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Chase Hansen, “just a Little Kid from Cape May County,” Is the Only Undefeated Freshman in The Entire State.

New Jersey’s lone unbeaten freshman wrestler will compete in Thursday’s NJSIAA/Rothman Orthopaedics State Wrestling Championship.

An impressive 132 pounds, caught in Lower Cape May Even Chase Hansen, the lone wrestler, recognises the gravity of the situation.

For a kid from Cape May County like me, it’s unfathomable,” Hansen exclaimed.

While Hansen did not enter high school as a complete unknown, his achievements did not compare favourably to those of other notable students. He claimed to have won first, second, and fourth place at youth state competitions and to have competed in the freestyle nationals in Fargo once, where he went 2-2.

This programme runs in his blood; his grandfather, Blair Hansen, took first in the state in 1975.

Hansen said he expected to win the district, region, and state championships this year, but he didn’t expect to be undefeated through the first 40 games.

In fact, he is one of only nine undefeated wrestlers from the state who will be competing in Atlantic City. Others include Anthony Knox of St. John Vianney, Luke Stanich of Roxbury, and Anthony Santaniello of Brick Memorial. Louie Cerchio and Simon Ruiz of Delbarton, Sabino Portella of Red Bank Catholic, George Rhodes of Absegami, and Joe Abill of Clifton.

Stanich and Portella were both runner-ups at the state level, and three of the seven have previously won their respective states.

I feel like I’ve been getting better as the year has gone on,” Hansen said. I never imagined that I would be able to defeat ranked children and pull off victories in matches I was never supposed to. But I always have confidence in my abilities before a game. To be successful in the ring, I focus on wrestling intelligently and doing what I do best.

Hansen won arguably the toughest weight class at Region 8, but he didn’t compete in national tournaments like the Beast of the East and Escape the Rock, which can hurt a wrestler’s record.

In the semifinals and finals, he defeated fellow seniors Mason Livio of Pinelands and Gavin Haegele of Eastern, respectively. Haegele won his third consecutive district title this year, and both he and Livio had previously qualified for the state tournament.

It wasn’t just who Hansen beat, but how he did it that was impressive. To win 3-2, he rode out Livio for the entire third period, and he also kept Haegele off balance for the majority of the third period before scoring a late takedown when the Viking senior was forced to take a risk.

Not bad for a first-year player going up against a pair of seasoned veterans who have each amassed over 100 victories in their careers.

Hansen claimed, “I didn’t fear any of them” in his weight class. I knew that if I repeated the same strategy I had used to defeat them in the previous match, I would again prevail.

In his season, Hansen’s closest match was a 7-5 sudden victory over Bryce Manera of Holy Spirit, another tough wrestler.

In the summer, Chase “does man work,” as Lower Cape May head coach Billy Damiana put it. A fisherman, as the saying goes. During the summer, he gets up at 4:00am five days a week to fish until 3:00pm, lifts as soon as he gets off the boats, and then attends wrestling practise four days a week.

“Every summer, he’s put in difficult situations at work, and he always manages to pull through. That’s because this isn’t a match; it’s a way of life. His grandfather was our school’s very first state-place finisher, and his entire family is involved in the fishing industry. His actions are out of the ordinary, but he is meeting the high standards he has set for himself.

Even though Damiana has racked up a number of victories and postseason accolades, he claims no one has brought up his perfect record.

Just keep scoring and winning, that’s the goal, Damiana said; “we don’t even pay attention to that.” “Biggest goal is Atlantic City and just see what you can do,” she added.

Hansen claims to have attended many state tournaments in Atlantic City throughout his youth. He believes he is prepared for whatever awaits him in the ring.

Because Brick Memorial’s Anthony Santaniello, a three-time finalist and former state champion, lurks in the quarterfinals as the No. 8 seed, Hansen has a long shot of preserving his perfect record.

Even so, Hansen anticipates continuing to compete on the day that the state’s top eight wrestlers are honoured with medals.

‘I think I can finish in the top eight and get on the podium,’ Hansen declared. Innumerable times, I’ve gone to see it for myself. Many of my childhood friends and acquaintances have reached the top of the podium in wrestling there. The only thing I need to do is keep wrestling; I’m not nervous at all.

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Parvesh is the Content Writer for New Jersey Local News. Here at New Jersey Local News, she covers local news of New Jersey state. Moreover, Parvesh likes to dance and listen to music. She also finds time in her hectic schedule to relax and spend time with loved ones.


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