March 19, 2011 |
THE HAND CAME down, the referee slapped the mat, and the crowd roared as the Penn State Nittany Lions came one step closer to pinning down their first NCAA wrestling title in 57 years. Sophomore Quentin Wright, who came into the NCAA Tournament as the No. 9 seed, pinned Iowa's Grant Gambrall in a cradle during the second period of the 184-pound semifinals, sending fans at the Wells Fargo Center to their feet and giving Penn State a commanding lead over Cornell going into today's finals.
January 14, 1988 |
Coach Steve Iles has watched his Delsea High wrestling team blossom this season, and last night's 36-27 Tri-County Conference victory over host Glassboro hammered home just how far the Crusaders have come. The interdivision triumph was the visiting Crusaders' fifth win in a row, and it raised their overall record to 5-1. Since an opening-day loss to nonleague rival Vineland, Delsea has been nearly unstoppable. "We're showing a lot of improvement with every match, and that's all I can ask of my team at this point," Iles said.
March 2, 2002 |
He didn't know many people when he moved last year, but now everyone seems to know Ryan Goodman's name. That's how it is, though, at Absegami, where the high school wrestling team is king. Last night, Goodman, a sophomore who transferred from Middle Township, seemed at home in his new surroundings. The top seed in the 152-pound class, he notched a technical fall in 4 minutes, 47 seconds against Paulsboro's Nino Polimeni in the quarterfinals at the NJSIAA Region 8 wrestling championships.
February 2, 2013 |
Colby Frank's decision at 126 pounds started Owen J. Roberts' strong finish as the top-seeded Wildcats pulled away from Boyertown, 41-16, Friday night in the semifinals of the District 1 Class AAA duals at Upper Dublin. Owen J. captured the last five bouts, including Peter Fratantoni's 5-minute, 16-second pin at 145 pounds. Dominick Petrucelli earned a decision at 132, Demetri D'Orsaneo won by technical fall at 138, and Adam Mosher capped the match with a decision at 152. Boyertown was led by Dylan Wertz's overtime decision at 120 and Jordan Wood's major decision at heavyweight.
February 16, 1986 |
Mark Kelly was feeling the pressure before Eastern High's nonleague wrestling match with visiting Glassboro yesterday. The senior was going for his 100th career victory. It didn't matter that he was going for it against a freshman. "I was nervous before the match," Kelly said. "Usually, I'm not as nervous. " Kelly's jitters weren't apparent once he stepped onto the mat. He went out and notched No. 100 in the same way he had registered many of his previous 99 victories - by sheer domination.
March 7, 2013 |
Beginning on Thursday, the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., will be transformed from the regular venue for Hershey Bears ice hockey into a mecca of Pennsylvania high school wrestling for the PIAA Class AAA championships. Wrestling people will take over the 10,500-seat multipurpose arena. Officials will organize, parents will cheer (and boo), and wrestlers will grapple for a chance at a state title. The championships will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday with the first round of three days of competition to decide the state's best wrestlers.
January 21, 1988 |
Lenape High School's wrestling team has left little doubt as to who is in charge in the Burlington County Liberty Division. The host Indians manhandled Cherokee, 36-19, last night. "I was very happy with everyone up and down the lineup," Lenape coach Russ Minuto said. "We knew they were going to be tough, and I'm surprised we won like we did. " Lenape used pins from James Young at 112 pounds and Scott Fenton at 189, along with a technical fall from Chee Santone at 119, in clinching the important Liberty Division victory.
February 2, 2012
Delsea and Pennsville wrapped up division titles in the Tri-County Conference, while Northern Burlington and Bordentown were anointed champions in the Burlington County League to highlight Wednesday's South Jersey wrestling action. Delsea made quick work of visiting Highland, 62-6, to claim the Royal Division crown. Victor DeFrance's 10-6 decision at 145 pounds started the Crusaders on their way, with Curt Delia (152 pounds) and Bryan Dobzanski (220) adding technical falls. Pennsville locked down the top spot in the Classic Division by doubling up host Penns Grove, 48-24.
February 13, 1991 |
Delsea's game plan proved to be simple and decisive last night against visiting Delran. Attack, attack and attack again. The Crusaders (19-1) were never more impressive this season than they were last night, pounding the highly regarded Bears, 55-14, in a South Jersey Group 2 semifinal wrestling match. Relentlessly using an aggressive style, Delsea won 10 of 13 bouts to crush Delran, seeded fourth in the group and the Burlington County League Freedom Division champion. The Bears finished their season at 18-2 overall.
March 12, 2006 |
They never had a chance. The 15 other wrestlers in the 171-pound weight class in the PIAA Class AA state tournament knew it. And they weren't alone. Just about everyone at the Giant Center knew that Octorara all-American Mike Letts would dominate the competition. And that's exactly what he did during the three-day tourney. Letts recorded a technical fall (18-1) over Westmont-Hilltop freshman Zac Bennett in 3 minutes, 17 seconds to win yesterday's final. The victory marked the second state championship for the Octorara senior.