Monday, February 13, 2017

A Well-Earned Feather

I spent just one season on the wrestling team when I was in high school, much to the chagrin of every kid in my weight class whose school was on W-H's schedule.  I was as close to an automatic win for each one of them as he could have possibly hoped.  At the end of my lone season on the mat, I had more bruised ribs (three, courtesy of Liam Ryan of Roselle Catholic) than I did wins (two).

Both of Margaret's nephews, Joe Bozzomo and his younger brother, Frank, were slightly better high school wrestlers than I was.  In Joe's senior year, in spite of wrestling the entire season with a shoulder that he injured playing football in the fall, which would be surgically repaired in the spring, he won, first, the District 12 championship and, thereafter, the Region 3 championship at 189 pounds, which qualified him for the State Championships in Atlantic City.  There, he finished on the podium, in sixth place. 

Middlesex High School was fortunate that Chrissy and Frank, Sr. carefully planned the births of their two sons so that as the Blue Jays wrestling program bade farewell to Joe after his senior season, it welcomed Frank as a freshman.  They never wrestled together but, instead, provided a stopper in the lineup and a reason for Middlesex fans to chant "B-O-Z-Z-O-M-O" in multi-part harmony for eight consecutive seasons.  

In his four years at Middlesex High School, Frank placed in the District 12 tournament all four years, had one second-place finish in Region 3, and one Region 3 Championship.  Although he did not end up on the podium in Atlantic City, he qualified for the State Championships in Atlantic City in his junior and his senior year.  All in all, Frank spent a lot of his time on the mat doing things such as this... 




and this...




which led to a staggering number of these moments...




On Saturday morning, in recognition for all he did as a member of the wrestling team - a team for which he now serves as an Assistant Coach - Frank was enshrined in the Middlesex High School Wrestling Hall of Fame.  An honor he most certainly earned and most assuredly deserved... 




...and an occasion of sufficient significance that he actually wore a tie.  Nicely done, Hall-of-Famer.  Nicely done indeed. 

-AK 


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