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A Life Saved On The Mat

The quick actions of several people at a wrestling match in New Jersey helped save the life of a high school wrestler. According to NJ.com, Brandon Gonzalez of Donavan Catholic High School passed out after scoring a victory over his opponent by pinning him in the heavyweight division. There were two physicians and EMT personnel in the stands at the Toms River-area high school and they used an automated external defibrillator (AED) to revive Gonzalez and save his life. Donovan Catholic head coach Steven Glawson, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon from Toms River, said Gonzalez was "shocked" once on the mat after he suffered a "rapid loss of pulse" following a "fainting spell." AED’s are required by law to be on-hand during high school sports competition in New Jersey. Glawson told NJ.com, "We shocked him once and that got him through it," the coach said. "He knew who he was, he knew where he was, he knew that he pinned (his opponent). He wanted to get up and go be with his teammates.” Gonzalez was taken to the hospital where he underwent further tests but was not said to be in any serious danger regarding his health.