SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The past two seasons for the Spotswood High School varsity wrestling team are filled with highlights. Spotswood followed up its 2017-18 Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division title with a 7-1 division record and 15-9 overall record for the 2018-19. The team also delivered Spotswood High School's first-ever victory in the NJSIAA tournament last winter, defeating New Egypt High School. Last year's varsity also had six wrestlers place at the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament.
Matthew Merrigan returns for his third season behind the bench. Merrigan previously served as the varsity's assistant coach for two years and also coached the Memorial Middle School wrestling program. He has some coaching experience from working with Hamilton West and East Brunswick High Schools wrestling teams. The popular Spotswood High School Social Studies teacher is an East Brunswick High School alumnus and wrestled for the Bears. He has a 27-18 record as the Chargers head coach.
The team lost key members of the team to graduation last June, including Connor Platt, Eddie Rogers and Nick Komosinski. Platt posted a 31-9 individual record and earned third place in the GMC tournament, third place in the district tournament and sixth place in the regional tournament last winter. Rogers boasted a 20-9 individual record and a first place finish in his weight class in last year's district tournament. Komosinski had a 22-15 individual record last season and earned a sixth place finish in the GMC tournament and a second place in the district tournament in his weight class.
Despite the loss of Platt, Rogers and Komosinski, the Chargers have a strong core of wrestlers remaining with varsity experience. Junior Zach Weiner had a 28-10 individual record for the 2018-19 season and earned fifth place in the GMC tournament and third place in the district tournament. Senior Matt Bohinski was 20-11 last season and fellow senior Travis Wesen was 21-9.
"The Chargers have a strong nucleus of seniors coming back," Merrigan explained. "The upperclassmen have plenty of varsity experience and have shown leadership in the practice room. There is a good mix of veteran wrestlers blended with an emerging group of novice athletes in the sport eager to learn and work hard. With the guidance of returning letter winners, the team looks to continue its success with a bright future ahead."
"The team is deep with experience in all weight divisions," Merrigan continued. "Senior leadership is a strength with good role models leading by example that right way to do things on and off the mat."
Spotswood's wrestling program is welcoming freshmen and sophomore wrestlers to the program who have yet to wrestle at the high school level, but are excited to gain mat experience. The co-ed program will also include a female wrestler this season. The potential varsity lineup includes the following wrestlers listed according to their weight class:
- 106- freshman Madden Obado
- 113- junior George Marakis, Junior
- 120- senior Tom Perpente and junior Yash Goswami
- 126- sophomore Tony Caron
- 132- freshmen Melissa Wehrle and Dan Pratas
- 138- junior Zach Weiner
- 145/152- senior Jacob Oster
- 152/160- senior Connor Johnson
- 170- senior Travis Wesen
- 170/182- seniors Matt Bohinski and Andres Flores
- 182- junior Maged Ramadan
- 195- senior Anthony Varga and junior Steve Mellilo
- 220- senior Gabriel Karabinchak, junior Bob Wehrle and sophomore Connor West
- 285- sophomore Quarwee Walker
Spotswood has a multi-school scrimmage at East Brunswick High School on Tuesday, December 10 before opening the 2019-20 season at home against Monroe Township High School on Thursday December 19. Matches begin at 4 p.m. at the Spotswood High School Gymnasium. The Chargers then hit the road on Monday, December 23 to take on New Brunswick High School. Spotswood will participate in its annual winter break tournament on Friday, December 27 when the team takes part in the East Brunswick Invitational at East Brunswick High School.