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Upper youth wrestlers open season at tournament

Josh Roman puts the finishing touches on his Hornet victory

Josh Roman puts the finishing touches on his Hornet victory

Pat Tull shows off his first-place medal

The Upper Township Green Hornets wrestling team kicked off its season last weekend by competing in the West Deptford “Rumble on the River” Wrestling Tournament. The Hornet wrestlers performed extremely well, placing all 31 registered wrestlers in among the top four 4 of their respective age/weight divisions.

Wrestling to first-place finishes for the Hornets were Jaxon Candeloro (Tot 42), Luke McHale (Tot 46), Jackson Smith (Jr 88) and Pat Tull (Midget 68).

Second-place finishes went to Mason Sampson (Bant 63), Josh Roman (Mid 65), Logan Hayes (Mid 115), Justin Reigh (Tot 45), Ryan Huff (Bant Nov 85), Aiden Leypoldt (Int 80), Mike Young (Int 97).

Upper wrestlers taking bronze included Aiden McHale (Bant 48),Trent Lera (Tot 57),  Cole Garreffi (Bant 72), Nate Bellwoar (Mid 62) Joe Pancoast (Mid 84), Greyson Roman (Tot 38), Carson Garrison (Tot 41), Bentley Leonowski (Tot 47), Talon Fischer (Jr 83), Andrew Siteman (Jr 77) Shaun Watkins (Jr 127) and Jonah Nugent (Jr Hwt).

And Fourth-place finishers for Upper Township were Ham Roman (Bant 44), Logan Cossaboone (Bant 50), Sean Martin (Bant 58), Colten Beasley (Tot 48), and John Arsenault (Jr 135).

New wrestler Jaxon Candeloro gives two thumbs up after winning his first tournament

Cousins Aiden and Luke McHale celebrate with water ice after a tough day of wrestling

Up next, the Green Hornet wrestlers will host their 30th Annual Upper Township Green Hornet Holiday Open Wrestling Tournament at the Upper Township Middle School this Saturday. More than 400 wrestlers, some travelling from as far away as Connecticut and West Virginia, are set to compete. The following day the Upper wrestling team will host its 3rd Annual Upper Township Stinger Duals Team Tournament, in which eight of the toughest wrestling teams in South Jersey will be battling it out for a team championship.

The Hornets round out a very busy December with a home match against the Shawnee Renegades on Friday, Dec. 14, before travelling to the Pitman Tournament on Dec. 15, the Kingsway Tournament on Dec. 16 and lastly the Williamstown Tournament on Dec. 30.