PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The Piscataway High School varsity wrestling team honored its seniors prior the Chiefs’ 54-15 victory over Franklin in the Susan B. Anthony Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
The seniors include 120-pounders Raheem Rucker and Jay Nash, 160-pounder Joe Hatcher, 170-pounder Gabe Rodrigues, 195-pounder Nick Recine, 220-pounders, Daniel Lopez, Andre Felton, and Rasheed Warren, and 285-pounder David Greene.
“It was really nice to have everyone there honoring the seniors and I,” Hatcher said. “It was emotional, but I enjoyed the honor.”
Hatcher, Rodrigues, and Recine, all scored pins at their respective weights while Felton and Greene fell and Rucker, Nash, Lopez, and Warren did not wrestle.
Dan Mikita, at 132 pounds, started things off for Piscataway with a pin in 3:25. Jake Sisk followed with a 14-6 major decision at 138 before Cameron Smith (145), Marcus Petite (152), Hatcher, and Rodrigues reeled off four straight falls for the Chiefs. Smith pinned his opponent in 1:55, Petite in 1:37, Hatcher in 1:10, and Rodrigues in 1:40.
Nicholas Lodato, at 170, was next and earned a 7-5 decision and then Recine notched his pin in 1:57.
Piscataway won the first eight matches of the night and led 37-0 at the time.
“The plan is always the same going into the match, go out and just wrestle and help the team. I was able to go out and get the pin tonight and add six to our team score and help us get the win,” Hatcher said. “It was an overall good night.”
Franklin’s 220-pounder, Michael Espinal Grullon, put the Warriors on the scoreboard with a 3-2 win in a tiebreaker over Felton. Marcus Estevez then pinned Greene and to close the dual, Mohamed Mahmoud recorded a pin at 126.
Sandwiched in between were major decision victories for Desmond Pleasant and Kendall Jordan at 106 and 120 respectively for Piscataway and a 2-0 decision by Deon Pleasant at 113.
Desmond Pleasant shutout his opposing grappler, 10-0, and Jordan won 16-7.
On the year, Hatcher, one of the top wrestlers at his weight, is 14-0 with 12 of them being bonus point victories with nine pins. Rodrigues is 10-2, Recine is 2-2, Felton is 7-4, and Greene is 5-2.
With the win, Piscataway is 8-6 overall as a team and 4-2 in the Greater Middlesex Conference - Red Division. The Chiefs have won four consecutive matches.
Next up for Piscataway is the GMC Tournament, which it is hosting, on Friday and Saturday.
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