Columbia HS wrestlers Blake McGowan and Naquan Tory enjoy fine efforts at state finals in Atlantic City

Columbia HS wrestlers Blake McGowan and Naquan Tory enjoy fine efforts at state finals in Atlantic City

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Columbia High School wrestlers Blake McGowan and Naquan Tory, both seniors, gave strong efforts at the NJSIAA state finals at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Feb. 28, March 1-2. McGowan was seeded 30th in the 170-pound division. In the preliminary round, McGowan was pinned by No. 3 seed Garret Bilgrav of Robbinsville […]

UPDATED: Columbia HS wrestlers Naquan Tory and Blake McGowan reach state finals in Atlantic City

UPDATED: Columbia HS wrestlers Naquan Tory and Blake McGowan reach state finals in Atlantic City

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Columbia High School wrestlers Naquan Tory and Blake McGowan finished in the top four of their respective weight divisions at the NJSIAA Region 3 tournament held at West Orange HS, Feb. 21-23. As a result, Tory and McGowan, both seniors, qualified for the NJSIAA state finals at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Feb. […]

UPDATED: Naquan Tory wins 106-pound title to lead Columbia HS wrestling team at District 10 tournament

UPDATED: Naquan Tory wins 106-pound title to lead Columbia HS wrestling team at District 10 tournament

MAPLEWOOD – Naquan Tory won the 106-pound championship and Blake McGowan and Tyson Carroll each took second at the 170-  and 182-pound weight classes, respectively, to lead the Columbia High School varsity wrestling team at the District 10 tournament at Randolph HS, Saturday, Feb. 16. Cahil Love Jr. also finished in third place at 132 […]

UPDATED: Columbia HS wrestling team seeks district success

Cougars to compete in Randolph; injured Devin Rocha ends career No. 1 atop win list in school history

UPDATED: Columbia HS wrestling team seeks district success

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The Columbia High School wrestling team hopes to have a strong showing at the NJSIAA District 10 tournament at Randolph, Saturday, Feb. 16. Columbia finished the dual-meet season at 10-11. Devin Rocha, who recently tore his meniscus, finished his career as the winningest wrestler in CHS history with 102 wins. The previous […]

Columbia HS wrestlers excel at Essex County Tournament

MAPLEWOOD, NJ –Devin Rocha , a senior, finished second; senior Blake McGowan and junior Cahil Love Jr. each finished third and senior Naquan Tory placed fifth in their respective weight classes to lead the Columbia High School varsity wrestling team at the Essex County Tournament at Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, Jan. 17-18. […]

Columbia HS wrestling team finishes in second place at Belleville Buccaneer Classic

Cougars seek success at ECT, Jan. 17-18, at Codey Arena

Columbia HS wrestling team finishes in second place at Belleville Buccaneer Classic

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The Columbia High School varsity wrestling team finished second overall among 11 teams at the Belleville Buccaneer Classic on Saturday, Jan. 12. The Cougars were led by four individual champions: senior Naquan Tory at the 106-pound weight class; senior Devin Rocha at 145; senior Blake McGowan at 170 and junior Max Moore […]

A hero, on and off the mat: Howard Kestenbaum

Columbia High legendary wrestler who perished on Sept. 11, 2001, remembered for bravery

A hero, on and off the mat: Howard Kestenbaum

By Jim Van Orden Correspondent MAPLEWOOD, NJ – A cup hanging by a string from his 103rd floor office ceiling swung in a wide arc as the World Trade Center’s south tower swayed in strong winds blowing off the Hudson River. The cup, as well as a high-powered telescope he assembled so employees could view […]

Columbia HS wrestler Galileo Hetherington places third at Region 3 tournament; advances to state finals in Atlantic City

Columbia HS wrestler Galileo Hetherington places third at Region 3 tournament; advances to state finals in Atlantic City

Updated with coach’s comments. Correction: This is the second year that the top four finishers in each weight class qualify for the state finals. MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Columbia High School wrestler Galileo Hetherington finished in third place in the 285-pound heavyweight class at Region 3 tournament at West Orange High School on Saturday, Feb. 24. […]

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