New Jersey

Woods is Second to None

by Brian Fitzsimmons on
Fri, Feb 4, 2011 5:17 PM

Updated Tue, Mar 22, 2011 10:27 PM
Woods is Second to None

 EMERSON, N.J. -- This day was 48 years in the making.

Emerson/Park Ridge wrestling coach Stan Woods notched career win No. 602 in a quad meet on Saturday, surpassing Ralph Ross of Highlands Regional as the state's all-time leader.

The Cavos defeated Old Tappan to give Woods his 601st, and then upended Nutley, 54-25, for the record-breaking milestone.

Junior Nicholas Maselli won by way of fall in the 130-pound and final match of the meet, sending those in attendance to their feet to congratulate Woods.

Woods, who has been an influential figure at Emerson and Emerson/Park Ridge for 46 out of his 48 years as a head coach, became the second wrestling coach in New Jersey history reach the 600-win plateau on Thursday once the Cavos cruised past Tenafly, 72-3.

The 71-year-old Woods took a job as an assistant at Randolph right out of college and has steadily become one of the most recognized names in high school sports within the Garden State.

With only two losses this season, Emerson has clinched its league title. The Cavos begin North 1 Group 1 playoffs on Monday.

Click here to watch Stan Woods' post-game interview after his big win

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