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The Woodstown High School wrestling team is ready to hang a banner.
The Wolverines knocked off the Tri County Conference Diamond Division standard bearers Delsea, 38 26, on Wednesday night in a matchup between the last two undefeated teams in the Diamond.
Woodstown accomplished the feat by winning eight straight matches, picking off the Crusaders a decision at a time and taking advantage of three Delsea forfeits.
happy about it, obviously, said Woodstown coach Adam Hyland. wanted to get a banner on the wall. Everybody always asks me when we going to get a banner, so it really gratifying. To beat a team like Delsea who I really respect makes it extra special. It nice to be in a division with them and get it done.
wrote it out on paper and had it as a tie. I knew we had a shot. We been working a lot in practice wrestling last seconds of each period. Being in great shape, being a little more hungry. I really proud of my guys.
Down 9 0 after a 7 6 win at heavyweight by Phil Green and an Asa Walton (106) pin, Woodstown started chipping away. Hunter Gandy (113) won by major decision and Jack Prendergast 5 1 decision over Chris Recinto continued the run.
Justin Layton (126) won 4 1 over Justin Dougherty, then Giovanni Chiesa (132) scored late to force overtime and came out on top in a scramble in the extra period for a 5 3 win over John Patterson.
thought I was winning at the end of the third and then thought man we going overtime, said Chiesa. has some crazy hips, every time I got in on a shot, he was upside down, throwing his legs everywhere. I was holding on for dear life at the end.
been waiting for this forever, we never beaten Delsea. We just have to send it. That our motto this year.
When Dean Weiss (138) knocked off Tim Spatola, the match was all but over with three Crusader forfeits coming. Brian Berry (145) then picked up a major decision to put Woodstown up 20 9 to officially seal the match.
definitely believed in the team, thought we had worked hard enough to do this, said Weiss. definitely trained for this. It feels pretty awesome. First conference win, never beat them. Every kid on the team was honored to have this.
The Crusaders received pins from Mason Maxwell (170) and Billy Janzer (182) and a technical fall from Tommy Maxwell (195) but forfeits at 152, 160 and 220 prevented the comeback. Nick Bennett, one of the Crusaders top middle weights, was out with the flu.
(132 and 138 matches) were must haves, and after that we were behind the 8 ball, said Delsea coach Greg Sawyer. is the kind of year it been for us. I hoping to be able to have a full team next week and make a run at (South Jersey Group 3). But these matches are good, they keep everyone on their toes.
matched up well with us, but they beat us on toughness. Lately we have been wrestling a lot tougher, but we go back and address it again. You don want people coming into your gym and beat you like that, but it is what it is. They deserve it.
Woodstown wrestlers arrived at the gymnasium in dress clothes, which Woodstown coach Adam Hyland said has been a custom for some road trips.
been doing that all year, they want to look good and represent Woodstown well, said Hyland. did that on their own, I didn ask them to do it. They all wore ties tonight, I didn even wear a tie. But they want to be well respected and want to be the classiest team in the building. So it pretty cool.