MT. OLIVE, NJ -- Bardhyl Gashi and Alex Jones of West Essex High School each won championships in their respective weight classes at the NJSIAA Region 2 tournament on Saturday.
In addition, Darren Jones and Samuel Carsillo of West Essex also reached the semifinal round in their weight groups.
Gashi, the top seed at 285 pounds, received a bye into the quarterfinal round, where he pinned Clifton's Ahmad Ramadan in 1:17. It took Gashi just 14 seconds to pin Jordan Botero of Wayne Valley in the semifinals. In the championship round, Gashi pinned Hector Lebron of Englewood in 2:33.
Alex Jones was the top seed at 145 pounds. He also got a bye into the quarters, where he scored a 10-0 major decision over Daniel Salzano of Montville. Jones defeated Chris Stathopoulos of Clifton in another major decision, 12-1, in the semifinals. In the championship bout, Jones defeated Nicholas Franco of Paramus Catholic, 9-2.
Carsillo, the third seed at 182 pounds, pinned his first-round opponent in 3:27 and decisioned Jacob Abill of Clifton, 5-2, in the quarters. Darren Jones was seeded second at 138 pounds. He pinned David Turner of West Morris in 59 seconds in the quarterfinals after getting a first-round bye.