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BEAST MODE: Storylines, seeds for Beast of the East


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FEATURED COVERAGE
FRIDAY
No. 6 Hunterdon Central 38, No. 20 North Hunterdon 21
• Red Devils hold off rival
• Photo gallery
• Box score

No. 2 Paulsboro 73, Collingswood 0
• Morina, after college pick, gets back to work
• Box score

Bloomfield 48, Irvington 33
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Caldwell at West Essex
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SATURDAY
Beast of the East at the University of Delaware
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• Tournament coverage
 Photo gallery

Pitman at Williamstown, 12
• Match coverage
• Box score

No. 7 Southern at No. 14 High Point, 10 a.m.
• Match coverage
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• Box score

SUNDAY
Beast of the East at the University of Delaware
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• Tournament coverage
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TOP 20 RESULTS FRIDAY
• No. 2 Paulsboro 73, Collingswood 0
• No. 3 Howell 58, Bishop Ahr 18
• No. 6 Hunterdon Central 38, No. 20 North Hunterdon 21
• No. 9 Camden Catholic vs. Winslow, 7
• No. 12 Emerson/Park Ridge 72, Lyndhurst/North Arlington 9
• No. 13 South Plainfield 52, South Brunswick 15
• No. 18 Middletown North 66, Notre Dame 6

TOP 20 RESULTS SATURDAY
• No. 1 Bergen Catholic, No. 4 Delbarton, No. 5 Pope John, No. 8 Seton Hall Prep, No 9 Camden Catholic, No. 11 St. Joseph (Mont.), No. 15 St. Augustine, No. 16 Hanover Park, No. 17 St. John Vianney, No. 19 Kingsway at Beast of the East
• No. 3 Howell at Jackson, 10 a.m.
• No. 3 Howell vs. Sparta at Jackson, 10 a.m.
• No. 4 Delbarton at Beast of the East
• No. 5 Pope John at Beast of the East
• No. 6 Hunterdon Central vs. Hillsborough at Middletown North, 9 a.m.
• No. 6 Hunterdon Central at No. 18 Middletown North, 9 a.m.
• No. 7 Southern vs. Roxbury at High Point, 10
• No. 7 Southern at No. 14 High Point, 12
• No. 10 Phillipsburg vs. Newton, 6
• No. 12 Emerson/Park Ridge vs. No. 20 North Hunterdon at Pascack Valley, 10 a.m.
• No. 12 Emerson/Park Ridge at Pascack Valley, 10 a.m.
• No. 14 High Point vs. Roxbury, 10 a.m.
• No. 18 Middletown North vs. Hillsborough, 9 a.m.
• No. 20 Emerison/Park Ridge at Pascack Valley, 10 a.m.

TOP 20 RESULTS SUNDAY
• No. 1 Bergen Catholic, No. 4 Delbarton, No. 5 Pope John, No. 8 Seton Hall Prep, No 9 Camden Catholic, No. 11 St. Joseph (Mont.), No. 15 St. Augustine, No. 16 Hanover Park No. 17 St. John Vianney, No. 19 Kingsway at Beast of the East

SATURDAY SCHEDULE/SCOREBOARD

* notes a league game

# notes a tournament game

DATE TEAMS TIME SCORE CONTENT SHARE
12/22

Southern @

High Point

12/22

North Hunterdon @

Pascack Valley

12/22

North Hunterdon @

Emerson Boro

12/22

4-Team meet (High school Wrestling scores and results)

* notes a league game

# notes a tournament game

DATE TEAMS TIME LOCATION SHARE
12/22

Columbia @

West Orange

7:00 AM West Orange
12/22

Nottingham @

Lawrence

8:00 AM Lawrence
12/22

4-Team meet (High school Wrestling scores and results)

