NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley High wrestling team was well represented at this past weekend's NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2 'super regional' tournament held Saturday and Sunday at Union High.
The Maroon Raiders qualified five seniors to the event with senior Salvatore Mainiero providing the best result with a fifth place finish in the 170-pound weight class.
Only the top four wrestlers in each weight class at each of the four super regions across the state advanced to the state tournament this Saturday and Sunday at Phillipsburg High.
Mainiero advanced to the semifinal round of the 16-member bracket before suffering a loss to James Holder of North Hunterdon.
Mainiero had pinned 14th-seeded Charlie Santoro in 5:43 in the first round before recording a 10-2 major decision over sixth-seeded Nate Zastowny in the quarterfinal round.
In the semifinals, Mainiero bowed to second-seeded Holder, 9-4. Holder would go on to finish runner-up to Delbarton's Colin Calvetti, who won by fall in 3:15.
In the consolation bracket, Mainiero dropped an 8-1 decision to fourth-seeded Stratos Kantanas of Livingston before winning by forfeit over Zastowny in the fifth-place match.
Mainiero, who was undefeated during the regular season, ended his season with a stellar record of 13-2.
In the 182-pound bracket, Nutley senior Anthony Haines, seeded fifth, earned an 8-4 victory over 12th-seeded Christopher Baker in the first round before dropping a 12-0 decision to Alex Uryniak in the quarterfinals.
Haines then suffered an 11-4 loss to eighth-seeded Caleb Rivera of Phillipsburg in a wrestleback quarterfinal to finish his season with a 9-3 mark.
At 195 pounds, Nutley senior Michael LaTorre was seeded 16th and had a daunting task in facing the top seed Thomas Renna of South Plainfield. Renna prevailed by fall in 1:24 and reached the finals where he was edged by Jack Wilt of Seton hall Prep, 3-1. LaTorre was 7-3 in 2021.
Nutley senior Nicolas Polewka entered the tournament undefeated at 8-0 and was seeded third in the 220-pound bracket and dropped a hard-fought 4-2 decision to 14th-seeded Edward Padilla of Livingston in the first round.
Senior Charles Searle represented the Maroon Raiders at heavyweight and was seeded fourth where he suffered a first-round pin to 13th-seeded Jack Price of Westfield.
Nutley finished its dual meet season with a 3-6 record under head coach Mike DiPiano with two of its losses coming by five points or less.