“Brookfield was down in their lineup tonight, but they still took the fight to us with the wrestlers they did have,” said Poland wrestling coach Matt Galchick.
The Bulldogs concluded the night with a 61-21 victory Jackson-Milton. In what was one of the most exciting matches of the night, Nemeth rallied from a six-point deficit to win by pin with just 1.1 second on the clock.
“Christian’s match is what wrestling is all about,” Galchick said. “He just kept fighting and fighting and putting pressure on his opponent. Most kids would have accepted defeated losing by six points with a short amount of time on the clock. But Christian dug deep and pulled out a big win for us. It took the wind out of Jackson–Milton’s sails. I’m very proud of him.”
Other wrestlers who recorded pins were Dante Ginnetti (80), Audi (122), Mancini (150), and Brown (172). Berndt (134) won by major decision, while Goodin (86), Garver (104), and Zaksak (116) picked up decisions. Ellis (142) and Kulifay (160) picked up forfeits at their respective weights.
“We keep getting better and better and are coming along nicely as a team. It was nice having Johnny (Berndt) and a healthy Anthony Audi back in the lineup. We were down a key wrestler in Bruno Spotleson (who is out due to illness), but our guys stepped up and we were able to perform," Galchick said. "I’m proud of all my guys. They work hard day in and day out and I could not ask for more.”
Wrestling in exhibition matches were Brett Nemeth (80), Nelson Figueroa (110), Matt Duran (122) and Dan Cipriano (172). Nemeth and Figueroa both won their matches.
“I’m proud of my 'rookie clan' (Duran, Figueroa and Cipriano). They only have two weeks’ worth of wrestling experience and went out and did excellent. The key for them is getting mat time and to improve a little more each day. Brett Nemeth is coming along nicely. He did great as well,” Galchick said.
The Bulldogs improve to 6-2 on the season.
Photos by Mike Audi, Town Crier correspondent
Christian Nemeth takes down Jackson Milton's Brandon Lamb to win the match with 1.1 second on the clock.