WRESTLING: Red Lion edges Central
EMIGSVILLE — There are few things in wrestling more exciting than the final bout deciding the outcome of a match.
When the final two competitors are almost evenly matched, it increases the energy even more.
That was the case Thursday evening when Central York played host to Red Lion in a York-Adams Division I battle. With the Lions holding a two-point lead heading into the 285-pound bout, the fans at Central were on the edge of their seats.
Both Red Lion’s Jared Schell and Central’s Michael Wolfgram didn’t disappoint in a contest that had a lot of twists and turns. But it was Schell who again came out on top of the Panther freshman with a 5-4 victory.
Schell’s victory secured the match triumph for the Lions, who prevailed 34-29.
“I just wanted to bring it to him,” said Schell, who also claimed a victory vs. Wolfgram by a single point over the holiday break at the Conestoga Valley Tournament. “But I still had to fight for the match.”
The crowd at Central was heavily chanting Wolfgram’s name throughout the bout. With Wolfgram one of the most conditioned heavyweights throughout the entire league, the Panther faithful voiced their opinion that Schell was stalling after taking the lead.
Schell, however, was able to block out the noise and concentrate on knocking off the Panther heavyweight with the match on the line.
“I knew I couldn’t give up a point,” Schell said. “I couldn’t lose the match. He’s a tough opponent and I think we’ll do well (in the future).”
A strange moment came near the end of the first period when Schell was looking to score a takedown. He lifted Wolfgram into the air while the freshman had his arm around Schell’s neck. Schell was able to take Wolfgram to the ground, but couldn’t secure the takedown.
Central coach Seth Bietz pleaded for an illegal slam call, to no avail. He was also upset that a head-butt occurred as well.
“I didn’t think that (Schell) gave him any protection when he slammed (Wolfgram) to the mat,” Bietz said. “But the ref didn’t feel that way. And then there was an obvious head-butt in the center that wasn’t seen and we wanted to question it.”
Wolfgram had several opportunities to score a decisive takedown against Schell but was foiled each time. That’s something that Bietz is proud of his freshman for, even if the outcome didn’t fall his way this time.
“I’ve never seen Michael get tired in practice,” Bietz said. “I’ve never seen him call injury time or blood time because he’s tired. He just wrestles the whole time and it’s an exciting style to watch.”
Red Lion coach Chris Schell probably felt as involved in the final bout as anyone. Not only was the fate of his team’s contest on the line, but it was his son who was out there with the chance to secure the victory.
Coach Schell had to make sure that his son didn’t over-do it with so much riding on his match.
“(Jared) can get a little too hyped up and try to do too much out there,” Coach Schell said. “He just needs to go out there and wrestle the match. But I know that he didn’t want to let the team down.”
The visitors could have locked up the showdown with a win at 220, but were foiled when Devin Gaffney was able to pull out a 3-0 decision. That bout came on the heels of perhaps Red Lion’s most impressive triumph of the night, a pin by Donovan Miller at 195 the put the Lions ahead 31-26.
Coach Schell hopes that pulling out the tight victory Thursday can be used as a momentum builder for his club. The Lions improved to 1-1 in the division, which will keep them in the hunt.
“We lost to New Oxford last week,” he said. “And I think we wrestled a little scared (against them). Tonight we made a little progress. We’re not at the top of where we need to be quite yet, but I think that we’ll get there.”
Central got pins from Haang Pham (106), Dylan Chatterton (138) and Isaiah Dickson (195), to go with a technical fall at 132 from Xavier Musti. The Lions received pins from Cole Daugherty (126) and Jac Gemmill (160).
Dallastown 33, New Oxford 28: At New Oxford, the Wildcats won four of the match’s final five bouts to come from behind. Dallastown got three pins in the match, coming from Hayden Jones (152), Drake Pew (170) and Bryce Shields (220). New Oxford only got two pins in the match from Nolan Poust (160) and Brock Hartman (285), but also received bonus points from Noah Richley at 120 on a major decision.
Susquehannock 43, Littlestown 29: At Littlestown, the visiting Warriors got six forfeits out of the Thunderbolts, which turned out to be the deciding factor in the match. Dakota Hess (132) and Nathan Ball (145) were the only two Susquehannock wrestlers to record wins in actual competition, with Ball winning by major decision. Littlestown got pins from Josh Trousdale (113), Connor Geiman (182) and Matt Guilday (220).
Eastern York 42, Dover 30: At Wrightsville, the Golden Knights received pins from: Dakota Mackley (170), Connor Barshinger (182), Jahshim Snyder (195) and Wyatt Smith (285) to earn the victory. For the Eagles, Matthew Rodriquez (106), Brandon Rodriquez (113), Matthew Lehman (145), and Austin Richcreek (220) each picked up pins.
Kennard-Dale 50, York Suburban 21: At Fawn Grove, the Rams received six forfeits in their win over the Trojans. Dameon Davis (106) won a decision, Wade Rose (145) won by pin and Austin McNamee (182) won by technical fall to give K-D its only victories in actual bouts. For Suburban, its victories came from Daoud Ilayan with a decision at 126 and a pin at 220 by Adoniayah Johnson.
West York 47, Gettysburg 24: At Gettysburg, the Bulldogs won five of the first six matches against the Warriors en route to the victory. Cassius Manor (120), La’Quan Rumsey (126), Allen Stauffer (138), Nathan Gardner (160) and Danny Myers (195) recorded pins for West York, while Nathan Townsley also earned bonus points for the Bulldogs with a tech fall victory at 106. John Halbrandt (113), Danny Ziegler (132) and Chet Brockett (182) won via pins for Gettysburg.
South Western 55, Northeastern 21: At Hanover, the Mustangs rattled off seven straight victories to close out the match, erasing a 21-12 deficit. Derek Wilson (126), Gavin Smith (132), Owen Wherley (138), Gage Thomas (152), Tyler Osborne (160), Cole Stremmel (182) and Tom Aumen (195) registered pins for South Western. Dedrick Turner (220) and Blaine Yinger (285) shined at the heavyweight spots, both recording pins for Northeastern.
Biglerville 63, York Tech 12: At Spry, the Canners received pins from Josh Tuckey (106), Mitchell Thomas (126), Seth Getz (138), Nate Newberry (160), Alex King (170) and Victor Lopez (220). For the Spartans, Todd Edick (285) had a pin.
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