UNION, NJ - Union High School wrestler Kyjuan Hutchins achieved his 100th win last weekend during the regional finals by beating a Cranford wrestler 3-1.
“I started wrestling when I was ten years old,” said Hutchins. “I never had any interest in wrestling. My football coach told my parents wrestling was a good way for me to keep in shape in the off season, so that's when it all began. Coach Angelo, Coach Dan and Coach Gram helped me and made me believe I could do it.”
Kyjuan said the hardest part of reaching toward his 100th win was beginning the season late. “I missed my first 12 matches so I knew it would be hard but I knew I could do it. It was a little more meaningful receiving my 100th win during Black History Month. I’m the first African American to receive it.”
Kyjuan also wrestling is both mental and physical, “it’s hard work, and requires discipline and dedication.” Kyjuan added, “I would say to you what my mom says to me, "You can do this"”.
With the win, Hutchins joins four other Union High School wrestlers who have achieved 100 wins. Hutchins joins teammate Nick Zuena and Union High alumni David Bubnowski with 108 wins in 1996, Danny Lilley with 106 wins in 1991, and Steven Lilley with 100 wins in 1989.