Streaks oust Warriors from District Team Duals Wrestling
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor, Staff Writer
Manheim Township wrestling coach Tim Rice no doubt cringed when he saw his team’s first-round match-up in the District Three Triple-A Team Duals.
It just happened to be Warwick, whom the Blue Streaks defeated 38-34 in a league meet on Jan. 10.
"Last year, we got paired up with (Solanco) in Districts. It’s like, I’m trying to get away from these (L-L) people," Rice laughed. "Not that I don’t like them, but I hate wrestling the same matches twice because if you win, you feel like you’ve got to re-create that exact thing and nothing ever goes the same way."
Tuesday’s match might not have unfolded the same way, but the 5th-seeded Blue Streaks still got the same result, as they wiped out a 32-31 deficit in the final two bouts on David Graves’ fall at 120 and Cortlandt Schuyler’s forfeit win at 126, leading them to a 43-32 victory over the 12th-seeded Warriors at Spring Grove High School.
"No excuses, they beat us," Warwick coach Ned Bushong remarked. "We had a couple of (bouts) that we had to have and we didn’t get them."
While Warwick (12-5) was ousted from the tournament, Township advanced to the quarterfinals to face host Spring Grove (a 57-15 winner over Northern York in the opening-round) in the nightcap. There, the 4th-seeded Rockets (22-0) moved on with a 52-27 decision over the Blue Streaks (11-2).
Although it was Graves and Schuyler who delivered at the end of the match against the Warriors, Nick McKnight (stepped up with a key fall in 4:35 over Warwick’s Ryan Gray in the 170-pound bout to help swing the momentum for the Streaks.
Gray had pinned McKnight (18-15) in 1:22 in the dual meet, and was leading 4-1 on Tuesday going into the third with the Warriors trailing just 16-9. But the Manheim Township sophomore was able to turn the tables on Gray, who has been battling illness in recent days. Capitalizing on a half and a wrist, McKnight got the pin with 35 seconds elapsed in the third to put the Streaks up 22-9.
"(Nick)’s really coming on strong for us," Rice said. "He’s been making big steps. He’s been making improvements and that’s all we ask from our guys — wrestle hard and don’t make the same mistake twice. He didn’t really look great during that match up until the third period, but he’s real tough with that half."
Earlier, Township had taken a 16-0 lead, as the Warriors, with senior Ethan Quinn sidelined by a shoulder injury, forfeited to Alex and Adam Smith at 138 and 145. But Colin Schnupp (14-8) took advantage of a second-period reversal and three third-period back points to win 5-1 at 152, and then Steve Woolley (22-4) decked David Schulz in 1:50 at 160. But McKnight was able to throw a wrench into the plans at 170.
"That’s the matchups we wanted and we couldn’t capitalize on it," Bushong said. "… (Ryan)’s been out all week sick and there’s not much you can do."
Township’s Griffin Shultz (20-9) followed with a 5-0 shutout of David Brubaker (6-15) at 195, then John Shorter (26-10) pinned Carson Snavely (13-8) in 3:05 to give the Blue Streaks their biggest advantage, 31-9.
Warwick’s Austin Maguire (10-7), Tom Devenney (20-1) and Devin Schnupp (24-1) received forfeits at 220, heavyweight and 106 to give the Warriors a one-point lead, 32-31.
But unfortunately for the Warriors, it was a short-lived advantage.
"They went out and they wrestled … it wasn’t quite what I was hoping for," Bushong said, "but we’ll try to get everybody healthy for the rest of the season and post-season. We should be alright." More DISTRICT DUALS, page B-3