A busy night of quarterfinal round wrestling at Region 4 in West Orange on Feb. 28 produced some good results for Essex County-based wrestlers.
All tolled, 18 from Essex advanced to their respective semifinals, with Caldwell sending five while West Orange and Newark Academy advanced three and Nutley and West Essex saw two of their guys move on. Livingston, Glen Ridge and Cedar Grove sent one each to the semi.
There should be a very exciting match on tap at 113 pounds on Saturday morning between familiar opponents in West Orange’s Isaiah Adams and Dean Caravela of Caldwell. The two have met three times already, with all three bouts down to the wire. Caravela won the Essex County and District 13 championships while Adams prevailed in a dual match a few days after the county final.
Caldwell’s Mario Pitch and Nutley’s Joe Ferinde were slated to meet in a 120-pound semifinal while Livingston’s Tommy Heller earned a berth in the 126 pound semifinal.
Newark Academy had a good night, advancing three wrestlers, including Brendon Seyfried, who advanced to the 132 pound semifinal. Seyfried’s teammate, Steve Bonsall, gained a berth in the 138 pound semi, as did Nutley’s Stephen Scuttaro.
West Orange had a good night, advancing three wrestlers to the semis, starting with Adams and continuing with 145 pounder Jordan Velez. At 152, Patrick Gerish of Newark Academy will take on Caldwell’s Ray Iodice in a semifinal bout. Iodice had perhaps the biggest upset of the evening, defeating third seeded Manny Ramirez of St. Peter’s Prep.
Glen Ridge’s John Faugno remained unbeaten with a win a 160 pounds and Caldwell’s Joseph Valentino stayed on path for a region title at 170 pounds.
Christopher Morgan of West Orange, the top seed at 182 pounds, won his quarterfinal match and West Essex’s Mark McDonald was scheduled to face top seeded Christian Colucci of St. Peter’s Prep in the semifinals at 195 pounds.
The 220-pound category featured three from Essex advancing to the semis as Cedar Grove’s Rodney Deprenda, Matt Dignozio of West Essex and Caldwell’s Joseph Bongo all prevailed.