SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- In their first match of the year, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders' veteran wrestlers picked up where they left off last season and started the season with a 45-36 victory over Hillsborough.

Returning Raiders Michael Fleck, Justin Sidebottom, Jack Canon, Nick Palazzolo, Sam Wustefeld, and Bobby Root all won by pins. 

"With our Head Coach Marc Fabiano unable to be here, the team still stepped up and won our season opener guided by the leadership of our senior class," said Assistant Coach Jessie Martinez in an interview with TAPintoSPF. "We still have work to do both offensively, defensively and reading our wrestlers. But having half our team win by pins speaks volumes for our program."

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The Raiders next hit the mats against perennial powerhouse South Plainfield on Monday, Dec. 18. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.