By Josh Folck | For lehighvalleylive.com | Posted July 26, 2019 at 01:35 AM | Updated July 26, 2019 at 01:50 AM
The Phillipsburg and Delaware Valley wrestlers have been in some battles on the wrestling mat.
But none of them compare at all to the battle 4-year-old Grayson Schmalz is going through.
The young Stewartsville resident has completed 250 days of intense chemotherapy as he fights Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He will enter the long-term maintenance phase of treatment on Friday after responding well to the first step of treatment.
Schmalz served as Phillipsburg’s special captain on Thursday night as the Stateliners faced Frenchtown in the Pin Cancer match at Maloney Stadium.
“It makes our day. Whatever we can do to bring somebody’s day up,” Phillipsburg rising senior Jacob Wicks said. “This event in general, the longest lasting one for any high school. We just want to keep it going. Keep supporting these kids who are fighting these harder battles every, single day of their lives. That kid still has 900 days of leukemia treatment. I can’t even imagine going through that. It’s something to try to help these guys out. The families are going through a lot. The kids are going through a lot. Just whatever we can do.”
“We had the young man that came out with us for introductions,” Stateliners coach Dave Post said. “You see a little kid like that and you realize how important a night like tonight is. Even though in the grand scheme of the national push to find a cure for cancer, our little event is very small. But it makes it worthwhile when you see a little boy like that.”
Phillipsburg’s James Day wins 16-0 technical fall in 3:00 over Frenchtown’s Robert Groogan at 115. The Phillipsburg wrestling team hosts Frenchtown in the annual Pin Cancer match on July 25, 2019, at Maloney Stadium. (Tim Wynkoop | lehighvalleylive.com contributor)
Phillipsburg defeated Frenchtown 36-16 in the charity match on the new turf field.
Wicks was one of nine Stateliners to post victories on the night. The rising senior posted a 7-1 decision over Frenchtown’s Zach Zuchowski at 193 pounds. It gave Phillipsburg a 30-16 lead with two bouts remaining and clinched the team victory.
The win had even more meaning for Wicks as his dad, Jamie, had a 92-5 record at Delaware Valley and won state championships in 1987 and 1988 for the Terriers.
“I know all those guys on that team very well. I know them by first-name basis. They’re all friends of mine,” Jacob Wicks said. “They were telling me to transfer and everything. I was telling them no. I can’t. They may be my friends, but at the end of the day, I’m sticking with my team 100 percent.”
Phillipsburg’s Jacob Wicks wins 7-1 decision over Frenchtown’s Zach Zuchowski at 193. The Phillipsburg wrestling team hosts Frenchtown in the annual Pin Cancer match on July 25, 2019, at Maloney Stadium. (Tim Wynkoop | lehighvalleylive.com contributor)
Frenchtown got off to a strong start as rising senior Derek Schepens posted a 10-4 decision over Phillipsburg’s Sean Stasiulaitis in the night’s first bout at 108 pounds.
“It’s a great event,” Schepens said. “I love this fundraiser. It’s awesome, especially to bring out the community. To have the people out here to watch us wrestle on this mat is an awesome experience.”