Colonia Falls on Valentine’s Day Matchup

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Photo Credit: Amanda Benshoff

Senior Will Allardice goes for the pin.

By: Amanda Benshoff, Reporter

Colonia’s ‘Senior Night’ and last wrestling match at home was held on February 14, 2014.  The match started at 6 as they faced North Brunswick.

Senior Night is when the seniors thank their coaches and the people that have supported them throughout their wrestling career.  The seniors that were recognized at the event were TJ Matty, Evan Woerner, Geoffrey Glinn, Jacob Scofiwld, Will Allardice, Evan Gilmore, and Sergio Rivera.  Two of the captains are leaving the team next year – Matty and Glinn – and they both had successful seasons.  Captain Matty when asked about the amount of seniors they’re losing he stated, “We are losing a lot of guys and it will absolutely affect the team.  However, we have a lot of new guys coming up who have been wrestling for a while.  It will be a good rebuilding year for the team.”

After each senior thanked their family and coaches, there was the pledge, the match-ups were named and the wrestling began.  The anticipation lingered in the air for the seniors as they know this is their last time wrestling at home, their last time wrestling in high school, maybe their last time wrestling ever.

The majority of the seniors that competed won their matches, like Captain Matty, and other teammates Woerner and Allardice.  Matty reflected back on wrestling on Senior Night, “The fact that it was senior night absolutely affected how the seniors wrestled tonight.  They wrestled the hardest they have all season.”

The wrestlers battled their hardest, but unfortunately had to lose by a forfeit.  They didn’t have a heavyweight to compete against the North Brunswick wrestler – therefore they had to give the team six points.  They were tied, but since they didn’t have a wrestler they had to lose the matchup.  However, regardless, according to the Matty the team still wrestled hard, and that’s all he could ask for.

According to CHS Captain Matty when he reflects on the teams’ entire season he states, “It’s not the way I wanted to end my senior year of wrestling, it’s honestly the worst to lose by forfeit.  It’s depressing.  We didn’t have a guy to wrestle, there’s nothing we could’ve done.”  His teammate Scofield also stated, “Ending today, to lose by forfeit is the worst, but I was satisfied with how I went out, and how we went out as a team.”