Fernandez and Hunterdon Central’s David Fenton were scoreless through most of the first period in first wrestlebacks, but Fenton took him down near the end and scored a pin with one second remaining
Fernandez was no match for top-seeded Jadaen Bernstein of Voorhees in the prequarterfinal round. He was taken down twice in the first period and twice in the second suffering a 12-3 major decision to Bernstein.
Luke Fernandez dominated Northern Burlington's Rahmil Davis earning a 13-4 major decision.
Luke Fernandez, Lacey Township, Sr., (34-2)
Record vs. state qualifiers: 1-2.
Highlight wins: Won a 3-2 decision against Region 6 champ Dae’Sean Brown of Neptune in a dual meet on Jan. 29. Won a 5-1 decision against Red Bank Regional’s Dillon Stambaugh in the Region 6 consolation finals.
Seed: Unseeded in the top bracket.
Back points: Fernandez opens with Region 7 runner-up Rahmil Davis of Northern Burlington in the prelims with the winner advancing to meet defending state placewinner and top bracket No. 1 seed Jadaen Bernstein of Voorhees. Bernstein finished seventh in the state at 160 last season and is a perfect 39-0 entering states.