Cutugno earned a 7-4 decision over Clifton's James Sonzogni to get a spot in the second round of wrestlebacks. Cutungno escaped early in the third period to snap a 4-4 tie and added a takedown.
Cutugno registered another win in the next round of wrestlebacks with a 4-1 decision over Roy Forys, of Beckton-Wallington. Cutugno scored takedowns at the end of the first and second periods to take a 4-1 lead, then held off Forys' late rally.
Cutugno's season ended in the next round of consolations when he was pinned in the first period by Bergen Catholic's Jordan Pagano.
Cutugno advanced into the pre-quarterfinals with a 5-2 decision over Glen Rock's Chris Jacobson. Cutugno broke a scoreless tie with an escape and takedown in the second period and built a 5-0 lead with a third-period takedown.
Cutugno moved into the wrestlebacks after suffering a 28-second pin to Bound Brook's Joshua Ugaide.
Joe Cutugno, Atlantic City, Sr. (29-4)
Seed: Bottom bracket No. 8 seed.
Record vs. state qualifiers: 1-4.
Cutugno’s road to Atlantic City: Finished third in District 32 and second in Region 8.
Back points: Cutugno was Atlantic City’s first region finalist since the 1970’s. Cutugno faces Glen Rock’s Chris Jacobson in the prelims with the winner likely to face bottom bracket No. 1 seed Joshua Ugalde of Bound Brook. Ugalde finished sixth in the state last season.