DALLASTOWN -- Dallastown senior Luke Baldwin is consistent when it comes to the York-Adams League Division I matches. It's the Saturday tournaments when he gives his coach, Matt Striebig, headaches.
"My fears with Luke is more of a Saturday tournament," Striebig said. "Sometimes in those he can make me pretty angry. But big matches he never disappoints."
It's part of the reason why Striebig sent Baldwin (160 pounds) out to the mat Thursday night to face Dover junior Logan Ambrose, a returning District 3-AAA qualifier who normally wrestles at 152 pounds. Ambrose owned two victories over Baldwin in the previous two seasons.
"He beat me twice," Baldwin said. "So I was hoping I was gonna get him."
The 160-pound bout between the grapplers proved to be one of the highlights Thursday. Ambrose appeared to be on his way to a victory when he held a two-point lead with just under two minutes remaining in the third period. It was there Baldwin finally attacked. Following an escape, Baldwin scored a quick takedown to get the lead and put Ambrose on his back to score three back points to come out with a four-point win over Ambrose.
It was one of 10 bouts Dallastown took to come out on top with an impressive 53-21 victory over the visiting Eagles.
The victory ensured the Wildcats a top-three finish in Division I for the third straight year. It also improved Dallastown's league record to 7-2 after starting the year 2-2 following losses to South Western and Spring Grove in December. The Mustangs and Rockets are still unbeaten in league action.
"There's a little frustration that you have your best two matches in one week and it happens to be in the second week of the season," Striebig said. "It's good that the kids were able to still focus. At that point you have two losses and you think 'Well, right now with districts you don't know where you're gonna end up.' But you control the things you can."
Dallastown still has an outside shot at qualifying for the District 3-AAA team tournament. In the most recent District 3-AAA power ratings, Dallastown is on the outer edge of qualifying for the 16-team tournament.
"Right now we're trying our hardest to win these last matches," Baldwin said. "It depends with the power ratings. Coach (Striebig) told us we might actually have a shot to get to districts. Next week is Red Lion."
Dover (3-4, 6-8) has now lost three straight league meets. The Eagles forfeited bouts at 106 pounds and 220 pounds thanks in part to being without two starters because of injury and illness.
Dallastown and Dover split two of the 14 bouts that were decided by seven points or less. The latter went in the Wildcats' favor in a match-up of returning district qualifiers Shaheed Mitchell (Dover) and Cooper Deller (Dallastown) at 195 pounds. The grapplers traded takedowns and reversals before Deller controlled the final period to come out with a 14-6 major decision.
Dallastown got pins from Rodney Sunday (132), Wes Hoover (145), Tanner Druck (152), Michael Anderson (182). Ross Drawbaugh (138) and Brandon Rodriguez (106) picked up two pins for Dover.
YORK SUBURBAN 42, DELONE CATHOLIC 40: At York Suburban, Liam McWilliams was awarded a forfeit in the last bout (152) of the night to give the Trojans the victory over the Squires. Thirteen of the 14 bouts in the York-Adams Division II clash ended with either a pin or a forfeit. York Suburban picked up four forfeits, and Delone Catholic, one. Dustin Knaub and Andrew Toman recorded pins for the Trojans, while Josh Sneeringer, Matt Lentz, Joseph Post and Lucas Shaw scored falls for the Squires. York Suburban improved to 5-3 in York-Adams Division II, and Delone Catholic fell to 1-6.
NORTHEASTERN 59, SUSQUEHANNOCK 14: At Manchester, Abe Holmes, Darrion Latimore, Matt Smith, Nick Yinger and Anthony Leese recorded pins for Northeastern on Senior Night. Levi Eisenhart delivered a technical fall for the Bobcats, who evened their York-Adams Division I record at 4-4.
BERMUDIAN SPRINGS 49, EASTERN 15: At Wrightsville, the Eagles received pins from Dalton Becker (120), Ted Marines (126), Austin Jackson (138) and Colton Dull (160). For the Golden Knights, Baren Leischner (113) picked up a pin. With the victory, Bermudian Springs improves to 7-0 in York-Adams League Division II and 20-3 overall, while Eastern falls to 5-2 in York-Adams League Division II and 6-6 overall.
RED LION 42, KENNARD-DALE 23: At Fawn Grove, Rodney Eid (160) and teammate Anthony Moser led the Lions to the York-Adams League Division I victory with pins. For the Rams, Troy Jones (113) and teammate Chance Marsteller (170) notched falls. With the victory, Red Lion improves to 2-4 in the division and 2-4 overall.
SOUTH WESTERN 51, CENTRAL 12: At Central, the Mustangs won the York-Adams League Division I match by receiving pins from Bobby Wildasin (152), Brady Shultz (170), Logan Bowman (182) and Owen Wherley (106). With the victory, South Western improves to 9-0 in the division and now takes sole possession of first place, while Spring Grove (8-0) also remains unbeaten.
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.