Wrestling: Scotch Plains-Fanwood's Canon and Wustefeld Win District Championships

District 13 champions Jack Canon (152 lbs.) and Sam Wustefeld (195 lbs.) Credits: John Mooney
Sam Wustefeld won his third straight district title. Credits: John Mooney
Jack Canon defeated Alex Dorce of Linden in the District 13 final. Credits: John Mooney
Nick Palazzolo pins his opponent, Samond Hayes of Elizabeth. Credits: John Mooney
Jack Canon wins District 13 title at 152 lbs. Credits: John Mooney
Jack Canon locks up his opponent. Credits: John Mooney
Nick Palazzolo finished third in the District 13 tournament. Credits: John Mooney
Scotch Plains-Fanwood coach John Scholz (left) was voted top assistant coach of the District 13 tournament. Assistant coach Will Hardin is on the right. Credits: John Mooney
Kyle Robinson finished 4th in the District 13 tournament Credits: John Mooney
Alex Oslislo finished fourth in the District 13 tournament. He lost to Zachary Merlino of Seton Hall Prep in a match that went into overtime. Credits: John Mooney
Jeremy Lenart (right) finished fourth in the District 13 tournament on Saturday. Credits: John Mooney
Jeremy Lenart won his first round match. He finished fourth in the District 13 tournament. Credits: John Mooney
Jacob Perone lifts his opponent. Perone finished 4th in the 132 lb. weight class. Credits: John Mooney

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood wrestlers finished fourth overall in the team competition, while Jack Canon (152 lbs.) and Sam Wustefeld (195 lbs.) were crowned champions of their respective weight classes at the District 13 tournament hosted at SPFHS on Saturday, Feb. 18, 

It took Wustefeld, who started the day with a record of 34-1, just 10 seconds to pin his opponent, Summit's Jack Hedges, in the finals to win his third district title in a row. He also pinned his quarterfinal Drew Mitzak of Seton Hall Prep, (see video below) and semifinal opponent, Nour Sayed of Elizabeth.

Canon beat Alex Dorce of Linden in a 10-3 decision. He defeated his semifinal opponent, Michael Massa of Seton Hall Prep, by a 5-4 decision.

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"They (Canon and Wustefeld) both came into this tournament on a mission; they're here to work for a title," said assistant coach Jesse Martinez. "This district is one of the toughest in the state, and to place first here speaks volumes to the mission they are on."

Wustefeld, Canon, and Nick Palazzolo, who placed third in the 170 lb. weight class, will move on to the Regional Tournament next weekend at Union High School. The three seniors are co-captains of this year's varsity wrestling team. 

Four Raider wrestlers finished in fourth place: seniors Jeremy Lenart (126 lbs.), Jacob Perone (132 lbs.) and Alex Oslislo (182 lbs.) finished fourth, as did freshman phenom Kyle Robinson (120 lbs.).

"Everyone today gave their all. While I'm disappointed it didn't work out in their favor, they have no reason to hang their heads down," Coach Martinez added. "Kyle Robinson's progress has been unbelievable. To place fourth in one of the state's toughest districts as a freshman says a lot about him."

District 13 Team Results
1. St. Peter's Prep 204.5
2. Seton Hall 190.5
3. Rahway 112.0
4. Scotch Plains-Fanwood 101.0
5. Elizabeth 82.0
6. Linden 62.0
7. A.L. Johnson (Clark) 50.5
8. Plainfield 50.0
9. Summit 29.0
Results (Finals) for Scotch Plains-Fanwood Wrestlers

120 lbs.
1st Place - Chris Dalmau, Rahway
2nd Place - Johnny Cruz, Plainfield
3rd Place - Christopher Candelario, Elizabeth
4th Place - Kyle Robinson, Scotch Plains-Fanwood

126 lbs.
1st Place - Michael Kelly, St. Peter’s Prep
2nd Place - Stefano Del Valle, Linden
3rd Place - Cole Carroll, Seton Hall
4th Place - Jeremy Lenart, Scotch Plains-Fanwood

132 lbs.
1st Place - Charles Cunningham, Seton Hall
2nd Place - Nathaniel Camiscoli, St. Peter’s Prep
3rd Place - Jason Moreno, Elizabeth
4th Place - Jacob Perone, Scotch Plains-Fanwood

152 lbs.
1st Place - Jack Cannon, Scotch Plains-Fanwood
2nd Place - Alex Dorce, Linden
3rd Place - Michael Massa, Seton Hall
4th Place - Matthew Forget, St. Peter’s Prep

170 lbs.
1st Place - James Cruz, St. Peter’s Prep
2nd Place - Alex Garcia, Seton Hall
3rd Place - Nick Palazzolo, Scotch Plains-Fanwood
4th Place - Samond Hayes, Elizabeth

182 lbs.
1st Place - Niccolo Colucci, St. Peter’s Prep
2nd Place - Sebastian Iakouchevitch, A. L. Johnson (Clark, NJ)
3rd Place - Zachary Merlino, Seton Hall
4th Place - Alex Oslislo, Scotch Plains-Fanwood

195 lbs.
1st Place - Sam Wustefeld, Scotch Plains-Fanwood
2nd Place - Jack Hedges, Summit
3rd Place - Shimei Paige, Rahway
4th Place - Nour Sayed, Elizabeth



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