ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Township of Union wrestler David Brown was all smiles on the
back stage at Boardwalk Hall on Sunday at the NJSIAA Wrestling State
With the thoughts of the final high school match in his career, a pin fall loss in the
state’s 7th place match, still fresh in his mind, Brown was thinking about all that he
accomplished in a short-lived two year varsity career.
The loss didn’t faze him. Sure the defeat stung, but what mattered to Brown more
than anything was the experience of winning on New Jersey wrestling’s biggest
stage, while wearing the colors of a school that hadn’t produced a place winner in
over 15 years.
It was the legacy he created that put a smile on the 285 pound wrestler’s face.
“We have this quote in the wrestling room that says ‘How do you want to be
remembered?’” Brown said. “All it is, is leaving a legacy that other kids will dream
about. Last year, I was the first wrestler to make it to states in 15 years, so I’m
already leaving back a legacy. Now this year, I actually placed. Now for the kids that
are in rec, in middle school and even those who want to try out in high school, they
have something to strive for.”
His final match was a relatively quick one. After being shocked in the opening
seconds by a 285 pound opponent, Jedh Downey, that used his legs more than
anyone he has ever faced, Brown was pinned early in the second period, leading to
an eighth place finish.
Brown said he “feels good, but at the same time bad” about the loss, because as a
senior he wanted to “be on top.”
“I’ve only wrestled varsity for two years,” Brown said. “I’ve been to states one year
and didn't place. In my senior year, I come down here, I cant say I’m a veteran but I
know what I’m expecting. I was just ready to wrestle. It felt great. It feels great to be
Top 8. As much as I’d like to be No. 1, I’m still considered one of the top 8 wrestlers
at 285 lbs. in the state of New Jersey.”
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