Nelson helps boost Glenelg



February 02, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Glenelg senior Matt Nelson walked onto the mat last night to face Hammond's Matt Campbell much as he routinely does - dragging his left foot behind him.

"Matt was born with a mild club foot, but it's never held him back," said Nelson's father, Greg, whose son earned the nickname "Crazy Foot" from lacrosse teammates. "I was sitting here nervous, but Matt was determined and unfazed by the pressure."

A first-year starter, Nelson wrestled like a veteran, building a five-point lead before decking Campbell in 4:29 of their 152-pound bout in a come-from-behind, 33-32 victory that dethroned No. 11 Hammond (16-12, 9-2) as the Howard County dual meet champ.

"[Campbell] was going for a cradle, but hung over too much. I got a headlock and that's where I pinned him," said Nelson, whose third pin of the year improved him to 6-7 and was Glenelg's first win of the night among four bouts. "I was told I only had to just win, but when the opportunity was there, I took it."

Hammond had taken an 18-0 lead heading into Nelson's bout, thanks to pins from Zach Halper (135), three-time state champ Vince Taweel (140), and Matt Ketchum (145).

The No. 5 Gladiators (14-0, 11-0) won three of the next five bouts, however, to come within 26-21, as pins from Tim Chase (160) and Syd Boesche (189) along with a decision from Pat Black (285) countered major decisions by Hammond's Ryan McKevitt (171) and Adam Claudy (215).

The Bears led 29-24 after the teams traded victories in the next two bouts: Hammond's Dylan Gillett (103) overcame a 6-2 deficit to beat Zach Gerber, 9-7, in overtime, and Glenelg's Brendan Conway (112) edged Josh Halper, 8-5.

That set up the night's marquee matchup featuring Hammond's state champ Devon Gillett (119) scoring an 8-6 victory over Glenelg's Brian Marcoux, a third-place finisher at states who dropped to 22-2.

But with the score at 32-24 in favor of Hammond, a pin and a decision, respectively, by Chris Stinnett (125) and state runner-up Danny Bichner (130) secured the win.

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