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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Fantastic Friday brought on a big game atmosphere as the Gov. Livingston wresting team took to the mats with the lights dimmed, music rocking and spirit soaring. The Highlanders didn't disappoint in their home opener under the spotlight, defeating United Summit-Chatham, 54-25.
Gov. Livingston recorded 9 wins, including five pins, two forfeits, a disqualification and a win by injury.
The evening opened with senior heavy weight Justin VanOostendorp pinning Lucs Reasons in 1:14. Braden Caccamo (106 pound) followed with pin against Mateo Mcnamara in 2:23. Christian Cottam (113 lb) and Jack Sergio (126 lb) both won by forfeit.
Harrison Kelly at 145 pounds was next to win by pin against Eray Sabuncu in 3:12.
"Harrison Kelly is wrestling the best I have seen in a long time," said head wrestling coach Rick Ortega. "Harry has put in the most work In the off season and we believe this could be the year for him to make it to AC. He won the Old Bridge Tournament and had a great run in the Mountain Lakes Tournament with a tough loss in the semis, he came back and got a third."
Conner Vill at 152 pounds won by injury of Josh Kettles in 1:32. "Conner has had a good start to the season with two seconds in the [Holiday] tournaments. Not the way he wanted to start but a solid performance and he is only going to continue to get better as the season progresses," said Ortega.
Joe Scalora at 160 pounds pinned Aarun Tivade in 0.17. "Joe has been getting better every time he steps on the mat. With his continued work on and off the mat we are looking forward to Joe having a great year," said Ortega. Scalora was 160 pound weight class champion in both the Old Bridge and Mountain Lakes holiday tournaments.
Kyle Savino at 170 pounds won by disqualification over Rolin Argenal. With Savino leading 7-0 in the match, Argenal was warned for stalling after the second period. Savino took Argenal down and Argenal continued to stall and was disqualified. "We are looking for Kyle Savino to surprise a lot of people," said Ortega. "The sophomore is strong as an ox, and as he improves his technique, he will win more and more matches."
Ben Faxon, at 195 pounds, was the final wrestler of the evening before GL forfeited in the 220 pound weight class. Faxon defeated Santiago Figueroa with a pin in 1:17.
Next up, the Highlanders compete in the highly competitive Union County Tournament at Union High School on Saturday, January 11.
106 pound: Braden Caccamo (Gov. Livingston) p. Mateo Mcnamara, 2:23
113 pound: Christian Cottam (Gov. Livingston) won by forfeit.
120 pound: Juan Bolanos (Summit) p. Jason Rosenberg, 2:38
126 pound: Jack Sergio (Gov. Livingston) won by forfeit.
132 pound: Christopher DiSibio (Summit) md. Scott Rayack, 14-2.
138 pound: John Rohe (Summit) d. Jeff Stepien, 6-4.
145 pound: Harrison Kelly (Gov. Livingston) p. Eray Sabuncu, 3:12
152 pound: Conner Vill (Gov. Livingston) won by inj. def. Josh Kettles, 1:32.
160 pound: Joseph Scalora (Gov. Livingston) p. Aarun Tivade, 0:17
170 pound: Kyle Savino (Gov. Livingston) won by disqual. over Rolin Argenal.
182 pound: Trey Richardson (Summit) won by forfeit.
195 pound: Benjamin Faxon (Gov. Livingston) p. Santiago Figueroa, 1:17
220 pound: Dylan Stamato (Summit) won by forfeit.
285 pound: Justin VanOostendorp (Gov. Livingston) p. Lucs Reasons, 1:14