NUTLEY, NJ - In several exciting matches, the West Orange High School wrestlers placed second in the NJSIAA District 10 final round at Nutley High School on Saturday.
The Mountaineers placed second overall behind No. 3 in the state Delbarton. Nutley, Verona and Becton rounded out the top five.
West Orange senior Victor Lopez (133 pounds) took an 11-4 decision against Delbarton's Alex Strashinsky, and became West Orange's first-ever four-time district champion, clinching his 131st victory in the process.
"In quite possibly the night's most exciting match, WOHS junior Noah Tandy beat Anthony Siragusa of Delbarton in a 4-1 decision in triple overtime," said head coach Steve Zichella.
Tandy became district champion in the 195-pound class.
Also placing top three for the Mountaineers were junior Sebastian Rawls (second place, 170-pound class), sophomore Edgar Moreno (third place, 120 pounds), freshman Michael Charles (third-place, 126 pounds), senior Abraham Dada (third-place, 152 pounds) and senior Victor Kuga (third-place, 285 pounds).
"All seven wrestlers will compete at this week's Region 3 state individual wrestling tournament," said Zichella.
The tournament will be held in Tarnoff Gym at West Orange High School as follows:
Feb. 22 and 25: Doors open for fans at 4:30 p.m. and the tournament begins at 6:00 p.m.
Feb. 26: Doors open for fans at 7:30 a.m. and the tournament begins at 9:00 a.m., ending at 3:30 p.m.
There will be small charge at the door and refreshments will be available throughout the tournament.
For more information, contact the office of Athletic Director Ronald Bligh at firstname.lastname@example.org.