Nick Riggio finished in second place at 170 pounds after a 4-3 decision in favor of Michael Massa of Seton Hall Prep. He pinned Nutley’s Anthony Haines in the quarterfinals, and defeated Columbia’s Blake McGowan 8-2 in the semis.
Cade Byrne, at 220 pounds, was Verona’s other second place finish after he came up at the short end of an 11-7 decision in a match with Livingston’s Nashawn Brooks. Byrne got a pin on Nutley’s Dean Polewka in the quarterfinals and got a 6-5 decision over Livingston’s Nick Boffa in the semis.
Dean Palmer also won his 3rd place finish by pin. He took down Agostino Petrillo of Livingston in 1:03. He had defeated Cedar Grove’s Nicholas Coletta 6-4 in the quarterfinals, before pinned by Conner Decker of Seton Hall in the semis.
In the opening round of the tournament on Thursday, Michael Garcia (113) delivered a fast pin of Nutley’s Vincent Negra, while Palmer pinned Jeremiah Smith of East Orange Campus in 1:03. Jayden Czupak (138) pinned Darsen Jean or Orange, Frank Riggio pinned Caelib Chambers of Montclair in 1:34; John Pavia (160) got a 12-8 decision over Geraldino Raymond of Orange. Nick Riggio pinned Brayan Loaiza of Newark East Side in 0:44. Byrne scored a 6-1 decision over Seton Hall’s Alex Giannoglou. At 182, Gabe Breitenbach’s match was stopped after he was injured. In the quarterfinals, Garcia lost 7-2 to Ricky Cassidy of West Essex, Pavia was pinned by Colin Morgan of West Orange and Czupak lost a 16-1 decision to Cole Carroll of Seton Hall.
Verona finished the tournament in fourth place overall.
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