WRESTLING: Spring Grove cruises
RED LION — While this year’s wrestling team isn’t the same as the one that lost to Red Lion a year ago, Spring Grove coach Tony Miller could tell that his crew wouldn’t lose focus.
With a potential York-Adams League Division I showdown with fellow unbeaten South Western ahead next Tuesday, the Rocket coach didn’t have to worry about his team looking beyond the Lions Thursday night.
Remembering the sting of last year’s defeat, the visitors never gave the Lions a chance. After Red Lion drew within 8-4 after three bouts, Spring Grove scored back-to-back falls. Those two pins were just part of a six-pin night for the Rockets, who rolled to a comfortable 54-10 triumph.
Miller’s club improved to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the division after the victory, which sets up a potential winner-take-all clash with the Mustangs (10-4, 4-0) Tuesday.
“Last year they brought in a team and they beat us,” Miller said of Red Lion. “And our kids remembered that.”
One Rocket who didn’t have an memory of last year was senior Tanner Sterner. The Spring Grove 145-pounder didn’t wrestle at all last year, but was pivotal in setting his teammates up for a victorious night Thursday.
“You can’t look ahead,” Sterner said. “You have to stay focused on that next match and during the match. You just have to stay focused.”
Sterner dominated the second bout of the evening against Red Lion’s Tyler Ness. Sterner racked up points quickly before earning an 18-3 technical fall with 11 seconds left.
“We’re just all hard workers,” Sterner said. “We constantly push each other in practice. We try to do our best. It’s just a great group of guys.”
Sterner’s victory put the Rockets ahead 8-0. After the Lions claimed a decision at 152 by Dylan Gurreri, the visitors responded with a pair of pins from Marcus Kehr (160) and Ryan Daugherty (170). Those pins put Spring Grove ahead by a 20-4 margin, which set the tone for the evening.
Despite the easy win, Sterner and his coach could identify areas of improvement.
“I think we did all right,” Sterner said. “I don’t think that we wrestled our best. I think in some classes we could have made the point totals a little bit bigger, and the matches that we lost I think we could have made tighter. But overall I think all wrestled pretty good.”
Nathan Young (220), Clay Baker (106), Dalton Rohrbaugh (113) and Jake Myers earned pins for the Rockets. Red Lion received decisions from Jared Schell (285) and Zach Shaffer (195), in addition to a major decision from Gurreri (152).
Now the Rockets and Miller will turn their focus to a South Western squad that rallied from a 27-0 deficit vs. Dallastown en route to a 44-27 triumph Thursday. Miller knows that it will likely take a near-perfect night for his squad to prevail Tuesday.
“I’m happy tonight,” he said. “We’re just trying to get better each and every time out. I know I’ll have a list of stuff to work on tomorrow, or maybe not with the weather coming in. But we’ll have to keep things in order and get ready for Tuesday night.”
Susquehannock 36, West York 30: At West York, Michael Younkin’s pin at 113 pounds in the final bout of the night broke a 30-30 tie and handed the Warriors the victory. Aside from Younkin’s pin, Susky also got pins from Joey Romjue (160) and Chris Stevens (220). West York earned pins from Nathan Townsley (106), Sam Sterner (145), Ryan Narber (170) and Daniel Myers (195).
South Western 44, Dallastown 27: At Hanover, the Mustangs continued their unbeaten run in York-Adams Division I. Adam Leib (113), Chase Mowery (120), Derek Wilson (126), Gavin Smith (132), Owen Wherley (138) and Tyler Osborne (160) recorded pins for South Western. Dallastown got pins from Drake Pew (170) and Bryce Shields (195).
Eastern York 48, York Suburban 25: At Suburban, the Golden Knights won seven straight bouts in the middle of the match to erase a 15-6 deficit. Conner Barshinger (170), Jahshim Snyder (182) and Carl Carbaugh (195) recorded pins for Eastern. Suburban got pins by Daoud Iliyan (120) and Pearce Bloom (138).
New Oxford 54, Northeastern 22: At Manchester, the Colonials won seven of the final eight bouts to knock off the Bobcats. Austin Brotherton (106), Noah Richley (113), Brennon Romanoff (126), Mike Rudasill (132), Matt Poust (138) and Dylan Poust (152) earned pins for New Oxford. Northeastern got pins from Elijah Alexander (170) and Dedrick Turner (195).
Kenanrd-Dale 49, Dover 27: At Fawn Grove, the Rams were the beneficiaries of five forfeits and a pin from Tanner Harkins at 285. K-D’s Mike Bracey pinned Hunter Failor in the 132-pound match. Dover saw Austin Richcreek pin Marc Partee at 220 pounds.
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