Bloomfield HS wrestling team gives solid efforts at ECT

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Bloomfield High School wrestling team gave solid efforts at the 45th Essex County Tournament at Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange Jan. 16-17.

The Bengals had six medal winners.

Zachary Andruchowitz, a senior seeded No. 1, took third place in the 182-pound weight class as he posted a 6-4 decision over West Orange’s Daniel Pereira in the third-place consolation.

Gerald Van Baelen, a sophomore seeded No. 2,  took fourth place in the 120-pound weight class. In the third-place consolation, Van Baelen was pinned by West Orange’s Damian Lee Torres in 5:50.

Dillon Jennings, a junior, placed fifth in the 220-pound weight class, and seniors Yosvaldy Dominguez and D’Isaiah Larrea each took sixth place in their respective classes. In the fifth-place consolations, Jennings, seeded second, decisioned Livingston’s Vincent Militello by an 8-3 score; Dominguez, seeded 13th, was pinned by Livingston’s Anthony Newman in 1:16 in the 195-pound weight class and Larrea, seeded seventh, was pinned by Cedar Grove’s William Messinger in 5:23 the 145-pound weight class.

Juan Millan, a freshman seeded third, took seventh place in the 113-pound weight class with a pin in 3:48 over Barringer’s Andres Velazquez in the seventh-place consolation.

The Bengals finished 10th overall in the team standings. Seton Hall Prep won the team title for the fifth straight season.

Team standings: 1. Seton Hall Prep, 259.5 points. 2. West Essex, 227. 3. Livingston, 146. 4. Nutley, 131. 5 tie. Caldwell, 106. West Orange, 106. 7. Irvington, 99. 8. Belleville, 90. 9. Cedar Grove, 89. 10. Bloomfield, 67. 11. Millburn, 62. 12. Verona, 52.5. 13. Columbia, 49. 14. Newark Academy, 46. 15. Orange, 39. 16. Montclair, 29. 17. Newark Collegiate, 12. 18. Glen Ridge, 11. 19 tie. Barringer, 8. Newark East Side, 8 21. Weequahic, 2