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Mar 30, 2021

Middletown South Wrestler Jack Zaleski Captures Mobbin Classic Title

By: Les Pierce

Last year as a freshman, Middletown High School South’s Jack Zaleski arrived on the Shore Conference wrestling scene with a splash. The rookie grappler posted 42 victories and claimed both the District 19 and Region 5 championships and ultimately placed fifth in the state.  

Moving up the weights by two clicks to the 120-pound level in the upcoming season, Zaleski will be facing new challenges. In preparation for those challenges, he has been participating in club wrestling in the off-season.

Competing with the Triumph Wrestling Club, he recently captured the 120-pound title at the coveted Mobbin Media Classic, held at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen.

Zaleski began his journey through the tournament brackets with a 6-2 quarterfinal decision over Nathan Taylor of the Dragons Wrestling Club. A 13-5 major decision over Yale Street Wrestling Club’s Michael Companaro punched his ticket to the final.  

In the final, he was matched with James Day of Liners Wrestling Club. Day wrestles for perennial powerhouse Phillipsburg during the regular season and is the reigning District 13 champion. Seemingly unimpressed by his opponent’s credentials, Zaleski cruised to a 7-0 shutout victory to claim the title.

“I’m looking forward to having a season with my team,” Zaleski said. “Middletown South is on the rise right now, and we are only getting better. Personally for myself, I’m looking for a state title. It has been my goal since I was 8 years old.”