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Monday, January 23, 2012

GIFT OF LIFE DUALS: No. 16 Delbarton wins thriller; Nutley captures SEC American crown; Big D Gift of Life the big winner

The Star Ledger

Delbarton, No. 16 in the Star-Ledger Top 20, had just won a thrilling 35-31 match over a toughDon Bosco Prep team in the finals of the second Gift of Life Duals in Nutley when its coach,Bryan Stoll, put the entire event into its proper perspective.

"Of course, I'm really happy we won," Stoll said. "But this entire event was about a lot more than winning a match. Hopefully, we raised some money today that will help save some lives."

Delbarton's victory in the eight team field was impressive. It defeated West Orange earlier today, then held off Don Bosco in a match that went to the final overtime bout. Don Bosco earned a trip to the championship round after it rallied past Nutley, 36-34, with four consecutive pins to end the match after trailing, 34-12.

Mike DiPiano Sr. was the real star of today's event. The legendary former St. Benedict's coach gave a beautiful talk before the final round of bouts about how his life was saved in 1998 after he received a pancreas and kidney.

DiPiano has been a staunch advocate of organ donation over the last 14 years. He plays Santa Claus for children who have undergone transplants every Christmas, is a big proponent of theTransplant Games, where he leads Team Liberty.

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