BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Instead of spending Saturday thinking about their disappointing, 40-18, loss to Roselle Park the day before, the Highlanders went out and swept a quad that featured Middlesex, Union and JP Stevens High School at home.
The Highlanders started the day by defeating Middlesex 48-27 winning 11 of the 14 matches, seven with pins: Nick Mele (113 pounds, 4:53), Quinn Haddad (138 pounds, 4:37), Turner Haddad (145 pounds, :36), Nick DeLuca (152 pounds, 2:52), Mike Rhodes (160 pounds, 5:24), Sam Burke (170 pounds, :39), and Sean Tomlinson (285 pounds, 3:40).
The Highlanders then downed Union 45-19 and ended the day with a convincing 56-24 team win over J.P. Stevens, dropping five matches with many wrestling up in weight.
Richard Ortega, in his second year as head coach for Gov. Livingston, was pleased with his squad. "We had a good day, everybody wrestled well," said Ortega. "The younger guys that I put in did what they were supposed to do - it was overall a good day, we have to keep it up."
"We saw a lot of our younger guys get some experience," said Ortega. "I just want them to get better every time they get out on the mat." He is looking for the newer wrestlers to try something new and to correct their mistakes from previous matches.
Box Score GL vs Middlesex: 106 lbs - Tom Dinger Middlesex W vs Jake Pecorelli L Pin - 2:45; 113 lbs - Nicholas Mele W vs Steven Ta Middlesex L Pin - 4:53; 120 lbs - Matt Hoy 7 vs Charles Zaccardi Middlesex 4 Decision; 126 lbs Jeff Johnson Middlesex 7 vs Andrew Gallitelli 3 Decision; 132 lbs - Bob Dinger Middlesex W vs Austin Senkarik L Pin - 4:41; 138 lbs - Quinn Haddad W vs Chris Dessino Middlesex L Pin - 4:37; 145 lbs Turner Haddad W vs Connor McCrimmon Middlesex L Pin - 0:36; 152 lbs - Nick DeLuca W vs Bryan Velasquez Middlesex L Pin - 2:52; 160 lbs Mike Rhodes W vs Jefferson Galeano Middlesex L Pin - 5:24; 170 lbs Sam Burke W vs Ahmed Mohamed Middlesex L Pin - 0:39; 182 lbs Kevin Ambicki Middlesex W vs Jack Blasch L Pin - 1:57; 195 lbs - Matt Hode Middlesex W Forfeit; 220 lbs - Spencer Marke 3 vs Jack Sweeney Middlesex 2 Decision; 285 lbs Sean Tomlinson Gov. Livingston W vs Edson Flores Middlesex L pin 3:40,
Box Score GL vs Union: 106 lbs - Jake Pecorelli W vs Micheal Matullo Union L Pin - 2:47; 113 lbs - Christopher Savino W Forfeit; 120 lbs - Nicholas Mele vs Asliddin Abdukahlikov Union Major Decision; 126 lbs - Vincent Simonetti Union vs John Stamler Major Decision; 132 lbs - Austin Senkarik W vs Nicholas Wright Union L Pin - 1:37; 145 lbs Yadley Marcelus Union vs Dritan Marke Decision; 152 lbs - Nick Zuena Union W Forfeit; 160 lbs - Mike Rhodes vs Jacob McKnight Union Technical Fall - 5:07; 170 lbs - Matthew Perez-Santalla W Forfeit; 182 lbs Jack Blasch W vs Nervens Dorvius Union L Pin - 0:38; 195 lbs - Dennis Gaglione Union W vs Matthew Rothfeld L Pin - 5:20; 220 lbs Ben Collins W vs Raul Falar Union L Sudden Victory; 285 lbs - Sean Tomlinson W vs David Brown Union tiebreak.
Box Score GL vs Stevens: 106 lbs - Jake Pecorelli W vs Daniel Ricigliano J.P. Stevens L Pin - 1:31; 113 lbs - Christopher Savino W vs Daniel Defilippo J.P. Stevens L Pin - 3:14; 120 lbs - Lance Vargas J.P. Stevens W vvs Matt Hoy Pin - 4:34; 126 lbs - Tyler Truong J.P. Stevens W vs John Stamler L Pin - 0:56; 132 lbs - Austin Senkarik W vs Jamari Lake J.P. Stevens L Pin - 0:48; 138 lbs - Quinn Haddad W vs Sooraz Bylipudi J.P. Stevens L Pin - 2:35; 145 lbs - Turner Haddad 10 vs Paul Vargas J.P. Stevens 1 Major Decision; 152 lbs - Nick DeLuca W vs Nisarg Patel J.P. Stevens L Pin - 2:16; 160 lbs - Jair Pittman J.P. Stevens W Forfeit; 170 lbs - Sam Burke 12 vs Samuel Marshall J.P. Stevens 0 Major Decision; 182 lbs - Anthony Wong W Forfeit; 195 lbs - Paul Kim J.P. Stevens W vs Emmanuel Kanellos L Pin - 1:23; 220 lbs - Ben Collins W vs Srikarth Raguraman J.P. Stevens L Pin - 2:34; 285 lbs - Spencer Marke W vs Michael Santana J.P. Stevens L. pin 1:30.
Gov. Livingston faces Linden at home on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Brearley on Fantastic Friday at home at 7 p.m.