Luke Fernandez, Lacey Twp.
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.