The varsity portion of the Chatham Youth Wrestling Club opened their dual meet season last night at home against Roxbury. Roxbury traveled to Chatham on December 20, 2012 with confidence based on their 2011 defeat over the Cougars by the score of 48-42.
They left Chatham with their first defeat of the season 49-42. What a difference a year makes. With the Cougars down 6-0, newcomer Darius Khani (55 lbs), a fourth grader at Lafayette, beat his opponent 10-3. Owen McClintock (60 lbs), a third grader at the Washington Avenue School, was called up from novice to fill a hole at 60 pounds.
Owen met the challenge by beating his opponent 7-6 to tie the match at 6 all. John Rohe (65 lbs) then had the heart break of the night. John, a fourth grader at Lafayette, was losing to his opponent in the third period by the score of 6-1. With seconds left on the clock, John reversed his opponent and turned him on his back. Unfortunately, time ran out and John lost 6-5. Had there been five seconds left, John would have pinned his opponent or at least tied the match.
The team then got a second period pin from Connor Cortese (70 lbs) and a first period pin from Aedan Joel (75 lbs). After losing a close match at 80 lbs, PJ Joel (85 lbs) beat his opponent 7-2 and Jack Kimber (90 lbs) beat his opponent 8-0. Following defeats at the 96 and 102 pound weight class, the team got pins from Eric Davis (109 lbs), Luke Ciccarelli (116 lbs) and Matthew Tether (123 lbs).
Following a loss at 130 pounds, Tim Rohe (137 lbs) pinned his opponent in the second period to secure the win for Chatham. Despite forfeiting the 147 pound weight class and heavyweight, Chatham came out on top 49-42 to win the match. Michael Rohe, Willie O'Neill, Anthony Scerbo and Cyrus Khani all pinned their opponents in exhibition matches.