WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School senior Nick Velez ended his high school wrestling career on a high note when he placed fifth in the state for his weight class at the 2014 NJSIAA Wrestling State Finals over the weekend, beating North Hunterdon’s Mike Ciavarro to win the fifth place match in the 152-pound weight class. 

The state finals started for Velez on Friday, when he lost to the eventual state champion for his weight class. However, he rebounded from the loss to win his next six matches in order to secure fifth place in the state. Of the six matches he had to win four in a row on Saturday.

 “I was just keeping my mind open, and taking it one match at a time,” said Velez. “And during the matches I was focusing on all of my techniques and making sure that I executed them properly.”

The Alternative Press of Westfield is proud to name Nick Velez this week’s Athlete of the Week.