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Grappling Brothers Turner and Quinn Haddad Named Delicious Heights Highlander Athletes of the Week

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston matmen Turner and Quinn Haddad have been named the Delicious Heights Highlander Athletes of the Week for their superb performance for the Highlanders leading to their runner-up finishes in the Union County Tournament last weekend.   

The Haddad brothers were the only two Highlander wrestlers to win all three of their matches in a highly competitive quad match at Woodbridge High School, as well as the only wrestlers to win their matches against Cranford (7-0), who is currently ranked no. 4 in the state by NJ.com.  Previously, they recorded two victories each against Johnson and arch rival New Providence.

For the season, senior Turner Haddad, despite being bumped up to the 195 pound weight class, has a 10-2 record with 2 pins and junior Quinn Haddad, who has wrested both at 182 and 170, has a 9-1 record with 6 pins to his credit. 

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The Haddad's best wrestling came when the competition was notched up in the Woodbridge quad meet against the likes of Shore power Long Branch.

Turner started off the quad meet by scoring a 10-6 decision over Peter Wersinger (6-1) of Long Branch, before he took out Nick Nyers of Woodbridge with a dramatic 3-1 win. He also was awarded a win against JP Stevens due to forfeit. Quinn  wrestling in the 170 slot made quick work of JP Stevens Martinez with a pin at 1:36:dominated  Long Branch's Navarro 12-6 and then took a sudden death 5-3  victory over Woodbridge's Zack Cottrell.

The brothers were introduced to wrestling at a very young age, coached by their dad John, who is a big influence in their wrestling career. "He has always helped whether it was words of encouragement or pushing me harder," said Quinn.

Having been around wrestling their entire lives show it, said Coach Rick Ortega. "They are always competing in the room.  They have the circle in the back corner and every time I look back there they are giving 110 percent."  

Ortega predicts the Haddad brothers to "make some noise" in the districts and regions this year. "They need to continue to push each other in the room to be the best they can be," said Orgega.

The Haddad brothers, along with their older brother Shane ('13) -- are among other great wrestling families that make up the history and legacy of Highlander wrestling that include the Mele (Jon and Nic), Hoy, (Joey, Ryan and Matt), Fullowan (Mike and Matt), Vanderveer (Brett, Tim and Mark), Shallcross (Scott, Todd, Tim and Dave), Colder (Frank and Joe), Bury (Vince, Joe, Mike and John), Tomlinson (Sean and Dan) .-- And could possibly go down in the books as the winningest family legacy to go through the Highlander wrestling program. 

Stay tuned as the Haddad brothers continue to tear up the mats on their road to Atlantic City.

Below are comments from Quinn regarding his past, present and future:

TAPinto:  What’s your pre-match routine like?
Quinn: I like to go to the wrestling room a half hour before the match starts and right away I start with a light jog to get warm and then I find my partner and do a light drill to break a sweat and then I wrestle a 6 minute match to complete my warm up.

TAPinto: What weight do you feel most comfortable wrestling at?
Quinn: I feel most comfortable wrestling at 170 because it is not difficult for me to make weight but I still am still a fine size at that weight

TAPinto: What is your go to meal after you make weight?
Quinn: I always eat a gluten free roast beef sandwich with an orange Powerade and a water

TAPinto: Who has been your most difficult opponent on the mat?
Quinn: My mind is always my most difficult opponent because wrestling causes you to overthink things

TAPinto: What do you hope to accomplish this season?
Quinn: I hope to have around thirty wins and place top 4 in the region

TAPinto: Best advice that your older brothers gave you?
Quinn: To never leave an unprotected sandwich near a Tomlinson

TAPinto: You play three sports at GL, football, wrestling and golf. How did a wrestler find his way onto the golf course?
Quinn: My Dad took me to play after a tough wrestling season and I loved it right away. It is nice going from a long grueling wrestling season to a relaxing golf season.

TAPinto: In your opinion which of your three sports requires the most mental preparation?
Quinn: Wrestling requires the most mental preparation because it is a constant mental battle between yourself before and during your match

TAPinto:  What do you like the most about GL?
Quinn: Gym class with coach Ortega

TAPinto: What class do you enjoy the most?
Quinn: I enjoy my history class the most because I find every lesson to be interesting and my teacher is a cool guy

TAPinto: Favorite thing to do on weekends?
Quinn: Play golf and hang with friends

TAPinto: What is your favorite sporting event to attend in person?
Quinn: College wrestling matches because of the passionate fans and the extremely high level of wrestling

TAPinto: If you could switch places with any athlete for a day, who would it be?
Quinn: I would switch places with Jordan Spieth because he has won many PGA tour events and pro golfers live the best life you could ask for

TAPinto: When not playing a sport what do you like to do?
Quinn: Visualize myself playing sports such as winning states in wrestling or shooting a 59 in golf

TAPinto: Do you plan on playing a sport in college?
Quinn: I certainly plan on playing a sport in college but I am not sure which

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Delicious Heights Highlander Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Delicious Heights, a family restaurant with three locations; Berkeley Heights, Bedminster and Basking Ridge, where it is part of the Basking Ridge County Club operating a public restaurant with outdoor dining, and acting as the banquet caterer, boasting a facility with panoramic views of the sprawling golf course. Visit our website, www.deliciousheights.com for weekly specials including Happy Hour specials from 3-6pm and daily featured dinner and lunch specials. Delicious Heights....where our only limitations are yours!

Delicious Heights is located at 428 Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights. 908.464.3287; 285 Main Street in Bedminster. 908.234.1596; 185 Madisonville Road in Basking Ridge. 908.766.9499.

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