GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP - Absegami High School sophomore Yanni Patsaros wasn't interested in coming to today's District 32 tournament as a fan.
But on Friday night that looked like a very real possibility for the No. 1 seed at 126 pounds as he trailed eighth-seeded Matt Dellinger of St. Augustine Prep 4-2 midway through the second period.
"I wasn't quitting," Patsaros said.
Patsaros fought back and turned Dellinger to his back, pinning him with 4 seconds left in the third period to advance to today's semifinals.
"I didn't want to go home," Patsaros said. "I still wanted to wrestle. I always want to wrestle. I love it."
Today's semifinals start at noon. Consolations start at 3 p.m. with the finals set to begin around 5 p.m.
Patsaros said he knew 126 pounds was a loaded weight class this year with as many as six or seven wrestlers in the bracket with a legitimate chance of winning.
Patsaros will face Buena Regional standout freshman Tim Suter in the semifinals today.
"I just look who my opponent is. I get a game plan, and that's it. I just wrestle to my full potential."
Holy Spirit's Miles Townsend had one of the biggest upsets of the night.
Townsend is seeded sixth at 126 and won a 3-2 decision against third-seeded Callisto Kraus of Oakcrest.
Townsend transferred to Spirit from Oakcrest and received the No. 6 seed in part because he sat out the first 30 days of the season.
"Coming in with only 14 matches, I knew I had to wrestle and work my butt off to win," Townsend said.
Townsend said he had nothing to lose as the No. 6 seed.
"I actually like being the underdog because it gives me more fire to go in there," Townsend said. "I wanted to just prove to everyone that I'm up here with these guys."
Townsend will wrestle second-seeded Justin Bishop in the semifinals.
A major injury weren't going to keep Cedar Creek's Matt Jiampetti from wrestling in districts his senior season.
Jiampetti broke his kneecap in a match with Absegami earlier this season. He had the knee drained and was told to sit out for month.
"At first, I was going to be out for the season," Jiampetti said.
But that wasn't the case.
Jiampetti won a 10-4 decision against Ocean City's Shane Stack.
"I didn't know how long I was going to be out for," Jiampetti said. "I just planned on coming back, and I came back strong."
Jiampetti will wrestle top-seeded Matt Jiampetti in the semifinals.
"Last year I didn't make it to Saturday, so this year I'm going for the best," Jiampetti said.
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