District 6 H.S. wrestling: Ridgewood wins team crown
Sunday, February 24, 2013
BY JJ CONRAD
FAIR LAWN — Ridgewood’s Joe Oliva had just helped guide the Maroons to their first District 6 championship on Saturday, but not even five minutes had passed when the junior standout was already thinking about just how good next year’s team can be.
“We’re returning nine place-winners next year,” said Oliva, who captured the 126-pound district title at Fair Lawn with a 9-5 win over Saddle Brook/Glen Rock’s Mike Andreano. “I think this team has a bright future. Saddle Brook has been the team to beat around here the last four years, but we’ve worked hard, too. [Saturday] we had some kids bump up and win some big matches for us.”
Ridgewood coach Torre Watson admitted he was a bit apprehensive following Friday’s strong opening night performance, but he knew the Maroons had the talent to finish the job Saturday.
After a first-round exit in the state tournament, Watson said Ridgewood put a bit more stock in this year’s district tourney.