CHATHAM, NJ - Mike Kellstrom opened the match by winning a decsion and Alex Wilson rallied for a pin in the final seconds of the last match wrestled for Chatham. But Madison won the pivotal matches that sent the Dodgers to a 51-18 season-opening wrestling victory on Tuesday.
Missing a number of key wrestlers such as P.J. Joel (sickness), Brian Weber (ankle) and Brett Cain (away for the holiday), Chatham was forced to forfeit four weight classes, handing 24 points to Madison without a fight.
"We were undermanned, but they were also," Chatham coach Brian Cassera said. "There were a couple of swings in the match, where we lost when we expected to win. We need guys to get back in the lineup. I felt that when we were in dominant positions, we didn't take advantage. If you watched from the stands, it probably looked like Madison wanted it more than we did."
The heavyweights opened the match and Kellstrom scored a single-leg takedown in the third period in earning his 3-2 decision.
"I came out in the first period a little nervous because there is a lot of pressure on me this season," Kellstrom said. "We don't have a large team, so every win counts. I don't like to go first because there's a lot of pressure."
Luke Ciccarelli won his match at 132 with a 6-1 decision for Chatham and Holman posted the Cougars' first pin of the season in the second period at 152.
"I took the guy down and when I was on top, he kept exposing his back and I didn't let him recover," Holman said. "It's an awesome feeling to win my first match, especially right before Christmas."
Wilson was down, 5-1, in his 195-pound match, but won the six points with a pin in the closing seconds. Wilson described his move for the fall as an "Elevator with a fat-man roll."
Luke Ciccarelli scores takedown in winning 6-1 decision for Chatham at 132 pounds in video below
Jake Holman posts Chatham's first pin of the season at 152 in video below
Mike Kellstrom's leg takedown leads to his 3-2 victory at heavyweight for Chatham
Alex Wilson pulls out his match at 195 with a pin in the third period