NEWARK, NJ – During a special presentation at a recent meeting of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, District 4 Freeholder Leonard Luciano and longtime Livingston resident Freeholder At-Large Patricia Sebold co-sponsored a commendation honoring the members of the West Essex High School wrestling team for winning the 2019 NJSIAA Group 3 State Championship. 

On behalf of the board, Sebold congratulated the team on a tremendous 2019 season, stating that "these young men have brought great distinction and honor to the County of Essex and the towns of Essex Fells, Fairfield, Roseland and North Caldwell."

"They have shown that with hard work, sacrifice and teamwork, the end result of being champions becomes an attainable goal,” she said. 

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The Knights finished the season with 22-4 record and closed out the season with an 18-match winning streak, triumphing over Ocean Township in the semifinals and Delsea High School in the finals to win the Group 3 State Championship.

In addition to winning the state championship, the Knights were also the TCNJ Pride Tournament Champions and District 5 Champions in 2019, had six individual Essex County champions and were led by an equally successful coaching staff. Assistant Coach Greg Ruggiero was named the Assistant Coach of the Year for District 5, and Head Coach Mike Markey was named the Essex County District 5, Region 2 Coach of the Year, the New Jersey State Coach of the Year and the Coach of the Year.

Markey expressed gratitude to the freeholders for the honor and thanked the members of the team for representing the community in a positive fashion.

"As proud as we are for the season we had, we are more proud of the young men that these boys are,” he said.

Also in attendance for the ceremony were Freeholder Vice President Wayne Richardson, Freeholders Romaine Graham, Rufus Johnson, Robert Mercado, Carlos Pomares, and Freeholder President Brendan Gill.