TRENTON, NJ - Johnny Padovano, of South Plainfield, won his first NJ Youth Wrestling State Championship in the USANJ Heavyweight Novice Division for experienced 9, 10 and 11 year old wrestlers born prior to 12/31/2003. Padovano, represented and is affiliated with both South Plainfield's Recreation Wrestling Program and Central Jersey Youth Wrestling League Team. The event was held on March 16, 2014 at the Sun Center in Trenton, New Jersey.
Padovano defeated Angelo Piazza of Glen Rock, New Jersey, by a 4-0 decision in the championship match. Padovano, a 5th grader, is expected to return next season to South Plainfield's Central Jersey Youth Wrestling League (Grades K to 6) line up.