Colonia’s Wrestling Team Gives it Their All at First Tri-Meet

Colonia goes for a win against Johnson.

Photo Credit: Amanda Benshoff

Colonia goes for a win against Johnson.

Colonia wrestling had their first Tri-Meet on December 21, 2013 against Middlesex and Johnson at home in the blue and gold gymnasium.  Colonia first faced Middlesex and lost 30-54.  Then, Colonia had a break in between to watch Middlesex and Johnson battle it out to see Middlesex win 30-51.  Afterward, Colonia faced Johnson and lost 33-43.

During the Middlesex match-up in the beginning there was pin after pin after pin.  Until Mahmoud Bachir wrestled and won his match – then was a few wins after that.  Coach Grasso he explained that between the weight classes of 126 and 152 we are a tough team.  However, after a few wins Colonia was defeated.

After Colonia lost to Middlesex Coach Grasso got interviewed about the overall teams’ performance.  Coach Grasso has been the head coach of the wrestling team for many years now and is well-respected as the team’s coach.  Overall he thought that his team was prepared but “the expectation was not met.”  He stated that as a team everyone needed to work on getting pins and “the bonus points.”

During Colonia’s break they were able to watch their next competitor Johnson take on Middlesex.  Middlesex was an overall stronger team defeating Johnson 30-51.  Johnson put up a good fight but the Colonia guys were watching intensely their competition during their break.

Colonia then faced Johnson and kept up a good fight.  Colonia suffered a setback when Jacob Scofield tweaked his shoulder during his match.  In the end, Colonia lost 43-33.

After this matchup Coach Monaco was interviewed.  Coach Monaco has been with the team for two years.  When asked about his team’s performance during this match he replied, “Better this time; but it was a tough lose.  We just couldn’t bounce back.”  He doesn’t think the team could’ve done anything differently but it was a swing match.  He left me with these words, “This was a toss-up; it hurts to lose this though.”