ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - The last two years, Roselle Park’s Mark Montgomery came up short of reaching the podium and placing at the NJSIAA State Wrestling Tournament. This time around, the senior was as happy as can be when he came off the mat after winning his last match of the day to place third in the 132-pound weight class.
Following his defeat in the semifinals, Montgomery came back ready to roll on Saturday and picked up 6-3 decision win over Pope John XXIII’s Kaya Sement to advance to the third-place match.
In the third place bout, Montgomery was outstanding once again, rolling to a 9-3 decision win over Collingswood’s Andrew Clark to place at the state tournament for the first time in his career.
“I always wanted to be near the top of the podium,” Montgomery said. “It feels so good to make it in the top-three after falling short the last two years of placing. I’m just cherishing the moment right now.”
Last weekend, Montgomery won the Region 4 championship. Montgomery finishes the season 41-4.
Sophomore Eddie Hummel at 126 also placed in the state tournament for Roselle Park. Hummel finished in sixth place after suffering a tough one-point loss to DePaul’s NickyCabanillas in the match for fifth place.
Down 6-4 in the final minute of the match, Hummel scored a takedown to even things up at 6-6.
Hummel decided to allow Cabanillas to stand-up for a point in efforts to score a takedown to get the win.
That takedown never came to fruition for Hummel as Cabanillas held off the sophomore for the 7-6 win.
Hummel finishes his sophomore season with a 41-9 record.
Gabriel Leo at 113 pounds and Elvin Guerrero at 145 pounds both competed in the state tournament and each scored a victory in the tournament for Roselle Park.
Guerrero, who placed third in the Region 4 tournament, scored a 5-1 decision win after losing his first round match to continue on in the bracket. Leo, this year’s 113 pound Region 4 champion avenged his first-round loss with a 5-2 decision win to keep himself alive to place in the tournament.
Both Guerrero and Leo suffered losses in next match to be eliminated from the tournament.
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