By Dan Collins--Courtesy of TapintoClark.com
CLARK, NJ - Arthur L. Johnson High School junior Chris Fuschetto achieved a milestone 100 career varsity wrestling victories on Friday afternoon, becoming the school’s first-ever junior to accomplish the feat. Fuschetto pinned Henry Condado of Franklin Township High School just 14 seconds into their match to secure the win.
Fuschetto said the milestone feels great, but his mind is set on more major goals on the mat, and continuing to wrestle hard.
Fuschetto is the fourth wrestler at ALJ to reach the 100-win mark. He joins Kyle Gregorio (2016), Anthony Priore (2007) and Andy Trzcinski (1994), who all reached it in their senior years.
“It was so awesome to see Chris get win No. 100,” senior and teammate Mike Brennan said. “He is well deserving of it because he is easily one of the hardest workers on our team and also one of our best leaders. I can't wait to see how many he can finish his career with next year and hopefully break some more records in the process.”
Fuschetto said he is motivated by winning, and that’s what gets him ready for every practice and match. He said he never envisioned achieving the milestone of 100 career wins in his junior year, thinking it would definitely be his senior year when he would wrap up the accomplishment.
“It’s pretty nice to see because he works so hard to succeed at his goal especially as a junior,” teammate and junior Dan Olenick said. “It’s very impressive for him to get 100 wins.”
A wrestler since he was four years old, Fuschetto credits his parents, teammates and coaches for supporting him throughout his career. Fuschetto said he’s been highly influenced by wrestling coaches Dan Hilt, Donnie Defillepis and Craig Frost.
He’s enjoyed his time on the ALJ team and proudly recalls county and district title wins as other high-points in his high school career.
“It’s been good, it’s been a good ride,” Fuschetto said. “I have another year, so I just have to keep going.”
“First of all, it’s an honor to have a guy with 100 wins after three years,” Johnson head coach Mike Siter said. “He’s going to set the record here at Johnson High School. Not too many guys in the state have 100 wins in their junior season, so it’s an honor coaching a wrestler like that, who puts in the time in the offseason, during the season, after practice and so on. It’s an honor to coach Chris Fuschetto.”
Fuschetto offered words of advice for others who want to try and achieve the things that he’s been able to do up to this point.
“You have to able to work hard in the room all-day and every day,” Fuschetto said. “You got to want to do the work.”
As he looks ahead to his senior year of wrestling, Fuschetto said his main goal is to place in the top five ranking in the state of New Jersey.
“It’s great to see Chris, he’s one of the hardest working kids in our school and it shows with his performance on the mat in the three years he’s been there,” Gus Kalikas, the athletic director of the Clark Public School District, said. “100 wins is a great accomplishment for a senior, but to do it his junior year, it’s unheard of and we can’t wait to see what he does for the rest of his career.”