SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood wrestlers made returning alumni proud as the Raiders defeated Plainfield on Alumni Night in Scotch Plains.
The Raiders benefited from pins by Michael Brennan (106 lbs.), Ben Root (126 lbs.), Noah Samms (145 lbs.), Anthony Robinson (152 lbs.), Jayden Nyamiaka (160 lbs.), Larry Shayoye (225 lbs.), and Robert Lerner (285 lbs.)
"It feels great to do this well on Alumni Night," said Raiders head coach Marc Fabiano. "The big thing to take away from this meet is the intensity and the toughness that they showed and their understanding of what it takes to get better. To perform tonight like this for the alumni and the future Raiders was just a great moment. I'm just so proud of these kids."
In a match that Scotch Plains-Fanwood dominated from the start, Jack Manville's double OT victory stood out.
"Jack displayed the toughest that we preach every single day in the wrestling room. Jack dug deep and gave everything he had to get a huge headlock and takedown. He trusted in himself and the work ethic that paid off."
The evening also included the unveiling of an award named after Scotch Plains-Fanwood's longtime wrestling coach and athletic director Len Zanowicz. The award will go to one deserving graduating senior. Zanowicz was known as much for his victories (202) as his integrity.
"It's a legacy we are proud to continue today," said current wrestling assistant coach Jesse Martinez, who acted as emcee during the pre-game ceremonies.
Michael Brennan (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) pinned D. Broadway (Plainfield), 0:44
Joey Larmore (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) won by technical fall over J. Lopez (Plainfield)
A. Arias (Plainfield) won by decision over Luke Checchio (Scotch Plains-Fanwood), 1:29
Benjamin Root (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) pinned A. Ortega (Plainfield)
Brandon Bowles (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) won a 3-1 decision over R. Epps (Plainfield) in double overtime.
Kyle Robinson (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) won by decision over B. Burgess (Plainfield).
Noah Samms (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) pinned E. Brown (Plainfield), 0:44.
(Scotch Plains-Fanwood) pinned N. Masroquin, 1:00
Jack Manville (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) defeated E. Veras in double OT.
Giacamo Pares (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) won by forfeit.
Robert Mehorter (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) won by forfeit.
Larry Shayoye (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) pinned S. Gordon (Plainfield), 2:42.
Robert Lerner (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) pinned E. Sutton (Plainfield), 1:40.
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