Brackets Announced For State Wrestling Tournament


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Joe Cordasco at the Region 4 championship
Joe Cordasco at the Region 4 championship

It won’t be Verona vs. Verona in the first round of the 170-pound class in the state wrestling championship this weekend, but that doesn’t mean that Joe Cordasco and James Kellner won’t take the mat against each other.

The brackets for the state championship have been released, and they have Cordasco, a Verona High School senior, facing Kieran Gerrity of Kittatiny in the first round. Cordasco took third place in the Region 4 championship last weekend; Gerrity finished second in the Region 1 tourney. The winner of this match will face Austin Wetterau of Shawnee High School, who was the first place finisher in Region 7.

Kellner, who attends Saint Peter’s Prep, has a bye in the first round of states after taking first place in Region 4. He will face the winner of a match between Nick Dell-Priscoli of Cinnaminson and Luke Farinaro of Don Bosco in the second round.

Two other Veronans will also be competing in Atlantic City. Nick Anderson, a senior at Delbarton, is the No. 7 seed at 132 pounds. Anderson, who has a 33-4 record going into states, finished second in Region 3. He takes on Joseph Lemerise of Cherokee High School in the first round of states.

Frankie Greco, a senior at VHS, is the No. 5 seed at 182 pounds with a 27-0 record. Greco, who took first in his weight class at Region 4, has a bye in the first round of states. He will face the winner of a match between Corey Markovitch of Cranford and Michael Burns of Morris Knolls. The 182-pound bracket is here.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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