Clay Callahan posted five wins, including the 100th of his career, to lead the Foran High wrestling team to a second-place finish at the Joe Beler Duals at Jonathan Law on Saturday.
Prior to losing to Farmington High in the final round, coach Frank Peters’ Lions swept their first three opponents. The Lions opened up the day with a 57-10 win over Fitch (Groton), then went on to defeat Morgan (Clinton) 63-16 and Gilbert (Winsted) by a score of 48-22.
“Going in, we knew we had to forfeit either the 106 or the 113, depending upon where Liam [Callahan] wrestled, and we knew we’d have to forfeit the 126…So going in, we knew we were at a disadvantage, and we were a little anxious,” Peters explained. “But overall, it ended up going well…We’re a good individual team, and we hope to be a touch tournament team by the end of the season. With the seniors and some of the other wrestlers we have this year, I’m confident we could make an impact on the state level.”
Liam Callahan set the tone for Foran’s day when he took the mat against Fitch’s Brian Brown in the 113-pound class, pinning the Falcon in only 10 seconds flat. Jubilee Witte (120), CJ Luth (138), Clay Callahan (152), Ben Croll (182), Luke Edmonson (220, and Chris Kyak (285) each contributed pins, while 132-pounder Jesus Ortiz, 145-pounder Luke Stojanowski and 170-pounder Wasim Khan chipped in decisions on points to give Foran the decisive victory over Fitch.
Foran and Morgan were both short-staffed in the lower weights, and Morgan took a 16-6 on lead on forfeits by the end of four matches. But the Lions went on a tear, sweeping the next 10 matches on six pins, three forfeits and a decision to secure the 63-16 victory.
Luth got things started with a pin at 138 pounds, and two weight classes later, Clay Callahan stepped to the mat in the 152-pound class. He’d started the day with 98 victories and had secured his 99th against Fitch, and his 100th came in dramatic fashion against Morgan’s Robert Blanco.
Callahan earned the early takedown and a three-point near fall before pinning Blanco in the final seconds of the first period, giving Foran a lead it would not relinquish and starting a 10-match rally.
“Clay’s always been as good as Clay wants to be,” Peters said of his captain. “He’s pushed himself, he’s worked hard, and we can count on him to score big points and win close matches.”