BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Austin Senkarik (138lb), Quinn Haddad (160lb), Jack Blasch (195lb) and Dan Tomlinson (285lb) recorded wins for Gov. Livingston; however, the Cranford Cougar wrestling team (7-1-1) powered their way to a 43-15 victory over Gov. Livingston (8-2) in Wednesday's match.
While the final score may not reflect it, there were a number of close matches between the Highlanders and Cougars -- two of the matches being decided by one point.
Highlander Match Highlights:
GL freshman Marcelo Laygo (126 lb) got the crowd behind him in his first varsity match when he had Chris Wozniak on his back and was denied a pinfall call. Wozniak ultimately won by a 10-9 decision.
Senior Austin Senkarik was first on the board for GL with a 4-0 decision over Mike Nigro.
Sophomore Quinn Haddad (160lb) grappled Dave Busch in a tough battle. Down 2-0 after the first, Quinn came out strong in the second to tie and then take the lead with back points and held the lead to win the 7-4 decision.
Junior Turner Haddad (170lb) fought back from a 5-0 deficit going into the third against Jake Van Dam and came up short in the 7-6 decision.
Junior Chris Bottone (182lb) faced Niko Cappello, currently ranked in the top 10 in the State, in a rematch of the Union County Championship. Cappello won this hard fought bout with a 7-3 decision.
Senior Jack Blasch (195lb) came out strong but came up empty in the first period. He worked his moves in the second to take a 3-0 lead going into the third, ultimately taking a 3-1 decision over Dylan Budnik.
Junior Dan Tomlinson (285lb) was leading 1-0 in the third when Cranford's Kevin Doran had an injury default giving Tomlinson the win.
Next, GL will host Hillsborough on Saturday, Jan. 30 with an 11:30 a.m. start.