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Cordasco Takes First At County Tournament


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The finals of the Essex County Wrestling Tournament were held at Codey Arena on Saturday, and they held a big win for Verona High School senior Joe Cordasco.

Cordasco, wrestling at 170, took on Nick Sibilia of James Caldwell High School in the semi-finals, and pinned him in 3:17.  Then it was on to a face-off with Kyle Christiansen of  Bloomfield High School. Christiansen has nine wins to his credit and four losses this season, but Cordasco was 20-0 going into the finals.

The two were scoreless through the first period, and were on track for a scoreless second period when Cordasco turned the match in his favor. He came away with a 1-0 decision.

Paul Scully also made it to the finals, after defeating Chris Palmieri of Bloomfield, 2-1. Scully who had eight wins and just one loss on his record before the tournament, then took the floor against Robert Trombetta of Nutley, a three-time champion at the tournament.  Scully more than held his own, before finally succumbing to a pin at the 4:53 mark.

Left without the heft of Frankie Greco, who is recovering from a hand injury, Verona finished 13th out of 23 teams. Nutley dominated the meet with 207 points.

Cordasco at the quarterfinals Friday night

Quarterfinals photo copyright Donna Giuliano. Trophy photo copyright Joe Cordasco. Both used by permission.


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