By Harold Raker
The Daily Item
MILTON -- The score will show that Nick Cashdollar lost 11-7 in Saturday's District 4 Class AAA Duals championship at Milton High School.
It will also show that his team, Shikellamy, fell to Jersey Shore 33-25.
Neither will come close to telling the story, of Cashdollar's bout, nor the performances of some of his teammates.
The Braves (8-9), who lost their previous match with the Bulldogs this season, 34-33, put the outcome into the hands of freshman 138-pounder Cashdollar in the final bout, after Tristan Paul's major decision at 132 pulled Shikellamy to within 30-25.
Cashdollar, facing fellow freshman Hayden Swartwood, quickly fell behind 5-0 on a takedown and three-point nearfall.
"I was trying to end it quickly so I did something reckless and it didn't work out for me," Cashdollar said.
"I had to get the pin."
Early on, the writing seemed to be on the wall for the large contingent of Braves fans sitting next to the mat. Cashdollar needed a pin and was in a big hole.
"I really thought I could win," he said.
Cashdollar began his comeback by escaping and getting a takedown to make it 5-3 after one period. Swartwood picked up a locked-hands penalty point, escaped and scored three back points in the third, but Cashdollar sandwiched the nearfall with a takedown and reversal to close it out.
Shikellamy coach John Supsic said, "Nick wrestled a good match. He was an underdog there. Swartwood is only a freshman, but he is a good kid. Nick went out there and wrestled an intense, hard match, but it wasn't meant to be."
Jersey Shore coach Shawn Weaver said, "A lot of things were going through my head (in the final bout). You try to game-plan to what you think you need and we thought that was the best match-up for us. Hayden's had a great year."
Supsic said, "I thought we were going to win. We had a great week of practice; I think it was the best week of practice we had all year."
But he didn't think his team brought its "A" game. "Take nothing away from Jersey Shore. They wrestled a great match. They were well-prepared."
The Braves' downfall was their inability to get the bonus points they needed, which was key.
Shikellamy got two pins, from Dwayne Pepper at 195 and Dylan Houseknecht at 120, and just the one major.
The Braves were victims of five locked-hands penalties, including one at the buzzer that cost Jesse Shambach a major decision. He led 14-6 before the penalty.
The Braves also got a big comeback win at 170 by freshman Darryl Englehardt. He got the winning takedown at the edge of the mat with seven seconds left to beat Utoah Agae-Naipo 10-9.