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Wrestling: Cannon, Wustefeld Advance to State Finals in Atlantic City

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Sam Wustefeld, who wrestled at 195 lbs., won his second consecutive regional title on Saturday. Credits: Jessie Martinez
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Jack Cannon finished fourth in the Regional tournament and advances to Atlantic City for the Finals at 152 lbs. Credits: Jessie Martinez
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UNION, NJ -- Senior captains Jack Cannon and Sam Wustefeld will advance to the State championships held in Atlantic City next weekend following their performances in the Regional tournament held on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Union High School.

Wustefeld, who has lost only one match this season became a two-time Regional champion. He won the 195-lb. weight class by defeating Scott Fernandes of Voorhees in a 12-5 decision. Prior to that, he pinned Jonathan Guardado of North Plainfield at 4:55, and pinned Jackson Burns of Bernards in 0:46.

"Sam wrestled great matches all tournament long," said assistant coach Jesse Martinez. "While this is a huge accomplishment, his eye is still set on returning to the Finals mat next Sunday."

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Cannon, who battled injury for part of the season, finished fourth in his weight class, which guaranteed a trip to Atlantic City. He lost a 1-0 decision to Owen Smith of New Providence, and bounced back to defeat Elvin Guerrero of Roselle Park in a 4-2 decision. He lost by one point, 3-2, in his final match of the tournament to Tucker Kirchberger of North Hunterdon. By finishing fourth in the Region, he advances to the State finals.

"Jack is wrestling the best he has all season and is peaking at the right time," Coach Martinez said. "His two losses in the Region tournament were only by one point. We have this week to fine tune a few things and make a splash down in AC."

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