Hawks hang on as Rock South re­claims Unity Cup

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS - By John Glee­son

Sched­ulers for Sub­ur­ban One League ESOL) wrestling cer­tainly know how to start a sea­son with a bang. Pit two pow­er­house archri­vals against each other in an open­ing tus­sle and let the sSDUNs fly.

True to its billing, the ae­cem­ber NN match-up be­tween Coun­cil oock South and Co North proved an ex­cit­ing af­fair that went GRwn WR WKH finDO Euz­zHU. Each team sought pos­ses­sion of the cher­ished Unity Cup and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing neigh­bor­hood brag­ging rights. Equally im­por­tant, both teams wanted to set a tone for the new cam­paign.

oob­bie Fas­ciocco, Co South’s N06-pound sopho­more, tried to keep the match in per­spec­tive. Af­ter DOO, WKLs Ls MusW WKH fiUsW RI many bouts. “We tried to take it as if it was just an­other meet. Ob­vi­ously it’s im­por­tant be­cause we’re such ri­vals but you can’t think of it that way. You have to go out and do what you al­ways do.”

The work-as-usual at­ti­tude de­manded that the rel­a­tively in­ex­pe­ri­enced grap­pler stay calm. “You have to get fo­cused on what you are go­ing to do and who your op­po­nent is. Be­fore a match, I try to get sweat­ing a lit­tle bit. You can’t go out there cold or you won’t wres­tle well.”

oob­bie’s task was com­pounded by the fact that KH wDs IuO­fiOOLnJ D OLIH­long dream, wrestling for the fa­bled dolden Hawks. “Ever since I was lit­tle, I wanted to wres­tle for South. They have had a lot of state champs over the years. I was really ner­vous and ex­cited be­cause this was my fiUsW GuDO PHHW.”

When oob­bie stepped on the mat, the Hawks had built up a slight lead. North’s Mike ood­emacher started the scor­ing, tak­ing a T-N de­ci­sion over South’s Emeka Enogwe. The boys in blue and gold quickly re­versed that lead when a de­ci­sion by Tom Shaaltiel, a pin by Ben he­nis, and a for­feit vic­tory by P.g. SteinPHWz SuW WKH HDwNs Rn top by a N5-3 score. hyle Thorp, a 285 pounder for the In­di­ans, nar­rowed the mar­gin to N5-6 when he de­feated South’s heavy­weight Thai­son Nguyen.

The meet was still up for grabs as the lightweights took cen­ter stage. oob­bie as­sumed his nor­mal match strat­egy for his bout with 7RP 0DWDUDzzR. “YRu DOways have to go for a big win and a pin. I was up by 6-0. I came around and tried to pin him. I took him down twice and that was pretty im­por­tant. Most of my back-points came off of a mixer I threw in at the end as I tried to pin him.”

oob­bie’s 8-2 win ex­tended the Hawks’ lead to N8-6. Nick Palmer fol­lowed suit with a tech­ni­cal fall over Wes­ley Olsen. aan Mar­toc­cio added six more points to South’s to­tal when he pinned Mike gero­nis.

The early 29-6 score looked omi­nous but not ab­so­lute. The Hawks would claim vic­tory in only one of the re­main­ing six matches — DyODn 6FKwDUWz’s GHFL­sion in his N32-pound bout. The three points proved de­ci­sive as Tim Am­bacher, Sean Yoder, gohn autrow, Tyler helly, and Chris aavis all claimed vic­tory in their bouts for North.

The ef­fort put forth by the last of the In­dian grap­plers to take the mat was not enough as South pre­vailed, 32-2T. For oob­bie, the key to the Hawks’ con­quest was ef­fort and team aware­ness.

“We all stayed fo­cused and cheered on our team­mates. hids not giv­ing up ma­jor de­ci­sions and keep­ing the match close really

counted.”

For South, the win not only avenged last year’s loss to North but gave warn­ing that this year’s Hawk en­sem­ble is a po­tent group. “It felt great. It was eye- open­ing for the rest of the district. gust be­cause we’re young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced doesn’t mean any­thing. We JDLnHG D lRW RI FRn­fiGHnFH DV a team.”

A nHwly-FRn­fiGHnW SRuWK wrestling squad is a ter­ri­fy­ing con­cept for the rest of WKH S2L. CRDFK BUDG SLlimperi’s charges can now take sight on their usual goal which ac­cord­ing to Rob­bie “is al­ways to make it to states as a team. In­di­vid­u­ally, we al­ways want to make states.”

The van­quish­ing of Rock North and re­claim­ing the Unity Cup cer­tainly is an LPSRUWDnW fiUVW VWHS GRwn the Key­stone yel­low brick road.

Heavy­weights Kyle Thorp (L) and Thai­son Nguyen bat­tle it out at 285.

CR North 145-pounder John Dutrow (top) pinned Alec Seltzer.

Hawks light­weight Rob­bie Fas­ciocco (R) de­ci­sioned Tom Matarazzo.

CR North 126-pounder Tim Am­bacher (top) de­feated Harry Mur­ray.

Photo courtesy J.S. Gar­ber

Ne­shaminy se­nior Marvin Carr (L) drib­bles around a de­fender in re­cent Red­skins’ duel with Ply­mouth Whitemarsh.

Photo by John Glee­son

CR North’s Mike Rodemacher es­capes from Emeko Enogwe.

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