Grae­ber pin helps Ne­shaminy avenge pre­vi­ous loss

The Advance of Bucks County - - WORD ON THE STREET - By Steve Sherman

Buck­sLo­calS­ports Ed­i­tor When Ben­salem beat Ne­shaminy in a dual meet last sea­son, it was the first time in decades the lwls got past the Red­skins in such an event.

So when Ne­shaminy heavy­weight Bruce drae­ber took the mat in the last bout of the evening with his team hold­ing a slight 3-point edge, the fresh­man knew what he had to do. drae­ber made sure of a ‘Skins win this time around, pin­ning op­po­nent Jasin Speer in 49 sec­onds flat, as­sur­ing Ne­shaminy of its 3T-28 tri­umph.

The pin came as no sur­prise to drae­ber – he’s won all of his matches that way this year.

“It’s the great­est feel­ing I think I could ever have,” said drae­ber. “We made sure we beat them this year. “We HAD to win this.” For Ne­shaminy, the sur­prise is the fact that the ninth-grader just started play­ing this game a sea­son ago at Po­quess­ing Mid­dle School.

“Bruce is one big kid. He came out for the team weigh­ing about 240 and he’s just a mon­ster,” said ‘Skins se­nior wrestler Ryan l’Connor, who hit the cen­tury mark with his de­ci­sion win over Joshua Shalin­sky.

“He’s work­ing hard in the room and get­ting it done out on the mat.”

Coming as no shock to the Red­skins was the win reg­is­tered by l’Connor in the 145-pound matchup. The mid­dleweight took the mat with his team trail­ing, 196. In­deed, the only points Ne­shaminy mus­tered to that point were the ones it gath- ered in the 113-pound bout, where Ben­salem had no one

to wres­tle.

Scor­ing a take­down in the first 30 sec­onds, l’Connor was ahead 6-1 half­way through the match, and even­tu­ally took an 8-1 deci- sion for the 100th win of his ca­reer.

“It was def­i­nitely spe­cial, es­pe­cially get­ting it here at home. A lot of hard work was put into it,” he said af­ter­ward.

lf course, get­ting the dual meet win was more sig­nif­i­cant, said l’Connor.

“It was really big for the team to get the win be­cause Ben­salem beat us last year,” the se­nior said. “Coming out with the ‘W’ was def­i­nitely big for us.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, ju­nior Nate Rus­sell played a big part in the vic­tory, pin­ning Ben­salem 152-pounder Don­avin Wil­liams with 49 sec­onds to go in the sec­ond pe­riod.

“I was con­fi­dent of ev­ery­thing I did,” said Rus­sell, who pushed his way to 9-4 on the sea­son. “I was wrestling smart and I wres­tled the way I wanted to go out there and wres­tle.”

To­gether with l’Connor’s win, the pin drew the Red­skins within four points of the lwls, who still led 1915 af­ter eight matches.

“Nate works really hard in the room; we both do and I think it really shows on the mat,” stated l’Connor.

“We both won tonight and I think it really helped boost the team, get a lit­tle mo­ti­va­tion go­ing and helped us get the team a win.”

While fresh­man

Ben Stern got off to a good start in the 160-pound matchup, the young­ster wound up drop­ping a close de­ci­sion to Ben­salem’s Ja­son Mul­vey. That was the last win on the mat for the lwls, how­ever.

In the next match, Ne­shaminy ju­nior Evan Pas­cucci reg­is­tered a 10-1 ma­jor de­ci­sion win over Ben­salem 1T0-pounder Ian Pis­archuk. A Js grap­pler last sea­son, Pas­cucci is now 5-3 with three pins and a ma­jor.

“He put a lot of ded­i­ca­tion into it last sum­mer and he started work­ing really hard,” said l’Connor, of Pas­cucci. “It’s really show­ing up here on the mat for him.”

“Evan came up really big coming through the way he did,” said Rus­sell, of his team­mate. “He’s been prac­tic­ing really hard in the room and that’s what we ex­pect from him.”

For awhile, the dual meet win for the ‘Skins was in doubt. The lwls started off by tak­ing five of the first six bouts in­clud­ing a pin by Neto Shields at 138 pounds and a ma­jor by Tommy Stokes at 132. Ben­salem also reg­is­tered de­ci­sions by Dy­lan Hans­bury (106), Tyler An­der­son (120) and Mike Pritchard (126).

“We had some tough matches in there but we grew to­gether as a team to come back and over­come it,” said Rus­sell. “We all wres­tled great.”

It’s the third dual meet win of the sea­son for Ne­shaminy, which also de­feated Ha­zle­ton (45-2T) and the host team (45-26) Dec. 8 at the nu­ak­er­town Duals.

“It’s a great way to start off the sea­son for our team, es­pe­cially [coming] against an SlL team that we’ve had trou­ble with,” said Rus­sell. “It was a great match.”

The Red­skins ben­e­fit­ted by Ben­salem for­feits at 113, 182 and 195 while the lwls took six points with a Red­skins for­feit in the 220-pound match.

Story/ Photo courtesy Ge­orge School PR

Ge­orge School se­nior Mad­die Sweitzer is one of three se­nior cap­tains for the Cougars girls vol­ley­ball team.

Photo by Steve Sherman

Ne­shaminy ju­nior Evan Pas­cucci (top) is coming on strong for the Red­skins, tak­ing the var­sity mat at 170 pounds.

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