GLOUCESTER CITY – The Tri-County Conference-Classic DivisionGloucester and Pennsville on Wednesday night will be unforgettable for any number of reasons.
• A pair of injury defaults
• A physical altercation between fans in the stands
• A clearing of fans from the gym
• Team point deductions
• Large quantities of blood
• Post-match screaming episodes at the referee
• A coach ejection
Yet when Gloucester’s Joe Repici held on for a 6-5 decision in the final bout and clinched a 33-29 team victory, the nearly three-hour match took on a completely new significance. After restarting the program just eight years ago, and for the first time in history, the Lions are division champions.
Repici scored a five-point takedown at the end of the first period and endured two third-period stalling penalties in a winner-take-all bout at 106 pounds over Pennsville’s Justin Stacknick. The teams split bouts, 7-7, but Gloucester (15-5, 5-0 division) got four pins compared to Pennsville’s one pin, two injury defaults and two major decisions. Pennsville (13-3, 4-1 division) lost four team points, two for unsportsmanlike conduct by wrestlers for on-the-mat incidents, and two against Pennsville coach Ralph Ross Jr., the second of which meant an ejection.
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