UNION, NJ – At this week’s Township Committee meeting, the Mayor and Committee presented Mayor’s Awards to Union High School Wrestling Coach Dino DeBellonia and wrestler David Brown for an outstanding wrestling season.
“Coach DeBellonia and David Brown did an excellent job of putting Union High School Wrestling back on the map this season,” said Mayor Manuel Figueiredo. “Their hard work and dedication certainly deserve recognition.”
Brown finished the season with a 38-8 record in the Heavyweight Division. He was a District 10 and Region 3 Champion, Union’s first in 15 years. He was also an 8th place medalist at the State Championships in Atlantic City, Union’s first state medalist in 20 years. In addition to his outstanding record, he was voted 1st Team All-Conference in the Union County Conference.
“I am truly honored to receive this award,” said Brown. “I accept this honor for young kids in my neighborhood because I want them to understand that they if they believe in themselves and give one hundred percent, they can achieve anything.”
This is Coach DeBellonia’s 7th season as head coach of the Union High School Wrestling Team during which he lead the team to hold a 24-3 record -- the most wins in school history. Under his leadership, the team became the Mountain Division Champions of the Union County Conference. Coach DeBellonia was named Coach of the Year by the Union County Wrestling Coaches Association, was named District 10 Coach of the Year, and was named the Star-Ledger NJ.com Union County Conference Wrestling Coach of the Year.
“It was an honor to be recognized by the town council for this year's achievements by our team,” said DeBellonia. “However, it was more special to see David Brown get recognized for the outstanding season he had.”