BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- Luke Burns, a junior at Bernards High School, came away with one victory during his trip to the NJSIAA wrestling individual championships last weekend at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Burns went out in the first round of the main tournament at 160 pounds to Shay Addison of Rumson. From there, he participated in the third-place wrestleback consolation tournament, and defeated his first opponent there, scoring a 9-3 decision over Brayden Castillo of Lower Cape May.
In the next round, Burns was narrowly edged out by Wayne Valley's Elijah Lugo, 5-4.
The previous week, Burns advanced from Region 4 with two victories in the championship bracket and another in the third-place wrestlebacks. Burns wrestled most of the season at 160 pounds, but also went up to 170 for some matches.
That Burns was able to participate in the sport at all is a minor miracle. Less that two years ago, while playing lacrosse, he suffered a severe thigh injury that came close to resulting in a leg amputation (see story here). Burns recovered fully and, last fall, was the leading tackler on Bernards' football team. He plays linebacker in that sport.