SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Danny Petrela, wrestling in the 285-pound weight class, won the District 13 wrestling championship. Petrela pinned Nikolaos Diakides of Seton Hall Prep in the final match to win the gold.
The Summit senior earned a first-round bye and then defeated two opponents to reach the final. He will now travel to Union High School to compete in the Region IV tournament beginning February 22.
Two other Hilltopper wrestlers, both senior captains, will also head to the Region IV tourney, but lost in their final matches.
AT 138 lbs., Phil Angelo fell to Jake Smith of Seton Hall Prep in 'sudden victory', while at 145 lbs., Michael Acitelli was defeated by Nicholas Santos of St. Peter's Prep.
As a team, the Hilltoppers finished sixth. Seton Hall Prep won the team competition.