That wasn’t magic dust state champ Anthony Cassar left behind in the Montgomery High wrestling room when he graduated last spring, but a lot of sweat and a model example of what it takes.
Montgomery junior 120-pounder Terence Rohmeyer has apparently taken something from the Cassar playbook. That’s the one with tips on how to go from a virtual unknown to a state champion.
Rohmeyer, 7-11 as a freshman 106-pounder and 25-11 last year as a sophomore 6-pounder, is the No. 1 seed at 120 pounds with a 27-1 record for Saturday’s District 18 Tournament at Hillsborough High School.
“It was really great, Anthony didn’t really have any special training coming up, but it was huge having him in the room, training right next to you,” said Rohmeyer, joking that Cassar bequeathed him the shoes Cassar wore last March 7 when he completed a 43-0 season with a 195-pound state championship.
Rohmeyer has made his own significant progress from about eight years ago when he first wrestled at the Princeton Amateur Wrestling Society (PAWS). As a freshman, Rohmeyer split time at 106 with teammate and classmate Jacob Frisch. Rohmeyer was pinned seven times, twice by technical fall, lost once by major and another by decision. Last season, he pinned 14 opponents and won a Bear Invitational title at East Brunswick.
He won at East Brunswick again this season as a 120-pounder and added his first Somerset County title. His only loss this season has been to West Deptford’s Dylan Fischer in the semifinals of the season-opening Wendy Pandy-Leh Wrestling Invitational at Delaware Valley. Rohmeyer took third.
Cassar, now a redshirt freshman at Penn State, talked about his devotion to detail in off-season workouts, and how not many days passed without a diligent session. Rohmeyer and his friend, sophomore James Verbeyst, Princeton High’s 126-pounder drilled together at the PAWS room in the Princeton University’s Class of 1958 Wrestling Room at Jadwin Gymnasium. Verbeyst is 25-3 and third seed at 126 pounds in the District 17 Tournament at Hunterdon Central.
Rohmeyer’s twin brother, August, has also done better as time has passed. From 13-16 as a freshman 113-pounder to 13-16 last season to 22-8 and a fourth-seed at 126 at the district this season. One thing August has accomplished that Terrence wants is a Region V berth. August placed third in the district last seasonat 120 to make the regions. Terrence got beat 9-3 by Manville’s Brian Kuhlman in the 106-pound consolation final.
Like so many others who’ve felt the disappointment of losing in a district or region consolation final, Terrence Rohmeyer was inspired to put more work in during the off season. As a junior, Cassar was pinned in the region final by John F. Kennedy’s Brandon Simon.
Rohmeyer says he worked the weights, and made sure to come back more confident on his feet.
“Everybody says wrestling is a winter season, but if you want to be successful you have to make it a year-round thing,” said Rohmeyer.
District 18 Wrestling Tournament
When/Where: Saturday at Hillsborough High School.
Schedule: Preliminaries and quarterfinals, 9:30 a.m. ; semifinals, 1130 a.m. ; consolation finals, 1:30 p.m. ; finals, 3 p.m.
Teams: Bernards, Bound Brook, Bridgewater-Raritan, Franklin, Hillsborough, Manville, Montgomery, The Pingry School, Ridge, Somerville,
Predicted region qualifiers: 106 – Joe Casey (Bound Brook), Austin Schimmel (Hillsborough), Jon Ahorrio (Manville); 113 – Brian Kuhlman (Manville), Anthony Lopez (Bound Brook), Jacob Frisch (Montgomery); 120 – Terrence Rohmeyer (Montgomery), Thomas Tarrantino (The Pingry School), Bobby Demeter (Manville); 126 – Evan Drill (Somerville), Tyler McIntosh (Bound Brook), August Rohmeyer (Montgomery); 132 – Nick Accetta (Bound Brook), Kyle Adams (Bridgewater-Raritan), Kevin Murillo (Manville); 138 – Mehki Lewis (Bound Brook), Jack Donnadio (Hillsborough), Milton Teixeira (Manville); 145 – Stephan Glasgow (Bound Brook), T.J. Caswell (Manville), William Schmidt (Ridge); 152 – Sean Glasgow (Bound Brook), Jeremy Nurnberger (Manville), Kevin Faulkner (Hillsborough); 160 – George Walton (Bound Brook), Van Miller (Bridgewater-Raritan), Austin Oliver (Ridge); 170 – Josh Ugalde (Bound Brook), Kyle Murphy (Bridgewater-Raritan), Jake Bobal (Montgomery); 182 – Andrew Gombas (Bound Brook), Anthony DelGuercio (Hillsborough), Alex Bruskin (Somerville); 195 – Aaron Saavedra (Bound Brook); Sebastian Sanchez (Bernards), Kyle Puza (Manville); 220 – Abe Saavedra (Bound Brook), Mohammed Attie (Ridge), Carter Gilpin (Bernards); 285 – Matthew Auletti (Ridge), Dylan D’Amore (Montgomery), Mike Tyle (Manville).