Two Local Wrestlers Secure Spots on State Podium
Sunday, March 4, 2012 • 9:11am
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ—Livingston’s Jason Estevez and West Orange’s Anthony Angelone earned the opportunity to wrestle for the third place position in the state wrestling tournament at Boardwalk Hall.
With three takedowns and an escape, Estevez began the day with a 7-2 victory over Pequannock’s DeGeorge at 132 pounds. Despite losing after a third period pin to South Plainfield’s DelVecchio, he is guaranteed his first medal in the state tournament.
In a match that came down to double overtime, Estevez defeated Richard Lewis 5-3 to receive a minimum of fourth place. He refused to lose the overtime match and is determined to win the bronze. Estevez told The Alternative Press, “The worst thing is to go to the semis and then go for sixth. I just wanted to win, and now I’m gonna go take third.”
Angelone bounced back after Friday night’s loss and wrestled full force through the entire consolation bracket. Dominating his opponents, the 220 pounder had back to back pins against Rumson-Fair Haven’s Taylor Avino and Camden Catholic’s Jeff Miller.
In his next match, Angelone wrestled his first full six-minute match of the weekend and earned a 5-2 win against Nick Pustizzi. In his final bout of the day, he had his fourth pin of the tournament, ending his match against Holy Cross’s Mauro Correnti in the second period.
Two other local wrestlers were knocked out of the wrestle-backs Saturday morning; Patsy Davis of Madison lost 7-4 to Sam Tareky at 126 pounds and John Mele of Governor Livingston came out behind with a 4-2 loss against Tyler Kaminski in the 113 pound weight class.
Estevez and Angelone will continue wrestling for third place Sunday morning.