MORRISTOWN – Thursday evening’s match vs. Chatham was as odd as it will ever get for the Morristown High School wrestling program.
Because of injuries, the Cougars only had five available grapplers, so first-year coach Casey Flynn’s resurgent program had already improved its season’s record to 5-2 before a single whistle was blown. Just eight minutes and 53 seconds of on-mat wrestling was needed to complete the wrestled matches, Morristown found themselves with an instant, 72-12 victory over the Cougars in their NJAC-United opener.
The Colonials won three and dropped two of the five contested matches, and all of them were decided by pins in the first or second period.
“We kind of knew Chatham was banged up and was hurting a bit, so this was an unusual match,” said Flynn. “That said, our goal as always is to win every match and we wanted 5-0. We won three of them, all pins, so it wasn’t a bad night in that respect.”
The first bout of the night came at 113 pounds, and it was there that Morristown freshman Colin Smith decked Chatham’s Jean Paul Rohe in 1:26.
However, the Cougars would register pins of their own at 120 and 126, when Conner Cortese and Michael Rohe pinned Morristown’s Christian Lopez Alvarez and Rubin Argueta, respectively. Both matches were decided in the first period.
Aidan Watson – perhaps Morristown’s strongest and most experienced wrestler on the squad – pinned Chatham’s Dylan Schaffer in 3:09 in the longest match of the evening. The finale came at 152, where junior Luke Tappen pinned the Cougars’ Will Larkey in 2:32.
Forfeits ablaze make the rest of the story for this brief match, with all of them going to Morristown. In the lower weights, Connor Joel (106) picked up a forfeit triumph, as did Eric Jackson (132) and Marc Dilluvio (138) in the lower-middle weights.
From 160 on up through heavyweight, Ryan Jackson, Christian Recarte, Juan Garcia, Liam Carragher, Aram Eliabachus, and Junior Sanchez all won via the forfeit.
Next Wednesday, the Colonials have the No. 2 ranked team in the state, Delbarton, coming to town. As the season progresses closer toward the state playoffs, Flynn’s chief goal is to qualify for the North 1, Group 5 playoffs.
“Ultimately, the goal for this season is to qualify for the playoffs, and we think there’s some big opportunities to pick up power points to get there,” Flynn said. “We’re in 9th right now. With the way power points work and factor in match margins, every match and every bonus point either way matters.”
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