8:00 AM
12/22

Nottingham @

Hammonton

9:00 AM Hammonton
12/22

Barnegat @

Keansburg

9:00 AM Keansburg
12/22

Carteret @

Bayonne

9:00 AM Bayonne
12/22

Clifton @

Morris Hills

9:00 AM Morris Hills
12/22

Morris Knolls @

Boonton

9:00 AM Boonton
12/22

Secaucus @

Whippany Park

9:00 AM Whippany Park
12/22

Middlesex @

Monroe

9:00 AM Monroe
12/22

Paramus Catholic @

Tenafly

9:00 AM
12/22

Sparta @

Howell

9:00 AM Howell
12/22

Steinert @

Lakewood

9:00 AM Lakewood
12/22

Haddon Township @

Gloucester

9:00 AM Gloucester
12/22

Hackensack @

Lyndhurst

9:00 AM Lyndhurst
12/22

Bergenfield @

Weehawken

9:00 AM Weehawken
12/22

Montville @

Perth Amboy

9:00 AM Perth Amboy
12/22

Manville @

Highland Park

9:00 AM Highland Park
12/22

Hamilton West @

Riverside

9:00 AM Riverside
12/22

Elmwood Park @

Boonton

9:00 AM Boonton
12/22

Elmwood Park @

Morris Knolls

9:00 AM Morris Knolls
12/22

Newark East Side @

Bloomfield

9:00 AM
12/22

Hopatcong @

Randolph

9:30 AM Randolph
12/22

Nottingham @

Asbury Park

10:00 AM Asbury Park
12/22

Irvington @

Millburn

10:00 AM
12/22

Boonton @

Vernon

10:00 AM Vernon
12/22

Carteret @

Sayreville

10:00 AM Sayreville
12/22

Carteret @

Linden

10:00 AM Linden
12/22

Demarest @

Cresskill

10:00 AM Cresskill
12/22

Manalapan @

Perth Amboy

10:00 AM Perth Amboy
12/22

Rutherford @

Hasbrouck Heights

10:00 AM Hasbrouck Heights
12/22

Central Regional @

St. Rose

10:00 AM St. Rose
12/22

Cliffside Park @

Weehawken

10:00 AM Weehawken
12/22

Haddonfield @

Moorestown

10:00 AM Moorestown
12/22

Haddonfield @

Middle Township

10:00 AM Middle Township
12/22

Manchester Regional @

Fort Lee

10:00 AM Fort Lee
12/22

Haddon Heights @

Gateway

10:00 AM Gateway
12/22

Haddon Heights @

Overbrook

10:00 AM Overbrook
12/22

Haddon Heights @

Vineland

10:00 AM Vineland
12/22

Haddonfield @

Maple Shade

10:00 AM Maple Shade
12/22

Teaneck @

Belleville

10:00 AM Belleville
12/22

Northern Highlands @

North Bergen

10:00 AM North Bergen
12/22

Passaic @

Ridgewood

10:00 AM Ridgewood
12/22

Asbury Park @

Lawrence

10:00 AM Lawrence
12/22

Somerville @

Montgomery

10:00 AM Montgomery
12/22

Orange @

Hackettstown

10:00 AM Hackettstown
12/22

Mendham @

Hackettstown

10:00 AM Hackettstown
12/22

Bernards @

Pingry

10:00 AM Pingry
12/22

Robbinsville @

Trenton

10:00 AM Trenton
12/22

South River @

Keyport

10:00 AM Keyport
12/22

South River @

Red Bank Catholic

10:00 AM Red Bank Catholic
12/22

South River @

Manchester Township

10:00 AM Manchester Township
12/22

Emerson Boro @

Pascack Valley

10:00 AM Pascack Valley
12/22

Waldwick @

Tenafly

10:30 AM Tenafly
12/22

Kittatinny @

Wayne Hills

11:00 AM Wayne Hills
12/22

Union City @

West Morris

11:00 AM West Morris
12/22

Dwight-Morrow @

Bloomfield

11:00 AM Bloomfield
12/22

Hopewell Valley @

Cranford

12:00 PM
12/22

Glen Ridge @

Metuchen

1:00 PM
12/22

West Windsor-Plainsboro North @

Glen Ridge

2:00 PM Glen Ridge
12/22

Phillipsburg @

Newton

6:00 PM Newton

FRIDAY SCHEDULE/SCOREBOARD

* notes a league game

# notes a tournament game

DATE TEAMS TIME SCORE CONTENT SHARE
12/21 *

Northern Highlands @

Dumont

32

34

Box Score
12/21 *

Barnegat @

Shore

27

54

Box Score
12/21

Clifton @

Bogota

46

33

Box Score
12/21 *

Livingston @

Orange

66

12

Box Score
12/21 *

Belleville @

Newark East Side

72

12

Box Score
12/21

Butler @

Kinnelon

45

28

Box Score
12/21 *

Jackson Liberty @

Freehold Township

27

45

Box Score
12/21 *

Plainfield @

