The wrestling team opened the playoffs Monday night with a 49-18 victory over Delran in the South, Group 2 tournament. Here is our recap.
It was a loud and emotional night in Cinnaminson as the wrestling team hosted Delran for a rematch of last Wednesday’s Patriot Division-clincher for the Pirates that saw them take down the Bears, 38-24.
This time, the match was the opener for the first round of the South Jersey, Group 2 playoffs with Cinnaminson as the #4 seed (14-6) and Delran as the #5 seed (17-8-1).
“I felt like last week it was relatively close. It was a good match. There were a couple of results that I felt could have definitely gone the other way and would work out better in our favor,” head coach, Mike McConnell, said about the teams’ recent matchup.
With the crowd on both sides going back and forth exchanging loud cheers and chants, the teams faced off in what would end up being a dominant victory for the Pirates. Though the match started out close after the first few bouts, the home team took control rather early and never looked back, as they cruised to a 49-18 victory.
After the opening three bouts, Cinnaminson found themselves down 9-6 following a Delran decision and pin which sandwiched a pin by Shaun Davila in 1:39 at 182.
“I went out there as a team wrestler and did what I had to do”, Davilla told Cinn City News following the match. “I love big crowds. I love performing in front of a lot of people. I feel like that’s where I perform best at”.
Despite the close score early, McConnell was confident that his team would end up on top.
“Knowing that we were going to finish up with Jahmil (Williams), Saxton, and Teague all in a row there, I was pretty confident in the outcome of those matches, so I just knew that we had to keep it close early on.”
McConnell certainly had a reason to feel confident as the Pirates went on to score the next 21 points and won the rest of the match by a score of 43-9.
At 220, Andrew Halecki had a long and hard-fought bout that really set the tone for the rest of the match and put the home crowd in a frenzy.
With six seconds left in the last period, he scored a point to tie the bout at 9-9 and sent it into overtime. Halecki then scored a takedown to give his team a huge decision and to tie the match at 9-9.
“I was really pumped up for that match. I knew I had to win,” Halecki said of his bout. “I just kept getting him. At the end, he stalled, and I got him in overtime, so that’s how I won.”
Keith Swartley followed with a pin in 2:17, at 285, and Alex Marter then won by 8-2 decision at 106.
Michael Florkowski had a pin of his own in 2:33 at 113 with Austin Gabay following that up with a 3-0 decision at 120. Following Austin’s bout, the Pirates were up 27-9.
Delran then scored a pin at 126 which gave them their last points until the final bout of the match, making the score 27-15.
Cinnaminson continued their dominant performance with a 4:23 pin by Jarrod Averill at 132, 11-2 major decision by Jahmil Williams at 138, a Ryan Teague forfeit win at 145, and Joe Saxton pin in 1:04 at 152 to make the score 49-15 going into the final bout of the night.
Delran scored an 8-6 decision at 160 to end the match with a final score of 49-18.
The Pirates will now take on #1 seeded Collingswood on the road on Wednesday at 7pm. Cinnaminson lost to Collingswood on Saturday in a quad, 42-18.
I asked Shaun Davilla how he felt going into Wednesday’s match with Collingswood: “Confident. I mean we’ve been wrestling really hard for the whole season actually as long as I’ve been here. I’m pretty confident. We should go in there and make some big things happen. These guys are hungry, and they want a state championship.”
“Collingswood’s a really tough team,” McConnell said. “They’ve beaten a lot of good schools, but if we get the matchups that I’d like to get…I took a look at it the other day, I see a possibility.”
“If we get the right matchups, and we flip a few results from our last dual meet with them on Saturday, it’s anybody’s match. A few things would have to break in our favor, but I think that we have a shot to win it if everybody goes and wrestles to their highest potential.”
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