Randolph Rec Wrestling placed eight wrestlers in the USAW-NJ State Championship tournament, which was held at the Sun Bank Center in Trenton this past weekend, to top off a list of achievements that included 39 leage-tournament placewinners.
Two of the eight reached the podium: sixth grader David turner took 2nd place in the state in the Junior-95 lb weight class, and eighth grader Matt DeStefanis took 3rd in the state at the Intermediate-91 lb weight class. Cole Carroll, Johnny Hager, Jason Petroski, and Charlie Treston came up just short of the medal rounds, while Jake Pontelandolfo and Michael Scalley were 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:
10 placewinners in the Tri County league championship tournament, including one champion - Matt DeStefanis - and three other wrestlers who reached the final round.
Six placewinners in the Grade School League championship, representing middle school wrestlers from about one third of the state. Matt DeStefanis won 1st at his weight, two wrestlers placed 2nd, and two others took 3rd.
Six placewinners in the North West Jersey league tournament, in Randolph's inaugural year.
17 up-and-coming wrestlers placed in the novice and JV tournaments of the four leagues in which Randolph participates.