Edison wrestling proves mettle in quarterfinal loss

Edison wrestling proves mettle in quarterfinal loss

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Edison wrestling proves mettle in quarterfinal loss

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Edison High School wrestling team would have loved to have beaten Watchung Hills Monday night in a North 2 Group IV quarterfinal.

The Eagles would have savored the experience of wrestling at unbeaten and top-seeded Phillipsburg Wednesday night in a sectional semifinal.

Not enough went there way, however, in Warren, and No. 4 seed Watchung Hills scored a 33-29 victory in a match that came down to the final bout.

“We just tried to put our guys in the best position where we thought we could get the most bonus points and naturally win the match,” said Edison coach Thomas White.

“We just came up a little short on the bonus points,” he added. “The effort was outstanding, I thought we wrestled one of our better matches tonight. I think we attacked a lot. We knew it was going to be tight in some capacity.”

One of the moves White made was a forfeit to Watchung Hills talented junior 138-pounder Alex Murray and bumping Greater Middlesex Tournament champ William Povalac III to 145. Povalac won by major over David Mupo.

“We thought Povalac had a better matchup with Mupo, we thought we might get a pin there, but sometimes, it just doesn’t work out that way,” he said.

Watchung Hills senior 285-pounder Antonio Carbajal, now 27-4. He scored a quick takedown against junior Keith Seri (15-7) and was never threatened, recording his 18th straight win to clinch it.

“It was all mental to me,” said Carbajal. “I knew I just had to do my job. I know I was better than him.”

Senior Mike Magaldo became Watchung Hills’ winningest wrestler, his Magaldo, a state champion as a sophomore, won by fall at 132 pounds for his 141st win, surpassing 2006 state champ Alex Caruso’s 140.

The Oklahoma State-bound star’s feat was acknowledged, then the Warriors went back to surviving Edison, making its first postseason appearance in years.

The upper weights performed well.

Senior 195-pounder Ernesto Anazco (14-17) won a tiebreaker over junior Vladimir Torres and senior 220-pounder Mike Schmidt (9-17) kept junior Carlos Botero (17-3) to a 2-0 win.

“He needed that match, we needed that match and he came through and got it in overtime,” said Magaldo, 25-1. “That was was all heart, all heart.”

Anazco is now 3-1 in overtime this year, 2-0 in tiebreakers.

“I had more gas in the tank,” said Anazco. “And when we came into overtime he was on ‘E’ and I took advantage.”

Anazco gave Watchung Hills a 30-26 lead and Botero cut the margin to 30-29 by beating Schmidt.

“I scrapped, my role was not to get pinned to fight,” said Schmidt.

“That’s our mentality, we may not be technically better than you, but come the third period we will be in better shape than you.”

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