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Delsea's Late Push Finally Decides the Match

Saturday, January 21, 2006

By Anthony Phillips
SJSports Special Correspondent

Every team sport has their strategies on how to come away with the win. Wrestling is no different as the decisions of the coach staff could determine the outcome of a match. But no matter what the coach's instructions are, the game or match is decided by the kids' individual efforts on the mat. In a non-league match held at Eastern, the Vikings were hosting the Crusaders from Delsea. With only four points separating these two teams heading into the final bout, the Vikings would be looking for a pin in order to set back Crusader's chances of coming away with the win. But Mike McGaha turned the tables and pinned his opponent to secure the 40-30 decision for Delsea.

This meet would start out with Eastern's Brian Radziak and Delsea's Anthony Silvestri wrestling in the 189 bout. Radziak would dominate his opponent and pick up four points for the Vikings to start out the match. No lead was safe in this match as Mike Nelson's pin over Tim Hechman pushed the Crusaders back in the lead. Five lead changes would occur during this match which saw the two teams knotted at 24 apiece after ten bouts were completed. The two teams traded forfeits and in between those decisions, Jake Fedico picked up four important points during the 152 lb bout. That was the difference separating the two teams heading into the final bout of the day. In less than a minute, McGaha pinned Joe Pucci ending any drama of an Eastern come from behind win.

Photos by Art Redd

189 - Brian Radziak (Eastern) recorded a 17-6 decision over Anthony Silvestri

215 - Mike Nelson (Delsea) pinned Tim Heckman during the third period

Hwt - Dan Docker (Eastern) pinned Will Anderson during the first period

103 - Luke Sedechko (Delsea) pinned Scooter Golden during the second period

112 - Josh Owens (Delsea) defeated Mike Lane by a 6-4 decision

119 - Mike Crowley (Eastern) defeated Frank O'Hara by a 12-2 decision

125 - Mark Maloney (Eastern) pinned Scott Kronberger during the third period

130 - Dereck Amos (Eastern) recorded a 11-3 decision over Tom Vitola

135 - Ben Lloyd (Delsea) pinned Mike Bruninghaus during the first period

140 - Kurt Dewwoody (Delsea) defeated Matt Cecchini by an 8-2 decision

152 - Jake Fedico (Delsea) recorded a 10-2 decision over Phil Hook

171 - Mike McGaha (Delsea) pinned Joe Pucci during the first period

(Eastern forfeit the 145 bout, Delsea forfeit the 160 bout)


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