Summit

48

30

Box Score
12/21 *

J.P. Stevens @

Woodbridge

15

59

Box Score
12/21

Notre Dame @

Middletown North

6

66

Box Score
12/21

Howell @

Bishop Ahr

58

18

Box Score
12/21

Whippany Park @

Kearny

41

25

Box Score
12/21

New Providence @

Voorhees

7

67

Box Score
12/21 *

Watchung Hills @

Somerville

57

15

Box Score
12/21 *

Point Pleasant Boro @

Ocean Township

18

46

Box Score
12/21 *

Hunterdon Central @

North Hunterdon

38

21

Box Score
12/21 *

Scotch Plains-Fanwood @

Westfield

6

63

Box Score
12/21 *

Indian Hills @

Pascack Hills

0

78

Box Score
12/21

Nutley @

Passaic Valley

43

26

Box Score
12/21 *

Bergenfield @

Ridgewood

14

63

Box Score
12/21 *

Collingswood @

Paulsboro

0

73

Box Score
12/21 *

Fair Lawn @

Passaic Tech

16

57

Box Score
12/21 *

Columbia @

Millburn

51

24

Box Score
12/21 *

Brearley @

Roselle Park

18

53

Box Score
12/21

Leonia @

Pascack Hills

15

54

Box Score
12/21

Lodi @

Teaneck

42

33

Box Score
12/21 *

Shawnee @

Lenape

39

27

Box Score
12/21 *

Middle Township @

Ocean City

40

39

Box Score
12/21

Old Bridge @

Colts Neck

6

74

Box Score
12/21

Triton @

Cherry Hill East

21

55

Box Score
12/21 *

Hawthorne @

New Milford

42

27

Box Score
12/21 *

Delran @

Burlington Township

69

4

Box Score
12/21

Holy Cross Prep @

Pitman

22

45

Box Score
12/21

Egg Harbor @

Brick Memorial

12

57

Box Score
12/21

Waldwick @

Pascack Hills

12

70

Box Score
12/21

Becton @

Manville

14

58

Box Score
12/21

Boonton @

Manville

28

48

Box Score
12/21

Ewing @

Burlington Township

37

42

Box Score
12/21 *

Willingboro @

Burlington Township

12

66

Box Score
12/21 *

Cedar Grove @

West Orange

22

52

Box Score
12/21 *

Willingboro @

Delran

7

72

Box Score
12/21

Ewing @

Delran

3

72

Box Score
12/21 *

Emerson Boro @

Lyndhurst

72

9

Box Score
12/21

Indian Hills @

Leonia

15

48

Box Score
12/21

Waldwick @

Leonia

3:30 AM

12/21 *

Waldwick @

Leonia

3:30 AM

36

46

Box Score
12/21

Millville @

Schalick

1:00 PM

12/21 *

Parsippany Hills @

Morristown

3:00 PM

27

51

Box Score
12/21

Montclair @

Barringer

3:00 PM

Live
12/21 *

Bloomfield @

Irvington

4:00 PM

48

33

Box Score
12/21 *

South Plainfield @

South Brunswick

4:00 PM

52

15

Box Score
12/21

Ridge @

Somerville

4:00 PM

12/21

Westampton Tech @

Holy Cross Prep

4:00 PM

12/21

Paramus Catholic @

Hasbrouck Heights

5:00 PM

12/21

Gov. Livingston @

Rahway

6:00 PM

12/21

Glen Rock @

New Milford

6:00 PM

12/21

Spotswood @

New Brunswick

6:00 PM

Live
12/21

South Plainfield @

South Brunswick

6:00 PM

Live
12/21

Seneca @

Timber Creek

6:00 PM

Live
12/21

Winslow @

Camden Catholic

6:00 PM

12/21

Caldwell @

West Essex

7:00 PM

12/21 *

Demarest @

Pascack Valley

7:00 PM

0

69

Box Score
12/21

Old Bridge @

East Brunswick

7:00 PM

Live
12/21

Belleville @

Newark East Side

7:00 PM

12/21

Monroe @

Perth Amboy

7:00 PM

12/21

Manchester Regional @

Cliffside Park

7:00 PM

Live
12/21

Johnson @

New Providence

7:00 PM

Live
12/21

Elizabeth @

Cranford

7:00 PM

12/22

Southern @

High Point

12/22

North Hunterdon @

Pascack Valley

12/22

North Hunterdon @

Emerson Boro

12/22

4-Team meet (High school Wrestling scores and results)

* notes a league game

# notes a tournament game

DATE TEAMS TIME LOCATION SHARE
12/22

Columbia @

West Orange

7:00 AM West Orange
12/22

Nottingham @

Lawrence

8:00 AM Lawrence
12/22

4-Team meet (High school Wrestling scores and results)

