Saturday, February 18, 2012
The Westfield Blue Devils wrestling team hosted the District 11 championships which featured the Blue Devils, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Brearley, Rahway, Linden, Shabazz and Elizabeth.
The road to Atlantic City kicked off on Friday night at 32 different sites across the state, with over 4,000 wrestlers hoping to be the last one standing in their weight class in Atlantic City come March. Westfield had the honor of hosting the District 11 tournament. The wrestling program raised over $6,000 with their ad-book, with the proceeds going towards Westfield wrestling. The top three finishers in each district then move on to regionals, the next phase of the tournament. Friday night featured the quarterfinal round, with the semifinals and finals taking place at 10 a.m. Saturday. Matt Barber (132), Ellis Opoku (138), Colin Barber (152), Mike DeLouisa (160), Brian Bulger (170), Kieran Cline (182), Nick Knepper (195) and Kyle Kania…
Friday, February 3, 2012
We had a moment to catch up with Scotch Plains wrestling coach T.J. Gavor
T.J. Gavor began coaching wrestling at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in 2005, serving as the JV head coach for one season. After that year he moved up to become an assistant coach on John Scholz's varsity staff, serving in that role for four seasons before becoming the head coach of this year's varsity squad. Gavor's team has been impressive so far this season, compiling a 16-2 record. One of the Raiders' losses came in a home match against Westfield that drew a full house on hand to see the unbeaten teams square off. Gavor also coaches the SPF Spring track & field team where he is responsible for coaching the pole vaulters on the squad. Gavor also works in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood school district as a social worker as a part of a …
Saturday, January 14, 2012
The Westfield wrestling team defeated previously unbeaten Scotch Plains 33-27.
With a capacity crowd on hand, Westfield and Scotch Plains put on a show with a thrilling match that saw the Blue Devils hand the Raiders their first lost of the season. The fate of the match was up in the air all the way until the final bout of the evening, the 170 weight class. The enthusiasm and passion of the crowd was evident from the opening whistle and each passing bout added to the tension of the match. There was no love lost between the two rivals with neither wanting to drop the "0" from their record. A key overtime victory by the Blue Devils in the gut-wrenching 152 bout swung the momentum towards Westfield, who needed every bout to seal the 33-27 victory. Results
Friday, December 23, 2011
The Scotch Plains wrestling team easily took care of Piscataway, J.P. Stevens and Elizabeth.
Results from Scotch Plains Tri-Meet with Piscataway, Elizabeth and J.P. Stevens: vs. Piscataway 60-18 (W) Weightclass Winner Points Outcome Loser Points Time 106 pound J.T. Beirne (Scotch Plains) 0 Forfeit () 0 113 pound Tommy Cunningham (Scotch Plains) 0 Forfeit () 0 120 pound Sean Murphy (Scotch Plains) 5 Decision Kevin Ruoff (Piscataway) 1 126 pound Brian Lapham (Scotch Plains) 0 Pin Qualiyah Burgess (Piscataway) 0 2:54 132 pound Corey Neiper (Piscataway) 0 Pin Steve Carrion (Scotch Plains) 0 1:59 138 pound Dominick Natale (Scotch Plains) 0 Pin Mohamed Elkhouly (Piscataway) 0 :57 145 pound Mike Steinfeld (Scotch Plains) 0 Pin Naeem Nazeer (Piscataway) 0 5:47 152 pound Sean Cannon (Scotch Plains) 0 Pin Chris Morris (Piscataway) 0 1:13 …