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Wrestling Recap
Woodbridge Blue Raiders
2001-2002 Game-by-Game Recap

Friday, Feb. 8, 2002
Indian River 44, Woodbridge 15

The Blue Raiders concluded a winless dual meet season with a Henlopen Conference loss. Bruce Baker and James Faulkner won by pin at 140 and 171, respectively.

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002
Caesar Rodney 84, Woodbridge 0

The Blue Raiders lost every match by pin or forfeit to the seven-time Henlopen Conference champions.

Monday, Feb. 4, 2002
Polytech 58, Woodbridge 24

Woodbridge got four pins in the Henlopen Conference loss.

Recording those pins were Richard Russell at 160, James Faulkner at 171, Bruce Baker at 135 and Andre Cannon at 145.

The Blue Raiders again surrendered six forfeits.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2002
Seaford 64, Woodbridge 8

Woodbridge managed only two wins while forfeiting seven matches in the Henlopen Conference loss. James Faulkner won by a technical fall at 171 and Bruce Baker won by decision at 135.

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002
Sussex Central 78, Woodbridge 6

The Blue Raiders surrendered six forfeits and lost all but one of the contested matches by pin. James Faulkner posted the Raiders' only win with a pin at 171.

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002
Cape Henlopen 66, Woodbridge 15

The Blue Raiders got three wins in the Henlopen Conference loss. Richard Hughes and James Faulkner pinned their opponents at 140 and 171, respectively, while Andre Cannon earned a decision at 145.

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002
Milford 52, Woodbridge 24

The Blue Raiders got two pins, a forfeit and a pair of decisions in the Henlopen Conference dual meet loss.

Richard Russell and James Faulkner won by pin at 160 and 171, respectively, while Andre Cannon (152) and Ricky Hughes (140) won by decision.

Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002
Sussex Tech 48, Woodbridge 29

The Blue Raiders actually won most of the matches that were wrestled but gave away five forfeits and suffered an injury default in the Henlopen Conference loss.

In the matches that were wrestled, the Raiders recorded three pins, a technical fall and two decisions.

Registering pins for the Raiders were Bruce Baker at 135, Richard Russell at 160 and James Faulkner at 171.

Ricky Hughes won by technical fall at 140, while Richard Hall and Andre Cannon won by decision at 130 and 152, respectively.

Friday, Jan. 11, 2002
Dover 57, Woodbridge 19

Woodbridge wrestling coach Tyrone GrayPhoto: Woodbridge head coach Tyrone Gray

The Blue Raiders remained winless this season and winless in their last 42 dual meets but head coach Tyrone Gray noted the dramatic improvement of 160-pounder Richard Russell this season.

Russell went 0-17 in a difficult 8th grade season last year but has made a major turnaround this year with a 7-7 record counting his pin of Dover's Roland Brown in 3:25.

Russell is 4-1 in conference matches this season.

Other winners against Dover were Bruce Parker with a decision at 135, Andre Cannon with a major decision at 152, and James Faulkner with a pin at 171.

The Raiders, now 0-5 in the conference and dual meets, host Milford in a conference dual meet on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002
Lake Forest 59, Woodbridge 19

Woodbridge 152-pounder Andre Cannon152-pounder Andre Cannon

The Blue Raiders got two pins and a major decision in the Henlopen Conference loss to the defending Southern Division champions.

Woodbridge got pins from Andre Cannon at 152 and Mike Janiszewski at 189.

James Faulkner recorded a major decision at 171 and Richard Russell posted a decison in overtime at 160.

The Raiders are now 0-4 in the conference and dual meets.

Friday, Jan. 4, 2002
Smyrna 71, Woodbridge 12

The Blue Raiders dropped the dual meet to the Henlopen Conference Southern Division powerhouse to fall to 0-3. Richard Russell and James Faulkner got the Raiders' only wins with pins at 160 and 171, respectively.

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001
Laurel 67, Woodbridge 12

The Blue Raiders again gave up six forfeits in the Henlopen Conference Southern Division defeat. Andre Cannon and James Faulkner pinned their opponents at 152 and 189, respectively, for Woodbridge's points.

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001
Delmar 42, Woodbridge 41

Woodbridge 189-pounder James Faulkner189-pounder James Faulkner

Forfeits ultimately led to the Blue Raiders' defeat in their season-opening dual meet.

Woodbridge surrendered six forfeits, including a forfeit at heavyweight, to give Delmar the Henlopen Conference victory.

In the eight matches that were actually contested, Woodbridge won seven.

Four forfeits put Woodbridge in a 24-6 hole after the 130 match with the Raiders' Herve Etienne recording a 41-second pin at 112 in the only match contested in the first four bouts.

The Raiders then began to come back, however, with pins by Richard Hall at 135, Ricky Hughes at 140 and Richard Idler at 145 and a technical fall by Andre Cannon at 152 for a 29-24 lead.

Another forfeit gave Delmar a 30-29 lead, but Woodbridge responded with pins by R.C. Russell at 171 and James Faulkner at 189 to go up 41-30.

Delmar then picked up the pin it needed at 215, which, combined with a forfeit in the heavyweight match, gave it the points it needed to pull out the win.

"It was a tough loss," said Woodbridge head coach Tyrone Gray. "Forfeits hurt us."

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