UNION, NJ – When the lights shine on the mats in Atlantic City during this weekend’s state championship tournament, all Union eyes will be on senior 285-pound David Brown. 

Brown will battle for a coveted spot on the 8-man podium in front of thousands of fans at Boardwalk Hall on Sunday. The three-day tournament, where some place winners will appear in seven or eight matches apiece, is a mental and physical test of the mind and body where only the elite survive.

Brown has been there before.  He went to Atlantic City last year, but did not place.  Dino Debellonia, wrestling head coach at Union High School, said Brown is a very athletic heavyweight.  “His athleticism helps him tremendously on the mat,” said Debellonia. 

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“David didn’t wrestle before ninth grade,” said Debellonia.  “Once he got into the program, he stayed with it, practiced hard and has done well.” 

“We are hoping David does well this weekend.  He’s up against the best of the best in Atlantic City, but we are optimistic he’ll do well,” said Debellonia.

The NJSIAA State Wrestling Tournament begins on Friday night at Boardwalk Hall. Preliminary round matches begin at 5 p.m. The championship tournament continues through Sunday’s state finals.