Tyler Schetlick of Passaic Valley certainly picked the ideal time to record his first varsity pin.
Heading into his 126-pound match, Schetlick knew what was at stake in his team’s match opposite its most intense rival in Wayne Valley. The Hornets held a 24-21 lead with four matches to go. With Wayne Valley a serious favorite to prevail in the final two bouts, P.V. needed bonus points.
Schetlick complied. And then some.
The sophomore, who came into his bout with a 3-8 record, recorded a fall in 4:34 over Bassel Chaghill to extend his team’s lead to 30-21. When Tom Dunphy won an 11-5 decision for the Hornets at 132 pounds to make it 33-21, Passaic Valley was assured at least a tie with two bouts left.
“I knew we needed the bonus points,” Schetlick said. “I got him with an under hook and worked through the hip. It felt good.”
Wayne Valley, which had won five straight against Passaic Valley dating back to 2008, rallied in the final two weight classes with a pin by Sam Tareky at 138 pounds. In the final bout, Muhammad Darwish of Passaic Valley avoided a fall in the third period before dropping a major decision to Sal Castiglia, giving the Hornets the decision, 33-31.
“If the match ended in a tie, we lose by criteria,” Passaic Valley coach Joe Benvenuti said. “They would have won eight matches to our six. Mo did a nice job against a very good wrestler. He gave us six solid minutes and we held on for the win.”
Passaic Valley last defeated Wayne Valley in the 2006-2007 season, a year before Benvenuti arrived to coach his alma mater.
“It’s the first time we’ve beaten Wayne Valley since I’ve been here,” the coach said. “They’ve had our number in football and wrestling for a while. We needed to get this one. Last year, they beat us by a point. It’s that kind of match just about every time we wrestle them. They’ve got a great program.”
For Passaic Valley, the win improved the team’s record to 8-2 and continued the trend where just about every Hornet contributes.
“That was a huge win by Tyler,” Benvenuti said of Schetlick’s victory. “What I like about this team is the way we pick each other up. Tyler had a rough go in last weekend’s quad. But tonight, he was ready and helped us to a big win.”