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The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS -

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.

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