Wrestling: Cranford Defeats Roselle Park
The Friday night match was a historic win, say wrestling fans.
Cranford High School team beat Roselle Park 28-24 first time in 26 years.
This is just the start. Go Cougars!!!
Standing-room-only crowd Friday night in Martin Gymnasium in Cranford for the Cranford versus Roselle Park match. All four sections of bleachers were filled to capacity.
Cranford was down 21-13 with four matches to go. Robbie Kessler came up with a huge pin at 195lbs followed by a 3 point win for Jeff Weiss.
Then it was time for the big boys. This was the decisive match of the night. Cranford could clinch with a pin. In the first period it looked like disaster was going to strike as the Roselle Park heavyweight (Vincent Picarelli) had Jonathon El Khoury on his back.
Jonathon somehow fought his way off and went on to pin for the clinch. The reaction from the crowd was epic! I cannot remember the last time Cranford defeated Roselle Park. Maybe one of the old timers can let us know. Congratulations to the coaches, wrestling families & especially the boys! —
— Kevin Murray and PJ Keim