Chuck Boddy uses every last ounce of his 268-pound frame to his advantage as he jostles with his opponent on the wrestling mat.
The 6-foot Germantown Academy junior pinned Nicholas Lombardo in 2 minutes, 57 seconds in the heavyweight match as the Patriots (13-3) cruised to a 64-9 victory over host Haverford School on Friday in an Inter-Ac League match.
"I used to just go up there and wrestle. This year, I've worked a lot on my technique and takedowns," Boddy said.
When Boddy came out for the team two years ago, coach Steve Hill said he was very strong but extremely raw. Boddy's curiosity along with his willingness to improve turned him into more than just a fighter, Hill said.
"He's always asking questions, wants to get better," Hill said. "Chuck's even stronger then he looks."
In the fall, Boddy is a two-way lineman for the school's football team, and he sees wrestling as a way to stay in shape during the off-season and also improve his football skills, such as his blocking on the offensive line.
Hill called Boddy "a kid that everyone wants to be around," and an example of the mantra Hill preaches that "everyone can make progress in this sport."
Boddy is one of three Patriots who compete in both football and wrestling, along with juniors Marcus Anthony and Keith Corliss. Both also were victorious on Friday.
After waiting through the first six bouts of the match, Corliss seemed antsy to take his turn on the mat. The 6-2, 189-pounder began to inch closer and closer to the mat as he rocked side to side, bouncing on his feet.
"That's something out of habit," Corliss said. "I want to be close as I can to where I'm going to wrestle."
A minute into his match, Corliss locked up with Haverford's Zack Trauger.
Corliss, a junior, said that when he locks up with an opponent, he always looks to "set up a shot," and this time, he noticed his opponent's leg was exposed. Corliss quickly pounced with a leg sweep and pinned Trauger in 1:12.
He quickly returned to the Patriots bench, and sat relaxed, with his right leg crossed over the left. He said this is one of the keys to the sport - controlling emotions and having a calm state of mind.
"The more you wrestle, the more you understand that," Corliss said.
The Patriots stayed unbeaten in the Inter-Ac at 4-0.
Haverford's two wins came consecutively, at 152 (Zachary Rego decision) and 160 pounds (Dean Feinman pin). The Fords fell to 7-6 overall, 4-3 league.
"We wrestled good against a great team that we can't compete with," Haverford coach Bruce Kennett said. "It's almost unfair."
GA 64, Haverford School 9
135: Chris Yankowich, GA, pin Remy Yang, 1:12. 140: William Crozier, GA, pin John Sacharok, 1:22. 145: John Allenson, GA, dec. Ronald Tassoni, 11-9. 152: Zachary Rego, Haverford, dec. Ryan McGinley, 3-1. 160: Dean Feinman, Haverford, pin Philip Steinberg,: 54. 171: Marcus Anthony, GA, pin Joseph Raymond, 4:29. 189: Keith Corliss, GA, pin Zachary Trauger, 1:12. 215: Nicholas Grossi, GA, dec. Chris DiBello, 3-0. Hwt.: Chuck Boddy, GA, pin Nicholas Lombardo, 2:57. 103: Barrett Connor, GA, pin Benjamin Grobman, 1:37. 112: Kristian Kergides, GA, pin Lieth Dennis, :58. 119: Killian Connor, GA, pin Dylan Anderson, 1:07. 125: Chris Dinnien, GA, pin Nick Gallo, 1:23. 130: Shawn Armato, GA, dec. Daniel Tornetta, 11-3.