A family legacy is continuing On the Banks.
Zach DelVecchio, the 2019 NJ State Champion at 220 pounds, committed to Rutgers and will be in the room come Fall 2019.
DelVecchio’s older brother Scott was a 2018 All-American at 133 pounds when he finished 6th in Cleveland for the Scarlet Knights.
220 lb NJ State Champ Zack Delvecchio (#9 in country) from South Plainfield will continue his wrestling career on the banks! His older brother Scott was an All-American for the Scarlet Knights in 2018, when he placed 6th at 133! #BOOM @CoachGoodale @RUWrestling @RUAthletics pic.twitter.com/V4iHIuAoO3— Pat Mineo (@TwinPapaPatron) April 8, 2019
The news was announced on Twitter from Pat Mineo and confirmed through another source as DelVecchio, who was seemingly unsure if he would play football or wrestle at the next level, ultimately decided on the latter.
In South Plainfield High School history, DelVecchio only trailed Rutgers 2019 National Champion Anthony Ashnault, Joe Heilmann, and older brother Scott in career wins. DelVecchio finished with a 158-7 career record.
Flo Wrestling’s latest high school rankings pegged him at No. 9 in the country at 220 pounds.
Boom!!— Coach Scott Goodale (@CoachGoodale) April 8, 2019
You can view highlights of DelVecchio’s state title victory in the video below.
DelVecchio was a two time state medalist, finishing 8th and 5th, heading into his junior season of high school, qualified for the state tournament for the third time but had to sit out the remainder of the postseason. He battled mononucleosis with an enlarged spleen that forced him to sit down and wait until his senior season to win his elusive state title.
Delvecchio, based on being 220 pounds and just heading into college would likely project as a heavyweight. His style also fits the mold of heavyweight based on his upper body attacks and preferences. DelVecchio, who was a star on the gridiron as well, has freakish athleticism. You can never rule out a cut to 197, but DelVecchio would likely take a redshirt year in 2019-20 and then battle it out for an open heavyweight spot in 2020-21.