East’s Hall claims victory No. 100
East Rutherford senior wrestler Cody Hall recorded his 99th high school victory on Jan. 29. Since then he had a much-anticipated match on Jan. 30 against R-S Central’s Colin Cope who eventually denied Hall of win No. 100. Hall didn’t waste his next opportunity Tuesday night in front of his home crowd with a 7-1 decision win over Burns High School’s Gavin Mode.
“My coach kept asking me what happened out there against Colin [Cope] and I just said that I got ‘the big head.’ I went out there thinking that he got lucky the first time he beat me and that I would go out and attack and beat him really quick, but it didn’t happen like that,” Hall said. “Today he said to go out and wrestle my match like I always have and I would come out successful.”
The team match started at the 138-pound weight class, one higher than Hall’s 132, allowing him the entire match to think about his time on the match.
Despite the fact that East surrendered 30 points to Burns on forfeits alone, the crowd at East Rutherford stuck around in hopes of seeing Hall reach the coveted milestone.
The time finally came for Hall, who entered the match with a 19-5 season record, and Gavin (19-6) to take the mats for the final match.
Hall finished the first round with a 2-0 lead that proved to be enough.
Neither wrestler scored a point in the second round but Hall exploded with five in the third while allowing Gavin to escape with just one point en route to his 20th win of the season and No. 100 of his career.
East head coach Tim Bird, who recognized Hall earlier as part of Senior Night, took the mic again to congratulate Hall on the honor.
“I’m really proud of Cody for getting his 100th career win,” Bird said after the match. “He had a good match and he wrestled to win. He was in control the whole match.”
After the two sides shook hands, the crowd flooded the floor to congratulate Hall and capture the moment on various cameras and phones.
“I’m really, really joyful,” Hall said after the victory. “It feels great to have a lot of teachers and staff from the school behind me. There aren’t a lot of people who come out to the match anyway, but I know most all of them because they come out to support me.”
Now with No. 100 out of the way, Hall has his sights set on the next challenges at hand.
“I’m looking forward to winning conference this weekend and wrestling Colin [Cope] again and wrestling like I know I can. I expect a tough match and I just need to go out ready and focused,” Hall said. “After that I want to go out to regionals and win it again this year and hopefully win state in the 2A division. I finished third last year so just one more match and I’ll be there.”
East Rutherford lost the team match 51-24, but got individual wins from Hall, Weston Parker, Nathan Daisley, Colten Costa and Andre Gabriel.
The Cavaliers return to action Saturday, Feb. 9 at Patton for the SMAC Tournament.