RANDOLPH, NJ- On Thursday, January 9, the Randolph high school Wrestling team hosted an intense match against neighboring Morristown High, honoring this year's’ seniors, parents, and graduated alumni.
Soon to be retired coach Mike Suk offered some insightful words for his seniors.
“Seniors you have the strength and power to become and accomplish anything you set your mind to if you have the work ethic and the mental toughness to persevere through your journey," said coach Mike Suk. "Love your family and choose to do the right thing at all times. Prepare yourselves for the two most important things you will do to become a great spouse and a great parent. May God bless you on your journey.”
An hour before the match, the four soon to be graduating seniors, Aidan Clark, Ben Kushpit, and Captains Matt DeStefanis and Charlie Treston, were recognized alongside alumni and parents. Parents and wrestlers were introduced, recognized, and had their photos taken. Some Wrestling Alumni were also recognized alongside the graduating seniors.
“The atmosphere ( For Senior Night ) was different, as it felt like a family gathering in a sense,” said senior captain Charlie Treston. “It was a lot of fun to see all the alumni as well as kids in the rec program, and I was very motivated to get the job done.”
The official match against Morristown started off with Senior Aidan Clark, putting up an impressive fight, until he was taken down in the third period. Randolph held the lead for the next two matches with both junior Dylan Sheehan and sophomore Evan Cresci earning wins.
Sheehan won with a pin at 1:23, while Cresci did the same with a pin at 5:28. The preceding rounds went back and forth between the teams, but Morristown defeated Randolph with 10 wins out of 14 matches.
Captains Treston and DeStefanis dominated their matches, securing the other two out of the four Randolph victories. DeStefanis had the highest scoring match of the night, with a 16-1 win, while Treston had the third highest scoring match of the night, winning 13-3.
“It’s been a lot of fun getting to know the guys, and just trying to do my best to put us, as a team, in the best position every day,” said DeStefanis. “I am trying to make sure we’re getting better every day, so we are ready to compete.”
As many seniors do on their respective sports “senior nights”, Treston reflected on his four years in the program.
“Wrestling has been such a tremendous part of my time at RHS, and I have grown in every aspect while in the program,” said Treston. “I have been able to mature while having fun participating in the sport I love. Randolph wrestling will always hold a place in my heart, and I will continue to be involved with the program for as long as I possibly can.”
Cassie Peo and Anthoni Feldi are students at RHS participating in a Journalism program with TAP into Randolph