Frank Greco and Joe Festa both came away with first-place wins in the Essex County Wrestling Championship at Codey Arena on Saturday. Paul Scully took second place at 113 pounds, while Tom Cundari took third place at 145 pounds.
Greco’s match kept spectators on the edge of their seats through four overtimes. In the end, the Hillbilly junior, wrestling at 182, came away with a 6-5 victory over Kevin Matlon of Seton Hall Prep. Festa, who wrestles at 220, snatched a 7-5 victory from top-seeded Anthony Angelone of West Orange High School.
Verona came in seventh among the 24 teams competing, with an overall score of 111. Nutley High School led the match with its first first-place finish in the Essex County Wrestling Championship, 42 points ahead of the second-place team from West Orange.
(Slide show photos by Sherre Festa)