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Wrestling: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Conquers Westfield on 'Pin Cancer' Night

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Justin Sidebottom (113) scores a reversal as time expires, electrifying the home crowd. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Wrestlers from both schools donned special Pin Cancer singlets. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Tim Miller (red) looks to gain better position over Willie Benavides in the 138-pound match. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Mikey Ramos gets to his feet and tries to escape Isaiah Reese. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Chris Hoerle (red) pulls Justin Sidebottom closer in the 113-pound bout. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Before the match, head coach Marc Fabiano introduced the Scotch Plains-Fanwood seniors and shared their progress as wrestlers. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Senior wrestlers and their parents. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Ryan Kolasinski and his parents. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Brandon Miguelino and his parents. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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George Ramos and his parents. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Guillaume Hardin and his parents. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Jalen Bryant and his parents. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Jashmar Philippe with his father, Pierre, and brother. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Nadim Korkmaz and his family. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Frank Dinizo with his mother Susan and father Frank. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Willie Benavides with his parents. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Guillaume Hardin locks the shoulder of Alan Dente in the night's first match. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Guillaume Hardin flips Alan Dente on his back just before pinning him. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Guillaume Hardin celebrates his pin at 145 pounds. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Alex Oslislo (blue) hangs on to Ben Kwok in the 152-pound bout. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Jack Miller powers over Zach Fleischman in the 170-pound bout. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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George Ramos flips Russ Weber on his back before pinning him at 195 pounds. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Scotch Plains-Fanwood head coach Marc Fabiano (black) and assistant coach Jesse Martinez contest a call. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Westfield head coach Terry O'Neill watches as Phil Ricca falls to Jalen Bryant in the 285-pound match. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Jalen Bryant turns to his fans after winning the heavyweight matchup. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Justin Sidebottom celebrates his last-second victory at 113 pounds. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Jacob Perone tries to power Emmett Smith to his back. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Scotch Plains-Fanwood senior wrestlers. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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 Jarek Gozdieski (WF) over Sam Wustefeld (SPF) – Decision 5-1 Credits: John Mooney
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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – A special night for both the wrestling community and Scotch Plains-Fanwood upperclassmen ended just how the Raiders imagined on Friday night, as the team rallied behind a huge crowd to beat Westfield on Senior Night, 37-25.

With both teams outfitted in Pin Cancer singlets, the Raiders took a substantial lead out of the gate when senior Guillaume Hardin pinned Alan Dente at 145 pounds.

“This big of a fan base behind you gives you a lot of momentum and just pressure, but good pressure. It makes you do what you’re supposed to do,” Hardin said. “I lost to the kid last year at the end, and this year I didn’t want to lose to Westfield. In the third period I caught him at the edge and wasn’t going to let him climb out of bounds so I basically yanked him in and got the pin. It was a great feeling and revenge at its finest.”

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A decision victory from freshman Alex Oslislo along with a forfeit at 220 pounds helped the Raiders hold on to their lead before seniors Nadim Korkmaz, Jashmar Philippe and George Ramos all pulled off opportune wins.

The victory called on wrestlers of all ages, shapes and sizes however, as sophomore Justin Sidebottom amplified the crowd with a last-second win in the 113-pound bout. Down 3-2 in the final moments, a visibly worn Sidebottom executed a textbook reversal to secure the win.

“Sidebottom threw up, came back, wrestled, was sick again, but I knew he could do it,” Fabiano said. “I believed in him. I told him to get back in there. He wrestled his butt off and came out with the win in the end. That’s what our team is all about, fighting til the end.”

At heavyweight, Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s Jalen Bryant used speed to his advantage against Phil Ricca, scoring three takedowns. The senior credited the boisterous Raider Nation for always being supportive ‘through thick and thin.’

“I like having space between me and the other opponent and beating him in space – getting to him first before he gets to me,” Bryant said. “The four years I’ve been wrestling, all that time led up to this moment right here. I realized I’ll never get this moment again, never get this many people to see me wrestling in this gym again and I just made the most of it. All the hard work and dedication finally paid off tonight and it’s a great feeling.”

Bryant plans on attending Penn State University next year, where he will study chemical engineering. With only one match left before the postseason, the senior is poised for a run at the District Tournament as he fluctuates between the 220 and 285 weight classes.

“He’s improving every time with his takedowns,” head coach Marc Fabiano said. “Now he’s understanding getting his hips down, finishing the takedown and dragging his knees in. He’s doing all those things right and starting to peak at the end of the season.”

MATCH RESULTS:

145: Guillaume Hardin (SPF) over Alan Dente (WF) – Pin 4:52
152: Alex Oslislo (SPF) over Ben Kwok (WF) – Decision 3-1
160: Isaiah Reese (WF) over Mikey Ramos (SPF) – Decision 7-1
170: Jack Miller (WF) over Zach Fleischman (SPF) – Technical fall 21-6
182: Jarek Gozdieski (WF) over Sam Wustefeld (SPF) – Decision 5-1
195: George Ramos (SPF) over Russ Weber (WF) – Pin 1:14
220: Bobby Mount (SPF) won by Forfeit
285: Jalen Bryant (SPF) over Phil Ricca (WF) – Decision 6-4
106: Zach Rabinowitz (WF) over Michael Fleck (SPF) – Technical fall 19-4
113: Justin Sidebottom (SPF) over Chris Hoerle (WF) – Decision 4-3
120: Emmett Smith (WF) over Jacob Perone (SPF) – Decision 9-4
126: Nadim Korkmaz (SPF) over John Fuller (WF) – Major decision 15-5
132: Jashmar Philippe (SPF) over Matt Dente (WF) – Pin 1:37
138: Tim Miller (WF) over Willie Benavides (SPF) – Pin 5:09

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