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Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week: Wrestling's Sam Wustefeld

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Sam Wustefeld is undefeated this season. Credits: John Mooney
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Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School held a ceremony to honor Sam Wustefeld for becoming only the 10th Raiders wrestler to notch 100 wins during his high school career. Credits: John Mooney
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A frequent sight this year: Sam Wustefeld's arm raised in victory. Credits: John Mooney
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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The number 100 is special in high school sports, whether it's the number of hits for a baseball player, goals for a hockey player or victories for a tennis player or wrestler. 

This week, senior Sam Wustefeld won his 100th match with less than one minute remaining a match against Rob Schork of Cranford, who had only one previous loss this season. Wustefeld pinned Schork at 5:45 -- a fairly normal result for the Raiders' standout. 

"Having him earn his 100th win by wrestling up to the 220-lb. County champion at Cranford and pinning him was remarkable," said Scotch Plains-Fanwood assistant coach Jesse Martinez. "That victory truly speaks to Sam’s hard work and commitment to his mission of competing for the State Title in Atlantic City."

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On Friday, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School held a ceremony to honor Wustefeld for becoming only the 10th Raiders wrestler to notch 100 wins during his high school career. Athletic director Ryan Miller and the wrestling coaches presented the senior with a collage of his greatest victories as a high school athlete.

Wustefeld surprised the New Jersey wrestling community as a junior when he made it to the finals as a No. 9 seed in the 182-lb. weight class at the 2017 state championships in Atlantic City. This year, he is 17-0 while wrestling in both the 195-lb. and 220-lb. weight classes and has won all but two by pins (with two technical falls). He has won four matches when opponents forfeited.

The Columbia-bound senior says: “It was pretty exciting [getting the 100th win]; it was just a stepping stone for some of the goals I have for the season. It was really cool to finally get that.”

Joint Motion Physical Therapy is located across the street from the Stage House Tavern and shares a free, handicap accessible parking lot with the Scotch Plains Public Library. Joint Motion can be reached for an appointment by phone 908-322-3202, or email frontoffice@jointmotionpt.com. You can also learn more at www.facebook.com/JointMotionPT.

Joint Motion Physical Therapy
373 Park Ave.
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
908-322.3202
www.jointmotionpt.com

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