NORTH CALDWELL, NJ -- Three members of the West Essex wrestling team claimed individual championships in their weight class and the Knights had a second-place team finish in the District 5 Tournament on Saturday.
West Essex finished with 182 team points, placing second behind Mount Olive (198.5 points).
Bardhyl Gashi, Alex Jones and Darren Jones each were the champions in their weight class. Gashi pinned Dixon Dominguez of Dover in 2:55 to win the 285-pound title. Alex Jones pinned Evan Perrault of Mount Olive in 55 seconds in the 145-pound final. Darren Jones decisioned Eric Freeman of Paramus, 4-1, in the 138-pound championship bout.
Gashi pinned Tyrell Briggs of Paterson Kennedy in 1:20 in the semifinals. Alex Jones pinned Robert Anzilotti of Emerson Boro in 49 seconds in the 145 semi. Darren Jones pinned Brian Bienus of Mount Olive in 55 seconds in the 138 semifinal.
Nick Lagreca of West Essex finished second overall in the 160-pound weight class. Lagreca won a 6-4 decision over Jalen Sarraga of Teaneck in the 160 semifinal before falling via pin to Anthony Spera of Mount Olive in 1:44 in the 160-pound championship round.