8:00 AM
12/22

Nottingham @

Hammonton

9:00 AM Hammonton
12/22

Barnegat @

Keansburg

9:00 AM Keansburg
12/22

Carteret @

Bayonne

9:00 AM Bayonne
12/22

Clifton @

Morris Hills

9:00 AM Morris Hills
12/22

Morris Knolls @

Boonton

9:00 AM Boonton
12/22

Secaucus @

Whippany Park

9:00 AM Whippany Park
12/22

Middlesex @

Monroe

9:00 AM Monroe
12/22

Paramus Catholic @

Tenafly

9:00 AM
12/22

Sparta @

Howell

9:00 AM Howell
12/22

Steinert @

Lakewood

9:00 AM Lakewood
12/22

Haddon Township @

Gloucester

9:00 AM Gloucester
12/22

Hackensack @

Lyndhurst

9:00 AM Lyndhurst
12/22

Bergenfield @

Weehawken

9:00 AM Weehawken
12/22

Montville @

Perth Amboy

9:00 AM Perth Amboy
12/22

Manville @

Highland Park

9:00 AM Highland Park
12/22

Hamilton West @

Riverside

9:00 AM Riverside
12/22

Elmwood Park @

Boonton

9:00 AM Boonton
12/22

Elmwood Park @

Morris Knolls

9:00 AM Morris Knolls
12/22

Newark East Side @

Bloomfield

9:00 AM
12/22

Hopatcong @

Randolph

9:30 AM Randolph
12/22

Nottingham @

Asbury Park

10:00 AM Asbury Park
12/22

Irvington @

Millburn

10:00 AM
12/22

Boonton @

Vernon

10:00 AM Vernon
12/22

Carteret @

Sayreville

10:00 AM Sayreville
12/22

Carteret @

Linden

10:00 AM Linden
12/22

Demarest @

Cresskill

10:00 AM Cresskill
12/22

Manalapan @

Perth Amboy

10:00 AM Perth Amboy
12/22

Rutherford @

Hasbrouck Heights

10:00 AM Hasbrouck Heights
12/22

Central Regional @

St. Rose

10:00 AM St. Rose
12/22

Cliffside Park @

Weehawken

10:00 AM Weehawken
12/22

Haddonfield @

Moorestown

10:00 AM Moorestown
12/22

Haddonfield @

Middle Township

10:00 AM Middle Township
12/22

Manchester Regional @

Fort Lee

10:00 AM Fort Lee
12/22

Haddon Heights @

Gateway

10:00 AM Gateway
12/22

Haddon Heights @

Overbrook

10:00 AM Overbrook
12/22

Haddon Heights @

Vineland

10:00 AM Vineland
12/22

Haddonfield @

Maple Shade

10:00 AM Maple Shade
12/22

Teaneck @

Belleville

10:00 AM Belleville
12/22

Northern Highlands @

North Bergen

10:00 AM North Bergen
12/22

Passaic @

Ridgewood

10:00 AM Ridgewood
12/22

Asbury Park @

Lawrence

10:00 AM Lawrence
12/22

Somerville @

Montgomery

10:00 AM Montgomery
12/22

Orange @

Hackettstown

10:00 AM Hackettstown
12/22

Mendham @

Hackettstown

10:00 AM Hackettstown
12/22

Bernards @

Pingry

10:00 AM Pingry
12/22

Robbinsville @

Trenton

10:00 AM Trenton
12/22

South River @

Keyport

10:00 AM Keyport
12/22

South River @

Red Bank Catholic

10:00 AM Red Bank Catholic
12/22

South River @

Manchester Township

10:00 AM Manchester Township
12/22

Emerson Boro @

Pascack Valley

10:00 AM Pascack Valley
12/22

Waldwick @

Tenafly

10:30 AM Tenafly
12/22

Kittatinny @

Wayne Hills

11:00 AM Wayne Hills
12/22

Union City @

West Morris

11:00 AM West Morris
12/22

Dwight-Morrow @

Bloomfield

11:00 AM Bloomfield
12/22

Hopewell Valley @

Cranford

12:00 PM
12/22

Glen Ridge @

Metuchen

1:00 PM
12/22

West Windsor-Plainsboro North @

Glen Ridge

2:00 PM Glen Ridge
12/22

Phillipsburg @

Newton

6:00 PM Newton



WVC WRESTLING ROUNDUP: Tigers fall short in dual – Citizens Voice


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At Towanda, Tunkhannock wrestling dropped a close nonconference dual to the Black Knights, 43-33, despite pins from Owen Woods (106 pounds), David Evans (120), Tommy Traver (138) and Nick Marabell (195).


Gavin D’Amato (145) also won by decision for Tunkhannock.


Towanda pulled away with six pins, including four in a row from 152-182 pounds.


106: Owen Woods (Tun) pinned Mikey Nowell, 0:22. 113: Tyler Hawley (Tow) pinned Matt Rosentel, 3:32. 120: David Evans (Tun) pinned Garrett Chapman, 0:17. 126: Joseph Vanderpool (Tow) pinned Connor Elgin, 3:20. 132: Bryant Green (Tow) maj. dec. Ethan Munley, 12-0. 138: Tommy Traver (Tun) pinned Skyler Allen, 3:25. 145: Gavin D’Amato (Tun) dec. Preston Rogers, 11-5. 152: Riley Gowin (Tow) pinned Tyrese Konen. 160: Cooper Mosier (Tow) pinned Tyler Chesla, 1:14. 170: Will Bowen (Tow) pinned Sean Meder, 1:06. 182: Clay Green (Tow) pinned Frankie Scranta, 1:10. 195: Nick Marabell (Tun) pinned Clay Watkins, 1:21. 220: Alex Perez (Tow) dec. Logan Hegedty, 4-3 (TB1). 285: Jhamal Zacharias (Tun) won by forfeit.


Honesdale 71, Meyers 6.


At Meyers, Jackoy Gayle (132) and Caleb Burns (138) won by decision for the Mohawks.


145: Nick Lizza (Hon) tech fall Andre Robinson, 16-1 (2:00). 152: Ben Swartz (Hon) pinned Emmanuel Guiterrez, 4:41. 160: Brandon Lawson (Hon) pinned Rhett Hammon, 0:23. 170: Anthony Steffens (Hon) pinned Savon Collins, 3:04. 182: Jake Kabonick (Hon) pinned Carl Johnson, 1:21. 195: Tim Dailey (Hon) pinned Makal Henderson, 0:30. 220: Justin LoBasso (Hon) won by forfeit. 285: Zack Beatty (Hon) won by forfeit. 106: Tristyn Bodie (Hon) won by forfeit. 113: Andrew Howell (Hon) pinned Brando Abreu, 2:13. 120: Max Morea (Hon) won by forfeit. 126: Peter West (Hon) pinned Jason Carver, 1:47. 132: Jackoy Gayle (Mey) dec. Jordan Young, 8-3. 138: Caleb Burns (Mey) dec. Ethan Chokshi, 6-4.



