Shabazian, Farawell Are District Champs


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Coin Farawell and Sean Shabazian on Saturday.
Coin Farawell and Sean Shabazian on Saturday.

Verona High School senior Sean Shabazian and junior Colin Farawell both took first place in their respective weight classes in the District wrestling tournament this weekend at West Essex High School. Both defeated opponents from West Orange High School to take their titles; Shabazian won the 171 weight class by decision and Farawell the 189 by pin.

Thirteen high schools competed in the tournament, and thirteen wrestlers competed for Verona: Bobby Hildebrant, Anthony Decandia, Josh Held, Mike Randall, Tom Cundari, Taylor DelleColle, Joe Cordasco, Frank Grecco,  Sean Shabazian, Colin Farawell, Joe Festa and Anthony Parra. DelleColle, Randall and Festa each took fourth.

According to Coach Don Morgenroth, all the wrestlers wrestled hard, but only first, second and third place finishers move on to the  Region Tournament next weekend. There, the competition will be even stiffer; 36 or more teams, both public and private, will compete.

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected]


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