Editor’s note: The following article also was published on goarmywestpoint.com.
WEST ORANGE, NJ — This season’s Army West Point wrestling senior night versus Lehigh, now on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m., has officially been moved to West Orange High School, to honor the late Black Knights wrestler, Christopher “C.J” Morgan.
“We just felt like moving our senior day match to West Orange was the right thing to do,” said head coach Kevin Ward. “I left the decision up to our seniors, and they didn’t hesitate, they knew they wanted to wrestle in C.J.’s home gym on senior night. I appreciate everyone’s support in making this happen and we look forward to honoring C.J. on senior night.”
Morgan, a WOHS alumnus, passed away last summer due to injuries sustained from a military vehicle accident in the U.S. Military Academy’s training area. He was a law and legal studies major, and a recruited athlete who was a standout member of the Army wrestling team. He had a 28-22 career record competing at 184 and 197 pounds for Army.
“It’s going to be a very special night in West Orange,” said West Orange HS athletic director Ron Bligh. “Coach Ward decided to make this their senior night so that the Morgan family can be a real part of it. It’s just a tribute to the type of man that Chris Morgan was.”
The Black Knights are currently 6-2 in dual matches this season, and are coming off victories over American University and Wyoming this past weekend at the West Point Duals. The team next competes this Friday, Jan. 17, against Penn at Gillis Field House.
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