Wrestling: Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Westfield Pin Cancer

The Raiders and Blue Devils came together to Pin Cancer Friday night. Credits: Matt Kipp
A large crowd was on hand to support Pin Cancer and watch the Raiders and Blue Devils battle Friday night. Credits: Matt Kipp
Westfield's Luke Hoerle won by decision over SP-F's Jeremy Lenart (bottom) competes in the 113 lb. match. Credits: Matt Kipp
Raiders and Blue Devils in action during Friday's Pin Cancer match. Credits: Matt Kipp
Scotch Plains' Sam Wustefeld (top) won, 13-1, over Russ Weber in the 182-lb. match. Credits: Matt Kipp
Al Dente, Westfield, won by decision over Zachary Fleischman, SP-F, 6-4 in overtime, in the 170-lb. match. Credits: Matt Kipp
Nick Palazzolo (right) was victorious over Matt Dente of Westfield in the 156-lb. match. Credits: Matt Kipp
Raiders Head Coach Marc Fabiano (right) celebrates with one of his players after a victory. Credits: Matt Kipp
Scotch Plains' Mikey Ramos (white) was victorious over James Greco of Westfield in the 145-lb. match. Credits: Matt Kipp
The Raiders and Blue Devils compete in Friday's Pin Cancer event. Credits: Matt Kipp

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.

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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.

106 lbs
CJ Composto, Westfield pinned Michael Fleck, SP-F, at 1:46.

113 lbs
Luke Hoerle, Westfield won by decision over Jeremy Lenart, SP-F, 14-4.

120 lbs
Justin Sidebottom, SP-F, won by decision over Zach Rabinowitz, Westfield, 10-6.

126 lbs
Jacob Perone, SP-F, won by decision over Jeremy Silber, Westfield, 7-5.

132 lbs
Luke Scanlan, Westfield, pinned Christian Novello, SP-F, at 1:59.

138 lbs
Jack Cannon, SP-F, won by forfeit.

145 lbs
Michael Ramos, SP-F, beat James Greco, Westfield, 14-6.

152 lbs
Nick Palazzolo, SP-F, pinned Matt Dente, Westfield, at 2:31.

160 lbs
Isaiah Reese, Westfield, won by decision over Alex Oslislo, SP-F, 5-1.

170 lbs
Al Dente, Westfield, won by decision over Zachary Fleischman, SP-F, 6-4 in extra time.

182 lbs
Sam Wustefeld, SP-F, won a major decision over Russ Weber, Westfield, 13-1.

195 lbs
Tim Alliegro, Westfield, pinned Eddie Smith, SP-F, at 3:00.

220 lbs
Jack Miller, Westfield, pinned Bobby Mount, SP-F, at 2:30.

285 lbs
Billy Root, SP-F, won by forfeit.

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