UNION, NJ – The Region 3 wrestling state championship representatives have been decided.
Following three full days of heated grappling at Union High School, 42 high school wrestlers punched their ticket to next week’s state finals in Atlantic City.
Delbarton dominated the tournament, taking home five region titles and eight spots in the finals.
Westfield had two wrestlers make it to the consolation finals — Jarek Gozdieski (160 lbs.) and Colter Spurlock (220 lbs.) both lost in the consolation finals to end their season.
Nick Farro, Delbarton’s junior 132 lb. grappler took home the top individual prize of the weekend when he was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler by the Region 3 coaches.
All Top 3 finishers move on to next weekend’s state championship at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Matches begin on Friday night, culminating in the state championship matches on Sunday afternoon.
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Consolation Final: Joseph Prato (Whippany Park) def. Jarek Gozdieski (Westfield) by a 3-1 overtime decision.
Whippany Park’s Joseph Prato and Westfield’s Jarek Gozdieski alternated escape points in the second and third periods to force overtime. In the extra session, Prato earned two takedown points with four seconds left to earn the class’s third state tournament bid.
1st: Anthony Oliveri – Hanover Park
2nd: Dan Kourakos – New Providence
3rd: Joseph Prato – Whippany Park
Consolation Final: Alexis Villegas (Morristown) def. Colter Spurlock (Westfield) by a 5-3 decision.
Morristown’s Alexis Villegas and Westfield’s Culter Spurlock traded points the entire match. Unfortunately for Spurlock, Villegas scored four takedown points plus an escape, to win the consolation final, 5-3.
After Villegas scored an escape point to open the second period, the score remained 1-0 until the final frame.
Spurlock countered with an escape of his own in the opening seconds of the third. Tied at 1-1, Villegas scored four points in the final minute on two takedowns to secure the victory.
1st: David Tobe - Elizabeth
2nd: Saverio Salcfas – David Brearley/Jonathan Dayton
3rd: Alexis Villegas - Morristown
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Michael Bruchert contributed to this story.