CRANFORD - On Wednesday night, the Cranford High School wrestling program honored its nine seniors prior its Senior Night matchup against Governor Livingston.
The nine seniors honored were Justin Alpaugh-McLean, Christian Esposito, Will Fernandez, Chris Hecht, Pat Kalnins, Evan Kanterman, Max Nock, Brennan Quinones, and Ian Spurr.
The Cougars took a 42-0 lead by taking the first eight matches on their way to a 66-6 victory. Mason Hooey (113), Ronan Waters (120), Kalnins (126), Jimmy Gluck (132), and Alpaugh-McLean (182) won by fall. Fernandez (106) and Colin Murray (145) won by decision. Governor Livingston forfeited the 138, 152, 195, 220, and 285 weight classes.
Over a high school wrestling career, some may find themselves in the same weight class for all four years. Some may move up a class or two. Senior Evan Kanterman did neither of those. His freshman year he found himself in the 113 lb weight class. Fast-forward to his senior season, he has jumped 10 weight classes to 195 won the Union County title at that weight.
"My freshman year, I was cutting a decent amount of weight," said Kanterman. "Once that year ended, I ate everything I always wanted to eat, and I did that for a while. In the spring is when I gain most of my weight when I'm lifting in the offseason."
Evan also got to wrestle with his younger brother, Shane Kanterman, a freshman, who joined him on the varsity team this season. Shane wrestles at 160.
"It's been pretty cool," said Evan. "It's really the only time that we'll ever be in the room together."
Match of the Night: 145 pounds - Colin Murray vs. Harrison Kelly
This was a Union County Tournament rematch. At counties, trailing 5-0, Kelly was able to score a defensive pin on Murray and go on to win the 145 lb championship. On Thursday night, Murray avenged his loss landing three takedowns on Kelly on his way to a 6-3 decision win. This win could have major implications on Region seedings.
"A lot of respect to their coach for sending (Kelly) out there," said Cranford head coach Pat Gorman. "(Kelly) had a win over (Murray) going towards Regions, and now with (Murray) getting the win, that's good for us. A lot of respect to him giving us a second chance at that, and it's also telling your kid to go beat him again."
The Cougars will be back on the mats this Friday at 7 p.m. when they host Plainfield.