Wrestling: Sam Cali’s legacy lives on with first-year tournament

Sean Farrell, Staff Writer, @seanfarrell92 WEST ORANGE — Sam Cali would have loved it. The setup was like a wrestler's paradise. TV cameras by every mat. Champions at every weight. Spectators in every seat. At least 2,500 fans came to West Orange High School on Saturday for the inaugural Sam Cali Invitational Wrestling Tournament, where many of North Jersey's top teams battled schools from five other states. Its mission was to bring in the best of the best, and honor the former Don Bosco and Rutgers star who passed away in a 2016 car crash. The first day was a huge success. "Sam would be in awe," said his mother, Theresa. "I know he would be. We want this to be the premier wrestling tournament in New Jersey and grow and grow. We just want to give back to the wrestling community because they supported us and were always so…

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The Wrestling Show (1/16/18 — Season 8, Ep. 5)

NORTH JERSEY -- Fair Lawn sophomore Dylan Cedeno is a perfect 17-0 on the season and a winner this past weekend in the First Annual Sam Cali Tournament in West Orange, Bergen Catholic head coach Dave Bell led his team to victory in the Who's #1 Tournament over the weekend in Oradell and the Crusaders can now lay claim to the No. 1 ranking in the nation. Cedeno and Bell are the guests on this jam-packed episode of The Wrestling Show!

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Jaguars QB Blake Bortles sends autographed jersey to family of late Rutgers wrestler Sam Cali

By Ryan Dunleavy [email protected], NJ Advance Media for NJ.com For Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, it was a "small gesture." To those who run the Twitter account for the Sam Cali Invitational, it was "the best Christmas gift ever." Bortles sent an autographed jersey along with a signed note to the family of Cali, who died in June 2016 just before beginning his sophomore year as a member of the Rutgers wrestling team. The note read: Dear Capt.. and Mrs. Cali, and Michael: It is with sorrow that I learned about the tragic death of your son and brother Sam. I understand that not only was he an outstanding athlete on the Rutgers wrestling team, but a fine individual with a passion to help improve humanity, with a specific heart for our veterans. I understand Sam followed my career and even had a jersey. Please accept this autographed jersey of mine in…

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