Monday when the Colonials halted Norristown’s 36-match SOL American win streak to take over sole possession of first place. Then, Wednesday, trailing 13-11 after five matches, the Colonials simply took over, winning eight of the remaining nine bouts to win going away.
It wasn’t foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’, live-on-the-edge wrestling, save for a three-fall run by heavyweight Quincy Williams and lightweights Nicolino DiBattista and Zach Wakefield in the middle matches, but it was solid, by-thebook wrestling, low on crucial mistakes and high on intensity and grit.
“They got the job done,” Giovinco said. “There were some matches where we made some mistakes we shouldn’t have. It didn’t hurt us tonight, but we can’t let those mistakes happen next week and with the postseason coming up.”
“Justin is a motivation coach,” DiBattista said. “That doesn’t mean he’s not a technical coach, because he’s great at the technical stuff. But he really knows how to get us motivated.”
PW got an early technical fall from Ben Billings and an early stick from Earl Ries to take an 11-3 lead. But Cardinal Evan Roth’s pin at 160 and Ben Gause’s decision win at 170 put the visitors on top.
But from that point, the Colonials took the match by the throat. A forfeit win by Austin Pollock at 182 and Ben Swan’s major-decision win at 195 (via a takedown at the third-period buzzer) restored the PW lead.
Williams’ stick at heavyweight, accomplished with the PW sophomore up by a single point, was the decisive body blow.
“They got into a roly-poly (flurry),” Jones said, “and Williams ended up on top of (Nick) Carpenter. And 285 (Williams) beats 235 (Carpenter) in that situation every time.”
When DiBattista and Wakefield followed with falls of their own, the issue was decided.
And after a seven-season respite, the Colonials were back on top of the SOL American.
And a first-year coach was happy, but not yet satisfied.
“I don’t want to take anything away from this win,” Giovinco said, “but I want us to be a district powerhouse, not just a Suburban One American powerhouse.
“But I know that doesn’t happen overnight.”
A league title in Year One ain’t a bad start, though.
BACK POINTS: Giovinco is moments away from becoming a father, with his fiancee due to deliver a child at any minute. There must be something in the water at PW as assistant coach Dominic Sabia became a dad in December.