When Wayne Valley fell behind in its state sectional semifinal against Mount Olive, 21-4, it needed a quick boost. The Indians got that when Ryan Hammer won by decision at 126 pounds and his brother, Sean Hammer followed with a pin, at 132. The victories moved Valley to within 21-13, and the team went on to win, 37-31.
Two days later, with Wayne Valley trailing in its state sectional final match at Roxbury, 16-0, Ryan and Sean came through with wins that cut the deficit to 16-6. Elijah Lugo would follow with a win and Matt Jimenez recorded a big time pin that made it 16-15.
Ryan and Sean Hammer were certainly a big part of Wayne Valley’s post-season success. (Click on photo for larger image. Photo courtesy of Christine Colella)
After Valley fell behind 25-15, it never faltered, as the heavier weights came through, starting with Reid Colella’s pin at 170 for his 100th career win, and continuing at 195 pounds, where Dan Murphy won by decision to make it 31-24, Nick Trani remained unbeaten with a pin at 220 to cut Roxbury’s lead to 31-30 and the rally was climaxed by Jordan Botero winning in 4 overtimes, on a last second escape, to give the Indians a 33-31 win for the program’s second state sectional title and first since 2014.
The entire team celebrated Reid Colella’s 100th career win, as well as a state championship, on Feb. 8. (Click on photo for larger image)
But clearly, it was the Hammers who put their team in position to win, both in the semifinals and championship rounds, with determined efforts.
It was, for sure, Hammer Time, I and II.