Clutch wrestlers pull through when wins are needed by a team, and solid wrestlers reach 100 or more wins in their career.  Wednesday night, Urbana’s Nick Frank did both.

Stepping onto the mat in the second-to-last bout of the night, the 132-pound Hawk needed a win to clinch a league title for 13-0 Urbana, seeing his team leading by just seven points.  One minute, 35 seconds later, it was all over.

With the slap of the mat and an undoubted roar of the crowd, Frank stood at center circle with his hand raised high for the 100th time in his career, having just decked his opponent and clinched his team’s win, 37-30.

Before his fateful match, the Hawks put together five straight wins to overcome a 21-0 deficit, dropping the first five bouts to the Knights with two falls and a decision.  But the Urbana comeback itself contained five fall, including Frank’s fall at 132, posting a 37-24 lead with one bout remaining.

Joe Rimel started the Hawks’ comeback with a fall at 195, being joined by fellow pinners Nick Keller (285 pounds), Jimmy Allen (113), Matt Steinheimer (120), and Frank (132), adding Morgan Way’s major decision at 106 and Dave Abretski’s 3-2 decision at 126 for 37 team-points.

Middletown opened the meet with  five consecutive wins, pinning with Vincent Wilkes (152) and Judd Ziegler (182) among decision winners Bennett Proctor (145), Zeke Windon (160) and Dylan Herman (170) for a 21-0 lead.  The Knights later added and Andre Cross decision at 220, 6-1, and finished the night Matt Capabianco’s fall at 138, still falling short of the Hawks.

Both teams entered the Middletown gym with perfect 13-0 records, but it was the Hawks who left undefeated, dealing the Knights their first loss of the 2011-2012 season.

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Urbana Hawks 37, Middletown Knights 30

Box score on Page 2