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Warriors stay unbeaten in Section with win over McCaskey Warwick 49, McCaskey 22 Warwick 39, Hempfield 34 Osbourne (Va.) 31, Warwick 30 Mechanicsburg 55, Warwick 15
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org, Staff Writer
Although the Warwick wrestlers improved to 4-0 in Section One with a 27-point win over McCaskey on Saturday, coach Ned Bushong exercises caution.
"I thought we’d have some tight matches, which we did," Bushong said. "We had a tight match with Hempfield. We had a tight match with Elizabethtown. We haven’t had an easy match regardless of what the scores might look like. Basically we’re a young team."
Certainly, Warwick’s 49-22 win over the Red Tornados falls into that category. The two squads were tied 12-all after five bouts before Evan Ney and Colin Schnupp earned back-to-back wins to give the Warriors a lead they never relinquished.
"That got us started in there," Bushong acknowledged. "Once Ney got that win, we got on a roll and went right through from that point on."
Ney took a 4-0 lead on two takedowns after two periods against Hunter Groff and posted a 7-2 decision at 138. Then Schnupp grabbed a 6-3 advantage after two and eventually decked Brandon Duran to put Warwick up 21-12.
The Tornados’ Jeremy Fuentes answered with a 12-2 major decision against Kameron Kline to bring McCaskey within five, but that’s as close as they would get.
"Fuentes is good — he’s one of their better wrestlers," Bushong said.
From there, however, Warwick took five of the final six bouts to win going away. Cody Shoenberger (2:16), Mitch Mellinger (2:46) and Donnie Erb (2:58) registered three straight falls at 160, 170 and 182, and then Carson Snavely had six takedowns in an 18-5 major decision in the 195-pound bout. At heavyweight, Tom Devenney wrapped it up with Warwick’s fifth and final fall, decking Steve Adams in 4:12.
"The McCaskey match was a good match for us," Bushong said. "We wrestled well against them as a team."
The Warriors’ battle against McCaskey was also their opener in the Warwick Duals Tourney, in which Warwick finished 2-3.
They also crushed East Pennsboro 69-4 by taking advantage of six forfeits and five falls. Matt Mousetis (3:14), Kline (:55), Shoenberger (1:16), Snavely (1:08) and Devenney (:51) all scored pins for Warwick, while Josh Charles jumped to a 5-2 lead after one and earned a 7-2 victory in the 106-pound bout.
Next for Warwick was a showdown with Osbourn (Va.), and Herbert Berios’ hard-fought 7-3 win over Logan Stroh at 113 in the final bout lifted the Eagles to a 31-30 win.
"We had some real close bouts and when you go 7-7 in bouts, you can’t ask for much more," Bushong said. "They picked up one more bonus point than we did. That’s about as close as you can get."
After Cody Diem started it for Warwick with a high-scoring 13-9 win at 120, the Eagles came back with four straight victories, including a major and a fall to go up 16-3.
But Kline’s three back points in the second period stood up for a 3-2 win at 152, then Shoenberger (5:27) and Mitch Mellinger (:28) followed with back-to-back falls at 160 and 170 as the Warriors retook the lead, 17-16.
Osbourn’s Robin Garcia responded with a fall in 3:09 in the 182-pound bout, but Snavely stepped up with a key win at 195, scoring a takedown with just :06 remaining to defeat Luis Mendez 5-4 to cut the Eagles’ lead to 22-20.
"That was a great bout — (Carson) just kept on working for it and that was a big win for him," Bushong said. "Shoenberger, Devenney, Charles … those are the guys that you expect to win. And most matches we expect Schnupp to win. You have the guys that you expect to win and then it comes down to the guys that are the toss-ups — the ones that could go either way."
The two teams traded falls in the next at 220 and 285, with Devenney decking Javier Rodriguez in :45 in the latter to cut the deficit to 28-26. Then Charles took a 4-1 lead in the first period on two takedowns and defeated Bobby Ziehfreund 9-1 to put WHS up 30-28.
In the final bout, Stroh took a 1-0 lead after two on a second-period escape. But Berios rallied for a seven-point third to earn the 7-3 decision at 113.
"We had some good matchups in there," Bushong said. "We’re probably about as even as you can get with them."
A match against Northern followed for the Warriors, and the Polar Bears jumed out to leads of 20-0 and 39-9, and then held on for a 39-27 win over the Warriors. Northern finished unbeaten in the tournament, capped by a 42-22 win over Osbourn.
With Warwick trailing 20-0, Schnupp got his team on the scoreboard with a wild 14-13 win over Isaiah Locke at 152. He overcame a seven-point second-period deficit with a four-point reversal at the end of that stanza and then held on in the third. Then Shoenberger came through with a quick fall in 1:08 at 160 to cut the Polar Bears’ lead to 20-9.
