Coaches, trainer revive Donovan Catholic high school wrestler who collapsed after match
Officials are crediting quick-thinking with saving the life of a high school wrestler in Ocean County.
Donovan Catholic's 220-pound Brandon Gonzalez became unresponsive after pinning an opponent on Wednesday.
Coach Steven Glawson, who is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and others grabbed an automated external defibrillator.
Glawson says Gonzalez regained consciousness as a dentist whose son wrestles for the opposing team worked the AED and an assistant coach performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
"It said 'shock advise,' which is a pretty grave moment," Glawson says. "Once he shocked him, within 30 seconds to a minute [Gonzalez] wanted to get back up and back to the bench. I think everyone's prayers were answered."
Glawson says five or six people were working on him and another three were ready to jump in.
Gonzalez's teammates went to visit him in the hospital Wednesday. They say they are happy he pulled through.
"I really believe that God was with him in that moment. That was a very scary situation," says junior Conor Panzarella. "There was definitely a presence there helping us get through that."
Gonzalez is now undergoing tests at Jersey Shore Medical Center.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.