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"TIGHT WAIST AND WRIST"…Jamil Johnson of Colonia High School attempts to control Frank Thorne of the Raiders with a tight waist and wrist control maneuver during his 215-pound class bout. Thorne gave Johnson about all he could handle as Johnson won a hard-fought 11-6 decision. The Raiders defeated Colonia, 58-19, in Scotch Plains on February 20.

Raiders Beat Colonia, 58-19; Lose to J. P. Stevens, 32-30

By DAVID B. CORBIN for The Westfield Leader and The Times

The Raider wrestling team hosted Colonia High School and J. P. Stevens on February 20 and came up with a big win and came down with a heart-breaking loss.

Against Colonia, it appeared the Raiders were going to have a slow start as 103-pounder David Loewinger found himself on the verge of being the victim of a technical fall. Being behind 11-2, Loewinger found his opportunity when he caught Rob Felline of Colonia off balance, reversed him and rolled him to his back to score a third-period fall.

At 119, Lee Loewinger met a very tough Nick Cilento and was taken down several times and tilted to his back a few times as Cilento registered a 16-4 majority decision.

After Tony Melendez received a forfeit at 125, Antenor Petitfrere blazed like a ball of fire as he immediately scored a takedown on Rich Dzuiban of Colonia at the 130-pound class. Petitfrere engineered a few more takedowns, an escape and a three-point near fall to win a convincing, 11-2 majority decision.

Raider Josh Hetzel recorded a come-from-behind fall over Tim O’Rorke in 3:47 at the 152-pound class.

At the 215-pound class, although he lost an 11-6 decision to talented Jimil Johnson, Frank Thorne of the Raiders dished out some physical punishment of his own and served notice to Johnson that he was in for a battle.

The final bout of the match ended with heavyweight Jim Feeley easily finishing off Kevin Thompson in 1:59.

The match with J. P. Stevens had several close bouts, all ending in favor of J. P. Stevens which allowed them to eke out a narrow 32-30 victory.

The deciding match came at the 125-pound class when Rudy Valentino won a 6-4 overtime decision over Tony Melendez of the Raiders which gave three team points to J. P. Stevens instead of to Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

J.P. Stevens lifted its record to 12-7 and Colonia High School dropped to 7-9. The split set Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s record at 9-5-2.


d.-Won by decision-3 team points

p.-Won by pin-6 team points

md.-Major decision-4 team points

tf.-Technical fall-5 team points

Scotch Plains-Fanwood 58, Colonia 19


103: -- Dave Loewinger (SPF) p. Rob Felline, 4:59

112: -- Chris Salerno (C) p. Charlie Tripet, :55

119: -- Nick Cilento (SPF) md. Lee Loewinger, 16-4

125: -- Tony Melendez (SPF) won by forfeit

130: -- Antenor Petitfrere (SPF) md. Rich Dzuiban, 11-2

135: -- Jeff DiPillo (C) p. Mike Grabel, 3:41

140: -- Luke Cerchio (SPF) won by forfeit

145: -- James Gulya (SPF) won by forfeit

152: -- Josh Hetzel (SPF) p. Tim O’Rorke, 3:47

160: -- Josh Ricca (SPF) won by forfeit

171: -- Steve Drown (SPF) won by forfeit

189: -- Tony Zardecki (SPF) won by forfeit

215: -- Jimil Johnson (C) d. Frank Thorne, 11-6

Hwt: -- Jim Feeley (SPF) p. Shawn Dowe, :52

J. P. Stevens 32, Scotch Plains-Fanwood 30


103: -- Rich Reba (JP) p. Dave Loewinger, 5:14

112: -- Charlie Tripet (SPF) d. Jim Georgallis, 15-8

119: -- Lee Loewinger (SPF) d. Andy Reina, 13-6

125: -- Rudy Valentino (JP) d. Tony Melendez, 6-4 in overtime

130: -- Lorenzo Miceli (JP) d. Antenor Petitfrere, 9-5

135: -- Randy Reina (JP) p. Mike Grabel, :24

140: -- Luke Cerchio (SPF) p. Jason Steingart, 4:44

145: -- Jarrod Shaw (JP) d. James Gulya, 6-2

152: -- Josh Hetzel (SPF) d. Peter Yoo, 11-4

160: -- Ryan Rocco (JP) p. Josh Ricca, 2:36

171: -- Steve Drown (SPF) d. Lou Riggi, 5-2

189: -- Tony Zardecki (SPF) p. Jai Park, 2:42

215: -- Marino Hwang (JP) p. Frank Thorne, :39

Hwt: -- Jim Feeley (SPF) p. Kevin Thompson, 1:59

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