CRANFORD - The meet opened just as it closed - Cranford pinfall victories.
The Cougars scored six falls to take a 63-15 victory over Linden on Wednesday night.
Conor Halpin got things started with a third period pin at 145 pounds and Jack Korzenski finished things off with a third period fall of his own at 138 pounds. Along with their six pins, the Cougars also took a major decision and a technical fall victory in addition to three forfeits, while dropping only three weigh classes.
"Our guys were finishing the matches, even when they had good leads," said Cranford head coach Pat Gorman. "I like to see that they're finishing matches and not just hanging onto leads."
145: Conor Halpin (CRAN) over Aldo Angeles (LIND) (Fall 4:40)
152: AJ Bencivenga (CRAN) over Kenneth Rosenbaum (LIND) (Fall 0:41)
160: Alex Dorce (LIND) over Kyell Roper (CRAN) (Dec 7-3)
170: Evan Kanterman (CRAN) over Aleck Lormilus (LIND) (TF 18-1 4:00)
182: Justin Alpaugh-Mclean (CRAN) over Samuel Richardson (LIND) (Fall 3:13)
195: Zach Blevins (CRAN) over Ibn Hall (LIND) (Fall 1:42)
220: Matt Doran (CRAN) over Daniel Valente (LIND) (MD 12-3)
285: Kevin Shriner (CRAN) over Krystian Pasek (LIND) (Fall 1:23)
106: Nick Sanchez (LIND) over Ronan Waters (CRAN) (Fall 5:27)
113: Will Fernandez (CRAN) over (LIND) (For.)
120: Patrick Kalnins (CRAN) over (LIND) (For.)
126: Jose Gonzalez (LIND) over Jimmy Gluck (CRAN) (Fall 5:13)
132: Dean Smith (CRAN) over (LIND) (For.)
138: Jack Korzeneski (CRAN) over Suyai Varela (LIND) (Fall 5:26)
Coach Gorman was quick to point out freshman Kevin Shriner's first period pin at heavyweight.
"Kevin's been wrestling better each match," he said. "Especially as a freshman, he's going up against guys he's giving up 45 pounds to like tonight. He showed me he's ready to be at this level. He's been chipping away little by little learning how to wrestle and how to win. He's never backed down from any of the big guys, and now he's learning how to beat them."
The Cougars hope to build some confidence off this big win and take it into Saturday's Union County Tournament at Union High School. Coach Gorman knows the competition will be stiff.
"We know that counties isn't going to be easy this year. There's a lot of good teams out there," said Gorman. "We know it's not an easy task, but we definitely have our eyes set on the gold."