ROCKAWAY – Casey Flynn believes that his rebuild of Morristown High School’s wrestling program – one which he was a part of during some successful run in the late 2000s – is a long, step by step process.
If that is the case, the Colonials took a very big step forward on Saturday morning.
While Morristown dropped two of its three matches at the Morris Hills Quad, the Colonials record now stands at 4-2 on the season. Their 45-33 victory over Morris Catholic in the middle was a huge one for the locals, as that result already ensures them more wins than all last season, despite only a quarter or so of this 2017-18 season having passed.
“Realistically speaking, if we show up on the mat with effort and discipline every match, we’re going to get better as a team as the year goes on,” said Flynn, a 2008 graduate of Morristown and first-year head coach. “Morris County is arguably the toughest wrestling area in the state, and we still have counties and districts and a conference schedule still to wrestle. It’s step by step for us, and today was just another one of those.”
In its initial match of the morning, the Colonials dropped a 49-18 decision to Kinnelon, while they fell 60-18 to Morris Hills in the finale.
But in the key Morris Catholic match, the Colonials won eight of 14 matches—including three pins to rack up crucial bonus points—to seal the victory. Trailing 21-12, Aidan Watson’s pin of Anthony Dotzman at 2:23 helped bring Morristown on the way back.
“We have some freshmen that have came into our lineup and done well. Aidan in the middle weights, Colin Smith and Connor Joel in the lower weights,” said Flynn. “Marc Dilluvio is a sophomore whose had quite a few pins already. I’m looking forward to see what these guys can do as we move on in the season.”
Morristown 170-pounder Juan Garcia had his pin sandwiched between forfeit victories by Christian Ricarte at 160 and Jose Sanchez at 182, staking the winners out to a 36-27 lead.
From there, Liam Carragher would win a 7-3 decision at 195, and Aram Eliabachus’ pin of Tom Bennett in 24 seconds clinched Morristown’s fourth victory. The Colonials went 3-17 all of last year.
Watson had himself a tremendous day on the mats, recording a pin in all three of his matches.
Carragher, a junior, was the only other Colonial to go 3-0 individually on the day, recording two pins vs. his Kinnelon and Hills opponents, respectively, in addition to his decision against his Crusaders opponent.
At 160 pounds, Recarte picked up a pair of victories via the forfeit, moving his record on the day to 2-1.
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