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New Jersey's Foca is the 2018-2019 NHSCA Wrestler of the Year

Tuesday, April 9, 2019  
Posted by: Mattie Potter
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The National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) is pleased to announce Chris Foca of Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, New Jersey as the winner of 2018-19 NHSCA National High School Senior Wrestler of the Year.


March was an incredible month for Foca, who won his first-ever New Jersey high school wrestling championship along with his second straight NHSCA national title. At the start of the month, Foca won the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association 182-pound state title with a 7-4 win over Joe Poznanski of Colonia. He was 43-1 this year, winning his second straight Beast of the East title. He then defended his 2018 NHSCA Junior national title (160 pounds) with an 11-2 major decision win over Trey Sizemore of Ohio in the 182 pound final. Foca, the No. 1 seed in his bracket, was named the Senior Nationals’ Outstanding Wrestler by recording three falls and two major decisions in the championship bracket.


Foca finished his high school career at Bergen Catholic with a 147-18 record, winning a silver medal as a junior and a bronze medal as a sophomore. He was also named the Big North Wrestler of the Year. 


Foca will be heading to Cornell University in the fall.


“Chris is an excellent example what this award stands for,” said Eric Hess, Executive Director of the NHSCA.  “He has excelled on the mat and in the classroom.  We congratulate him on an outstanding high school career his New Jersey and NHSCA titles. We wish him the best of luck at Cornell University.”


Brooks is the sixth New Jersey wrestler to win the NHSCA’s Senior Wrestler of the Year Award.  The other winners are: Stephan Glasgow of Bound Brook High School in 2017, B.J. Clagon of Toms River South High School in 2013, Mark Grey of Blair Academy in 2012, Mark Perry of Blair Academy in 2003 and Steve Mocco of Blair Academy in 2001.


Throughout April, the NHSCA will be announcing the 2018-2019 Athlete of the Year honorees in 20 boys’ and girls’ sports. This marks the 20th consecutive year the NHSCA has honored achievers within the high school athletic community nationwide.


Each of the honorees will receive a beautiful plaque.  In addition, the Athlete of the Year honoree will be displayed in the National High School Digital Sports Hall of Fame that is currently under development.


Below are the NHSCA’s past selections for the Senior Athlete of the Year in Wrestling:

2018 – Aaron Brooks, North Hagerstown HS, Maryland

2017 – Stephan Glasgow, Bound Brook HS, New Jersey

2016 – Kanen Storr, Leslie HS, Michigan

2015 – Austin Myers – Campbell County HS, Kentucky

2014 – Ryan Millhof – Collins Hill HS, Georgia

2013 – B.J. Clagon – Toms River South HS, New Jersey

2012 – Mark Grey – Blair Academy, New Jersey
2011 – Blake Roulo – Matoaca HS, Virginia

2010 – Tyler Beckwith – Greene HS, New York

2009 – C.J. Napier – Columbus HS, Kansas

2008 – Jordan Oliver – Easton HS, Pennsylvania

2007 – Colt Sponseller – West Holmes HS, Ohio

2006 – Adam Hall – Bonners Ferry HS, Idaho

2005 – Dustin Schlatter – Perry HS, Ohio

2004 – J. Jaggers – St. Pete Chanel HS, Ohio

2003 – Mark Perry – Blair Academy, New Jersey

2002 – Nathan Galloway – State College HS, Pennsylvania

2001 – Steve Mocco – Blair Academy, New Jersey

2000 – Jesse Jantzen – Shoreham-Wading River HS, New York


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