West Essex to Compete in District 7 Wrestling Tournament; Two Wrestlers Earn Top Seed


RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ — When the NJSIAA District 7 wrestling tournament begins Saturday, the West Essex High School varsity wrestling team will join DePaul, Mountain Lakes, Dwight-Morrow, Paramus Catholic, Ridgefield Park, Roxbury, Cedar Grove, Lodi and John F. Kennedy Paterson at Ridgefield Park High School.

The top three wrestlers in each district will advance to regions next week.

The first round for this district will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the final round currently set for 5 p.m. at Ridgefield Park.

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Eight West Essex wrestlers were seeded in the top 4 of their respective weight classes, including Billy Garofalo (No. 4), Mike Ruane (No. 3), Jonathan Bartley (No. 4), Chris Zaccaria (No. 1), Noah Struss (No. 1), Luke Dignazio (No. 4), Peter Kenny (no. 4) and Joseph Melillo (No. 2).

The following is a list of all participating West Essex wrestlers and their seeds for the tournament:

Billy Garofalo, Grade 10: 106 pounds – No. 4 seed in his weight class – 10-21 record

Drew Donohue, Grade 10: 113 pounds – No. 5 seed in his weight class – 13-15 record

Mike Ruane, Grade 10: 120 pounds – No. 3 seed in his weight class – 19-9 record

Jonathan Bartley, Grade 10: 126 pounds – No. 4 seed in his weight class – 21-12 record

RJ Bell, Grade 12: 132 pounds – No. 5 seed in his weight class – 15-12 record

Joseph Nappi, Grade 11: 138 pounds – No. 6 seed in his weight class – 10-7 record

Chris Zaccaria, Grade 12: 145 pounds – No. 1 seed in his weight class – 26-3 record

Noah Struss, Grade 12: 152 pounds – No. 1 seed in his weight class – 27-7 record

Luke Dignazio, Grade 10: 160 pounds – No. 4 seed in his weight class – 18-12 record

Peter Kenny, Grade 10: 170 pounds – No. 4 seed in his weight class – 4-16 record

Carmen Cucuzza, Grade 11: 182 pounds – No. 8 seed in his weight class – 7-15 record

Joseph Melillo, Grade 12: 195 pounds – No. 2 seed in his weight class – 8-15 record

Bardhyl Gashi, Grade 9: 220 pounds – No. 5 seed in his weight class – 8-17 record

Andrew Campione, Grade 10: 285 pounds – No. 5 seed in his weight class – 13-17 record

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