SOMERSET, NJ - The Franklin High School wrestling team held its Senior Night prior to its dual match with Hunterdon Central on Monday.
Fourteen seniors were honored before the grapplers locked horns including Kendall Carruthers, Krystal Chester, Henry Condado, Marcus Estevez, Jonathan Garcia-Meneses, Bercely Guevara-Tejada, Ashley Guzman, Nnamdi James, Mohamed Mahmoud, Robert Michimani, Christian Ponce, Francisco Vasquez, D’Mon West, and Isaiah Breedy.
The Red Devils (10-8) ended up winning by a score of 37-31 over the Warriors (16-4).
Hunterdon Central, which is ranked fifth in the Skyland Conference, won seven out of 14 bouts. Franklin, which is ranked two slots behind at No. 7 in the conference, won seven bouts as well.
Estevez, James, and Mahmoud all won their matches. Estevez, who just recently reached the 100 wins milestone, won by way of a forfeit at heavyweight while James, at 220 pounds, scored a 12-7 decision and Mahmoud, at 132, won 12-11.
Ziad Mahmoud, Isaiah Breedy, and Isaiah Ayala all recorded bonus point victories for Warriors as well as Mahmoud pinned his opponent in 1:33 at 106, Breedy scored a 12-4 major decision at 160, and Ayala had a fall in just 14 seconds. Jaden Williams also won at 120 pounds by way of an 11-4 decision.
Of the seven wins for the Red Devils, six came with bonus points including pins at 138, 145, 152, and 170, and major decision at 113, and a forfeit at 182.
Despite the loss, the Warrior, which their 15th and 16th matches of the season this past weekend, have already recorded the most team wins in a single season. The previous high-mark was 15 set in 2009-2010.
Estevez is now 25-1 on the season, James is 17-6, Breedy is 17-7, Ayala is 9-12, Ziad Mahmoud is 21-6, Mo Mahmoud is 13-8, and Williams is 19-7.
Rounding out the group of seniors, West is 1-0, Vasquez is 18-9, Carruthers is 7-7, Garcia-Meneses is 3-6, and Condado is 3-18.
Next up, Franklin will take part in a quad meet at home on Saturday before the start of the NJSIAA state team tournament the Monday after.
The seeds and pairings for all of the tournaments will be announced sometime later today, Tuesday, at the governing body’s headquarters in Robbinsville. However, Franklin is expected to be awarded the fourth seed and take on fifth-seeded Sayreville according to projections by NJ.com and MyCentralJersey.com.
The Warriors edged the bombers at home back on Jan. 4, 37-35. Both teams split and won seven matches each in the dual.
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