Wrestling Competes in Tri-Meet

The Big Red Varsity Wrestling Team attended the Peddie School to compete against both Peddie and Middletown High School this past Monday.

The Big Red Varsity Wrestling Team attended the Peddie School to compete against both Peddie and Middletown High School this past Monday. Despite only getting a day of rest prior to the tri-meet, the team put up a strong effort, beating Peddie by 51-24 points, while losing 24-54 to Middle Township.

Going into the meet, Lawrenceville had a few problems to deal with. njuries from the grueling four matches in the past three days before the meet meant that the team had some issues making weight, but key backup wrestlers Vicente Gil ’21 and Akash Iyer ’20 stepped up to provide big performances. In their convincing win over Peddie, much of the team’s success was due to the strong core., Four-year wrestlers and V formers Alex Williard ‘19, Sam Hensler ‘19, Jonathan D'Souza ‘19, Brandon Li ‘19 led the way with their experience and leadership, pushing the team with key victories.

In the team’s next meet against Middle Township high school, the failure to capitalize on key moments led to defeat, but there were many bright spots to be found nonetheless. The highlight of the day was certainly when lightweight wrestler Jack Collins ’20 struggled through a tough match to clinch an individual victory. While Collins spent the entire first half on his back, he was able to flip his strong opponent with a skillful maneuver and pinned him down, a play of the season candidate. Despite their loss, it was a great opportunity for the team to play and gain valuable experience in a difficult situation. Looking on eagerly from the sidelines, injured Brandon Agran ’20 remarked that “with some sharpening of techniques, our freshman and newcomers can really do some damage.”

Ending the day with a win and a loss, Assistant Coach George Negroponte believes “the team has been terrific this year”, and the future looks promising with a strong group of juniors to lead the way With a large part of the season still ahead of them, Big Red Wrestling has found success and looks to carry on into their Mercer County Tournament this weekend, while they also host the MAPL Duals over Winter Gathering weekend. Negroponte urged his team “to not become complacent and over confident,” hoping they can balance their school work with sports and finish off the season well.