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The Warwick wrestler had one more hurdle to clear before facing Manheim Township in a showdown of unbeatens on Thursday.
While winning of nine of 14 bouts, the Warriors improved to 4-0 in Section One with a convincing 51-22 victory over Cedar Crest in a Section One match in Cornwall on Tuesday night.
They picked up bonus points with four falls and four forfeit wins while improving to 12-2 overall on the season.
Senior Tom Devenney led things off with a pin in 1:24 in the 285-pound match, and Warwick went on to take the first three bouts and eight of the first 10 to grab command.
Devin Schnupp followed with a fall in 1:01 in the 106-pound match and then Josh Charles won by forfeit at 113 to make it 13-0.
The Warwick wrestlers also got falls from Logan Stroh (1:34) at 126 and Steve Woolley (3:18) at 160, while Matt Mousetis (138), Tyler Esbenshade (145) and Colin Schnupp (152) all added forfeit victories.
David Brubaker accounted for the team’s other win with a 4-2 decision at 182.
The Warriors also took care of business at their Duals Tournament last Saturday, winning four of five matches. That included a 62-13 drubbing of McCaskey in a Section One match, with their only loss coming at the hands of a Spring Grove team (10-0) ranked sixth in the current District Three Triple-A power rankings by a score of 45-18.
Devin Schnupp (106), Logan Stroh (126) and Tom Devenney (285) all finished 5-0 in the tournament. Schnupp and Devenney recorded five and four falls respectively, to lead the way.
The Warriors (3-0 L-L, 11-2 overall), who are ranked 9th in the District power rankings, led from wire-to-wire against the Red Tornado, with Schnupp (3:28) and Josh Charles (:30) setting the early tone with back-to-back falls at 106 and 113.
Overall, Warwick took 11 of 14 bouts, including back-to-back victories at 126 and 132 where Stroh won by forfeit and Ethan Quinn recorded the third of the Warriors’ eight falls, decking Phillip Urena in 5:36, to make the score 24-4.
After McCaskey’s Adam Peris earned a tough 5-4 win at 138, Warwick’s wrestlers had their arms raised in victory in seven of the final eight bouts while pulling away.
Others with falls were Tyler Esbenshade (4:28) at 145, Colin Schnupp (1:52) at 152, Ryan Gray (2:53) at 170, Austin Maguire (4:26) in the 220-pound bout and Devenney (1:40) at heavyweight to wrap it up.
Steve Woolley added a 15-0 tech fall in 3:56 in the 160-pound bout, while Carson Snavely prevailed by a 9-4 decision at 195.
Although there wasn’t a lot of drama involved in Warwick’s win over McCaskey, the opposite was true against Lower Dauphin, as the Warriors needed pins from Devenney and Schnupp in the final two bouts to overcome an eight-point deficit and defeat the Falcons 32-28.
The WHS matmen jumped to an early 13-0 lead, only to see LD win five of six bouts between 152 and 220 with wins from Tyler Messick, Kalob Ware, Troy Spencer, Travis Morrill and David Wuestner to go up 28-20.
Devenney followed at heavyweight, though, and kept the Warriors’ hopes alive by decking Christian Brand in 5:46, and then Schnupp brought the house down by flattening Peter Mummau in 4:34 at 106 to clinch the win.
Earlier, Warwick got wins from Charles (fall in 1:26) at 113, Marcus Tout (3-2) at 120, Stroh (10-0) at 126, Esbenshade (11-2) at 145, and Woolley (3-1) in the 160-pound bout.
In their next match, the Warriors recorded eight falls in a 63-15 pummeling of Osbourne (Va.), and then Warwick won five of the final six matches against Chambersburg to overcome deficits of 15-6 and 21-12 en route to defeating the Trojans by a score of 36-26. Chambersburg is the 12th-ranked team in the District power rankings.
Ultimately, Spring Grove dealt the Warriors their only blemish on the day, winning nine of 14 bouts in a 45-18 victory.
Warwick found itself climbing an uphill battle after just four bouts, trailing 20-0. They got on the board behind Woolley’s 4-2 decision over Austin Barley at 160. The Rockets won the 170 and 182-pound bouts, and then Snavely answered with a close 3-1 win at 195.
Then when Devenney won 6-0 at 285 and Devin Schnupp decked Levi Witmer in just 1:01 at 106, the Warriors closed it 33-15.
But the Rockets clinched it with back-to-back falls at 113 and 120. Stroh’s 6-1 decision over Keegan Worley in the 126-pound bout completed the scoring.
The Warriors traveled the Millersville last Thursday and collected their second league win of the season, defeating host Penn Manor by a score of 44-23. More WHS MATMEN, page B-4