Luke Dignazio has committed to Virginia Tech


Coach Info
Name Phone Email
High School Michael Markey
W BestFall
Career 78 .20
Season 36 .20
Tournament Descriptions

2017-18 Season High School ;(Junior Year)
1st Place Mahwah Tournament Dec 2017 170 Pounds;
3rd Place Roselle Park Inv. Dec 2017 170 Pounds;
3rd Place Essex County Tournament Jan 2018 160 Pounds;
2nd Place NJSIAA District 7 State Tournament Feb 2018 160 Pounds ;
5th Place NJSIAA Region 2 State Tournament Feb 2018 160 Pounds;
Championship Quarter-finalist and Round of 4 Consolations War at The Shore March 2018 172 Pounds

Top Tournament Finish

2018-19 Season (Senior Year - Final)
March 2019 NJSIAA State Individual Tournament Wrestleback 3 (final 16) 182 Pounds
Feb. 2019 NJSIAA Region 2 State Tournament 3rd Place 182 Pounds
Feb. 2019 NJSIAA District 5 State Tournament Champion 182 Pounds

Jan. 2019 Essex County Tournament Champion 182 Pounds
Dec. 2018 TCNJ Pride Tournament Champion 182 Pounds
Dec 2018 Roselle Park Panther Invitational 2nd Place 182 Pounds (inj default in finals)

Physical Attributes
Years wrestling Wingspan Bench Press (max) Body fat %
9 - 245 -
Wrestling Honors

June 2019 West Essex UNICO HS Male Athlete of the Year
2018-19 1st Team All Super Essex Conference 182 Pounds
2018-19 1st Team All Essex County 182 Pounds
Jan 7-13. 2019's Super Essex Conference Wrestler of the Week 5-0 (3 by fall) for week with wins at 182 & 195 pounds
2nd Team All Super Essex Conference 2017-18 Season 160 Pounds
4 Time Varsity Letter Recipient

Wrestling Additional

2018-19 NJSIAA District 5 Team Champions
2018-19 NJSIAA Group 3 State Champion, First time in school history
2018-19 NJSIAA North 2 Group 3 Section Champions
2X High School Team Captain 2017-18 & 2018-19
2018-19 Wrestled at 182# and 195# 36 wins, 16 by fall, 2 by Tech Fall
2017-18 Wrestled at 170# and 160# 24 wins 12 by fall, 1 by Tech Fall
2016-17 Wrestled at 145#, 152# and 160# 18 wins 6 by fall


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High School
West Essex High School
School City
North Caldwell
School State
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Class Size
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School Division
North Jersey 2 Group 3
Major Category
Public Relations/Image Management
Major Category
Computer and Information Sciences
Computer Science
Major Category
Science Technol./Technicians
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other
Other Academic Information
Honor Roll 1st marking period 2018-19 Honor Roll 2nd marking period 2018-19 Honor Roll Final marking period 2018-19
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Personal Highlights

Student Peer Leader,
Student Council Ambassador,
Captain Football Fall 2018 Season,
Captain Wrestling Winter 2017-18 Season 2018-19 Season
Participant Mr. West Essex fundraiser and talent show (spring 2019)

Additional Questions:
Why do you want to be recruited to play sports in college?

College level sports, and other institutional activities, I believe, help a student become fully integrated and assimilated to the the school they are attending. Therefore it helps with adjustment and transition from high school to college since you will be with people of the same interests and experiences you are dealing with.

Athletes are often leaders on and off the field. Please provide one example of how you have demonstrated leadership in both areas.

One of my teammates, suffered a tragic family loss recently. I was part of a group that put together a fundraiser (golf outing sponsored by the football and wrestling teams) for his family to help them financially so they can stay in the school district. We solicited businesses and individuals for prize donations, hole sponsors and participants.

Please explain how you pursue "healthy athletic performance" as a student-athlete.

Having two older brothers successfully attend college as student athletes, (football and rugby Moravian College) has shown me what is needed to achieve this goal. Having a healthy athletic performance is not only eating right, working out and practicing hard, it is meeting with teachers and advisers, attending class and study halls or getting tutors and combining everything so things come together smoothly. To do this a daily time schedule has to be prepared and adhered to, stay ahead of the class syllabus, and address any challenges immediately.

Please describe how you are involved in service in your community and why these efforts are important to you.

At the end of my junior year, I was elected to the student council board as a Student Ambassador. My role as an ambassador will be to work with community groups, ie. seniors and adolescents, to help our school outreach into the community with reading groups or performances etc.

Additionally, at the end of my junior year, the West Essex faculty selected me to become a member of the school's Peer Leadership program. This program is designed to assist the incoming junior high students become acclimated with the senior high school. Within the Peer group itself, the faculty has selected me to become the senior peer leader.

Both programs will allow me to give back my positive experiences I've had a West Essex and hopefully help reflect those on others so they too can enjoy the experience what high school can bring them.

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