin Hayward, Watchung Hills vs. Brenden Hedden, South Plainfield. Niccolo Colucci, St. Peter's Prep vs. Sebastian Iakouchevitch, Johnson.
195: Sam Wustefeld, Scotch Plains-Fanwood vs. Jonathan Guardado, North Plainfield. Scott Fernandes, Voorhees vs. Luke Niemeyer, South Plainfield.
220: Frank Coghan, Carteret vs. Rob Schork, Cranford. Sam Huff, Voorhees vs. Nick Nyers, Woodbridge.
285: Lewis Fernandes, Voorhees vs. Carl Napoleon, Irvington. Jacob Pidgeon, Somerville vs. Nikolaos Diakides, Seton Hall Prep.