HADDONFIELD (N.J.) - Haddonfield Memorial High School's wrestling team was fresh off of a revenge-match win against Collingswood.
The Haddons were looking for a second dose of redemption as Gloucester, who defeated them last season, stood in their way.
Haddonfield's James Canuso (top) and Gloucester's Robert McDowell (bottom) await the whistle to resume their bout at Haddonfield Memorial High School on Thursday, January 6, 2023. Collin Conway/D2 Sports Network
Haddonfield prevailed with a 40-21 victory on Friday night.
Gloucester shot out to a 18-6 lead with pins coming from Jake Zearfoss (150) and Kaleb Wright (165), while Leo Curran (175) and Bear Smith (215) picked up decisions for the Lions.
Haddonfield climbed back from down 18-6, to make it 21-21 and never looked back.
The Haddons' Luke Wagner (120) tied the match up with a pin and the Bulldawgs won the rest of their matches after the 120-pound bout.
James Canuso picked up an 11-1 major decision at 126 and Will Bayer continued the four-point win streak with a 12-1 major at 132. Alex Hurly sealed the deal at 138 with a technical fall, and Alex Goldman grabbed a pin at 144 to cap the match.
Wagner, the one responsible for turning the tide, was very upbeat about the win.
"It felt so good to get the win," he said. "Coming off of the Collingswood match we felt really confident and just did our business tonight."
The electricity was contagious throughout the self-proclaimed "Thunderdome."
Wagner echoed that statement.
"After my match, I just went back to the huddle and I could feel my team feeding off of the energy provided on the mat."