UNION, NJ – Union High School wrestler Kyjuan Hutchins was honored with a Mayor’s Award at this week’s Township Committee meeting for achieving 100 match wins at the Regional finals by beating a Cranford wrestler 3-1.
Mayor Suzette Cavadas said Hutchins started wrestling when he was 10 years ago. She said Hutchins’ football coach told his parents wrestling was a good way to keep in shape during the off season.
The hardest part of reaching his 100th win, Hutchins said, was beginning the season late. “I missed my first 12 matches, so I knew it would be hard,” he said. “But I knew I could do it and it was more meaningful to receive my 100th win during Black History Month.
Hutchins said wrestling is both mental and physical. “It’s hard work and requires discipline and dedication. I would say to you what my mom says to me: ‘You can do this’”.
With this win, Hutchins joins four other Union High School wrestlers who have achieved their 100th win. He joins teammate Nick Zuena, David Bubnowski with 108 wins in 1996, Danny Lilley with 106 wins in 1991, and Steven Lilley with 100 wins in 1989.