UNION, NJ – Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s Zach Zimmerman was the runner up in the 195 lb. weight class at the Union County Tournament (UCT) at Union High School on Saturday.
Zimmerman was the only Raider to make the finals at the tournament. He lost a hard fought 5-2 decision to Westfield’s Brendan Loder, the fifth place finisher in the UCT last year.
“In the early rounds, I was able to establish control on top and on my feet,” Zimmerman told TAPintoSPF in an interview. “For the final match, I got in some shots but was unable to finish them inbounds. Overall, I was excited to get to the finals in my first ever Union County varsity tournament.”
In addition to Zimmerman, the Raiders had a trio of third place finishers:
Brandon Bowles, Scotch Plains, won a 4-3 decision over Quinn Gimblette, Westfield.
Alex Oslislo, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, pinned Jon Braun, Brearley, at 2:54.
Eddie Smith, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, pinned Nadeem Elmahrokeu, New Providence, at 2:17.
Two Raiders finished in fifth place:
Anthony Robinson, Scotch Plains, pinned Mishael Ugarte, Plainfield at 0:45.
Harrison Wustfeld, Scotch Plains-Fanwod, won a 4-1 decision over Jon Estivene, Roselle Park.
"Watching our boys give their all on the mats from the start of the day at 9:00 a.m. to the last match at 5:00 p.m. was amazing," said Coach Marc Fabiano. "We have really improved our skills on top, bottom, and on our feet and you could really see it during every match."
A big highlight from the day was the determination by Alex Oslislo, who was pinned by John Braun from Brearly in the quarterfinals, ending his chances of winning it all.
"Instead of just giving up, he battled all the way back to the third place match were he faced John Braun again," Coach Fabiano said. "And this time Alex was not going to lose. From the start he was aggressive and could see he wanted the win. In the end he pinned Braun to get the bronze medal."
Cranford finished first overall at the tournament with 221 points, followed by Westfield (195.5 points) and Rahway (137 points). Roselle Park, led by Eddie Hummel’s shocking pin of Westfield’s C.J. Composto, finished fourth, followed by Plainfield (115), Linden (109.5), and Scotch Plains-Fanwood (97).