WESTFIELD, NJ – Strong rivals came together for a good cause Friday night, as the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders and Westfield Blue Devils wrestled for a Pin Cancer event at Westfield High School.
Proceeds raised from the match, which Westfield won in a 34-32 nail-biter, went toward Pin Cancer, an organization that “gives wrestlers an avenue to inspire awareness and raise funds for cancer research.” Nearly every seat in a lively Westfield gymnasium was full.
On the mat, Raider and Blue Devil wrestlers gave the large crowd a lot to cheer for.
In arguably the match’s tightest fight, Scotch Plains’ Zach Fleischman (170 lbs.) fought tirelessly in a 6-4 overtime loss to Al Dente. The 170-lb class fight brought the large crowd to its feet; a microcosm of the night’s atmosphere.
Westfild's biggest win came courtesy of Sam Wustefeld (182 lbs.), who was victorious by a score of 13-1.
“You could see every match coming down to the wire, kids sweating, tears; you had it all tonight,” Scotch Plains head coach Marc Fabiano said. “That’s what wrestling is all about. This is what builds character and leadership, and it’s what they take away from it and into the future. I couldn’t be prouder of my guys.”
Following the match, the teams’ rivalry was put aside. Joining in the battle against cancer, both teams came together and took a group photo.
CJ Composto, Westfield pinned Michael Fleck, SP-F, at 1:46.
Luke Hoerle, Westfield won by decision over Jeremy Lenart, SP-F, 14-4.
Justin Sidebottom, SP-F, won by decision over Zach Rabinowitz, Westfield, 10-6.
Jacob Perone, SP-F, won by decision over Jeremy Silber, Westfield, 7-5.
Luke Scanlan, Westfield, pinned Christian Novello, SP-F, at 1:59.
Jack Cannon, SP-F, won by forfeit.
Michael Ramos, SP-F, beat James Greco, Westfield, 14-6.
Nick Palazzolo, SP-F, pinned Matt Dente, Westfield, at 2:31.
Isaiah Reese, Westfield, won by decision over Alex Oslislo, SP-F, 5-1.
Al Dente, Westfield, won by decision over Zachary Fleischman, SP-F, 6-4 in extra time.
Sam Wustefeld, SP-F, won a major decision over Russ Weber, Westfield, 13-1.
Tim Alliegro, Westfield, pinned Eddie Smith, SP-F, at 3:00.
Jack Miller, Westfield, pinned Bobby Mount, SP-F, at 2:30.
Billy Root, SP-F, won by forfeit.