Brett Matter Sticking To Fundamentals The Delran Student Won A State Wrestling Title Last Season. He Has His Sights Set On Another.

Posted: August 12, 1994

Brett Matter doesn't believe in wrestling in a lot of off-season tournaments. Matter, who will be a senior at Delran High in September, is more interested in improving his technique by practicing.

Despite suffering two injuries this summer, Matter, The Inquirer's co- wrestler of the year in 1994 after going 32-0 and winning the state championship at 135 pounds, hasn't missed much time on the mat.

The first injury occurred in late June, when he suffered a broken toe on his right foot after accidentally bumping the toe on a couch. The toe is completely healed, but in July he tore cartilage in his right wrist while attending a wrestling camp in Cape May.

That injury forced him to stop playing tennis. Matter has been Delran's No. 1 singles player in each of the last two years.

The doctors have stopped Matter's tennis playing, but they have given Matter permission to wrestle. This week, he attended a wrestling camp outside Reading.

"I can't do certain exercises with the wrist," Matter said before leaving for camp. "But it hasn't hindered me a lot with wrestling. Now, tennis is a different story. Because of all the wrist movements needed, I still can't play."

Matter, who has 93 career wins in wrestling, works out in his basement with his brother, Clint, and his father, Andy, instead of entering off-season tournaments. Clint Matter wrestles for Penn; Andy Matter was a national champion in 1971 and 1972 at Penn State.

"I think it's important in the off-season to drill a lot, and that's what I do in my basement," Brett Matter said. "My brother, father and I work a lot on technique."

Matter, who has a 3.7 grade-point average, has drawn the attention of

college recruiters. He also got a taste of college-level competition at the camp he attended in Cape May.

"I wrestled a college guy who finished third in the nation and he beat me pretty badly," Matter said, "but that's what I wanted. You only get better by facing top competition."

For Matter, working with his brother, who weighs about 180 pounds, has been a tremendous benefit. And the elder Matter has a sobering thought for Brett's high school opponents.

"I think that Brett will be a better wrestler than last year," Andy Matter said. "He's pretty focused, and he wants to improve and wrestle in

college. It certainly won't be easy, but winning a second state title is his goal."

GOING TO SYRACUSE. Matt Klaus hopes to be writing about athletes someday, but for now he's the one generating the news. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Haddon Township senior-to-be has made an oral commitment to attend Syracuse and play football.

Football recruits can't officially sign until February, but Klaus made his commitment Tuesday.

"I fell in love with the place when I visited it," Klaus said. "I want to major in journalism, and they have one of the best departments in the country. I hope to one day be a sportswriter."

As a two-year starter, the fullback-linebacker has played on Haddon Township teams with a combined 1-17 record.

"The coaches at Syracuse said they worry about performance of an individual, not a team, when they are recruiting," Klaus said.

He added that schools such as Rutgers, Cincinnati, Wake Forest and Duke also showed interest.

"It wouldn't have been fair to visit those other schools because I knew I wanted to attend Syracuse after visiting there in June," he said. "It's great having the decision done so early. Now I can relax and enjoy the season."

COMING HOME PARTY. Ed Foley Sr. has been getting a few extra phone calls this week from people looking for Eagles tickets. Tomorrow, the Eagles will host the New York Jets. Foley's son, Glenn, is a former Cherry Hill East quarterback and a Jets seventh-round draft pick. In his first exhibition game, last Friday against Detroit, Glenn Foley completed 5 of 7 passes for 33 yards.

"People think if your kid is playing that you can get all these tickets," Ed Foley said, laughing. "It's not true. I will say that we will be bringing in a pretty good cheering section."

Ed Foley also is cheering for his oldest son, Ed Jr., who was recently named the offensive-line coach at Division III Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.

Ed Foley Jr. had been an assistant line coach for three seasons at Penn and the assistant line coach for two years at Albany State.

Now he is a head line coach. The 27-year-old Foley, a former Cherry Hill East captain, also will serve as the assistant baseball coach.

"We're thrilled for Ed because at his other two coaching jobs he was an assistant line coach, and now he is the head line coach," Ed Foley Sr. said. ''He just loves coaching and this was a great break for him."

WILSON WINS. Woodrow Wilson won the championship in the Cherry Hill Recreation 7-on-7 passing league. The Tigers were paced by quarterback David Goree, who will be a junior.

This was the first year of the eight-team league, and commissioner Bo Wood said he's planning to expand the league next year.

"We got such a good response and had a number of other teams calling us that I'd like to go to 16 teams next year," Wood said. "The league exceeded our expectations."

Other teams competing were Cherry Hill East, Cherry Hill West, Cherokee, runner-up Eastern, Buena, Shawnee and a combined squad of players from Haddon Heights and Camden Catholic.

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