BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Quinn Haddad scored a takedown partway through the second period in his match Wednesday night to secure a win by technical fall and his 100th win overall. Haddad came into the meet ranked seventh in the state by NJ.com in the 170 lb weight class.
Haddad entered the second period up 10-1 against Rahway's Emilio Cordova. He continued to dictate the pace of the match and finished his opponent off with a score of 17-2 for Governor Livingston's first win in the meet.
Haddad says his family and coaches play a big part in his success and reaching this milestone. "My coaches always push me, and my brothers do too," Haddad said after his win. "It's just hard work." Haddad joins his two older brothers, Shane and Turner, in the Highlander's exclusive Century Club. "Hopefully I can get more [wins] than them," Haddad said.
GL's coach Rick Ortega is expecting more from Haddad. "This isn't the goal for him. The goal is to get on the podium down in [Atlantic City.] This is just a milestone to his goal," Ortega said after the meet. "He's a hard worker. He's the hardest worker in my room. He puts in the time. He puts in the summer time. He deserves whatever he gets."
The Highlanders lost the meet 48-17 to Rahway. Four Highlanders won their matches including Haddad, 120 pound David Vill and 126 pound CJ Savino won their matches by decision, and Conner Vill won his 152 pound match by pinning his opponent late in the second period.
Next, GL hosts Watchung Hills Regional High School in a meet on Friday at 7 p.m.