BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Highlanders Wrestling Team improved their season record to 13-8 on Saturday following a pair of wins over Butler and Arthur J. Johnson in a tri-match held at Gov. Livingston on Senior Day.
The Highlanders will be graduating nine seniors including captains Joe Colder and Ryan Hoy, RJ Greeley, Andrew Lipnick, Mike Matarredona, TJ McGowan, Tom O'Sullivan, Dennis Sobol and Brian Stearns. Each of the seniors were announced and joined by their parents for recognition for their commitment to the Gov. Livingston wrestling program.
The focus of the seniors wasn't on the end of their high school wrestling career, but what they have left to accomplish this season. State Sectionals are coming up in the next few weeks. "It is sad, but we are going to keep going and wrestle well. We still have a lot of season left, it's not over yet," said Captain Joe Colder.
Ryan Hoy, who is thinking of wrestling in college, is enjoying his senior year, "I can't believe I'm a senior already, it went by way too fast."
Coach Rich Ortega, in his inaugural season as head wrestling coach at Gov. Livingston will miss this group of seniors. "The senior class has done a great job leading the team. They are great leaders and we'll need someone to step up for next year," said Ortega.
Saturday's match-up was bittersweet for Ortega who faced his former team, Arthur J. Johnson. Ortega spent the past seven years with the Johnson program and was honored as the Union County Wrestling Coach of the Year last season for his performance on and off the mat.
"I want them [Johnson] to win every other match except for this one. They are a good team, they are solid. They have a good group of kids that are coming in next year," said Ortega. "I wish them nothing but the best."
GL Vs. Butler: 106 Nic Mele GL W, Brendan Glock Butler L Pin 1:46; 113 Matt Hoy GL W Forfeit; 120 Chris Sergio GL W, Zach Ortega L Pin 3:31; 126 Joe Colder GL W, Mike Rosalia Butler L Pin 1:53; 132 Austin Senkarik GL W, Casey Winter Butler L Pin 1:49; 138 Turner Haddad GL W, Wayde Kenney L Technical Fall 3:31; 145 Dennis Sobol W, Apollo Entice Butler L Pin 0:39; 152 Ryan Hoy GL W, Alfred Battipede L Pin 0:17; 160 Daniel Castiglia Butler W, Tom O'Sullivan GL L Ultimate Tie Breaker; 170 Andrew Lipnick GL W, Jonathon Crefeld Butler L Pin 0:46; 182 RJ Greeley GL W Forfeit; 195 Michael Matarredona GL W Forfeit; 220 Spencer Marke GL W Forfeit; 285 Sean Tomlinson GL W Forfeit.
GL Vs. Johnson: 106 Matt Hoy GL W Forfeit; 113 Chris Sergio GL W, Kyle Gregorio L 4:37 Pin; 120 Andrew Gallitelli GL W, Joseph McIntyre Johnson Major Decision; 126 Joe Colder GL W, Juan Sieria Johnson 1:29 Pin; 132 Austin Senkarick GL, Brian Siessel Johnson Pin 3:15; 138 Turner Haddad GL W, Wyatt Bohm Johnson L 6-5 Decision; 145 John Coler Johnson W, Dennis Sobol GL L 10-1 Major Decision; 152 Ryan Hoy GL W; Ryan Bohm Johnson L Pin 1:55; 160 Matthew Diorio Johnson W, Tom O'Sullivan GL L Pin 1:17;170 Stephen Paterno Johnson W, Andrew Lipnick GL L Pin 1:41; 182 Jacob Lopez Johnson W, RJ Greeley GL L Pin 1:09; 195 Michael Matarrendona GL W, Michael Basso Johnson L Pin 1:09; 220 Spencer Marke GL W Forfeit; 285 Sean Tomlinson GL W Forfeit.
The Highlanders will face S. Plainfield in the North Jersey Section 2 Group 2 Sectional First Round of the NJSIAA Wrestling Tournament on Monday, Feb. 10.