With the early signing period for high school football players to sign their collegiate letters of intent in place, Wayne Hills announced the signing of two outstanding lineman to NCAA Division 1 institutions.
Senior captains Joe Rondi and Bence Polgar will play college football at Syracuse University and the University of Buffalo, respectively. Both signed their letters on Dec. 18, at Wayne Hills High, in front of family and friends.
Rondi will play on the defensive line for the Orangemen. The youngest of four children born to Jennifer and John Rondi, Joe had the opportunity to meet with a number of outstanding football schools, before deciding on Syracuse.
Joe Rondi signs his letter of intent to play at Syracuse University as his proud family looks on, at Wayne Hills, on Dec. 18. (Click on photo for larger image)
“I appreciate all the opportunities I had to visit some great schools,” said Rondi. “In the end, there was something really special about Syracuse. I had made a verbal commitment there in May. The Syracuse coaches are great. I can’t wait to play for them.”
Rondi had a marvelous senior season for the Patriots, as he led the team to the North 1, Group 4 championship, along with a bowl game victory at MetLife Stadium, over Phillipsburg, to conclude an 11-2 season. Rondi played on both the offensive and defensive lines for the Patriots. He was a 2-year, 2-way starter for the team. In 2018, he finished with 92 tackles, 19 of which were for losses and also had nine quarterback sacks while forcing two fumbles.
For his career, Rondi had 153 tackles and 11 sacks. He earned multiple post-season accolades in 2018 and was also an excellent long snapper for Wayne Hills.
“I also have to thank (Wayne Hills head coach) Wayne Demikoff,” said Rondi. “‘Without Dem, I’m not here today talking about this moment. I’m very grateful.”
Polgar, the son of Aniko and Peter Polgar, is the youngest of three siblings in his family. Like Rondi, Bence had made his verbal commitment of the University of Buffalo a while back.
Bence Polgar and his dad, Pete, enjoy the moment as Bence signed his letter of intent to play football at the University of Buffalo. (Click on photo for larger image)
“I knew all along that Buffalo was going to be my choice,” said Polgar. “I made my official visit after our (high school) season ended and loved it. I had the chance to meet with the coaches, and some of my (future) professors, too, which was really nice. It was a great overall connection.”
Bence will play on the offensive line in college, either at guard, or center.
“I’ll be working on my footwork during the off season, as well as training hard,” said Polgar, who plans to major in Political Science. “I know the hard work and commitment needed to excel at the next level, and I’m ready for that challenge. And I’ll be working hard on the mental approach to the game, as well, which is so important.”
Two outstanding players for a championship team at Wayne Hills, Joe Rondi (left) and Bence Polgar. (Click on photo for larger image)
Bence was a 3-year starter on the offensive line, which paved the way for over 12,500 yards of offense and averaged over 30 points a game, as well as winning a pair of state sectional crowns and this year’s bowl game. On defense, Polgar had 57 tackles this season and two quarterback sacks.
Polgar also set a Wayne Hills single season and career record with four blocked kicks. He was also a huge part of the 2015 undefeated Wayne Hills freshman team and booted the winning field goal against Ramapo in a battle of freshman unbeatens that season.
Wayne Hills head coach Wayne Demikoff was ecstatic for both players.
“This is a big moment for Bence and Joe,” said Demikoff. “They’ve been a big part of all our successes the past three years, and I wish them all the best in the next phase of their lives. Their accomplishments here will never be forgotten. Joe and Bence were tremendous team captains this year, along with Joseph Mongelli, Jaaron Hayek and Anthony Puntolillo.”