Doyel: Speedway amputee wrestler Riley Walker has become a force of nature – Indianapolis Star


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Riley Walker packed on 25 pounds of muscle since his freshman year at Speedway High School. Now, the senior captain is a force in the 170-pound class.
Mykal McEldowney, IndyStar

This is what happens at Speedway High when a kid on the wrestling team screws up. Well, it’s what used to happen when a kid screwed up, mouthing off to a coach or teacher, being late to practice, skipping a class. That sort of thing. Used to be, Speedway coach Jacob Beyer would discipline the kid by putting him through something called the dirty dozen, or something that sounds worse, the shark tank.

The dirty dozen: 12 sets of 12 exercises, done 12 times. In other words: a dozen push-ups … 12 times. Followed by a dozen sit-ups, 12 times. And a dozen pull-ups, 12 times. And on and on until the kid has done 12 different exercises, with 12 sets of 12 reps each. How long does that something like that take, anyway?

“Most of a practice,” Beyer tells me, and I swear he’s smiling.

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The shark tank: The kid in question stands in the middle of the mat while the rest of the team jogs a slow circle around him. Beyer blows his whistle, and someone leaves the circle to wrestle the kid in the middle. The rest of the team keeps doing that slow jog – until Beyer blows his whistle again and someone else emerges from the circle to wrestle the kid in the middle. And so it goes, Beyer sending one fresh body after another, until the kid in the middle can’t continue. This isn’t mean, isn’t cruel. It’s called discipline. It’s called wrestling.

And like I said, that’s what used to happen when a kid at Speedway screwed up. Not this season. No, this season, when kids on his team need discipline, Sparkplugs coach Jacob Beyer does something else.

“I make them wrestle Riley,” he says.

Cartoon body and a mean streak

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Last time I saw Riley Walker, he was a Speedway freshman who weighed 145 pounds. This was three years ago, his first year on the varsity, and he was just learning the sport. By the time I heard about this kid at Speedway, he had wrestled 14 matches. I was there for his 15th match, against Brebeuf. Riley jumped to an 8-0 lead against the wrestler from Brebeuf, then started to run out of gas. By the time Riley’s lead had shrunk to 8-7, his tank was empty. Moments later he was pinned, dropping his season record to 5 wins, 10 losses.

I wrote about him anyway. Hey, the kid has one leg. Whether he’s good at wrestling or not, that isn’t really the point. He’s wrestling.

Riley is a senior now. He’s better, or so I heard. Bigger, or so I heard. Some things you have to see for yourself, so back to Speedway I went a few days ago to watch the Sparkplugs wrestle Cascade, and I’ll put it like this: People were telling the truth about Riley Walker. He’s wrestling at 170 pounds, with a cartoon physique – chest pushing 50 inches, waist barely 32 inches – and a mean streak he didn’t have back in January 2016.

Understand, “mean” is relative.

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Speedway Sparkplugs’ Riley Walker (left) and Ben Beyer warm up before the match against the Cascade Cadets at Speedway High School on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. “Me and Riley have become really good friends,” said Beyer. “For as long as I can remember he’s always been able to beat me. Every time during practice when I can pin him, it’s a good day.” (Photo: Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar)

The Riley Walker I see now, he’s not running out of gas. It’s possible he doesn’t even run on gas anymore. He’s a hybrid, an athlete with a hyphen, an amputee-wrestler – unique, unlike any other athlete in the state – and now he has the fitness tool he needs, a tool he didn’t have back in 2016, to push his cardio. More on that tool in a moment. For now, just know this: Riley can push a pace most kids can’t handle, even kids in a sport as demanding as wrestling, kids being pushed to the limit at whatever school they call home.

Riley doesn’t have a limit.

And so I watch him grab ahold of the 170-pounder from Cascade and just sort of gnaw on the kid, slowly taking every bit of meat from the bone. The coach at Cascade is yelling at his wrestler, encouraging him, telling him to “get up” and “fight his hands” and “get your head off the mat.”

In the front row, I’m jotting in my notebook: You get out there with Riley, Coach. You try.

The other coach, the coach from Speedway – Jacob Beyer – is saying something else. He’s not yelling it. Just saying it quietly, so softly that it’s sort of eerie:

“Pressure, pressure, pressure …”

Riley is listening, grinding the kid from Cascade into the mat. Every time the kid stands up, Riley is still there, hanging onto an ankle and burying one of his shoulders into the back of the kid’s knee, collapsing the leg and sending the Cascade wrestler face-first into the mat. The danger here, for Riley Walker, is that the referee will decide he’s stalling and stand both wrestlers up. So now Beyer starts to yell:

“Climb his body!”

And I’ll be damned …

Riley Walker turns the kid from Cascade into a ladder, climbing from his legs to his waist to his shoulders, draping himself all over the poor kid, covering him. He’s 170 pounds of mist, and this is how it goes for six minutes until the match is over and Riley has won by a score of 4-1, and afterward I realize the blind luck of timing that brought me here tonight: Three years after watching his 15th match as a freshman, I’ve just watched his 15th match as a senior. Remember back then, he was 5-10.

