MONTVILLE, NJ - The Montville wrestling team continued their dominance on Tuesday, defeating Morristown 66-12 at home for their fourth straight win. With senior standout Connor Meytrott taking the night off, the rest of the Mustangs stepped up to win 10 of 13 bouts, 8 via pinfall.
Montville got off to a good start as Noah Fox defeated Luke Tappen in a 6-1 decision in the night’s opening bout. The Mustangs built off that momentum by winning the next four bouts, three via pinfall. Michael Conrad, Ryan Calle, Joe Daddario and Zach Stolz-Illge were on the winning end of those bouts for Montville. Liam Carragher then got Morristown on the board in the 195-lbs. weight class with a pinfall victory over Ethan Mersing. In the 220-lbs. weight class, Chris DeFrank of Montville pinned Cristian Escobar roughly halfway through the second period. The next bout turned out to be the quickest one of the night as Morristown’s Connor Joel pinned Aiyan Ahmed in just 12 seconds. After that, it was all Mustangs for the remainder of the match. Luke DeFilippo, Brandon Teresa, Ryan Kahwaty and Nick Gentile all picked up pinfall wins. Teresa’s victory proved to be the most impressive as he pinned Christian Lopez Alvarez in only 17 seconds.
“The kids have been working hard all season long,” head coach John Krip said. “They really came out tonight and showed it.”
Montville won the Lenape Valley Tournament four weeks ago, but the real tournaments they want to win are right around the corner. The Mustangs only have two head-to-head matches remaining, as well as a tri-meet next Saturday at home against Hasbrouck Heights and Teaneck. After that will be the time where Coach Krip wants his wrestlers to be competing at their best.
“I still think we’re fine-tuning everything,” Coach Krip said. “As a team, we’re looking at the section and county tournaments as big events at the end of the season and we want our guys to be peaking at the right time.”
The Mustangs will have their final league match of the season on the road against Chatham on Jan. 31 before they host Senior Night two days later against Parsippany Hills at 7 p.m.