Wrestling: Sam Wustefeld Victorious in Overtime in State Semis, to Wrestle for State Title Tomorrow

Sam Wustefeld defeats L.J. Castellano of Delbarton in the State Semfinals at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City Saturday. Credits: Jesse Martinez
Sam Wustefeld prepares to wrestle L.J. Castellano in the state semifinals Saturday in Atlantic City. Credits: Jesse Martinez
Sam Wustefeld dominates L.J. Castellano in overtime Saturday at Boardwalk Hall. Credits: Jesse Martinez
L.J. Castellano took an early lead on Sam Wustefeld. Credits: Jesse Martinez
Wustefeld celebrates victory with coach Marc Fabiano in front of a packed Boardwalk Hall Saturday. Credits: Jesse Martinez

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- Sam Wustefeld is shocking the state and rolling on all cylinders right now, and will wrestle for a state championship tomorrow after a dominant overtime semifinal performance Saturday night. 

Wustefeld, the 182-pound star, defeated L.J. Castellano of Delbarton School in two overtimes by a score of 4-3 in front of a packed legendary Boardwalk Hall on the shores of Atlantic City. Castellano scored the first takedown, but ninth-seeded Wustefeld rebounded to tie up the score with three seconds left at the end of regulation and dominated fifth-seeded Castellano in overtime to take the semifinal victory. 

"Sam is focused and honed in on all of his opponents," Wustefeld's and Scotch Plains-Fanwood head coach Marc Fabiano said. "His performance so far speaks volumes to not only his physical training, but his wrestling mindset." 

Wustefeld will have to pull off one more upset in order to win the state championship. He will wrestle second-seeded George Walton of Bound Brook tomorrow. If Wustefeld can pull it off, it would be the first state championship of any sport at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School this year. 

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