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Champs!

Middlesex County College Wrestler Takes National Championship; Team Finishes Third Among Non-Scholarship Programs; Ninth Overall

Middlesex County College wrestler John McArdle won the National Championship in the 184-pound weight class on February 25. He defeated Austin Morehead from Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Oregon at the championships held in Rochester, MN. McArdle, who had three pins leading up to the finals, won the championship bout on a 9-8 decision. He was named an All-American. Sam Emburgia came in seventh in the 141-pound class and Billy Bonnette finished sixth in the 157 class. They were also named All-Americans. Overall, Middlesex was ninth out of 46 schools participating and third among schools not offering wrestling scholarships. The wrestlers qualified for the National Championship tournament by their performance in the districts two weeks ago. Nassau Community College and Gloucester County College also sent wrestlers to the nationals. Nassau came in fifth and Gloucester came in 12th. "Wrestling is very strong in this area," said Bob Wisniewski, the Middlesex athletic director. "I'm very happy with their success. The program is continuing to get stronger and the coaching staff is doing an excellent job." The coaches are head coach Mike Malinconico and assistants Dan Corio and David Saraiva. Former Middlesex and Rutgers wrestling coach John Sacchi attended both tournaments as the athletic administrator.