WEST ORANGE, NJ – The wrestling season at Morristown High School came to a close on Saturday, but not without the Colonials leaving a lasting impression at their region.
Freshman Aidan Watson, who finished in a tie for seventh place at Region 3 – as there Is no seventh-place match at this stage – made a run all the way to the 145-pound quarterfinal before coming up short in his bid to Atlantic City. But considering his results against older wrestlers this year, it may be just a matter of time until he makes it there.
In a weight class chock full of upperclassmen, the freshman with a sky-high ceiling finished the season as first-year coach Casey Flynn’s best individual grappler, as he finished his campaign with a team-high 23 wins against nine losses. Watson decisioned Secaucus’ Derek Fernandez, 4-0, in last Wednesday’s pre-quarters to advance to the semifinals.
Once there, Watson ran into the 33-3 Essex County champion at 152, Caldwell’s Jerry Jones, and was pinned in 59 seconds. He would ultimately lose to Randolph’s Janny Lopez Valle in the wrestle backs, also via a fall.
Morristown’s other region qualifier – 195-pounder Liam Carragher – saw his season end in the pre-quarters when he lost via the fall in 2:40 to West Orange’s Noah Tandy. Carragher finished his junior campaign 14-16 with a third-place finish in District 11

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