Now he’s 13-2.

I can’t believe he lost twice.

‘I’m wrestling you today’

Back to the discipline at Speedway.

It wasn’t Beyer’s idea to have his team deal with Riley Walker. Not at first. It started early last season, actually, when Riley was a junior and there was a new kid on the team, a kid who was bad-mouthing Beyer behind his back and making smart-ass comments in general and basically turning wrestling practice into performance art. This kid wasn’t there to wrestle. He was there to cause problems.

The way I hear it, one-legged Riley Walker hopped over to that kid and said four words:

“I’m wrestling you today.”

The way I hear it, the other kid didn’t make it through practice. He walked out, never to return. I tell Riley I know that story, and that I know coach Beyer uses him as an instrument of discipline, and Riley cringes.

“I sound like a jerk,” he says, and I’m telling him what I’m about to tell you: No, no, no. You, Riley Walker, are a great kid.

And he is. He’s a 3.89 GPA student, a kid who wants to go to Purdue and become a biomechanical engineer and design prosthetics for amputees. When Speedway coaches attend an Indiana Crossroads Conference event, and coaches are asked to bring a kid who embodies class and sportsmanship, coaches bring along Riley Walker. A few weeks ago, a longtime IHSAA referee named Frankie Medvescek, an Indiana Wrestling Hall of Famer from Plainfield, presented to Riley a token of appreciation for being an inspiration – a signed, framed copy of that 2016 story in the IndyStar – calling it an honor to have officiated so many of his matches.

A jerk, Riley Walker? Not even close. He’s a quiet, humble kid who played football this season on his one leg, and note that I’m not calling it his one “good” leg because his right leg isn’t all that good. But his younger brother Reis was going to start at linebacker, and Riley thought it would be special to play alongside him. So Riley played football despite having a condition, fibular hemimelia, that cost him most of his left leg six years ago, and may well cost him his right leg someday. If he breaks that leg, doctors won’t wait for it to heal; they’ll just remove it. He was born without ankles, and because of that the calf is underused and tiny. And that’s his “good” leg.

And Riley risked it all, talked his family into it, because he wanted to play football for the first time in three years. To be with his brother. He weighed about 190 pounds in football season. Wore a prosthetic on the field. Started at nose tackle. Held his own. That’s who he is.

Well, OK, this is also who he is: He visits his mom’s class at Stokes Elementary School in Lebanon to speak to the kids about his legs, about his decision to live his life in victory and not defeat, and when he leaves, the kids are blown away.

“All they can talk about for the next several days is Riley,” his mom, Alicia, tells me. “And they all want to start wrestling.”

A semi taking a curve too fast and toppling over

For years, Riley didn’t know what he was doing on the mat.

He’s unique, not like any other wrestler in the state, but he was trying to wrestle like everyone else: Go for the takedown, and start working toward a pin. On paper, sure, that’s how you wrestle. But that paper wasn’t written about a wrestler with most of one leg missing, the other leg weak and not flexible, the upper body enormous.

“Riley is top-heavy. Good wrestlers use his size against him,” Riley’s father, Steve, is saying as we sit in the stands at Speedway and watch a good wrestler, junior Brayden Stinnett from Cascade, try to do just that.

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Speedway Sparkplugs’ Riley Walker takes off his left leg prosthetic before warming up for the team’s wresting match against the Cascade Cadets at Speedway High School on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Photo: Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar)

See, a good wrestler can feel when Riley starts moving toward a pin, and when the time is right they’ll go in the same direction, using Riley’s momentum against him and flipping him over. He’s powerless to stop it, a strong and powerful semitruck taking a curve too fast and toppling over. Took him almost four years, but this is what Riley Walker has learned: He has to grind out a victory, getting top position and maintaining it, climbing his opponent’s body, demoralizing wrestlers accustomed to being put face-down on the mat, yes, but not like this. Not for six minutes straight.

At 170 pounds, Riley Walker combines the upper-body strength of a heavyweight with the cardio of a much smaller wrestler. It’s that fitness tool I was telling you about earlier, a Nordic skiing cardio machine called a SkiErg that a wonderful IndyStar reader named Dianne Phillips donated to Riley after reading that story I wrote three years ago, when Riley was telling me that cardio is a problem because he shouldn’t run or even hop too much on his right leg; it’s vulnerable and could break.

Unable to work on cardio, Riley had to go for the fast finish. But good wrestlers were using his one-legged, top-heavy aggression against him. It was a no-win position, and Riley didn’t win much as a freshman (he finished well below .500) or as a sophomore (he thinks he may have broken even that season).

But as a junior he had the SkiErg, and he used it every day, and had the stamina to grind out wins and go 19-10. What’s a SkiErg? Imagine doing pull-ups. Now imagine doing them for 15 minutes. Compared to that, wrestling three two-minute periods isn’t so hard.

Neither is flipping tires, which is how Riley stayed in shape during football season. The SkiErg was back in the wrestling room – Riley keeps it there – so when Speedway football coaches had the team running stadium stairs, they put a tractor tire in front of Riley and told him to start flipping it. Down the field he’d go, one flip at a time, and then he’d come back the other way. He got so good at it, the coaches put him against the strongest player on the team – a kid who outweighed Riley by more than 50 pounds and, as if this needs to be said, has two legs – and Riley dusted him.

