CRANFORD - Cranford wrestling entered the Union County Tournament on Saturday as reigning champs, and they finished the day the same way.
Cranford won the team tournament for the sixth straight year with 244 points, followed by Westfield (233 1/2), Rahway (198), Roselle Park (136), and Union (117). Along with the team title, Justin Alpaugh-McLean and Evan Kanterman won individual titles at 182 and 195-pounds, respectively.
"The boys showed up, some hurt some sick but all were focused on the task at hand," said Cranford head coach Pat Gorman. "The five teams before them had carried the torch and I emphasized that this year would be no different. We did have a lot of new faces in the lineup, freshman as well as upper class men who now earned spots on varsity. Collectively we got the job done, individually we have work to do but I cannot express how proud I am of this group.
Every weight class for Cranford placed in the top five.
106 Will Fernandez 4th
113 Mason Hooey 3rd
120 Pat Kalnins for 2nd
126 Pat Ganley for 5th
132 Jimmy Gluck for 3rd
138 Luke DiGiovanni for 2nd
145 Colin Murray for 3rd
152 Christian Esposito for 5th
160 Shane Kanterman for 2nd
170 Max Knock for 5th
182 Justin Alpaugh-McLean Champion
195 Evan Kanterman Champion
285 Kevin Boo Shriner 2nd
"Winning a county title is good. 6th in a row is better. But we have a lot more wrestling and a lot more goals for this season, so onward we go, and lots more work to put in," said Gorman. "Never satisfied, always hungry. My boys enjoy the suffering knowing in the end, it pays off. You gotta get out of the comfort zone and expose yourself to greater challenges to reach your goals."
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