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Viking wrestlers fall to Poly Tech; turn focus to conference matches By Jessica Neal Wednesday, February 1, proved to be anqther set- back night in the long season of the Cape wrestlers. The Vikings fell to the Polytech Panthers 52-21. Cape came out strong in the first two weight class- es with two pins. Eric Beaman, i03, pinned his man in 2:43, and freshman Theron Pavlik, 112, was thrilled when he scored a pin in 3:25. "That match was a real confidence booster for me," said Pavlik. "It came after I've had a few loss- es, and I just wanted to come out and wrestle aggres- sive. Coach Gray gave me a big talk and gave me a lot of confidence." HOwever Polytech was not going to give up points so easily. They dominated for the next four weight classes. At 119, Son Le was pinned in 1:04; 125, Ray Markle was pinned in 1:15 130, Tommy Engel was pinned in 5:51; and at 135, Chris Carlton lost a 16-1 technical fall in 2:27. Cape resurfaced again in the 140 weight class when freshman Matt Martin wrestled to a 14-11 mi- nor decision in a real nail-biter of a match. "It felt really great to win," said Martin. "I was re- ally nervous because the score was so close the whole time. In the third period, I just kept him down and tried to do my best." At 145, Rob Gingrich lost a 17-1 technical fall in 3:14, and at 152, Joe Deloy was pinned in 1:00. Doug Parke at 160 earned points for Cape when he scored a pin in 1:47. In the 171 weight class, John Thielbahr was pinned in 3:24; at 189, Nick Imperial was pinned in 1:17; and Cape forfeited the heavyweight weight class. Cape Coach Tyrone Gray said he was proud of the individual performances of the team. "I'm really proud of the two freshmen, Matt Mar- tin and Theron Pavlik. Doug Parke also did well, and Eric Beaman did a great job," said Gray. "Right now Eric is 21-7 for the season, and if he keeps it up he has a chance of winning thirty matches for the season. That is really excellent, and hasn't been done often at Cape. The last guys I recall win- ning thirty matches in a season were Jon LoBiondo in 1990, and Shawneil Williams in 1991." Gray adds that the team's record is now 1-8, but that is not where the team's concentration is. "We understand that we won't be great as a team. These dual meets are just important now for the up- coming Conference Championships. It is important that theseguys understand why they are losing, and correct it and then come out that much stronger for the Conferences. "Right now as a team we still need to work on the attitude, but that's not something we can practice or teach. These guys have to find that for themselves. However, the team unity has really improved. These guys are sticking together through these tough times, and they realize that they're all in this together." Tonight, Feb. 3, the Vikings will host school rival Sussex Tech for the first time. Lewes Middle School Coach Conlon enjoying shift from military to civilian and community life By Rich Welsh LMS Boy's Basketball Coach and JROTC teacher Mike Conlon can argue with his son, Eric, about basketball and sports in general when the two come home after a long day's practice. This opportunity is one that ex- Army NCO relishes to no end. Mike Conlon grew up in the Bronx where some of his family still reside and attended high school at Talintine High School in the Bronx. Conlon played high school basketball and played some memorable games against St. Raymonds High School, which was a contestant in this year's Slam Dunk to the Beach. Accord- ing to Conlon, St. Raymond's was a basketball power back when he played against them. Conlon left the Bronx to serve the next 20 years of his life for one of our country's biggest employ- ers, Uncle Sam, more specifically known as the United States Army. Conlon was part of a special forces unit and was in Northern Iraq during the Gulf War. During his twenty year tenure with the Army, Conlon was stationed in Germany, Massachusetts, and in Korea (near the DMZ). When stationed in Germany and Massachusetts, Conlon coached basketball for some of the bases' teams. And after 20 years of ser- vice Conlon decided to retire from Army life and become a teacher of YROTC. After applying to be certified as a teacher on the basis of his nu- of certainty that you will not be called at 2 a.m. and be told to pack your bags because you are going to be stationed at an undisclosed location for an indeterminable amount of time," said Conlon. "But after so many years of that kind of travel it becomes fun to go to all those different places, so it is a little bit of give and take, like al- ways in life." Lewes Middle School bas- ketball coach Mike Conlon merous years of experience that he spent instructing in the Army, Conlon spent time looking for a high school in which to teach JROTC in the New Engl.and area and the rest of the east coast. He finally settled on Cape Henlopen because of closeness to Dover Air Force Base and the local atmos- phere. After years of the regiment of Army life that can be sometimes comforting after awhile, Conlon is going through a change that most of us rarely have to go through. This change is the change from an Army to a civilian lifestyle, How is this new lifestyle differ- ent from the military one? "The good thing about this change is that you have that kind However, one gets the feeling that all these changes, difficult as they may be, don't make too much of a difference to Coach Conlon, for one reason only. After seven years Conlon can now be with his son on an every day basis. "In the time that I was away I missed a lot of the sports that my son, Eric, was involved in among other ac- tivities. So to be able to coach my son is real nice," said Conlon. "And also after all those years of being away from any kind of com- munity, it is nice to be involved in one and coaching basketball I think is helping with that." Conlon takes this stance when it comes to his basketball team and media coverage. "I am not the sto- ry, and I try not to be because I al- ready received all my medals and honors when I was in the service." Milton Little League sets final sign-ups The fourth and final sign-ups for Milton Little League will be on Saturday, Feb. 4, 1995 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Milton Civic Center in downtown Milton. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 3 - February 9, 1995 - 45 Taking A Break Cape Gazette Outdoors columnist Steve Hoenigmann is taking a break this week and will return to these pages next week. Please don't anyone tell him about the giant stripers, the huge deer, and the exceptional tu- na that have been breaking our waters in his absence. Farm. . 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