WRIGHTSVILLE — Dealing with change is part of wrestling.
Injuries, illnesses and many other factors can sometimes be a blessing or a curse, depending on how one reacts to it.
Such was the case Thursday, Jan. 18, at Eastern York High School when the host Golden Knights faced rival Susquehannock in a York-Adams League Division II wrestling battle.
With neither team having the opportunity to practice the past two nights, both squads were left wondering how Thursday’s contest would unfold.
For the visitors, things turned out just fine.
Wrestling perhaps its best match of the season, the Warriors raced out to a huge advantage on the host Knights. While Eastern was able to claw back a little, the deficit was too much to overcome and Susquehannock earned an impressive 52-23 triumph.
The Warriors improved to 9-5 overall and 2-2 in the division while the Knights dropped to 9-7 and 2-3.
“We joked around that because they haven’t practiced for two days that we should give them another day off,” Susquehannock coach Aaron Trimpey said. “They looked really good and it was just the basic stuff that we were doing really well. So I’m very happy with that.”
Trimpey’s squad raced out to a 36-0 advantage before the home team finally got on the board with a pin by Justin Manganello in the eighth bout of the night at 132.
“Tonight I think that we had a lot of guys do well,” Trimpey said. “A lot of guys stepped it up tonight.”
The Warriors received pins from Luke Ohmann (195), Wyatt Hogan (285), Kaleek Harrison (106), Colby Romjue (145) and Joey Ramjue (170).
While the visitors responded well to the extra time off, Eastern York coach Dan Garner felt his team did not.
“Different kids respond to things in different ways,” Garner said. “To some, maybe that extra rest is good, but for others, when you’re starting to peak sometimes that momentum just goes down.”
Garner pointed to the momentum that the Warriors used early on as a big factor. With three of the five pins coming in over the first five matches, Garner certainly felt the swing against his squad.
“It was a tough one tonight,” he said. “Momentum is huge in wrestling. When things are going good, it feels good, but when it’s going downhill they sometimes over-estimate the other side. They think they’re all killers. But we did have some guys do some good things.”
Dylan Prugar earned a stick late in the first period at 160 to cap off his final home bout of his career. Jashim Snyder (technical fall, 182) and Dillon Meealey (pin, 160) also gave the hometown fans something to cheer about.
Central York 39, South Western 33: At Central York, the Panthers received pins from Deontay English (182), Tyler Schaller (113) and Logan Paluch (126). For the Mustangs, Dylan Goodman (195), Josh Martz (106) and Ethan Baney (160) had pins. Central improved to 8-6 overall and 2-2 in York-Adams Division I.
Spring Grove 58, Northeastern 12: At Spring Grove, the unbeaten Rockets received pins from Anthony Hinson (160), Ryan Miller (182) and Dalton Rohrbaugh (126). For the Bobcats, Corey Eaton (220) and Cole Wilson (113) each picked up one pin. Spring Grove improved to 17-0 overall and 4-0 in York-Adams Division I.
Dallastown 63, Red Lion 3: At Red Lion, Dallastown improved to 10-2 overall and 3-1 in York-Adams Division I. The Wildcats got pins from Dalton Daugherty (132), Hunter Sweitzer (145), Garrett Johnson (170), Andrew Smith (195) and Adam Karlie (106).
Fairfield 42, York Tech 24: At Fairfield, the Green Knights received pins from Page Karsteter (138), Alexander Stone (145), Steve Heinbaugh (152), Colton Shriner (182) and Jacob Moyer (220).
Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.