Warriors get strong start with 56-12 win over Catholic Finish 4-1 at Exeter Tournament
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor, Staff Writer
As starts go, Warwick will take it.
Both for Devin Schnupp and for the Warriors as a team.
The freshman 106-pounder, a two-time champ at the U.S. Nationals this past summer, made his much anticipated debut last Thursday with a win and Warwick went on to crush Lancaster Catholic 56-12 in their non-league opener in Lancaster.
Of the Warriors’ 12 victories, ten came with bonus points, including five falls and a forfeit.
"Overall, we had a good opening," Warwick coach Ned Bushong said. "I wasn’t sure what the boys would be able to do and they came through. They had some good matches. There were some matches that could have gone either way and we just pulled a couple of them out at the very end."
Schnupp’s win over the Crusaders’ Joe Lobeck at 106 falls into that category. Catholic’s freshman took leads of 2-0 after one and 3-2 after two. After Lobeck escaped early in the third period, Schnupp got a takedown to pull even, but then the Crusaders’ wrestler went back in front 6-4 with a reversal. That set the stage for the final eight seconds, when Schnupp got a restart following a stalling caution, and then he escaped and took Lobeck down for the decisive points in a 7-6 win.
"That was a real tough match," Bushong said. "(Devin) never gave up and kept on pushing the whole time. Those are probably the two best 106-pounders in the county. They will see each other again."
Junior Josh Charles found himself tied 2-2 in the first period following a reversal by Mark Golbach, but he scored a pair of three-point near falls to go up 10-2 after one and then earned an 18-2 tech fall. Then after Marcus Tout made quick work of Brandon Kessler at 120, scoring a fall in just 34 seconds, Logan Stroh outdueled Lancaster Catholic’s John Lobeck (33-13 last year) 5-0 to put the Warriors up 17-0. Stroh led just 1-0 after two on a second-period escape, but two back points in the third, coupled with two stalling points, helped him seal the win.
"Logan had a real nice win — that was a good match," Bushong remarked. "That was one of their better wrestlers, so that was a real big win for Logan."
Ethan Quinn had a good win in his own right in the 132-pound match, taking a 7-2 lead early in the second on Catholic’s Michael Kline and then pinning him in 3:18.
At 138, Matt Mousetis kept things rolling as he scored four takedowns in the first two periods while taking an 8-3 lead on his way to a 15-5 major decision, and then senior 145-pounder Tyler Esbenshade capitalized on a five-point reversal late in the second to go up 8-0 and then hammered Dirk Gillespie 14-2.
That pushed the lead a commanding 31-0 heading to the 152-pound match, where Colin Schnupp put together a seven-point third period to beat Michael Goshen (16-15 at Donegal last year). Trailing 2-1 after two, Schnupp, despite battling the flu all week, got a takedown and three back points in the final 34 seconds to record the 8-4 decision.
"Colin coming from behind like that and scoring seven points in the third period … that’s good," Bushong said.
Senior Steve Woolley twice took Tom Redd to his back in the 160-pound match before pinning him in 3:24, and then Ryan Gray broke open a 2-1 lead after one and decked Shahram Albolfathzedeh in 4:57.
Catholic finally got on the scoreboard at 182, where Loiseau, a returning State qualifier, pinned Addison Good in 31 seconds. Defending Regional bronze medalist Isiah Taltoan (34-7 last year) following by putting David Brubaker’s shoulders to the mat in 3:43, making the score 44-12.
But the Warriors wrapped it up on Carson Snavely’s fall in 5:18 over Leonard Skehan at 220, and Tom Devenney’s forfeit win at 285.
"It’s a good win for us," Bushong said. "First match and it’s always nice to have a win … Catholic has a nice team. Toward the end of the season, if they can stay healthy, they’ll give a pretty good run in Double-A."
Last Saturday, Warwick competed in the Blue and White Classic at Exeter and finished 4-1, losing only to Downingtown West 36-33 in the first-place match.
Devenney, Devin Schnupp, Charles and Woolley all went a perfect 5-0, as the Warriors knocked off Annville-Cleona (63-15), Daniel Boone (46-18), Donegal (60-15) and Red Lion (51-25).
In the showdown against Downingtown West, both squads recorded seven wins apiece, but the Whippets prevailed with more bonus points behind four falls and three major decisions.
Warwick won the first three bouts and took an early 14-0 lead on Snavely’s 5-3 win, Devenney’s fall (3:07) and Devin Schnupp’s 18-2 tech fall.
Downingtown came back to win five of the next seven to grab their first lead, 26-23. In the stretch, Charles had fall in 15 seconds at 120 and Mousetis outdueled Garber, 5-3. Woolley’s 17-6 major decision gave Warwick’s its final lead, 27-26, before the Whippets recorded back-to-back falls at 170 and 182 to go up 36-27. Brubaker’s fall in 3:15 in the 195-pound bout completed the scoring. More WHS WRESTLERS, page B-6