Wrestling: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Sends Six Wrestlers to Regional Tourney

Sam Wustefeld is this week's Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week. Credits: Matt Kipp
Jack Cannon, right, along with co-captains Nick Palazzolo (right) and Sam Wustefeld (center). Credits: John Mooney
Jack Cannon, 132 lbs. Credits: John Mooney
Jeremy Lenart
Nick Palazzolo, 152 lbs. Credits: John Mooney
Eddie Smith, 195 lbs. Credits: John Mooney
Michael Fleck, 106 lbs.

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The NJSIAA has announced the seeds for this week's Region 4 tournament at Union High School. The wrestlers advanced by finishing in the top three spots in the District Tournament held at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Saturday.

"Each of the six guys that made it to regions is peaking at the right time," said Raiders wrestling coach Marc Fabiano. "At this point in the season, you need to give everything you have for the full six minutes of each match. That is what we are focusing on mentally at each practice. One match at a time."

The coach is particularly proud of the team's junior co-captains Jack Cannon and Nick Palazzolo, who both battled back from injuries that derailed their sophomore seasons. Sam Wustefeld, the third co-captain, is seeded No. 1 in the tournament and has a 35-3 record this season.

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"Everyone is going to have tough matches going into regions, but if they wrestle their best anything can happen," Fabiano added.


106 lbs.
No. 10. Michael Fleck, Scotch Plains-Fanwood
Junior, 23-15

113 lbs.
No. 11. Jeremy Lenart, Scotch Plains-Fanwood
Junior, 22-16  

132 lbs.
No. 9. Jack Cannon, Scotch Plains-Fanwood
Junior, 25-13  

152 lbs.
No. 10. Nick Palazzolo, Scotch Plains-Fanwood
Junior, 22-11  

182 lbs.
No. 1. Sam Wustefeld, Scotch Plains-Fanwood
Junior, 35-3   

195 lbs.
No.12. Eddie Smith, Scotch Plains-Fanwood
Sophomore, 21-15  

The Regional tournament will take place:
Wednesday: Preliminary round
Friday: Quarterfinals
Saurday Mornintg: Semifinals, wrestle backs
Saturday night: Championship finals and consolation finals (3rd - 5th place)
The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the NJSIAA Wrestling Individual State Championships in Atlantic City on March 3-5. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.

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