South Western wrestlers were momentarily stunned Thursday night when one of their teammates was prone on the mat surrounded by medics, coaches and family members.
The fans inside the Dallastown gymnasium were equally motionless after watching South Western sophomore Daniel Mummert get up from the mat holding his right elbow, which clearly looked out of place, before coaches yelled at him to get back down.
Ten minutes later, Mummert was assisted off the mat with elastic bandages wrapped around his neck and arm to keep his elbow in place. A few minutes later, as emergency medical technicians arrived to put Mummert on a stretcher for a drive to a local hospital, Dallastown's Bailey Druck pinned Michael Harris to give the host Wildcats a 16-point lead with nine bouts remaining.
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Inspired to get the victory for Mummert, the Mustangs responded by winning the next bout in overtime. They followed by winning the next six bouts by pin to eventually defeat Dallastown, 43-30, in South Western's York-Adams Division I opener.
The Mustangs' run began when senior and first-year starter Camden Brown (182 pounds) went to overtime against Dallastown senior Michael Anderson and scored a takedown 17 seconds into the extra period to get a 6-4 win.
"Coach gathered us all in and started talking and said 'we can't let this faze us,'" Brown said of Mummert's injury. "I think at that point we were down 14-4. We didn't let that faze us. We kept coming."
Dallastown (1-1 division) won four of the first five matches to take a 20-4 lead before the Mustangs put together their remarkable run.
"A lot of those kids I've been with for a long time, since they were kids," third-year South Western coach Brad Zeigler said. "I knew what they had. I knew the energy level they could bring. I was worried with Daniel, because when that happened I looked over at our kids and they were standing still and they don't like to see that."
Zeigler said he believes Mummert (160) dislocated his right elbow. The injury occurred in the second period when Dallastown sophomore Jake Jansen held Mummert from behind as the grapplers were on their feet and slammed Mummert to the mat, with Mummert landing awkwardly on his arm.
"All I know right now is that they're taking him (to the hospital) and there's a chance he might need some surgery. It's not looking good," Zeigler said. "Dislocated (elbow) and then when the EMT got here they said something about they might have to cut a tendon or something like that. So we won't know ... I don't know how bad it's gonna be but it did look bad."
The traditionally strong South Western program already had injuries to three starters entering the night, including to sophomore Derek Wilson, who placed fifth in the District 3-AAA Tournament last season. But Zeigler is still hoping his squad can be a top-three team in Division I again this season.
Dallastown, meanwhile, might take a step back after going 8-2 in division competition last year and qualifying for the District 3-AAA Team Tournament.
"I actually had the score 42-30 in (South Western's) favor (entering the night)," first-year Wildcats' coach John Childress said. "I think the matches went somewhat (expected). But we have a very young team. That's very evident tonight. But I think our guys showed a lot of heart."
West York 49, Central York 21: At West York, the Bulldogs racked up five pins en route to the win. Cole Rinehart (126), Noah Townsley (145), Garrett Stauffer (170), Daniel Myers (182) and Jake Ciechoski (195) had the West York pins. Jacob Robison (113) had the lone Central pin.
York Suburban 48, Littlestown 21: At Littlestown, Suburban improved to 3-0 in York-Adams Division II action with the win. Colin Shelton (106), Tyler Zarcone (113), Austin McMillan (120), Dustin Knaub (126), Steve Gomez (132), David DeAlva (182) and Daniel Strong (220) had pins to account for 42 of Suburban's 48 points.
Eastern York 46, York Tech 30: At Wrightsville, the home team trailed 30-22 at one point, only to win the final five bouts (from 160 through 220) and earn the victory. Eastern got pins from Dalton Lauer (132), Clayton Miller (170), Lucas Barshinger (195) Josh McClintock (220) and Kalil Grimes (285). Tech got pins from Brennan Stauffer (120), Brandon Nikolaus (145) and Kyle Bly (152).
Red Lion 63, Susquehannock 7: At Red Lion, the Lions had little trouble with the Warriors. Red Lion got pins from Morgan Schaszberger (113), Ryan Sprenkle (132), Austin Holloway (152), Mike Vanover (195), Anthony Moser (220) and Jared Schell (285).
Dover 39, Kennard-Dale 27: At Fawn Grove, Brandon Rodriguez (120) and Cameron Beckman (285) picked up pins in the Eagles' win. Mike Bracey (113) and James Bennett (132) had K-D pins. Chance Marsteller won by technical fall for the Rams.,
New Oxford 58, Northeastern 15: At Manchester, Zurich Storm (113), Lakelyn Laughman (120), Slade Storm (145), Nolan Poust (152), Guy Nitchman (170) and Brock Hartman (285) had pins to lead the Colonials.. Northeastern got pins from Abe Holmes (132) and Blaine Yinger (220).
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.