Saturday, February 7, 2004
By Anthony Phillips
It was a match that featured two successful wrestling teams filled with winning and undefeated records from both teams. The battle of unbeaten featured Lenape’s Doug Umbehauer and Eastern’s Anthony Orio at the 215 bout and Lenape’s Zeb Davis putting his clean record in jeopardy against Phil Trautwein. Each match was as important as the heavyweights and each match was not as easy as it looked. During today’s competition, Eastern won their first 4 matches then jumped out to a comfortable 23-9 lead. Lenape would get within 5 points before the last two matches, but a pin by Eastern’s Nick Orio during the 140 bout sealed the 35-21 victory and claim at least a share of the Olympic Conference American Division championship title.
After Shaun Newcomer, Scott Giffin, Kevin Woods and Jake Cornely pushed the Vikings to a 15-0 lead, Lenape would win the next two bouts to give them something to cheer about. Those matches featured Umbehauer and Orio looking for the right time to give their other opponent their first loss of the season. The same goes for the heavyweights Davis keeping his record clean against Trautwein. Lenape’s Umbehauer won 4-2 and Davis won in double overtime to cut the lead to 15-6.
Next up were the little guys with big responsibility of keeping their team ahead or getting them back into this match. The Indians would rebound after Eastern was forced to retire the 130 bout due to an injury default and a forfeit of the next match. That brought the score to 26-21, but what turned this match around was Nick Orio pinning Billy McNally. The Vikings would keep their division record undefeated and hand Lenape their first divisional loss of the season.
Photos by Art Redd
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