But Northern took the next four, with two falls and a major decision, to stretch their lead to 39-9. Warwick won the final four, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Bears’ lead. Devenney had two takedowns in a 6-2 win at 285, Charles (1:26) and Stroh (2:39) earned back-to-back falls and Diem’s third-period takedown with :23 left sealed a 4-0 shutout in the 120-pound bout.
"I expected that to be a little bit closer," Bushong said of his team’s match with Northern. "Overall, we’re a young team. Next year, we’ll have quite a few seniors, but we have a good group of freshmen coming up and we should have decent numbers."
Warwick finished the tournament with a 47-27 loss to ELCO in round five. The Raiders took nine of the 14 bouts to earn the win.
Four of the Warriors’ five wins came by fall, courtesy of Schnupp (2:18), Shoenberger (2:52), Devenney (1:02) and Charles (1:07). Stroh earned Warwick’s final victory with an 8-3 decision in the 113-pound bout.
Last Wednesday, Jan. 4, Warwick and Hempfield each won seven bouts in a Section One showdown in Landisville, but the Warriors won the battle in bonus points to earn a 49-22 decision.
Warwick had a 4-2 edge in falls behind Schnupp (1:54), Kline (3:28), Shoenberger (1:55) and Devenney. But Charles and Stroh also won by forfeit at 106 and 113 and Ethan Quinn pulled out a tight 7-6 win at 126.
In non-league action at Mechanicsburg last Thursday, the Warriors suffered a 55-15 loss to the Wildcats. 106 — Charles, W, by forfeit.
113 — Vera, McC, d. Stroh, 7-3.
120 — Diem, W, by forfeit.
126 — Peris, McC, p. Quinn, 3:38.
132 — A.Guitierrez, McC, d. Mousetis, 3-0.
138 — Ney, W, d. Groff, 7-2.
145 — Schnupp, W, p. Duran, 4:24.
152 — Fuentes, McC, m.d. Kline, 12-2.
160 — Schoenberger, W, p. Colon, 2:16.
170 — Erb, W, p. Alverez, 2:58.
182 — Mellinger, W, p. Huber, 2:46.
195 — Snavely, W, m.d. Sturla, 18-5.
220 — Parker, McC, p. Sayevskiy, :25.
285 — Devenney, W, p. Adams, 4:12. 138 — Griffiths, H, m.d. Ney, 13-3 (0-4).
145 — Schnupp, W, p. T. Hartman, 1:54 (6-4).
152 — Kline, W, p. Loose, 3:28 (12-4).
160 — Shoenberger, W, p. M. Hartman, 1:55 (18-4).
170 — Pederson, H, m.d. Mellinger, 11-2 (18-8).
182 — Bennett, H, m.d. Erb, 9-1 (18-12).
195 — Stief, H, p. Snavely, 2:55 (18-18).
220 — Goodhart, H, p. Sayevsky, 2:34 (24-18).
285 — Devenney, W, p. Diaz, :36 (24-24).
106 — Charles, W, by forfeit (30-24).
113 — Stroh, W, by forfeit (36-24).
120 — Minnich, H, m.d. Diem, 9-0 (36-28).
126 — Quinn, W, d. Gattuso, 7-6 (39-28).
132 — Morales, H, by forfeit (39-34).
Official: Oswald. 120 — Diem, W, d. Pereira, 13-9.
126 — Gray, O, d. Quinn, 4-3.
132 — Tabelon, O, m.d. Mousetis, 10-2.
138 — Hollcroft, O, p. Ney, 2:40.
145 — Garcia, O, d. Schnupp, 16-12.
152 — Kline, W, d. Brode, 3-2.
160 — Schoenberger, W, p. Ali-Haj, 3:27.
170 — Mellinger, W, p. Caracciolo, :28.
182 — Garcia, O, p. Erb, 3:09.
195 — Snavely, W, d. Mendez, 5-4.
220 — Henry, O, p. Sayevskiy, 5:00.
285 — Devenney, W, p. Rodriguez, :45.
106 — Charles, W, m.d. Ziehfreund, 9-1.
113 — Berios, O, d. Stroh, 7-3.
NONLEAGUE 106–J. Charles, W, p. B. Shumaker, 3:48 (6-0).
113– L. Strogh, W, d. A. Spaseff, 4-2 (9-0).
120– C. Diem, W, d. M. Crosson, 3-2 (12-0).
126– E. Quinn, M, p. T. Skelly, 2:15 (12-6).
132– T. King, M, p. K. Shuler, 1:51 (12-12).
138– E. Ney, M, p. C. Skelly, :39 (12-18).
145– C. Schnopp, M, d. A. Davis, 7-1 (12-21).
152– K. Kline, M, p. M. Ramsey, :37 (12-27).
160– C. Shoenberger, M, p. R. Barrick, 5:04 (12-33).
170– M. Mellinger, M, m.d. J. Krulock, 22-9 (12-37).
182– D. Erb, M, p. J. Thompson, :54 (12-43).
195– C. Snavely, M, p. B. Barr, :19 (15-54). More WHS MATMEN, page B-6