ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- Sam Wustefeld, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's lone entrant in the NJ State Wrestling Championships, won his first match of the tournament in the 182 lb. weight class on Friday evening, 5-2, against Sage Mosco from Bergen Catholic who was the 24th seed and has a record of 20-12.
"Sam wrestled a great match! Aggressive from the start and took control," said Raiders wrestling coach Marc Fabiano. "It's always nice to get your first win in AC out of the way. Now he can focus on the next match."
Next, in the pre-quarters, Wustefeld (34-2) pinned No. 8 seed Michael Ilic of Parsippany (3:32) to advance to the quarterfinals.
"Sam wrestled aggressive right off the whistle. Even with his opponent scoring the first takedown. He continued to be smart and capitalized on an opportunity to score a takedown and drive his opponent right to his back for the fall," Fabiano added in an interview with TAPintoSPF.
Wustefeld will have his work cut out for him as he will face No. 1 seed Shane Sosinsky of Northern Highlands on Saturday at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. Sosinsky is a perfect 36-0 with 17 pins this season.
"Sam continues to peak at the right time. His hard work and commitment is really paying off," Fabiano said. "Once again, he continues to elevate his wrestling each and every match. We are excited for his performance tomorrow."