By DAVE O’SULLIVAN Publisher St. Augustine Prep seniors Jim Brady and Jose Tabora are football players by trade. Brady was an outstanding linebacker for the Hermits who garnered Press of Atlantic City Player of the Year honors last fall, and Tabora was the strong-armed quarterback who led the squad to nine wins and the Cape-Atlantic League championship. They are also pretty good wrestlers, too. Both Brady and Tabora hope to make their mark on the college football landscape, and perhaps the fact that wrestling isn’t in their futures allowed them to be more relaxed about the season — and have some fun with it. The wrestling postseason is wrought with tension, and athletes know one loss can end their season, or their high school careers. But guys such as Brady, Tabora, Nick Clark, Dillon Taylor and Reid White didn’t feel much pressure when they all advanced to the state championships at Boardwalk Hall. Brady even played to the crowd at the Region 8 tournament, donning a bucket hat and ‘dabbing’ while he was introduced for the finals. “I kind of had those pre-match and post-match celebrations planned in advance,” Brady said. “It’s just something I like to do to appeal to the crowd, be entertaining. When you get to do that stuff, that means you are winning, and winning is everything in this sport.” While none of the five Prep wrestlers who advanced to the state championships won a title, Brady did place third and Tabora and Clark came within one win of placing in the top eight. And White picked up his 100th career victory with a win in the opening round. Jim Brady was one of the highest finishers among Cape-Atlantic League wrestlers at states, as he took third place at 220 pounds. Jim Brady was one of the highest finishers among Cape-Atlantic League wrestlers at states, as he took third place at 220 pounds. Brady took the experience of finishing his career at Boardwalk Hall in stride. “I’ll probably never put on wrestling shoes again, so I just have to enjoy this, take it all in, and kick some butt,” he said after winning his first-round bout. The five wrestlers who advanced to Boardwalk Hall helped St. Augustine Prep have one of its most successful seasons ever, both as a team and individually. The Hermits went 18-5 this season, including a perfect 7-0 mark in the Cape-Atlantic League’s American Conference. The five guys who advanced to states came into the tournament sporting a combined record of 154-43. Brady, White and Taylor each had more than 30 wins, and Clark picked up his 30th during the state championships. Tabora finished with more than 20 wins despite missing a chunk of time early in the year. Tabora said the state championships were a great way for he and Brady to finish their careers. They grew up going at it against each other on the mats in youth wrestling, but went from adversaries to friends once their high school careers at St. Augustine started. “Jim is such a good friend of mine. We’ve really gotten close throughout high school,” Tabora said. “We were bitter enemies almost our whole lives, then came to high school and became great friends. Along with all the rest of the guys on the team. It was awesome to see us have such great success.” Staff Writer Nick Kosko contributed to this story Contact Dave O’Sullivan: sully@acglorydays.com; on Twitter @GDsullysays [adsense]