ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — The end of two careers for West Orange High School wrestlers took place at the NJSIAA state championship on Friday.
After taking third place in Region 3 last week, Sebastian Rawls (34-6) didn’t achieve the same success on the state level. In his first match, Rawls lost a 2-0 decision to Watchung Hills’ Justin Hayward. However, in the consolation bracket, Rawls showed a bit of life, winning his first match over Pennsauken’s Briheem Tyson by a 6-3 decision.
Rawls would ultimately lose for the final time to Collingswood’s Aaron Carter, by a 4-3 tiebreaker, ending his high school wrestling career.
In the 195-pound bracket, Noah Tandy (28-9) suffered the same ultimate fate as his teammate. In his opening match, Tandy dropped an immediate 3-1 decision to South Plainfield’s Luke Niemeyer. Sent directly to the consolation bracket, Tandy didn’t produce a win like Rawls. Instead, Tandy lost his second match in a row at the hands of Monroe’s Kaylon Bradley by a 6-5 decision.
Although both seniors failed to make a podium in their respective weight classes, West Orange High School’s two contenders ended their careers on the biggest stage.