ST. GEORGES – St. Georges’ and William Penn’s wrestlers both make it a point of emphasis to be stronger than their opponents in the third period of their matches.
The third-ranked in Division II Hawks were the better team than the Colonials in the third period Wednesday, winning the majority of the toss-up matches and earning a hard-fought 37-26 victory.
“That’s what we go for. We pride ourselves on third period intensity,” St. Georges’ Nick Immediato said. “That’s what we do. We did it tonight.”
Immediato’s match at 145 pounds exemplified that intensity. Immediato trailed William Penn’s Alex Haber 6-4 as they approached the midway point of the third period. With the wrestlers in neutral position, Immediato took down Haber to score the victory.
Immediatio’s win was the Hawks’ fourth straight to start the night, and Damien Pike made it five straight with a 9-3 decision at 152 pounds to give St. Georges’ a 22-0 lead.
The Colonials, fifth-ranked in Division I, won two of the next three matches with a pin by Dequen Twyman at 160 pounds and a majority decision for Myles Goodson at 182 pounds to cut the Hawks lead to 25-10.
Danny Brooks and Tommy Holloway each won their matches by two points at 195 and 220 pounds, respectively, for the Hawks, getting critical points in the third period.William Penn struggled throughout the night preventing the Hawks from getting those points, which sometimes led to bonus victory points.
“I give St. Georges a lot of credit. I think in every tough match tonight, they won them all,” Colonial head coach Marvin Dooley said. “We you come to these matches, it comes down to the third period, and we got outmanned in the third period.”
William Penn made it interesting when Brandon Dooley won by forfeit at 285 pounds and Anthony Raspoli at scored a pin at 106 to cut their deficit to 31-22. But St. Georges’ Colin Walker ended any chance for a Colonial victory in the next to last match when he pinned William Assmann in the second round to clinch victory for his team.
The victory over William Penn came after the Hawks battled through a difficult three-tournament stretch in the last month in the Beast of the East, Mount Mat Madness in Baltimore (Md.) and the Virginia Dual in Hampton (Va.).
“We’ve been through some dark, dark places, and our guys could have folded,” St. Georges coach Patrick Atkinson said. “Instead, they got more character out of it. They’re a lot tougher. They’re a lot better because of the road we choose to take. That was our effort.”