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Too close to call wrestling match won by Cape at Polytech 30-29

By Dave Frederick | Jan 30, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape's Austin Smith turns Polytech's Paul Amalfitano and scores a tech fall at 4:35 in the 145-pound class.

Eight senior Panthers were honored before Cape’s Jan. 30 wrestling match at Polytech. Before the  match Cape coach Chris Mattioni said  “too close to call.” That coded message cam mean anything from “we should win” to “we don’t have a chance with two starters out of the lineup” or may actually mean what the coach said. Who knows?

Cape held on for a 30-29 win; it doesn’t get any closer in the victory column.  Cape was outscored 16-0 in the final three weight classes.

Starting at 126, Cape rolled into the 195-pound weight class leading 19-13. Cape had gotten wins from Elliot Young 132 and Sean Sheehan 138.  Austin Smith at 145 secured a 5-point tech fall, and Justin Lopez 170 and Andrew Flowers 182 won 4-point major decisions.

But the match was focused on Hunter Dailey; there was no room for him to falter. Cape had to build a lead going into the  final three lightweight classes.

“Hunter is an athlete, works hard in practice, goes up against Flowers, Ott and Carroll every day, but he sometimes wrestles himself into trouble, ” Mattioni said with a smile after Dailey won by major decision, giving Cape a 23-13 lead.

Next came strategy time. Poly’s Davis Hestera at 220 was announced as having a record of 22-1. Thomas Ott, the defending state champion in that weight class, was lying in wait - or is that weight? Hestera didn’t come out. Poly coach Erik Buckson bumped up 195-pounder David Myers. Cape sent out Nick Carroll.

Carroll decisioned the athletic Myers 6-4, giving Cape a 26-13 lead and setting up a showdown at heavyweight.

Stopping Ott in that “money” situation is like draining the diesel fuel from a road grader, then turning it upside down. Ott won a 8-0 major decision, but every Polytech fan in the gym saw 30-13 then used the calculation function on their smartphones for a pre-algebra assessment:  30 minus 13 equals 17 is less than 3 times 6 equals 18. “Three pins we win.”

Cape’s 106-pounder Emerson Fajardo, a sophomore who weighs 100 pounds dripping wet, had a crazy match with Spencer Hahn where each wrestler fought off his back. Hahn won the panic attack bout 16-8 for a 4-point major decision.

"Emerson didn’t wrestle last year," Mattioni said. “He’s a smart kid, knows we don’t win if he gets pinned, but he is not happy losing. He has the potential to be really good.”

The Cape coaches knew at 30-17 that, outside of an unsportsmanlike call, it's impossible to get 13 points in two matches. Daddy Dome Chris Jensen left the gym to warm up the bus. "I always leave with two matches left to warm up the big yellow taxi but it's nice to know we won,'" Jensen said

Cape prevailed 30-29.

Cape's Austin Smith turns Polytech's Paul Amalfitano and scores a tech fall at 4:35 in the 145-pound class. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Austin Smith scores a tech fall at 4:35 over Polytech's Paul Amalfitano in the 145-pound class. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Elliott Young works for a 3-2 win over Polytech's Jacob Hosfelt in the 132 weight class. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Sean Sheehan, right, grapples to a 8-4 win over Polytech's Tyler Erickson in the 138-pound class. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Sean Sheehan, top, grapples to an 8-4 win over Polytech's Tyler Erickson in the 138-pound class. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior Justin Lopez lifts Polytech's Austin Rains and goes on to a 16-4 decision. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior Justin Lopez grapples to a 16-4 decision over Polytech's Austin Rains in the 170 class. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape 195-pounder Hunter Daley breaks the hold of Polytech's Mark Mullnack and grapples to an 11-3 victory. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape heavyweight Thomas Ott lifts Polytech's David Hestera and proceeds to win an 8-0 match. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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