EMIGSVILLE — When it comes to wrestling, there's only one thing on Dalton Rohrbaugh’s mind this year — winning a state title.
A year after a disappointing 1-2 record at the PIAA event in Hershey, Rohrbaugh can’t help but think of those two losses, day after day. They're fueling the Spring Grove standout as he embarks on his senior campaign, two years after placing third at states as a sophomore.
Part of that motivation has led Rohrbaugh to the weight room. While it would seem logical for wrestlers to get stronger, for Rohrbaugh it isn’t that simple.
At the 132-pound weight class this season, Rohrbaugh has the luxury of adding a few pounds of muscle to his physique. In years past, however, Rohrbaugh would sometimes drop down to as low as 113 pounds. so adding on the weight was not something he could afford.
The extra muscle, combined with the fire that burns deep from last year’s disappointment, has been nothing but positive for Rohrbaugh. The Rocket senior dominated his showdown with Central York’s Mason Myers on Thursday, Dec. 21. Rohrbaugh’s 14-5 major decision was just part of a slew of Spring Grove triumphs on the night as the Rockets cruised to a 50-24 victory.
Spring Grove improved to 2-0 in York-Adams Division I.
“Every day I think about states last year,” Rohrbaugh said. “And that’s a big thing. And losing by one and two points both times. So I’m just trying to score as many points now so when I get back to states and wrestle against kids that are better that I can still compete.”
Part of the strategy was to lift in the offseason.
“I just lifted all offseason,” he said. “I didn’t do that the past three years because I’ve been cutting weight.”
States a team goal: Rohrbaugh’s personal motivation aside, the Rocket wrestlers collectively are all motivated to do something they haven’t since they put on the varsity singlet — earn a team berth into the state bracket. Spring Grove has dominated the league landscape for years, but when it gets to the District 3 terrain, the results have been a different story.
“For the seniors, one of the goals since our freshman year has been to go to team states,” Rohrbaugh said. “I think that’s a big motivator this year.”
Despite the rather lopsided score, Spring Grove coach Tony Miller was anything but complacent about his team’s performance. Sure, the victory was great for the team, but there were a handful of experiences that Miller hopes his team can learn from to improve for the future.
“We have to get better at finishing,” Miller said. “We started to see some moves where we had people in tight situations and we let them out. And we’re always working on conditioning. It’s still early.”
Spring Grove raced out to the early lead against the Panthers behind back-to-back falls from Ryan Miller and Camden Rice at 195 and 220. Panther standout Michael Wolfgram scored a pin to cut the lead in half at 285 before a forfeit at 106 by the Rockets evened the score at 12-12.
A 9-1 major decision at 120 by Chase Bricker was sandwiched around a pair of Central forfeits that pushed the Spring Grove lead to 28-12, before Rohrbaugh tacked on four more team points at 132.
The Rockets got falls from Clay Baker (138), Jake Meyer (145) and Anthony Hinson (170) while Central got a fall from Ricky Medina (160).
Dallastown 60, Northeastern 13: At Dallastown, the Wildcats won 10 of the final 11 bouts. Brooks Gable (132), John Ligon (160) and Garrett Johnson (182) all secured pins for Dallastown, while Franklin Klinger (170) earned a tech fall and Raymond Christas picked up a major decision. Northeastern’s Cole Wilson (120) earned his team’s only pin and Thomas Gradwell (113) earned a major decision.
York Tech 30, Tulpehocken 12; Conrad Weiser 60, York Tech 12: At Spry, the Spartans captured all 30 points in the match by forfeit to win the non-league match up vs.Tulpehocken. Tech did drop a second match to Conrad Weiser, 60-12. In the Conrad Weiser match, Jacob Sharp had a pin at 220.
York Suburban 37, Dover 36: At Dover, the Trojans picked up a lone pin from Nasier Gillespie, while the Eagles received a pin from Brandon Lawyer (195). The two teams combined for nine forfeits and one no contest.
Gettysburg 41, Susquehannock 24: At Gettysburg, the Adams County Warriors won five of the final six bouts to pull away from the York County Warriors. Gettysburg got pins from Jacob Fetrow (106), Jacob Evans (145) and Tyler Gallagher (220), while John Halbrendt (132) earned a tech fall. Susquehannock got pins by Joey Romjue (170) and Wyatt Hogan (285).
Kennard-Dale 36, Eastern York 33: At Wrightsville, the Rams received pins from Daemon Davis (126), Camron Miller (145), Wade Rose (160) and Tanner Harkins (285). For the Golden Knights, Zachary Dice (138) and Jahshim Snyder (195) each picked up pins.
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