Bucks stop Warwick, 45-25

By on December 28, 2016
Warwick’s Steven Seepaul (back) rides out Conestoga Valley’s Josh MacNamara in the third period for a gritty 1-0 victory in the 170-pound bout last Thursday. Photo by Mike Shull

Warwick’s Steven Seepaul (back) rides out Conestoga Valley’s Josh MacNamara in the third period for a gritty 1-0 victory in the 170-pound bout last Thursday. Photo by Mike Shull

The start was good for the Warwick wrestlers last Thursday night, with back-to-back falls by juniors Evan Clark and Ryan Stewart.

So was the finish, thanks to three straight wins by Steven Seepaul, Logan Boring and Eric Garner.

It was just a lot in between that didn’t go the Warriors’ way in their Section One duel against Conestoga Valley.

The Bucks’ recorded seven straight falls from 106 through 145, overcoming an early 12-0 deficit to hand Warwick a 45-25 loss in Lititz.

“(CV) has a nice team — you can’t take anything away from them,” Warrior boss Ned Bushong said. “We wrestled hard, but we were just outmanned.”

Heading into the Christmas break, Warwick fell to 1-2 Section One (3-3 overall), while Conestoga Valley — up from Section Two — improved to 1-1 L-L to remain one game behind unbeaten Penn Manor (3-0) and Cocalico (2-0).

“I knew they were going to be good,” Bushong said. “And geez, Cocalico’s won the E-town Tournament for the last three years and they just beat Hempfield 64-7. I mean, they came up from Section Two also, but they’re good teams and they have good programs. (CV coach Trent Turner) came in here tonight with 26 kids that were dressed filling up every weight class and some of them he was two or three deep. It’s a good solid program.”

Warwick has a couple solid wrestlers of their own in the upper weights, including Clark (6-0), who decked Yodhe Desta in 2:20 in the 220-pound bout and Stewart (6-0), who flattened Waverly Thomas in 1:19 at heavyweight.

The run of falls would continue, but that wasn’t good news for the Warriors.

Andrew Dariychuk got CV on the board by pinning sophomore Dan Wentzel in 1:47 at 106, and then Austin Rider’s fall in 3:11 against sophomore Dylan Butzer at 113 tied it 12-all.

Warwick sophomore Mateo Chacon trailed just 4-0 after one at 120, but then got caught in a cradle by Rafael Rodriguez in 2:43, as the Bucks took a lead they never relinquished, 18-12.

Next came a pair of third-period falls for Conestoga Valley. Seth Martin finished off a pin against senior Trevis Esbenshade with just :03 left at 126, and then Jordan Hartranft put sophomore Shaun Stafford’s shoulders to the mat in 5:31 in the 132-pound bout, making it 30-12.

“I was hoping we could pick up a couple at the bottom end, but it didn’t work out that way,” Bushong remarked. “We had guys that wrestled tough and were hanging in there and just kinda got caught at the end.”

After Legend White pinned Rennie Kline in :35 at 138, CV senior Pavel Dariychuk, a reigning Sectional champ, pinned freshman Tate Cargas in 5:51, pushing the Bucks’ lead to 42-12.

“I think (Dariychuk)’s a State caliber (wrestler),” Bushong said. “He’s solid, and for Tate, it’s big step up from junior high to varsity and then you go freshman against a senior like that … it’s a good learning experience.”

In the 152-pound bout, Warwick’s Luke Hirtzel (6-0) snapped CV’s run, recording three sets of near falls in the second period and cruising to a 13-0 major decision.

Eddie Lopez’s takedown with 1:01 left in the third was the difference in a 5-4 decision over junior Andrew Morgan at 160, as the Buckskins went up 45-16 and clinched it with three bouts left.

But Warwick didn’t go down quietly.

Seepaul earned a third-period stalling point on CV’s Josh MacNamara to pull out a 1-0 decision at 170, junior Logan Boring scored two takedowns over the final two periods to claim a 7-4 decision against Connor Brinton at 189 and senior Eric Garner took a 2-0 first-period lead on a takedown at the edge of the mat and went on to defeat Thomas Weidman 4-1 in the 195-pound bout.

“The whole team wrestled hard,” Bushong said. “No two ways about it. All we can do right now is just go after it and wrestle hard.”

In the end, losing the likes of Ben Hershey, Brock Lieberman and Devin Schnupp to graduation has left the Warriors with some big shoes to fill.

“Those are three guys that were very consistent for us,” Bushong said, “and we’re basically replacing them with sophomores. But by the end of the year, we hopefully will come along and improve and we’ll be in good shape by the end of the year.”

Last Tuesday, McCaskey rallied from an early 9-4 deficit to defeat Warwick 37-30 in a Section One match in Lancaster. The Red Tornado capitalized on bonus points from five falls and a major.

Stewart’s 7-0 shutout at HWT and Butzer’s fall in 1:17 gave Warwick a 9-4 lead through three bouts. But the Red Tornado earned four straight falls from 120 to 138 to grab a lead they never lost.

After Cargas won by forfeit at 145, Hirtzel scored a 6-2 win at 152, cutting Warwick’s deficit to 28-18. Seepaul answered a fall by Tornado at 160 with one of his own in 3:12 in the 170-pound bout.

But Carlos Lugo’s 4-2 decision at 189 clinched it for McCaskey. Garner (6-2) and Clark (4-1) ended the match with wins at 195 and 220, respectively, for the Warriors.


Conestoga Valley 45, Warwick 25

220—E. Clark, W, p. Desta, 2:20.

285—R. Stewart, W, p. W. Thomas, 1:18.

106—A. Dariychuk, CV, p. Daniel, 1:46.

113—A. Rider, CV, p. D. Butzer, 3:11.

120—R. Rodriguez, CV, p. M. Chacon, 2:42.

126—S. Martin, CV, p. T. Esbenshade, 5:57.

132—J. Hartranft, CV, p. S. Stafford, 5:30.

138—White, CV, p. L. Kline, :35.

145—P. Dariychuk, CV, p. T. Cargas, 5:50.

152—L. Hirtzel, W, m.d. A. Cooper, 13-0.

160—E. Lopez, CV, d. A. Morgan, 5-4.

170—S. Seepaul, W, d. J. MacNamara, 1-0.

182—L. Boring, W, d. C. Brinton, 7-4.

195—E. Garner, W, d. T. Weideman, 4-1.

McCaskey 37, Warwick 30

285—R. Stewart, W, d. J. Sitts, 7-0.

106—J. Tirado, M, m.d. D. Wentzel, 14-3.

113—D. Butzer, W, p. N. Montanez, 1:17.

120—N. Estevez, M, p. M. Chacon, 3:01.

126—J. Pacheco, M, p. T. Esbenshade, 4:57.

132—J. Baez, M, p. S. Stafford, :38.

138—J. Holland, M, p. L. Kline, 1:45.

145—T. Cargas, W, by forfeit.

152—L. Hirtzel, W, d. J. Battle, 6-2.

160—A. Martin, M, p. A. Morgan, 2:34.

170—S. Seepaul, W, p. Z. Fortney, 3:12.

182—C. Lugo, M, L. Boring, 4-2.

195—E. Garner, W, d. E. Laguerre, 6-2.

220—E. Clark, W, d. H. Soriano, 4-1.


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