He’s some kind of strong, Riley Walker. A member of the Speedway powerlifting team, last year Riley set a Next Generation Power Lifting record of 430 pounds in the deadlift. He’s blown past that by 50 pounds in practice – his max deadlift is 480 – and he can bench press 315. All of this on a body that goes about 165 pounds. He could wrestle at 160, but he likes his speed advantage at 170, and besides, he’s stronger than his opponents in the bigger class anyway.

In 2016, Riley Walker didn’t do cardio with the rest of his team. While the other wrestlers ran, he would wrestle with assistant coach Matt Beyer, right. Then a generous reader donated cardio equipment to Riley. (Photo: Mykal_McEldowney/Indy_star)

Which brings me back to the discipline at Speedway: A kid screws up – small stuff, as I’ve said: late to practice, that sort of thing – and Beyer makes the kid wrestle Riley. That’s what Beyer is telling me, and I’m asking him: Even heavyweights? Is that punishment for a heavyweight, to wrestle a 170-pounder? Beyer starts to chuckle.

“Oh, (the heavyweight) might hold his own for a few minutes,” Beyer says. “But eventually he gets tired, and Riley doesn’t stop. And I also think …”

Beyer pauses. He’s not sure how this next part will sound.

It’ll sound fine, I tell him. Trust me.

“OK,” he says. “I also think Riley likes punishing people.”

It’s a wrestling thing, a mentality. Two highly conditioned athletes in the same weight class step onto a small wrestling mat. Only one can win. It’s an alpha-dog moment, and there can be only one. Riley wants to be the one.

“I guess I do like to punish people,” he says, then cringes again. “That makes me sound like a jerk! But when it’s time to wrestle, I want to make the other guy quit.”

I’m looking at Riley, just to see what it looks like when a young man this sweet says something so ferocious, and I’m not surprised. This kid with the short blond hair and ruddy complexion is blushing.

“Maybe I am a jerk,” he says softly.

No, Riley, and here I’ll tell you what I told him: You, Riley Walker, are an amazing young man.

Find IndyStar columnist Gregg Doyel on Twitter: @GreggDoyelStar or at facebook.com/gregg.doyel.



NJ Wrestling: Bridgewater-Raritan brings back alumni and current stars get win over Edison; improved Eagles win six bouts in defeat – MyCentralJersey.com


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BRIDGEWATER – It’s great to make a name for yourself, but where are you going to put it?

Of course, the memories always remain, but it’s nice to see your success immortalized. The Bridgewater-Raritan High School wrestling team had signs posted in its wrestling room with past champions, but they weren’t updated for some time.

So coach Mike Denver met with athletic director John Maggio, and the school unveiled nifty new signs this season under the banner of “Wall of Champions.” In Tuesday’s season-opening 46-33 win over Edison, past alumni from Bridgewater, Bridgewater East and Bridgewater West were invited back to see the current generation of stars.  

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“It kind of gives the kids something to shoot for,” said Denver, the second-year head coach. “They want to get their name up on the board. Be in the tradition and in the family. So, it’s good.”

In some cases, it literally is the same DNA. Senior 170-pounder Mike Winchock can look up and see his father Mike and uncles Charles and Gene under the District Champions list from the 1980s. Charles was also a two-time county and region champ and finished third in the state, while Mike was a Somerset champion.

Tuesday, the Bridgewater West graduates were in the stands, cheering as Mike Winchock scored a pin in 2:49.

“It’s good to wrestle for them tonight,” said Winchock, whose brother in the seventh grade also wrestles. “We’ve been talking about it for a couple weeks. Opening night for the alumni and everything, so it’s great to come out and wrestle for a packed house.”

The school’s smaller gym was filled, creating a fun atmosphere. Winchock said the team spread word on social media and in the hallways, and the student section that attends football games, the Zoo Crew, showed up. For him, it means something to put on a Bridgewater singlet like his dad and uncles.

“Absolutely, every time,” said Winchock, adding that seeing those names on the board pushes him in practice. “Every time it’s a pleasure to come out and wrestle for Bridgewater, whether it’s West, East, the combo, it’s always good to come out and perform.”

The latest brothers etching a name for themselves are the Saccos. Last season, senior Matt and sophomore Nick both qualified for the state tournament. This season, they’re both off to hot starts.

At Saturday’s Garden State Classic, Matt Sacco captured the 145-pound title with a 12-4 win over returning state qualifier Ty Bailey of Point Pleasant Boro.

At 126, Nick Sacco placed third in a difficult weight class. In the consolation final, he beat Freehold Borough’s Nico Messina 7-0. Last season, Messina won the Region VI and District 23 titles at 113 points. In the semifinal, Sacco fell 4-0 to Dumont’s Gianni Manginelli, a returning state qualifier.

“It was a great start to the season and looking to improve each day,” Matt Sacco said. “Not content, just being humble and keep going.”

