WEST ORANGE, NJ – The NJSIAA Region 4 Tournament at West Orange High School continues Feb. 27 at 6:00 p.m. and Feb. 28 at 9:00 a.m., with Semifinals beginning at 9:00 a.m. and Finals starting at 3:45 p.m., in the Tarnoff Gymnasium, which is located at 51 Conforti Avenue, off Alisa Drive near Degnan Park. Tickets are $6.00 and $4.00 for students on Friday and $10.00 for all day Saturday.
There are 12 wrestlers in each of the 14 weight classes, and the top three in each will advance to become the top 24 in the state. Qualifying wrestlers from Region 4 will be competing for a slot in the State Individuals Championships to be held March 6-8 in Atlantic City.
“Our goal is to have as many of our kids advance to the NJSIAA Individual State Wrestling Tournament in Atlantic City next weekend as possible,” said Head Wrestling Coach Stephan Zichella.
In addition to hosting the Tournament, six West Orange High School wrestlers have qualified for the Regional competition. WOHS senior and Essex County Champ Chris Morgan (182 lbs.) is top seed and remains undefeated this season (34-0). District Champions, sophomore Victor Lopez (106 lbs. and third seed) and senior Isaiah Adams (120 lbs. and sixth seed), will compete along with Morgan on Friday.
Senior Alex Elliott (160 lbs.), freshman Sebastian Rawls (170 lbs.) and freshman Noah Tandy (195 lbs.) wrestled Feb. 25 but were eliminated.
"The boys lost but they battled valiantly," said Head Coach Stephan Zichella. "Elliott lost in a scramble at the end of his match. He almost had his opponent taken down for a win, but he ran out of time. Sebastian lost to a senior that was 31-4 in double overtime. Tandy was outmatched but wrestled tough."