Saturday, January 21, 2006
By Anthony Phillips
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
(Eastern forfeit the 145 bout, Delsea forfeit the 160 bout)