Gabrieles Lead Seeding As VHS Wrestlers Head To Districts


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Frank Gabriele
Frank Gabriele, who broke the career win record at VHS this year, is the top seed in his weight class at Districts.

Frank Gabriele will be the top seed at 138 pounds and his brother John will be the No. 2 seed at 152 pounds when the Verona High School wrestling competes in the District 10 championship at Belleville High School on Saturday.

They will be joined by Dean Palmer, a freshman who amassed a 24-10 record and who is the No. 3 seed at 120, while fellow freshman Frank Riggio, who is 25-9, is the No. 3 seed at 132. Frank’s older brother, Nick Riggio is the No. 3 seed at 170, having garnered 26 wins and just eight losses. Another No. 3 seed: Bill Fauerbach (25-10) at 182.

Sam Zamloot who has 18 wins and 10 losses this season, will be the No. 4 seed at 114 and Michael Garcia, who compiled an 18-14 record, is the No. 4 seed at 106.

John Gabriele 100 wins
John Gabriele recently celebrated his 100th wrestling win.

Cade Byrne is the No. 5 seed at 220, Ryan Huze is the No. 6 seed at 145, John Pavia is the No. 7 seed at 160 and Tyler DaCosta is the No. 9 seed at 126.

In addition to Verona, District 10 includes Becton, Columbia, Delbarton, Newark East Side, Nutley, Orange, Union City, West Orange and Wood-Ridge. The competition kicks off with preliminaries at 10 a.m., followed by semifinals at 1 p.m., third place matches at 3:30 p.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m.

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