Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

N. Bergen, Clifton Get Work Done

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

N. Bergen, Clifton Get Work Done

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CRANFORD - The quick shift from wrestling's early tournament season to the dual meet season is a jarring one.

Saturday, North Bergen and Clifton, both Top-10 teams in The Record Top 25, made that transition in a tough quad at state power Cranford.

"To be honest, I'm happy the holiday break is over and we can get back to some normalcy," North Bergen coach Jerry Maietta said. "We saw some positives. We saw some things we need to work on."

The Bruins, who were the second-highest finisher among public schools at the Bergen Holiday tournament this week, went 2-1 in the quad, beating Clifton and Brearley before falling in the final match of the day to Cranford, 43-18.

Clifton, which had a tournament win and a third-place finish in another under its belt going into Saturday, dropped its first two matches to North Bergen, 48-18, and Cranford, 55-19, before downing Brearley, 51-20.

"It shows us what we need to do," Clifton coach Dan Geleta said. "It shows us that kids need to get back on weight."

And it also gave the Bruins and the Mustangs, two teams who are expected to be in the thick of the battle for the North 1, Group 5 sectional title in February, their first look at each other.

North Bergen won the first eight bouts against a depleted Clifton team to take a 36-0 lead, keyed by a 16-2 major decision by Dan Ortega over sophomore Anthony Tudda at 113, and Devin Garrido's 9-2 victory over Chris Zaccone at 120.

Clifton, wrestling without four starters including aces James Murdoch and Kareem Askew because of the flu, tried to make a run in the middle weights. …

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