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A Great Wrestling Season from Springfield's Dayton Senior Charlie Buckley

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Senior Charlie Buckley represented Brearley/Dayton Wrestling at this weekend’s NJSIAA/Rothman Institute Wrestling State Championships at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

In the 152-pound preliminary round on Friday, the 27th-seeded Buckley faced sixth-seeded senior Avery Dinardi of Holy Cross and dropped a 13-5 major decision to drop to the wrestleback consolation first round.

On Saturday, Buckley faced 22nd-seeded junior Lavinsky Collins of Ewing and lost a 7-2 decision and was eliminated in the 152-pound division.

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“Charlie is an incredibly hard worker. When it came to wrestling practice he worked his butt off,” said Brearley/Dayton head coach David Nichols, who just completed his first year at the helm after a two-year assistant coaching stint. “I never gave Charlie the easy way out. I bumped him up to 160-pound division every chance I could to give him the toughest match possible. Charlie drilled every day and was pushed this season. Sometimes beyond his breaking point and he showed up every day with a smile and went hard.”

Buckley, who helped lead Brearley/Dayton to a 10-11 team record (up from three wins a year ago), finished his season with an overall record of 24-11.

“Charlie had a tremendous senior season for us. He was the leader of our team and he acted like it,” Nichols said. “He ate and slept wrestling since his junior year ended and it paid off.”

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