WMC Wrestling Takes Down the Competition

The wrestling team brought back another championship to WMC this year. After beating Roxbury 48-30 they secured a conference championship crown. This title is their first in five years and tenth in program history. 

Dean Muttart helped secure a Wolfpack win for the conference (Maddie Lamb).

Going into the match, coach Marold told his team “be ready to go. Wrestle our style of wrestling, we have to control the pace, attack, go after your opponent, don’t wait for them to come to you,”and they did all that and more. The Gaels came out strong early and took a 24-0 lead. But after that it was all Wolfpack; they went on a 48-6 run to secure their win. Tommy Borgia accepted a forfeit to start this run by the Pack. It was business as usual for heavyweight Henry Frayne who recorded yet another pin on the season. He improves to 16-1 on the season with 15 of those coming from pins. At 106, sophomore Mark Montoure won by decision 7-2. Jacob Fahmi and Michael Hare both accepted forfeits which put the Pack ahead 27-24. Unbeaten senior Michael Campanaro added another six to the team total with a pin in the first period. Dean Muttart recorded a 4-1 decision and a pin from junior Sam Rizzuto secured the match for the Wolfpack. Brandon Dean rounded it out with a pin of his own.

Following the match, Campanaro shared with NJ.com “Nobody has the stamina, strength, tools and confidence like us. We’ve been pushing the pace. To go from winning no matches in my sophomore year to this is huge for the program.” Two years ago, the Wolfpack won zero matches. The next year they moved on to ten wins. And now this year, they already have ten wins and now a conference championship. 

The team huddles before their match against Roxbury (Maddie Lamb).

This title did not come without hard work. Coach Marold stated “We had a lot of guys put in a lot of time in the offseason. They wrestle at tournaments and clubs. And then we had a lot of guys coming and lifting here with myself or coach Del.” Coach Marold also shared that he feels this team’s biggest strength is the leadership from their seniors. “Campanaro, Hare and Frayne are excellent role models. They’re hard workers so they set the pace at practice and everyone feeds off of that.” 

“It’s great to win the conference and it’s hard to disregard that,” senior Henry Frayne stated to NJ.com, “but we’re going to show up to practice tomorrow and work. It’s about continuing what we do.” The next goal that the Wolfpack has is winning a sectional title. Campanaro stated “It is definitely attainable, we just gotta keep working towards that. No one can match our pace and our technique is top notch.” 

The Wolfpack carried their success into the weekend going 3-0 at a quad match. They travel to Mount Olive on Tuesday in their last dual before the Morris County Tournament.