MORRISTOWN, NJ- As the 2019-2020 wrestling season came to an end, the Colonials finished the way anyone could hope, with 5-straight team victories and a few individual honors as well.
Colonial wrestling is proving to be well-built for the future as 2 underclassmen finished on the NJAC National Division All-Conference First Team.
Sophomore Giovanni Rivera was selected to the First Team after a tremendous season. Rivera won his first 18 matches of the year, before losing to Pingry’s Jack Martin by a decision. Rivera finished 25-6 during his sophomore season while earning the NJSIAA District 11-132 title.
In the regional quarterfinal, Rivera was knocked off by Cahill Love Jr. of Columbia.
Joining Rivera as a First Team selection was freshman Connor Watson. Watson won 14 matches as a freshman, while earning the 4th seed in the district. Jack Askling of Caldwell, knocked off Watson by a decision in the Quarterfinal.
The Awards didn’t stop there, as 3 more Colonials were recognized on the All-Conference 2nd Team award.
Sophomore Mason Gervasio, Junior Aidan Watson and Senior Ryan Jackson were the Morristown Colonials selections.
Gervasio, at 106 pounds earned the 4th seed in the District en route to the District Final, where he came up short against Austin Zellars of Hackettstown in a 6-4 decision. Gervasio upset the top seed from Kearny, Daniel Silveria in the semifinal.
Aidan Watson completed his junior season with 17 wins, earning the 2nd seed in the District at 170 pounds. Watson prevailed in quarters and semis before falling to Andrew Bryan of Mendham in the final.
Ryan Jackson finished his high school wrestling career with a defeat in the NJSIAA Region 3 third-place consolation by decision against Warren Hills’ Owen Frizzell. Jackson was also another Colonial finalist in the District. After upsetting top seeded Alejandro Castro, Jackson was denied a District title by Thomas Stigliano of Whippany Park.
The lone honorable mention for Casey Flynn’s Colonials was Senior Marc Dilluvio. Dilluvio recorded 13 wins in his final season and was a finalist in the District.
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