In 1987, NJ started awarding more than four medals per weight class.
And thankfully so, because the 1980s produced some stacked brackets.
We break down the toughest weight classes at the New Jersey state tournament from the 1980s.
Each weight class is scored by adding up the career scores of all the wrestlers.
Check out the toughest weight classes from 1980 to 1989 ranked by NJ state medals!
Here are the top five!
Rank - Year - Weight - Score - Medalists
#1 - 1988 - 152 - 171 - Anthony Guidi, Mt. Olive; Mike Mazzeo, Emerson; Randy Eno, Ridge; Charles Moorer, Penns Grove; Pat Lynch, Ocean City; Paul Casey, Sparta; Ray DeSimone, Matawan; Greg Henion, Lenape;
#2 - 1989 - 125 - 164 - Tom Walsh, Paul VI; Vic Bernardino, Paulsboro; Jumel Kinchen, Jackson Memorial; Vin Santaniello, Brick Memorial; Corey Miller, Warren Hills; John Mizerek, North Brunswick; Ted Kacandes, Hunterdon Central; Mike Standridge, Randolph;
#3 - 1988 - 125 - 159 - Brett DiNovi, Williamstown; Sam Cole, Long Branch; Mike Kocsis, Phillipsburg; Tom Walsh, Paul VI; Chris Janish, West Essex; Scott Kemp, Fair Lawn; Andy Van Horn, Pascack Hills; Paul Zawacki, South Plainfield;
#4 - 1987 - 149 - 143 - Brian Wells, Pascack Hills; Mike Mazzeo, Emerson; Randy Eno, Ridge; Charles Moorer, Penns Grove; Steve Fano, West Essex; Mike Smear, Cherry Hill West; Keith Karsen, DePaul; Mike McAleer, Cherry Hill East;
#5 - 1988 - 112 - 138 - Brett Raimondo, West Morris Mendham; Ken Herishen, Paul VI; Bill Lee, Wayne Valley; Vin Santaniello, Brick Memorial; Joe Duhigg, Edison; Philip Martinez, Vineland; Brian Cavanagh, Westwood; Bob Aceto, Highland;
#5 - 1987 - 116 - 138 - George Chew, Cumberland; Sam Cole, Long Branch; Brett DiNovi, Williamstown; Hector Moreno, North Bergen; John Murphy, West Morris Mendham; Wayne Murschell, Pitman; Mike Darlington, Hunterdon Central; Joe Harriman, Emerson;
Over 120 weight classes are included in this ranking!
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