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High School Wrestling - Tezucar and Friedman Win as Kearny Tops Westfield 45-26

By DAVID B. CORBIN for The Westfield Leader and The Times

Onur Tezucar exhibited versatility and Nick Friedman displayed determination as each posted victories for the Blue Devils last Friday in Westfield. The Kardinals got off quickly to a 21-0 lead, winning by fall at the 103-pound class, by forfeit at 112, by fall at 119 and by close decision at 125.

Dann Todd of the Blue Devils lost a very close decision at the 125-pound class to Santiago Almeida by a score of 7-6. A five-point third period for Almeida snatched the victory from Todd. Westfield's first win came at the 130-pound class when Friedman edged Israel Ormaza, 8-7. Friedman scored four times on two-point reversals, one of which was in the final period, to pull out a come-from-behind victory. The win put the team score to 21-3.

Jarrett Kamins, last week's upset winner over Jay Smith of Rahway, lost a heart breaker to Mike Gonzalez of the Kardinals in overtime at the 135-pound class by a 7-5 decision to make the team score 24-3. Kamins took advantage of a missed headlock attempt by Gonzalez in the first period to score a two-point takedown but was the victim of a successful tight-waist tilt which gave Gonzalez points in the second period. The match was tied at the end of the third period, 5-5, which then sent the match into overtime when Gonzalez scored a takedown on Kamins to win the bout.

At 140, sophomore Onur Tezucar used a multitude of moves to stun Marco Leiva, out-pointing him 20-5 and winning by technical fall which added five team points for the Blue Devils. Tezucar used his leverage to take Leiva to the mat and put him on his back in the first period. By the end of the first period, Tezucar commanded a 7-2 lead. Further superiority was displayed when Tezucar accumulated two more near falls and a reversal in the second period. Finally, Tezucar put Leiva out of his misery by adding another near fall and a takedown to end the match.

Senior Brian Joffe, at 145, also suffered an overtime loss losing to Danny Aravjo, 8-6. Although Joffe battled back from a 5-0 first period deficit and executed a fine standing-forward roll escape move, it wasn't enough as Aravjo took the initiative in overtime to score the winning takedown.

Kearny increased its lead 33-8 when Les Glazewski pinned Avi Goldman in 0:31 at the 152-pound class. Westfield added 12 more team points when John Jones decked Dave Polaski in 1:38 at 160 and Mike Baly won via forfeit when the Kardinals avoided sending a wrestler to the mat at the 171-pound class.

At 189, sophomore Blue Devil Rich Hatfield brought the team score as close as it would get at 33-26 by flattening Sean Courter in 3:18. The Kardinals put the finishing touches on the match when Anthony DiStano pinned Brian Williams in 2:37 at the 215-pound class and Anthony Luaces received a forfeit in the Heavyweight class. Junior Baly remains undefeated and sophomore Tezucar has only one blemish to his record.

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