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Absegami Still Number One, Extends Unbeaten Streak To Ninety

Friday, February 13, 2004

By Anthony Phillips
SJSports Special Correspondent

Plain and simple, Absegami’s never needed to wrestle Camden Catholic to prove that they are the best team in the state. With an impressive 19-0 record and an even more impressive 90 game unbeaten streak still in tact, the Braves have proven they are the team to beat. It was necessary for these two powerhouse teams who have dominated their schedule to finally prove who is number one amongst the standing room only crowd at Camden Catholic High School. When the match finally started, Absegami was never threaten on this night as the Braves won seven consecutive matches that was highlighted by pins from J.J. Gilly and Dave Williams. Despite losing the first bout of the day, the Braves went on to win 9 of the 14 bouts to win this non-league competition 39-17. Nick Bridge also recorded a pin for Absegami.

Every move the wrestlers made was under the close watch of, no not just the referee, but the capacity crowd. Wanting points awarded for every take down, reversal and near fall, the Brave and Irish fans could be heard throughout the early matches. A loud roar would erupt from the Irish fans during the end of the first bout of the night when Joe Danfield increased his record to 19-5 when he recorded a 4-3 decision over C.J. Blake in the 145 bout. But as the night went on, Absegami had the privilege and honor of hearing their visiting fans making them feel right at home.

During the second bout, Phil Black’s 10-8 decision evened the match and Absegami’s momentum began to roll on during the next 6 matches. After Gilly and Williams pinned their opponents during the 160 and 171 bouts, Ryan Goodman (technical fall), Ryan Mann, Dan Brockman and Ali Maid’s victory decisions gave the Braves a 30-3 lead. Camden Catholic’s David Gill would end the Braves scoring streak with an 8-0 decision during the 112 bout. Ryan Brown followed up Gill’s performance a 6-4 decision against Mike Dempsey, but Nick Bridge won in convincing fashion pinning Fred Schmidt in 31 seconds. That victory was enough for Absegami to pick up their nineteenth win of the season.

Photos by Art Redd

Match Play Photos

145 - Camden Catholic's Joe Danfield recorded a 4-3 decision over C.J. Blake

152 - Absegami's Phil Black recorded a 10-8 decision over Randy Moore

160 - Absegami's J.J. Gilly pinned Matt Posch with 1:14 remaining in first period

171 - Absegami's Dave Williams pinned Anthony Trongone with 1:12 remaining in second period

189 - Absegami's Ryan Goodman recorded a tech fall, 23-8, against Matt Hermann

215 - Absegami's Ryan Mann recorded a 15-7 decision against Mike Ragone

Hwt - Absegami's Dan Brockman recorded a 2-1 decision against Steve Toll

103 - Absegami's Ali Majd recorded a 9-4 decision against Tim Cornely

112 - Camden Catholic's David Gill recorded an 8-0 decision against Mohammed Majd

119 - Camden Catholic's Ryan Brown recorded 6-4 decision against Mike Dempsey

125 - Absegami's Nick Bridge pinned Fred Schmidt with 1:19 remaining in first period

130 - Camden Catholic's Ryan McCormick recorded a 12-11 decision against Jimmy Stevens

135 - Camden Catholic's Tony Palmeri recorded a 16-7 decision against Matt Barber

140 - Absegami's Bobby Flegel recorded an 11-3 decision against Bill Platt

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