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West Point Senior Night to honor wrestler killed in accident

C.J. Morgan

A long-standing tradition -- senior night for Army West Point wrestling -- will take on a new home this year ... all to honor a late Black Knights wrestler who died in a training accident last summer.

West Point wrestlers will host Lehigh at the 2020 senior night on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at West Orange High School in West Orange, New Jersey to honor C.J. Morgan, hometown student-athlete who was killed last June from injuries sustained from a military vehicle accident in the U.S. Military Academy's training area 50 miles north of New York City.

Morgan, originally from West Orange, N.J., was a West Point Class of 2020 cadet studying law. He wrestled at 184 pounds, compiling a 28-22 overall record.

Prior to taking to the mat for the Black Knights, Morgan wrestled at West Orange High School, where he placed fifth in the New Jersey state wrestling tournament in the 182-pound class as a senior in 2015. He had a 30-1 record that season with 20 pins.

West Point head wrestling coach Kevin Ward explained how the U.S. Military Academy's mat program came to the decision to relocate the event this year.

"We just felt like moving our senior day match to West Orange was the right thing to do," said 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."

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ElementaryJim (1) about 11 months ago
Right thing t o do for a great young man. Thank you