The Star Ledger has named Nick Lospinoso the states top performer for the week. Nick, a senior from David Brearley High School, is a NHSCA Junior All-American. This past weekend Nick won the Region 3 Championship with a thrilling, and back and forth, overtime win over the previously unbeaten Corey Stastenko of South Plainfield. A district 11 Champion this was Nicks first region title. Nick was a key member of the Apex traveling team this past spring helping Apex win the national dual championships and take second at the Blair Invitational Duals.
Below is an excerpt from the Star Ledger article on Nick. The link to the full article is below.
NICK LOSPINOSO, BREARLEY
Senior, 5-7, 145 pounds
JUST THE STATS: Lospinoso pulled off one of the most notable upsets of the weekend when he defeated previously unbeaten Corey Stasenko of South Plainfield, 5-3, in overtime in the 145-pound final of the Region 3 tournament at Union High on Saturday.
Lospinoso (33-5) was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the event and immediately became someone to keep an eye on as the state tournament begins at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic Citystarting Friday and running through Sunday.
COACH’S COMMENT: “I’ve always felt that Nick could compete with the top-shelf wrestlers. He fell a bit short earlier but has started to put it together. Nick has worked very hard and definitely matured a lot from last year.” — Brearley second-year head coach Scot Weaver.
ON WINNING REGIONS: “It’s a great accomplishment, but I know I have to keep working hard at it. I’m ready to go (at states).”
BIGGEST DIFFERENCE FROM LAST YEAR: “Honestly, it’s my mind. Just getting my head in it 100 percent. And I’ve been practicing with John and Joey Balboni, who both have great motors. And the coaches have really helped a lot too.”