Wednesday, December 20, 2012 – In front of a well travelling (thanks fans) Blue Devil cheering section, our varsity and JV battled against Johns Creek High School in a very exciting meet. (JV also wrestled against Yeshiva Atlanta.)   Again read the article in the MDJ, but here is what we observed:
Match began with Alex “ close match” Ambio finally getting off the mat in less than 6 minutes scoring a dominating Pin in the second period.  Alex had the kid on his back most of the time and wrestled one his most impressive matches.  Jack Baker followed up with a quick pin and then Lawton Ward made quick work of scoring his 6 team points with a 1stperiod pin and we were out to an 18-0 lead.  Dalton Brans took the mat (well under his weight class of 182lbs) and wrestled a very strong, impressive wrestler in a way that made us all very proud of his effort, but we gave up 5 points there on the technical fall.  Isaiah Borne captured a forfeit for Blue and we were up 24-5.   Then it started to get a little interesting.  Brandon Hill at 220 lbs went out seemingly a man possessed with a quick victory.  He took little time in grabbing the headlock and throwing his opponent to the mat. However, one must be careful with the headlock as it is probably the most common reversed pinning combination and this one turned out that way.  Before anyone got a good look at the JC man’s shoulders things switched up and Brandon was down and got pinned. 24-11.   Next, we forfeited at 285 because Jeron was not available.  24-17….JC closing on us.
Back to the top of the lineup – our mighty mights come on the mat.  Jason Caldwell might have wrestled their best kid and by the end of the 1st period, we were ahead by only one point: 24-23.  Abraham to the rescue!  Mr. Leon delivered with a major decision 17-3 – one point away from a technical fall.  (This is a good example where one more point would have netted the team another point) We are up 31-23.  With Crockett out due to injury, Jelani Miller wrestled hard, but was pinned in the 1st.  Devils 31-29. Our 126lb, Brad King extended our lead with a 1st period pin and we were up 37-29.  Our normal 132 was also out of the lineup, but Javon Hickson filled in and did a solid job for us.  However, we did give up the 6 point pinfall in the second period and it was back to a two point match: 37-35.
With two matches to go and a slim two point lead, it is all up to Shomari Holmes and Trager Kviten. Much like baseball players like batting with the bases loaded in the 9thinning and QBS like having the ball with 2 minutes left to go and needing a score to win, wrestlers like having the dual meet victory depend on their performance – an extra load to carry, but makes victory (or protecting a small lead) very, very important to their whole team. Shomari looked like he was wrestling a clone – another very lean, tall wrestler.   They were evenly matched and looked like octopi all wrapped up around each other most of the match.  Shomari fell behind late in the match and ended up on top position in the 3rdperiod needing to score 4 points to go into OT or 5 to win.  Not easy in a close match.  Shomari did exactly what he needed to do by turning the man once and exposing his back for 4 seconds scoring 2 points for a near fall and then to the roaring cheers of the crowd, turned him again and scored the decisive 3 point near fall and was victorious 12-11.  This place was rocking as we were now up 40-35.
Now, all was on Trager Kviten, a senior and leader on this team.  We need a win from our senior to secure the team victory or at least not give up anything worse than a major decision.  But, Trager has missed a lot of wrestling this year due to SAT/ACT testing and cross country season schedule, so we did not know if he was up to top form yet.  Trager looked like a caged beast ready to pounce on his prey – at the beginning of the match and every time the wrestlers reset.  He was precise, methodical and made a strong statement that he can get the job done by pinning his man.  We all celebrated and felt that amazingly rejuvenating feeling of V I C T O R Y – “That’s the way you spell it, here’s the way you yell it: Marietta, Marietta, GOOOOOO Marietta!” Congrats Devils on a very hard earned 46-35 victory. 

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