Wrestling has been one of the fastest growing sports in the school district and the vast majority of Columbia and GL wrestlers came through the PAL program.
PAL Wrestling is open to all Berkeley Heights and Mountainside residents from kindergarten through 8th grade.
The season begins in November. Practices will be 2-3 times per week at Governor Livingston
Competition will be in 4 different leagues of various skill levels. Wrestlers who are ready to compete will be placed at a level commensurate with their ability.
Registration begins in the Fall.
For any questions, please contact Bill Faxon at
Note: Coach Ortega and Coach Jazz are strongly encouraging all 7th/8th graders to participate in PAL program to supplement their training and so they can participate in the North Jersey and Future Stars leagues as well as weekend tourneys (no additional fee for up to 3 tourneys)
Varsity League Champions (2014 to present):
Nick Schiano ( Central Jersey 2019)
Nate Faxon (Central Jersey 2019)
Cristian Gioia ( Central Jersey 2018)
Dante Gioia ( North Jersey 2017)
USA Wrestling NJ State Placewinners (2014 to present):
Dante Gioia- 8th place 2018
Nate Faxon- 5th place 2016
USA Wrestling NJ State Qualifiers (2014 to present)
Cristian Gioia 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020
Dante Gioia 2016, 2018, 2019
Nate Faxon 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020
Nick Schiano 2019, 2020
Christian Sabatino 2019, 2020
Brandon Rayack 2019
Joe Dasti 2020
Jake Kreisberg 2020
DAN COLDER AWARD
Given annually to the hardest working GL senior wrestler who came through the PAL program
2018: Quinn Haddad
2019: (tie) James Snyder and David Vill
2020: Harrison Kelly
2021: Ben Faxon