We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: adults are ruining youth sports/
A Warren County man, furious that his son lost a youth league wrestling match, stomped onto the mat and tackled a coach Saturday during a tournament in Belvidere, police and witnesses said. Robert Spezza, 40, of Great Meadows in Liberty Township, faces charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and disorderly conduct. He was released on $7,500 bail, Belvidere Police Chief Kent Sweigert said.
Spezza allegedly knocked down Dan Shamsudin, a Parsippany Police Athletic League wrestling coach, immediately following a match between Parsippany and Hackettstown. Several witnesses said the 2 p.m. attack sparked chaos inside Belvidere High School, where wrestling matches were being held for a tri-meet involving teams from Belvidere, Parsippany and Hackettstown. Parents spilled onto the floor to pull Spezza off the 28-year-old Shamsudin, they said, and the tense atmosphere threatened to transform the attack into an all-out brawl.
According to the witnesses, Spezza also knocked over an 11-year-old Parsippany boy, Chris Gentile, a member of the Parsippany wrestling team who had been sitting out because of a broken wrist. “He just went ballistic,” Kathy Gentile, the boy’s mother, said of Spezza. “It took a while to break it up.”
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