The day started off strong with The Ville advancing 8 of 13 wrestlers into the semi-finals with 7 of the 8 quarterfinal wins coming by way of fall. Highlights of the round included Joe Aldrich fighting off an early mistake to come back and earn a fall and Mark Benaquista putting the horse power on display, hitting a cow catcher and beasting his opponent to his back to score the fall.
In the semi-finals, Somerville was able to push 5 wrestlers through to the finals. Joe Aldrich dominated with his second fall of the day. Nick Chabrak followed suit with a 52 second fall. Jack See shined in the semis, keeping his head through some wild exchanges and eventually scoring the final reversal and back points to get the 9 - 4 win over the top seeded Weiner from Spotswood. Mark Benaquista kept the momentum going with his second fall on the day. The final wrestler to punch through to the finals was Richie Herrera. Rich took a measured approach on his feet but once on top, slapped on a power half and go the pin.
After losing in the semis, Evan Wooby received a medical forfeit to place third. Having to work a little harder for his bronze, Gerard Zukowitz wrestled tough and was able to score the third period fall. In the finals, Joe Aldrich started the team off with a dominant 13 - 1 win over county foe Ty Greenberg from Montgomery. Joe was a handful for opponents all day and put on a display of hard, fast action in his final victory of the day. At 126, despite starting off strong and getting to some dynamic offense, Nick Chabrak fell by fall to Lee Rubin of Matawan. At 138, Jack See used his length to turn leg defense into a cradle and get the pin to stamp his day. After his two earlier falls, Mark Benaquista met a formidable opponent in Matawan's Adam Coleman. Despite carrying the pace of the match and creating a majority of the action, Coleman was able to hold onto a tight 3 - 2 win. This was one of the most exciting matches of the day and only the beginning of you hearing the name Mark Benaquista. Finally, Richie Herrera stamped the day with a 55 second fall in the finals, making it 3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals for Somerville on the day.
The team ended up in 2nd place on the day despite missing several wrestlers from the line up. The team is excited to continue to get guys back healthy as we head into our first home match, Military Appreciation Night, against Bridgewater-Raritan on January 3, 2020 inside the Somerville's Yohn Gymnasium. Please come out and support the members of the community who have served to protect our freedom... And wear ORANGE!