DOVER — While Wednesday’s wrestling clash between Dallastown and Dover wasn’t close on the score sheet, that was no reflection on a handful of individual pairings that provided more than a little drama.
The best example of that came in the 145-pound showdown between the Wildcats’ Ben Hyman and the Eagles’ Matthew Lehman.
Lehman led for most of the third period until Hyman scored a late reversal to even the score in the waning seconds. With the clock approaching zero, Hyman was able to tilt Lehman with three seconds left to earn a 12-10 triumph.
Hyman’s victory was one of the many bright spots on the night for a Dallastown team that rolled over a short-handed Dover side, 56-13.
“One of the things that we like to see is the guys really push it to the third period,” Wildcat coach Rob Jansen said. “So it really made me happy to see some of those matches end up with wins.”
Dover, meanwhile, was only able to contest eight of the 13 bouts.
“We’re pretty happy with things,” Jansen said. “But I know that Dover has some issues with their lineup and not having enough guys. That’s pretty common these days, but still I was pretty happy with our performance.”
Hyman’s last-second victory was one that had the fans and wrestlers alike on the edge of their seats. The Dallastown junior fell behind after Lehman scored some near-fall points with under 30 seconds left. But a reversal evened things up, making the contest appear headed for extra time.
That’s exactly what the fatigued Wildcat grappler wanted to avoid.
"I was done,” Hyman said. “I didn’t want to wrestle any more than I had to. I was exhausted and just wanted to tilt him real quick. And I did and it felt amazing.”
Pins from Yazir Dixion (132) and William Anderson (285), in addition to a third-period victory by Gerald MacDonald (120), were all key victories for a Dallastown outfit that is hoping to contend for the York-Adams League Division I title. Both Dixion and Anderson were trailing in their respective matches when they turned things around, while MacDonald was trailing 2-0 before getting a late reversal and near-fall points to win his bout.
“We’re pretty solid all the way around,” Hyman said.
Hyman feels his team could be a sleeper pick in a division that features powers such as South Western, Spring Grove and Red Lion. His message was simple — don’t count us out.
“Dallastown used to win all the time,” Hyman said. “And to bring back (the Division I title) to Dallastown would be amazing.”
Brandon Rodriguez scored Dover’s only pin at 113, while Matthew Rodriguez (major, 103) and Austin Richcreek (decision, 225) earned victories for the Eagles.
Kennard-Dale 44, Gettysburg 33: At Gettysburg, the match came down to the final bout, but it was the Rams who came away with the road victory, thanks to a pin by James Bennett at 170 pounds in the first period. He was one of five K-D wrestlers to record pins, including Dameon Davis (106), Justin Miller (113), Brody Baublitz (126) and Tanner Harkins (285). The Warriors' pins from Derren Gebler (120) and Chet Brockett (195). They also got a crucial 5-1 win by Jacob Rose at 160 to send the match to a deciding final bout.
Spring Grove 51, Mechancisburg 18: At Spring Grove, the Rockets opened up their dual-meet season with a dominating performance, showcased by three straight pins to begin the match. Ryan Daugherty (170), Jared Barley (182) and Joshua Cribbs (195) each pinned their foes to get Spring Grove off to the fast start. In total, the Rockets had five wrestlers earn pins, including Clay Baker at 106 and Trenton Baker at 152.
York Suburban 48, Fairfield 9: At Suburban, the Trojans had no trouble dispatching the Green Knights, winning the last six bouts in a match that had 10 forfeits or no contests, Dustin Knaub (132) had the only pin for Suburban.
Twin Valley 64, York Tech 15: At Spry, Sam Hoover (113) picked up a decision, while Kyle Ilgenfritz (195) and George Ellenberger (220) each picked up forfeit wins for Tech in the non-league loss.
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