In an epic Phillipsburg thrashing, Warren Hills wrestlers triumph
The scoreboard told the story.
Kevin Riedinger, a 113-pound senior at Warren Hills, clinched a record-breaking victory in the Blue Streaks and transformed the Warren Hills gym into a madhouse in the process, according to the scoreboard.
Warren Hills, 32, Phillipsburg 0.
For the last 32 years the Blue Streaks had been waiting to defeat their arch-rivals, 32 points for frustration and agony and losing were flushed away in one magnificent night of wrestling.
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Owen Frizzell, a 175-pound senior at Warren Hills, said it was a pleasure to come in and beat them up.
A logical description.
The final score of the Blue Streaks ended up up 35-15, but the victory sounded far more dominant than the margin. Warren Hills (4-2) dominated the match in every possible way over what looked like a listless and flattish Stateliner (3-1) squad.
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, better in the variety of moves.
Warren Hills was just as good.
What better? After Riedinger's 7-0 totally-in-control decision over 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," 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 benefited greatly.
Lee's passion and enthusiasm were evident throughout the day, which enabled the crowd to rise to paroxsyms of enthusiasm. The fans of Warren Hills helped fuel the fire with warm and simple cheers.
All that more began flowing.
Miller beat Matt Donofrio 15-7 to make his career 8-0.
I havent done that much 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 the same thing.
The five bouts that led hope for a loser for Warren Hills, who was ranked No. 7 in the region by lehighvalleylive to the Stateliners' No. 3 proved to be decisive.
The best bout of the night might have been at 157 where junior Michael Drazek, in a no-holds-barred absolute donnybrook, topped Hunter Cleaver 11-7.
Stephen Malia, a senior at 165, clinched a punishing 6-3 victory over Nate Zastowny, which put him on top.
Frizzell beat Caleb Rivera 1-0 in the H/W/S final in the first of two Blue Streak reversals of losses last weekend.
After escaping in the opening of the second period, Frizzell fought out a win.
Frizzell said he firmly adhered to his game strategy, wrestled my game and made what I know best.
Ryan Galka escaped with 36 seconds left in the third period and won 5-4 as the crowd dwindled.
The second H/W/S reversal came as junior Jarett Pantuso completed a third-period rideout and edged David Pierson 1-0. Pierson had won 7-1 on Saturday
Pantuso said: I was too much shooting Saturday, taking a lot of bad shots. He said. I wasnt a little nervous going into this match because Id just lost to him.
After that, Warren Hills was 23-0 and the only question was whether 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 and then Riedinger put the cherry on top as the Stateliner fans swerve silently out of the gym.
Warren Hills put the crowd on its lead as a result of Shawn Redfield's mat-edge takedown in the third period.
Pantuso said he was able to do all this as a team.
A team no one at Warren Hills will ever forget.
Frizzell said: It felt like a family affair, adding: 32 years.
Before phones and text messages, the Internet, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, since 1990...
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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