Make it three tournament championships in three weeks for the Wayne Valley High wrestling team.
Head coach Todd Schroeder’s Indians captured the Parsippany Holiday Tournament, on Dec. 29, to go along with winning the Hopatcong and West Orange tourneys the previous two weekends.
A busy time awaits the team, which was scheduled to wrestle at West Milford, on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m., and at home, in a big time quad, on Jan. 5, against North Hunterdon, Raritan and West Essex, starting at 9:30 a.m. On Jan. 9, Wayne Valley hosts Wayne Hills, in a 7 p.m. start and on Jan. 11, Passaic Valley comes to town, also at 7. On Jan. 12, the Indians visit Ramsey, beginning at 9 a.m. A busy schedule continues with dual matches at Lakeland, on Jan. 16 and Fair Lawn, a day later, with both of those beginning at 7.
Wayne Valley wrestlers gather after winning another tournament title. (Click on photo for larger image)
Schroeder hasn’t let up in his praise for the team’s early season success, as well as the need to continue to get better.
“It’s a good start, for sure,” said Schroeder. “But there are some big time matches coming up, too. And we all know we have to keep improving. There are too many good teams on our schedule, and that’s why we enjoy this kind of competition. Our kids are looking forward to the challenge.”
At Parsippany, the Indians had seven champions in Michael Antonuccio (106 pounds), Andy Roth (113), Nick Duncan (160), Reid Colella (170), Dan Murphy (195), Nick Trani (220) and heavyweight Jordan Botero.
In addition, Matt Jimenez finished second at 138 pounds while third place finishers for Wayne Valley were Adam Zindaki, Sean Hammer, Elijah Lugo (145) and Selim Maksut (182).
“We’re getting healthier, as a team,” said Schroeder. “And heading into January, that’s important. Having Nick Duncan back, and seeing him win the Parsippany Tournament was really good. Andy Roth and Michael Antonuccio also won their first varsity tournaments.”
This was the 54th straight year that Wayne Valley competed at the Parsippany Tournament.
“It’s good to have traditions like that,” said Schroeder. “Parsippany always has a good tournament during the holidays, and that was the case this year.”
Schroeder also noted the solid performances of Trani and Colella.
“Reid is really looking good,” said Schroeder. “He completely dominated at Parsippany and Nick was strong, too. But now, it gets tougher, and that’s why it should be at this time of the year.”