WRESTLING: Susquehannock triumphs
GLEN ROCK — Building a successful wrestling program isn’t something that is done overnight.
But, with a lot of hard work, dedication and depth, Susquehannock coach Brad Keeney is feeling good about where his team is today and where it's headed tomorrow.
The Warriors took a big step forward Thursday night when they played host to York Suburban in a York-Adams League Division II clash. Keeney pointed to several wrestlers who have grown up of late, a couple of whom were pivotal in the outcome.
“I think we’ve come a long way,” Keeney said after his team claimed a 45-32 triumph. “We have a lot of young kids this year. Tonight we had two guys in our lineup that are first-year guys. So we’re making a lot of progress.”
One the biggest obstacles that Keeney has seen from his team over the past couple of seasons is assertiveness. More and more he’s seeing his guys go out and force the action, as opposed to reacting to the opponent.
While the outcome wasn’t always a success, the effort and mindset are necessary to a wrestler’s growth.
“We were a lot more aggressive tonight,” he said. “And this week is all about being confident and believing in what you’re doing. And what I saw tonight was a team that was beginning to take those steps.”
Keeney pointed to Xander Holloway as an example. Holloway scored a pin at the 3:43 mark over Suburban’s Colin Shelton that extended the Warriors’ early lead to 15-0 after three bouts.
“Shelton is a good wrestler,” Keeney said. “And Xander didn’t hesitate at all. He came in here knowing what he needed to do and he went for it.”
Another example was Joey Ramjue, who moved up from 160 to wrestle at 170. Despite a weight disadvantage, the Warrior needed just 91 seconds to secure six points for his team with a pin.
“He jumped up quite a bit there to wrestle that kid,” Keeney said. “Those two (Joey and Xander) really stood out the most to me tonight.”
While Thursday was a night that Keeney and his crew could feel good about themselves, the coach knows that they are still a bit away from being a team that is a perennial contender for the division title. Suburban actually won six of the 10 contested battles — the Trojans forfeited four bouts — claiming bonus points in each of those victories.
Keeney, however, will gladly take any success he can get. But the biggest success in Keeney’s opinion isn’t measured by the final score. Instead, it is simply the fact that the wrestling team is becoming relevant and respected inside the high school again. That ultimately is more important to him that anything else.
“There’s a sense of pride now,” Keeney said. “Now, when our kids are walking around the hallways there’s a sense that (others) want to be a part of the wrestling team. And, in my opinion, that’s step one.”
Ben Sweigard (120, decision), Eric Younkin (138, forfeit), Joe Mays (160, forfeit), Jack Allred (195, pin) and Chris Stevens (285, forfeit) scored victories for the Warriors.
Suburban picked up wins from Dustin Knaub (132, major decision), Anders Thoman (145, pin), Jake Taylor (152, major decision), Andrew Frey (182, pin), Lee Cook (220, pin) and Nick Knight (106, pin).
Central York 39, Dallastown 30: At Dallastown, for the second straight night, the Wildcats lost a close home match, this time falling to the Panthers. Central York got pins in the match from Logan Paluch (106), Brett Morgan (120), Xavier Musti (132), Dylan Chatterton (138) and Isaiah Dickson (182). Dallastown got pins from Matt Ross (160), Jack Marks (195) and Bryce Shields (220).
Spring Grove 66, Northeastern 9: At Spring Grove, the Rockets won 12 of the 14 bouts, with 11 of them earning bonus points. Clay Baker (106), Dalton Rohrbaugh (113), Chance Jackson (120), Jake Meyer (126), Jacob Rappoldt (132), Ryan Daugherty (170), Jared Barley (182) and Josh Cribbs (195) all recorded pins for Spring Grove. Northeastern’s only wins came from Dedrick Turner (220) and Blaine Yinger (285), who won by pin. The Rockets improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in York-Adams Division I.
West York 60, Eastern York 11: At Wrightsville, the Bulldogs won the first nine bouts in the match, cruising to the road Division II win. Nathan Townsley (106), Cassius Manor (120), LaQuann Rumsey (126), Josh Hirneisen (132), Daniel Myers (195) and Frank Veloce (285) recorded pins for West York. Dakota Mackley provided one of the few bright spots for Eastern, winning by tech fall at 160.
Gettysburg 42, Dover 31: At Dover, the Warriors trailed by 13 points with four matches remaining, but got a pin from Daniel Zeigler at 132 pounds and three forfeits to overcome the deficit and earn the road win. Gettysburg also got a pin from Alejandro Lopez at 285. Lopez and Zeigler’s wins were the only points the Warriors earned from actual bouts and not forfeits. Dover got pins from Matthew Rodriguez (106) and Austin Richcreek (220), while earning a major decision by Macrae Murray at 182.
New Oxford 47, Red Lion 19: At New Oxford, the Colonials rolled behind pins from Mike Rudisill (138), Darrick Rudisill (182) and Austin Brotherton (106). Red Lion got pins from Briar Smith (160) and Jac Gemmill (170)
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