RANDOLPH WRESTLERS WRAP UP BANNER YEAR
With a list of achievements that included a division championship, and a remarkable 68 tournament placewinners, Randolph wrestling wrapped up one of the program's most successful seasons ever by placing six wrestlers in the USAW NJ state championship tournament, which was held at the Sun Bank Center in Trenton.
Four of the six wrestlers reached the podium: 8th grader Patrick Glory and 4th grader David Turner went on to take 2nd place honors, while 6th grader Matt DeStefanis and 7th grader Christian Avelar each placed 7th in their respective weights. Kevin Charles came up just short of the medal rounds, while Michael Scalley was forced to miss the finals due to injury.
These achievements were just the latest in the program's winning season. Other major accomplishments this year included:
The first division-championship win in the Tri-County Youth Wrestling League since 2006, as well as 14 placewinners in the league championship tournament, including six wrestlers who reached the top three.
The Rams' first playoff appearance in the six-county NJ Grade School Wrestling League, and the team's best league record since 2007.
Up-and-coming Rams grabbed 11 trophies out of 18 weight classes in the NJ Future Stars league, and 31 medals in the King of the Mat league.
An emotional high-point: defeating nearby rivals Roxbury in the annual Rivals Takedown Hunger meet, the Rams' first win over the Gaels in six seasons.