Updated Jan 15, 2020;Posted Jan 15, 2020

12-Kyle Jacob, Paramus, Sr.220No. 12019: 3rd, 1383rd at Beast of the East; 1st at Bergen CountyFordham (football)

By Joe Zedalis | NJ Advance Media for
What constitutes toughness?
Ask 100 people and you’ll likely receive 100 different answers.
It’s the subjectivity of a question like: “Who’s the toughest of them all?” that makes the discussion worth having.
The three members of the wrestling staff asked that question. Together, they attempted to formulate an answer. The result? The Pound-for-Pound Wrestler Rankings.
In March, we get to find out who’s the best in each of the state’s 14 weight classes, we can only speculate and argue about who are the best wrestlers in New Jersey regardless of size.
That’s where the pound-for-pound rankings come in.
This is our annual feature on the guys who aren’t afraid to tough it out against anyone. They welcome challenges and live up to the hype week in and week out. They win with big offense or tough defense and somehow leave us amazed every time they strap on their headgear.
So check out the rankings below and let us know what you think in the comments section.
  • P4P rankings are chosen and updated by’s wrestling reporters Pat Lanni, Joe Zedalis and Bill Evans and posted every Wednesday for the next six weeks. The rankings are based on matches and results reported through Jan. 11.
  • We will add five new wrestlers every week until we get to a final 50. Wrestlers will move up and down the rankings accordingly based on performance.
  • Wrestlers are ranked at their lowest weights or where they’re expected to compete in the postseason.
  • We will not rank wrestlers who are injured or have not competed recently.