Haddonfield's huge, 33-31 victory over Paulsboro's wrestling team on Jan. 21 left coach Paul Morina searching for answers.
He said there were three reasons that had an impact on the outcome for his losing Red Raiders.
They didn't have enough matches under their belts, they didn't collect enough bonus points and they gave up five big pins.
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Paulsboro coach Paul Morina can win his 500th match tonight as the Red Raiders host Colonial Conference rival West Deptford.
It should be a good match. Paulsboro is 16-1 and No. 2 in The Inquirer Top 10. West Deptford is 11-1 and No. 8.
West Deptford has a solid lineup and should be able to win five or six bouts. But Paulsboro is strong, should win the majority of bouts and register enough bonus points to score a fairly comfortable victory.
Paulsboro jumped out to a 21-0 lead and coasted to a 45-19 win over Haddonfield in a Colonial Conference wrestling match.
Ranked No. 3 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, Paulsboro improved to 6-1 while Haddonfield fell to 5-3.
A Haddonfield resident, Mr. Spicer compiled a 603-287 record in 42 seasons of high school baseball coaching at Haddonfield, Moorestown, and Paulsboro. (He also coached one game at Cinnaminson, but gave up the job for health reasons.) In addition, Mr. Spicer served as the head baseball coach at Rutgers-Camden for two seasons.
He also was Haddonfield's head football coach from 1953 to 1973, compiling a 123-57-8 record.
I haven't been able to get exact results from the Border Battle wrestling tournament at Paulsboro today (Saturday, Dec. 19); however, a couple of wrestlers told me that Westfield (Va.) defeated Paulsboro, 32-28, in the final.
There were six teams in the two-day event, but not all of them returned today because of the blizzard that is dumping snow along the Eastern seaboard.
So Paulsboro, which defeated Buena and Islip (N.Y.), went right to the championship match with Westfield.
Paulsboro football player and wrestler Zach Greenwald just called me and said that he is leaning towards accepting a full scholarship to wrestle at the University of Indiana.
Greenwald, a 215-pounder who is also being recruited to play football, appears to have been swayed by Indiana assistant wrestling coach Pat Degain's visit to the Greenwald home today (Saturday, Dec. 19). The two hit it off really well.
Degain, a 2005 graduate of Indiana, told Greenwald that he (Degain) would be his wrestling partner.
Briian Purnell ran 78 yards for one touchdown and Woodbury's defense dominated Paulsboro as the Thundering Herd scored a 16-0 victory in today's S.J. Group 1 title game.
It was Woodbury's first title since 1998. The Thundering Herd won their final 10 games to finish 11-1.
Paulsboro finished 10-2.