Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week: Wrestling's Sam Wustefeld

Sam Wustefeld is this week's Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week. Credits: Matt Kipp
Sam Wustefeld wrestles in the 182 lb. weight class. Credits: John Mooney
Raiders wrestling coach Marc Fabiano and Union County 182 lbs. champ Sam Wustefeld

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Sam Wustefeld continued to work his way up the ranks amongst New Jersey’s wrestling elite this week, and the Scotch Plains wrestling star’s tremendous accomplishments on the wrestling mat have pegged him as this week’s Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week.

In the NJSIAA District 13 Tournament last Saturday, hosted by Scotch Plains-Fanwood for the first time ever, Wustefeld pulled a tournament victory in the 182 class after pinning Sean MacLaney of St. Peter’s Prep at 1:16. The win further proved the consensus around the state that Wustefeld, a junior, is one of, if not the, best wrestlers in the state of New Jersey for the 182 class.

"Sam is one of the hardest workers in the wrestling room. His work ethic pushes everyone else. He sets the tone for our team," said SPFHS wrestling coach Marc Fabiano. "All season he has been competing against the best. He has wrestled up in weight classes just so he can wrestle a better opponent."

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With the convincing victory in Districts, Wustefeld qualified for the No. 1 seed in the Region 4 Tournament and received a first round bye for being the No. 1 seed. Wustefeld will wrestle Millburn’s Sam Gladson in the regional quarterfinals. Wustefeld was one of six Raiders to advance to the Regional Tournament. Mike Fleck (106), Jeremy Lenart (113), Jack Cannon (132), Nick Palazzolo (152) and Eddie Smith (195) were the others.

While the Scotch Plains-Fanwood wrestling regular season is well over, Sam Wustefeld will certainly have a chance to keep the program alive deep into the month of February. Last year, Wustefeld took it all the way to Atlantic City in the Meet of Champion, and it’s certainly not a stretch to think he can pull it off again.

"Sam is having a great season and is peaking at the right time," Fabiano added. "He is 35-3 and won the Holmdel Holiday Tournament, Union County Tournament and, most recently, the District 13 Tournament. He has a great opportunity to make it to the State Championships in Atlantic City. He just needs to keep pushing the pace and wok hard!"

Each Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week honoree is invited to submit an essay entitled, "What It Means to Be a Student-Athlete." The winning submission will receive a $1,000 TAPintoSPF-Yeti MMA scholarship in June 2017.

The Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Yeti MMA and its owner, David Martin. Located at 2507 Route 22 West in Scotch Plains (next to Bowcraft), the facility offers training in a variety of disciplines: boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, wrestling, and strength training. Call (908) 858-5558 and mention the TAPintoSPF-Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week and get a 15% discount on a one-year membership. For more information, email

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