In an epic tyre in Phillipsburg, Warren Hills wrestlers sweep to glory
The scoreboard told the story.
Kevin Riedinger, a senior 113-pounder, has come off the bench after clinching the All-time winner of the Blue Streaks, turning the Warren Hills gym into a madhouse in the process.
Phillipsburg 0., Warren Hills 32
32 points, one for every one of the 32 years the Blue Streaks had been waiting to defeat their archrivals, 32 points for 32 years of agony and losing streaked away in one spectacular night of wrestling that will never be forgotten by those in blue and white.
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Owen Frizzell, a senior at Warren Hills, said: It just felt good to come in here and beat them up.
The description is well-intentioned.
Warren Hills' victory tended to be more dominant than the Blue Streaks' victory.
The Streaks were better on top, on bottom, and in neutral. They were better conditioned, better toughened, better emotionally, better fired up, better in mat savvy, better in position, and better in the variety of movements.
Warren Hills was just right.
How much better? After Riedinger's 7-0 totally in-control decision on Miguel Lopez, the Blue Streaks had 22 takedowns.
Phillipsburg had one.
"It started with Jared Lee starting off us hot (at 144, the opening bout, a 12-3 Lee major over Liam Packer), and then we kept it rolling from there," said Warren Hills junior 150-pounder Cody Miller.
Dave Sbriscia, a 2006 Blue Streak graduate who had watched Phillipsburg pound his alma mater for years, said: You couldnt want to start at a better position with your senior captain, and Jared did a nice job, you couldnt ask for more.
Warren Hills has received a lot more.
With his emotion and intensity clearly on display, Lee spit the home crowd to paroxsyms of passion that climbed to a new high. Warren Hills supporters fueled the fire with timely cheers and pure loudness.
All that more began flowing.
Miller's 15-7 victory against Matt Donofrio made it 8-0.
I havent done anything similar in my high school career so far, and I knew I was the underdog against a kid who was a regional placer, Miller said. I heard coaches saying I needed more points, to keep scoring.
Warren Hills did it, and he did it.
The five bouts that turned hope for an upset for Warren Hills, ranked No. 7 in the region by lehighvalleylive to the Stateliners' No. 3 turned into certainty
Michael Drazek, a junior of Blue Streak, was the only one to finish the night. If Lee and Miller hadn't set the tone, Drazek would have won.
Stephen Malia, a senior at the age of 165, has delivered a punishing, difficult-fought 6-3 victory against Nate Zastowny, where Malia was rugged and strong on the table.
The first of two Blue Streak losses at last weekend's Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex tournament was followed by Frizzell's 1-0 defeat by Caleb Rivera, who had beaten Frizzell 8-6 in the H/W/S final.
After he had escaped in the opening of the second period, Frizzell took a punishing third period ride to eke out a win.
I kept an eye on my game plan, wrestled my game, and made what I know best, Frizzell said.
Ryan Galka escaped with 36 seconds left in the third period and won 5-4 as the crowd shifted to the next.
The second H/W/S reversal was made by junior Jarett Pantuso, who used two monster third-period mat returns to complete a rideout and edge David Pierson 1-0; Pierson had won 7-1 on Saturday.
Pantuso said he was a bit nervous about going into this match because he had just lost his place. When the third period started, I kept on him and it was certain it worked out.
After that it was 23-0 Warren Hills, and the only question was what the final margin would be. Freshman Charlie Piccione made sure it would be higher in the Streaks' favor with a 7-0 victory at 106, then Riedinger put the cherry on top as the Stateliner fans streamed silently out of the gym.
Warren Hills, a freshman from P'burg, a major at 120, a technical dip from James Day at 126, and a drop from Joe Innamorato, but it was still a highlight in Warren Hills performance. Shawn Redfield's mat-edge takedown with 1 second left in the third period gave him a wildly entertaining 7-6 victory over Stateliner frosh Luke Geleta
Pantuso said he had done all this as a team.
Warren Hills will never be able to be a team.
Frizzell said the experience was beautiful. "32 years."
Before smartphones, text messages, the Internet, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter...
Thats a really long time," Sbriscia said. A lot of kids are going to remember this match for the rest of their lives.
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