Tuesday, Matt and Nick both scored pins in the second period. Matt is glad to share his success on the mat with his younger brother. He said each one pushes and learns from the other.

“It’s very special for me,” Matt Sacco said. “Him being on the same team with me, it’s very special. Not everyone has the opportunity to do that and just both of us being so successful – making it down to states together. Rooming together, doing everything together. We’re always cheering each other on. If one person’s overweight, then you get an extra workout in. We always have each other. … He’s following my footsteps and I hope he passes what I do.”

He also sees improvements from his other teammates, most of which are back from last season.  

At Saturday’s tournament, the Panthers placed sixth out of 16 squads. Brett MacMath (182) took third. Additionally, Grace Kaczanowski placed second in the girls division and the Panthers won the junior varsity tournament.

Tuesday, the Panthers won eight matches with seven pins. Also scoring falls were Andy Sanchez (113), Mike Shimko (126), MacMath (182) and Nick Cordero (190), while Timmy Turse (120) won 15-4.

Edison won six bouts, including five pins – Jonathan Chen (106), Michael O`Brien (138), Jordan Warren (160), Joseph Caliguiro (220) and Gary Keefe (HWT). Brendyn Challenger won 10-5 at 152.

Eagles coach Tom White was pleased that his team showed some moxie and improvements from last season.

“I thought we just wrestled tough,” he said. “I think we’re going in a good direction.”

A December loss ultimately doesn’t mean anything, and showing glimpses this early will only help the underclassmen as they gain experience.

He pointed to freshmen Arjun Dubewar (120) and Savion Colon (126) both showing toughness and scoring points. At 145, sophomore Connor Doherty was tied with Matt Sacco 0-0 after the first period, before Sacco scored the fall in 3:47.

“This is what these kids need,” White said. “They need tough matches against teams with good tradition, where you get competitive matches. Win or lose, they get a lot of mat time out there.”   

Before the match, Denver took the microphone and thanked everyone for coming and praised Edison.

“I thought he said some wonderful things,” White said. “I really appreciate what he said. He summed it up pretty good. That’s the thing, we love coming up here. We love when they come down to us. I feel like our programs are very comparable. Both of us need these competitive matches against good, solid teams with good traditions.”

Now for the Panthers, some of that history is on full display. Denver thanked former Bridgewater art teacher Bob Bernabe for helping out with the aesthetics and former coach Greg Evans and the Winchock family, among other past wrestlers, for researching some of the names that were missing.

“The kind of support that you have with family, the kids, the tradition, the alumni – I mean, you can’t beat it,” Denver said. “You really can’t beat it.”



Actor David Arquette will appear in Clarksville wrestling match next month – Clarksville Now


By December 18, 2018 1:49 pm

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW) – Actor David Arquette will step into the ring when the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) comes to Clarksville next month to partner with Clarksville’s own Tried-N-True (TNT) Productions to present the first ever “NWA Pop-Up Event”.

Arquette also addressed the announcement on Twitter.

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On Saturday, January 5, ‘New Year’s Clash’ will feature all active NWA Championship titles being defended. This includes the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship currently held by Nick Aldis, the NWA National Championship held by Willie Mack, and NWA Women’s Championship held by Jazz. The very first qualifying match for the returning Crockett Cup Tag Team Tournament will also be held.

The NWA has a history dating back to 1948, and has recently enjoyed a resurgence since being purchased by Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan in 2017.

The NWA Pop Up Event: ‘New Year’s Clash’ will be hosted at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center located at 1188 Cumberland Drive. There will be a special meet and greet prior to the event, featuring all the NWA Champions and more. Tickets can be purchased online at the Tried-N-True website.

You can watch all NWA content for free on YouTube.



Freetail Brewing Co., River City Wrestling tag-team for beer brawl – mySanAntonio.com



There won’t be any specially brewed Slam Antonio Lager or Piledriver Porter for the event, but a San Antonio brewery is ditching the yoga and trivia nights for a more violent form of sudsy entertainment.

The Freetail Brewing Co. is hosting a River City Wrestling event Jan. 4 in the main brewing area of the tasting room at 2000 S. Presa St. in Southtown.


“We’ve been planning on doing this for a while now (with Freetail),” said River City Wrestling founder Brandon Oliver. “Most of our venues have been in the north or northeast part of town, and we want to have a presence all over the city.”

Wrestlers from all over the country, as well as luchadores from Mexico, will fill the six-match card. For more information, go to the RCW presence on Facebook.


Oliver said the configuration of the brewery seating will allow about 400 into the space, and he expects a sellout. Tickets, which are priced from $20 for general admission to $40 for front-row seating, are available at ticketweb.com.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the event will begin at 8 p.m. The Freetail tasting room opens at 4 p.m.

Freetail Brewing Co. (tasting room), 2000 S. Presa St., 210-626-6000. Hours: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Facebook: freetailtaproom


Chuck Blount is a food writer and columnist covering all things grilled and smoked in the San Antonio area. Find his Chuck’s Food Shack columns on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com, or read his other coverage on our free site, mySA.com. | cblount@express-news.net | Twitter: @chuck_blount   | Instagram: @bbqdiver