MILLBURN, NJ - It was a long climb to 100, but Dylan Mulcahy made it look easy with a pin that took just over a minute to complete Friday at the NJSIAA District 10 meet.
The Chatham senior became the first wrestler in school history to reach the century mark in victories when he pinned Andrew Hernandez-Ford of Columbia at 1:01 of the first period of their 145-pound quarterfinal bout.
Dylan Mulcahy wins his 100th match of his career with pin in video below
"I'm so happy for Dylan," Chatham wrestling coach Brian Cassera said. "He's worked so hard for this and he deserves it. He's an outstanding wrestler and an even better kid. This is a huge accomplishment and the first time it's ever been achieved by a Chatham wrestler, but there is so much more on the table for Dylan going forward. Next in our sights is a district title and from there the goal will be to get to the state tournament and do some damage in the process. We're very, very proud of him."
The victory improved his record for the season to 30-4 and pushed his overall mark to 100-24 in his career.
"I was pretty nervous," Mulcahy said. "It feels great, but it's also a relief in a way. I've been thinking about 100 all year because I was close to it."
In addition to Mulcahy, Chatham wrestler's Brett Cain, Manny Rodriguez, Taylor Boehmer and Michael Kellstrom all won their quarterfinal matches and will return to Millburn on Saturday in search of a District 10 championship.
Boehmer pinned Harold Esquivel of Summit in 1:44 of the first period of their 220-pound match.
"Originally when I went for the takedown, I was thinking of what the coaches always say about keeping my hips up," said Boehmer of the move that led to his pin. "I did everything that I had to do. This is my first district victory.,"
Boehmer's first district triumph was overshadowed by Mulcahy, whom Boehmer has know since they were youngsters.
"I've known Dylan since we played soccer when we were little," Boehmer said. "It's amazing to see how he reacts on the wrestling mat. I'm not at the level he is, by far. Seeing him get that 100th win is exceptional. He's one of the best, if not the best, wrestler to come through Chatham."
Cain won his 120-pound match with a 7-3 decision over Ibrahim Elbanna of Union. Rodriguez won his 113-pound match, 9-1. Alex Wilson of Chatham lost a heartbreaking match to Tyhmir Lassiter of Irvington in overtime.
Kellstrom turned out to be the very last match in action when he battled his opponent, Jorge Quintero of Union, into the third period. Kellstrom scored the pin in 5:33.
"It's all heart," Kellstrom said. "You have to dig deep. If you don't win, you've just expended all this energy for nothing. You just have to dig deep, pull it all together and find a way to win."
Michael Kellstrom with his pin at 285 in video below