HERSHEY — The Dallastown wrestling team was looking forward to getting back on the winning track during the first round of the PIAA Class 3-A Team Championships Thursday at the Giant Center.
After falling in the District 3 final last weekend to Cedar Cliff, the Wildcats were eager to wash that bitter taste out of their mouths when they squared off against District 12 champion Father Judge.
The York-Adams League Division I champions used a familiar script against the Crusaders by generating big points from their upper weights in a come-from-behind 40-23 triumph.
Dallastown (20-1) moves on to the quarterfinal round Friday. The Wildcats will take on District 1 champ Council Rock South at 2 p.m. back at the Giant Center. Council Rock South was a 39-15 winner over District 2 champion Hazleton in its first-round match.
“We knew that this would be tight,” Dallastown coach Dave Gable said. “We finished just a half-a-point ahead of them in a tournament out in Altoona and we knew that they had some kids that finished really well out there.”
Wildcats go on roll: After the Crusaders took a 20-16 lead following the 170-pound bout, the Wildcats got on a serious roll. Blake Feeney ignited a run of four-straight pins with a stick at 1:43 in the 182-pound bout, before Jarrett Feeney did the same at the 2:58 mark at 195 against Ben Kopertowski.
Seniors Jamal Brandon (220) and Raymond Christas (285) followed suit, with Brandon’s fall at the 2:47 mark securing the team victory. Christas didn’t waste too much time. The undefeated heavyweight scored the pin in 49 seconds.
“It’s always a great feeling to get a pin to secure the win,” Brandon said.“Especially at a place like this, here at the state tournament. It’s kind of hard to put into words other than it’s a great feeling.”
Dallastown claimed five of their eight bout victories by pins, including Adam Karlie’s fall in the first match of the contest at 113. Dallastown other wins came from Carter MacDonald (major decision at 120), Brooks Gable (decision at 138) and Hunter Sweitzer (decision at 152).
Logue brothers tough for Judge: The District 12 champs, meanwhile, were aided by some great wins by the Logue brothers — Eamonn (126), Liam (132) and Sean (106) — who claimed half of Judge’s six victories.
Eamonn earned his fall against Donovan Trauger, while Liam scored a 6-3 decision over Cael Turnbull at 132 that drew Father Judge to within 10-9 after four matches. Sean Logue’s 5-0 decision at 106 in the last bout of the evening over Caden Dobbins was inconsequential at that point, but Gable was nevertheless impressed.
“They have a whole family of them and they are tough,” Gable said. “And they have some other guys that are really talented, too. We knew there would be a lot of close matches.”
Tough match looms: Things won’t get any easier for the Wildcats. They now prepare for a Council Rock South side that perennially is one of the best teams in the commonwealth.
“We will definitely have our hands full (Friday),” Gable said. “But our guys like the challenge and they love to wrestle the best of the best.”
Susquehannock 46, Eastern York 26: At Wrightsville, the Warriors received pins from Eric Saenz (126), Garret Bortner (120), Colby Romjue (160), Brock Hofler (195) and Eloy Rojo-Fuentes (285). For the Golden Knights, Neijon Gonzalez (170) picked up a pin. Susquehannock clinched the outright York-Adams League Division II title at 6-0 and improved to 13-5 overall. Eastern York finishes divisional play at 1-5 and fell to 9-15 overall.
Kennard-Dale 42, Delone Catholic 24: At Fawn Grove, the Rams received pins from Daemon Davis (126), Aiden Stewart (132), Samuel Stewart (138), Brody Baublitz (145) and Bronson Rineholt (220) to secure the nonleague victory. For the Squires, Nate Hart (120), A.J. Knobloch (152) and Robert Partenza (160) each picked up pins.
York Tech 42, Ephrata 30: At Spry, the Spartans secured all of their match points by forfeits to capture the nonleague contest. Tech improved to 9-9.
Bobcats sweep Y-A titles: Northeastern's Abby O'Leary and Stephen Bartlett swept the York-Adams League diving titles on Thursday night at Central.
O'Leary won the girls' crown with 428.95 points. Dallastown's Alexis Lippert was second at 298.50. West York's Maya Sarver was third at 291.35.
Central York's Hannah Potts was fourth, followed by Central's Zoe Medlowitz, South Western's Ella Baugher, Spring Grove's Lauren Rothrock, Northeastern's Makenna Fitzsimmons and Spring Grove's Sophia Kline.
Bartlett took the boys' championship with 383.75 points. Susquehannock's Max Pflieger was second at 357.85, while South Western's Jake Zinkand was third at 313.65. Northeastern's Wade Wolfgang was fourth, followed by South Western's Matt Miller, Central's Zac Saffin, Spring Grove's Devon Berwager, Spring Grove's Justin Godman and West York's Brennan Keist.
Lower Dauphin 38, Central York 31: In a nonleague contest, Sarah Berman scored 18 of Central's points in the loss. Central fell to 9-13. Lower Dauphin improved to 15-6.
Christian School of York 46, West Shore Christian 21: At West Shore, Emma Bell (18) and Laura Kruth (14) cobmined for 32 of CSY's 46 points. CSY improved to 10-9. WSC fell to 1-19.
Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.