January 13, 2014 at 11:20 PM
Fans of Chatham wrestler Dylan Mulcahy should make sure they arrive on time for his matches. The senior isn't likely to be on the mat long the way things are going for him so far this season.
Mulchay, who recorded two pins in less than a minute this past week at 152 pounds, moved up to 160 on Monday against Union and it took him 1:27 to earn the fall. He now stands at 11-1 with nine pins heading into Tuesday's home match against Morristown.
Mulcahy is the TAP Chatham Athlete of the Week.
"Relentless is the best way to describe his wrestling style," Chatham coach Brian Cassera said.
"Relentless' might also be the best way to describe the senior's quest to become the all-time winningest grappler in the history of Chatham wrestling. Jeff Fricke concluded his brilliant career in 2010 with 99 victories.
Fricke was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the District 10 Tournament in 2010 and reached the state tournament that year. He is one of three wrestlers from Chatham to make it to the state tournament.
So far, Mulcahy has reached two regionals in his career and has 80 career victories to date.
"He's on pace to hit over 100," Cassera said. "He has a very good chance to finish with the best career record at Chatham."
Mulcahy says he doesn't go into a match looking for a pin, but he notes that he's always ready to wrestle.
"I don't think I'm more prepared than the other person, I just wrestle hard from the start," said Mulcahy, who won the West Morris Tournament and was the runnerup in the Mountain Lakes tourney. "I try not to think about who I'm going to wrestle. I just make sure I'm ready from the start."
Mulcahy's career has coincided with Cassera's arrival at Chatham and he's been the leader of the program from the start.
"He's never missed a practice and he's been a leader since he was a freshman," Cassera said. "He sets a great example for the younger wrestlers. It changes the attitude of the team when they see someone wrestle so hard. He leaves everything he has on the mat. Win or lose, his opponent never wants to see him again."