Friday, February 13, 2004
By Anthony Phillips
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
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