EMIGSVILLE — Home wrestling nights at Central York High School definitely have a different feel to them this year.
No, the wrestling is the same. The typical format, with the junior high, junior varsity and then varsity bouts, remains unchanged.
The feel, however, is decidedly different.
Going to a Panther home match is more like attending a York Revolution game than another high school event. The Central York Wrestling Booster Club can be thanked for that.
Thursday, the Panthers hosted Dallastown in a York-Adams League Division I clash. In addition, attending students received sunglasses as a promotional item.
Unfortunately for the home side, it was the Wildcats that brought the shades down on Central’s chances right from the onset. Dallastown claimed eight of the first nine bouts to pile up a huge lead en route to a 52-18 victory.
The Wildcats, who have set their sights on a Division I title, remained unbeaten in the division with a 3-0 mark.
“We won a couple of close matches, so it was certainly closer than what the final score showed,” Dallastown coach Rob Jansen said. “They have some quality guys on their team and they had to forfeit at a couple of weights tonight.”
The sunglasses promotion seemed to be a big hit for the night, despite the varsity result. And nights such as Thursday are now the norm, rather than the exception. Central York coach Seth Beitz said that the next home contest will be one for promoting first responders.
“We have great support from the booster club,” he said. “There are a lot of dedicated parents that love the sport of wrestling and want to see the sport grow. It’s those parents that make this night happen.”
The visitors earned five victories by pin, in addition to winning two bouts by forfeit. By the time Central York standout Michael Wolfgram took to the mat at 285, the Wildcats were already easily in command, 42-3.
Wolfgram, however, proved to be a highlight for the Panthers. One of the more athletic heavyweights in the area, Wolfgram worked against Dallastown’s William Anderson throughout the match. But just when it appeared he would have to settle for a decision, he secured a late takedown before pinning Anderson with 10 seconds left.
“He’s entertaining,” Beitz said. “It’s always kind of fun to watch a heavyweight shoot and score points and give something for the elementary kids to look up to and watch.”
Mason Myers (113) scored a pin for the Panthers, while A.J. McQuaide (138) and Logan Paluch (120) won their matches by decision.
Cael Turnbull (106), John Ligon (132), Garrett Johnson (145), Jarrett Feeney (152) and Bryce Shields (220) all won by pin for Dallastown.
While the Panthers, who have lost to both Dallastown and Spring Grove so far this season, are aiming to improve as the season progresses, the Wildcats have their eyes set on knocking off the reigning Division I champion Rockets on Jan. 17.
Jansen, however, knows beating Spring Grove will be a lot more difficult than Thursday’s victory was.
“I think Spring Grove’s going to be pretty tough,” Jansen said. “They’re a really good team.”
Susquehannock 50, York Suburban 18: At Suburban, the Warriors captured the match by picking up five decisions and four forfeits. For the Trojans, Lucas Miller (132) and Andrew Senft (285) each picked up pins.
Kennard-Dale 51, West York 25: At Fawn Grove, the Rams received pins from Nick Bradley (145), Andrew Barnett (152), Troy Jones (170), Austin McNamee (182) and Tanner Harkins (285), while Cameron Miller (132) picked up a technical fall. For the Bulldogs, Carly Gross (106) picked up a pin.
South Western 46, Red Lion 24: At Hanover, the Mustangs received five consecutive forfeits from 220 pounds to 120 pounds to earn the win in the otherwise even match. South Western only got bonus points in one bout, a major decision by Ethan Baney at 152. Red Lion got pins from Issac Rivera (132), Jack Conrad (170) and Zach Shaffer (195).
Gettysburg 64, Dover 8: At Gettysburg, the Warriors improved to 3-0 both overall and in York-Adams Division II. Mason Lewis (126) had a technical fall for Dover.
Spring Grove 59, Northeastern 9: At Manchester, the Rockets improved to 8-1 overall and 3-0 in York-Adams Division I. No other details were reported.
Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.