Thursday, January 27, 2005
By Anthony Phillips
Not too often we get to see two evenly matched teams take the mat when both school's wrestling programs are expected to come away with the victory. Pound for pound, muscle against muscle and strength for strength could be described by the match between Audubon and Deptford. These two undefeated teams with individual records at stake, there will be someone coming away with the loss but the team as a whole would be first on the minds of the coaching staff. After Audubon's Carmen Fanelli decision tied the match with four bouts remaining, Brandon Baxter and Matt Ahearn put the Green Wave ahead for good with pins in the 140 and 145 bout. Audubon walked away with a 37-25 decision and increased their record to 8-0.
On Thursday evening at Deptford High School, two teams that normally wouldn’t have met found themselves putting their undefeated record at stake. Deptford had opened the season winning all eight of their games on their schedule to remaining on top of the Tri-County Conference Royal Division. Also enjoying their success, Audubon could also be found competing with the powerhouse Paulsboro leading the Colonial Conference.
This back-and-forth match watched Deptford wrestle their way winning the first two bouts of the night to hold onto a 9-0 advantage. Aububon’s Frank Borman pin in the 215 pound competition started the Green Wave’s comeback. Two bouts later, Andy Burrough quickly pinned Joe DiMatteo in twenty-three seconds during the 103 bout and Audubon widened their lead to 16-9. Deptford would tie the match and then go ahead when Darren Tarrero pinned Mike Cimpano in the first period to regain the lead at 22-19.
Both of these teams have proven to themselves they know how to win when the match is on the line. Audubon would be that team tonight that showed they wanted it more than their opponent. With 41.7 showing on the first period clock, Brandon Baxter pinned Keenan Wilson that gave the visiting crowd something to cheer about. The excitement even grew larger with Matt Ahearn followed up the previous bout with a pin of his own. It took longer, but Ahearn pin with 23.0 seconds remaining in the second period was the match winner.
Photos by Art Redd