Grapplers Jump Start Season with Two Victories

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Grapplerslogo.jpegThe Metuchen Grapplers are off to a great season with two straight victories in their first matches of the year. The Grapplers defeated South River last Friday 45-39 and South Brunswick 52-36 this past Thursday. The team competes in the Mid-Jersey Wrestling League, which is comprised of 14 teams from Manalapan to Clark.

This is the first time in 5 years that the team has been able to field an entire roster with a wrestler for every weight class. According to Grapplers league president, Jamie Schleck, "Our success can be attributed to a growing interest in the sport locally and a very dedicated staff of coaches and volunteer parents." The team is still very young with the majority of wrestlers 4th graders or younger.

 

It's never too late to register; new members are welcome any time. To be eligible, wrestlers must reside in Metuchen or North Edison (geographic footprint sending kids to Woodrow Wilson and John Adams Schools)

Individual Highlights from the First Two Matches:

 

Lucas Revano has won two matches, one by pin and one by major decision. This is he second year representing Metuchen on the varsity Team.
Will Hronich had a come from behind victory and managed to pin his opponent in the final few seconds of the third period to put Metuchen on top against South River.
John Schleck pinned his opponent early in the second period against South Brunswick. This is his 5th year on the varsity team.
Jon Michael Manzo has yet to have an opponent go more than 1 period. He has scored big for the team with early pins in the 1st period in both matches.
Michael Gelberg has been quick to put his opponents on their backs, scoring two quick pins in both dual meets.
Avery Clark is competing at the Varsity level for the 2nd straight year.
Team Captain Kevin Coleman has been victories in both matches, with a pin and a win on points.
Matt Volpe defeated his opponent with a first period pin against South River.
Nick Loffredo scored an early pin against South Brunswick.
Trevor Firgau is a first year starter and managed to defeat his South Brunswick opponent by pin.
Owen Quinn won his first match in South River.
Will Kacani won his first match with a pin.
Ethan Lebovits is undefeated this season and recently won the South Plainfield Tournament
Luke Schleck took home the gold medal at the South Plainfield Tournament.
Nick Revano took home 2nd place at the Wall Township Holiday Tournament.

The Varsity Team Line-Up: Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 08WrestlingTeamPhoto.jpeg

50

Lucas Revano

54

Liam Quinn 

58

William Hronich

62

Michael Gelberg

66

Jon Michael anzo

70

John Schleck

74

Avery  Clark

78

Jeffery Bodnar

82

Kevin Coleman

86

Matt Volpe

90

Joe Hronich

95

Trevor Firgau

100

David Laureta

110

Marc Tamasco

125

Devin Miller

HWT

Sean Benedict

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