Wrestling: Cedar Grove Has Two County Champs

Anthony Clarizio earns his 4th career county title. Credits: Ellie Dye
Joseph McCarthy took 1st place in the 182 lbs. weight class. Credits: Maria McCarthy
Dom Tafuri took 2nd place in the 106 lbs. weight class. Credits: Marian Tafuri
Matt Lay took 3rd place in 145 lbs. weight class. Credits: Ellie Dye
Dom Tafuri Credits: Christine Dye
Antonio Cuffari Credits: Christine Dye
Anthony Clarizio Credits: Christine Dye
Matt Lay Credits: Christine Dye
Sean Dougan Credits: Christine Dye
Joe McCarthy Credits: Christine Dye
Joe Tanti Credits: Christine Dye

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Cedar Grove wrestling placed fourth in the team competition and had four wrestlers stand on the podium -- two on top -- at the Essex County Wrestling Tournament at Codey Arena on Friday.  

Anthony Clarizio earned his spot in the history books, becoming the 10th wrestler to win four career titles at the ECT.  He defeated Seton Hall's Charlie Cunningham in the 132 lbs. division, in a 4-2 sudden victory decision.  Clarizio was also named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.

Joe McCarthy also took the top spot, defeating West Orange's Sebastian Rawls 10-5 to earn the 182 lbs. title.  

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Dom Tafuri battled his way into the finals by defeating Caldwell's Ricky Caamano 10-4.  He took 2nd place after falling to Seton Hall's Larry Melchionda 8-3 in the 106 lbs. finals.

Matt Lay took third place in the 145 lbs. division, falling to Jon Bartley of West Essex, in a close 4-3 semifinal match.  

Here's how the rest of the team fared:

Antonio Cuffari finished 5th at 113 lbs.

Will Dye finished 6th at 138 lbs.

Dillon Jennings finished 7th at 170 lbs.

Joe Tanti finished 6th at 220 lbs.

Sean Dougan finished 5th at 285 lbs.  

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