by Geneva Gleason
After five hours and multiple power outages, WHS wrestling claimed victories over Trenton Central and Piscataway last Saturday in a triangular at WHS.
The Blue Devils first faced Trenton; the match began as junior Kevin Miller competed against Cristabol Vega-San, with Miller coming out on top with a score of 7–0. After Trenton won the following match, senior Co-Captain Matt Barber dominated Semal Willis with a score of 7–0 in the second period.
After losing a match, Westfield pulled ahead, winning the next two matches 2–0 and tying the third match 4–4. After another win by sophomore Kevin Frega, junior Cotter Spurlock competed in one of the most exciting matches of the morning.
Spurlock’s match was interrupted when power went out during the second period, and the match did not resume until power was relatively stable. When the match resumed, Spurlock pinned his opponent with 12.50 seconds in the second period for a final score of 10–6.
With the exception of one match, WHS won the remainder of the matches for a final score of 63–12.
During the Piscataway-Trenton match, power was out for over half an hour, during which the fire department was called to provide light for evacuation of the building. However, lights came on before the emergency power was provided, and the match resumed.
WHS also put out a strong line of performances in the match against Piscataway. Frega, Barber and sophomore Jarek Gozdieski all had impressive matches, with personal scores of 11–5, 15–2 and 13–0 respectively.
Piscataway then picked up momentum, winning a few matches until sophomore Chris Hoerle pinned Herbert Edwards 5–0 at 1:03.
Junior John Fuller then won against Periza Brown 12–2, running out the clock each period. Junior Nick Kalimtzis and sophomore Jack Miller finished the match with scores of 5–3 and 3–9 respectively, bringing the team to a score of 39–27.
Said Coach Glen Kurz of the team’s performance: “There are a lot of positives and there’s a lot to build on, but we’re still looking to establish some consistency and have everyone wrestle the way they’re capable.”