As Andrew Campolattano (No. 1 @ 215) of Bound Brook paced back and forth on the mat, awaiting the conclusion of the medal presentation for the 171-pounders Sunday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, one could sense that something was different.
This was not good news for Cherokee’s Mike Zeuli.
Zeuli (28-1), an All-State football player bound for Princeton, was certainly no sacrificial lamb, yet few in the crowd envied him at that moment.
Campolattano already had three state tournament championships in the bank, all at 189 pounds, and was seeking to win this time at 215 pounds in his senior year and become just the second wrestler in state history to win four NJSIAA state titles.
“Camp” was not in a playful mood.
“It was like I wasn’t in my body out there,” Campolattano said. “I fed off the energy of the crowd. I knew the kid had a big gas tank, so I had to come out on fire. I had to be as aggressive as possible.”