The following recap provided by Secaucus High School head wrestling coach Edward Roesing :
On Saturday, the Secaucus High School wrestling team walked away with multiple wins after traveling to Livingston High School for the NJSIAA District 12 Wrestling Tournament. While they competed against some strong, dominant teams, including Warren Hills, North Bergen, Randolph, Chatham, Cliffside Park, Whippany Park, Madison, and Livingston, they focused on their performance and took on every challenge that came their way.
Sophomore Alex Leon (120) – 1st Place:
- Quarterfinals – Alex Leon (Secaucus) BYE
- Semifinals – Alex Leon (Secaucus) pin Nick Anderson (North Bergen) 2:35
- Finals – Alex Leon (Secaucus) dec Charlie Treston (Randolph) 7 – 5 Tiebreaker
Alex entered the tournament as the 1st seed. After pinning in the semifinals, Leon would shake hands with Charlie Treston of Randolph, a rematch of last year’s district semifinals that Treston had won. After a hard fought match and a take town in overtime, Leon became a District Champ. Leon heads to the regions Friday night with a record of 32-3.
Senior Robinson Reyes (170) – 1st Place:
- Quarterfinals – Robinson Reyes (Secaucus) BYE
- Semifinals – Robinson Reyes (Secaucus) dec Deontae Ferrer 3 -1 Overtime
- Finals – Robinson Reyes (Secaucus) dec Nick Wolmart (Randolph) 6-4
After placing 2nd the past two years, Reyes finally captured a district title. He entered the tournament as the 1st seed. After a close semifinal match, Reyes wrestled tough and smart in the finals. He controlled the entire match and came away with the victory. Reyes heads to the regions Friday night with a record of 32-3.
Junior Derek Fernandez (152) – 2nd Place:
- Quarterfinals – Derek Fernandez (Secaucus) maj Dec Alessandro Zacheo (Livinigston) 9-1
- Semifinals – Derek Fernandez (Secaucus) dec Nick Graessle (Whippany Park) 3-2 Ultimate Tiebreaker
- Finals – Janny Lopez Valle (Randolph) pin Derek Fernandez (Secaucus) 2:37
Fernandez came in as the 3rd seed. He had an unbelievable semifinal match against 2nd seed Graessle of Whippany Park. The match went to an ultimate tiebreaker where Fernandez was able to escape for the upset and head to the finals. Unfortunately, his run ended when he was caught in the finals by Valle of Randolph. Fernandez heads to the regions Wednesday night with a record of 20-15.
Senior Adam Badarelli (195) – 3rd Place:
- Quarterfinals – Adam Badarelli (Secaucus) pin Logan Polcari (Warren Hills)
- Semifinals – Ryan Velese (Livingston) pin Adam Badarelli (Secaucus) 2:09
- Consolations – Adam Badarelli (Secaucus) pin George Whitehead (Madison) 3:09
Badarelli’s senior year continues with a 3rd place finish. After a loss in the semifinals, Badarelli was able to bounce back in the consolations with a pin to keep his season alive. He will head to the region tournament on Wednesday night with a record of 21-10.
The Secaucus High School wrestling team entered 10 wrestlers into the District 12 Wrestling Tournament. Carlos Triana (113), Alex Leon (120), Louie Pinto (132), Sahil Nagpal (138), Sakuntha Welagadara (145), Derek Fernandez (152), Robinson Reyes (170), Samba Diallo (182), Adam Badarelli (195), and AJ Perez (285). All 10 wrestlers arrived confident but focused knowing they would have some tough competition throughout the day. In a solid, nail-biting match, Carlos Triana nearly pulled another medal for Secaucus, but was sadly caught in the consolation by Pena of North Bergen. All 3 matches Triana wrestled at the tournament, he showed strength, heart and determination.
All four standout wrestlers will move on to wrestle in the NJSIAA Region 3 Wrestling Tournament. Fernandez and Badarelli will wrestle in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday, February 21 at 6pm held at West Orange High School. They hope to join Leon and Reyes on Friday, February 23 in the quarterfinals.
Leon and Reyes are the 1st District 12 Tournament Champions Secaucus High School has had since 2014 and are the 1st since the district tournament realignment.
Congratulations on your tournament success and we wish all Secaucus High School wrestlers the best of luck in the upcoming region and state tournaments.