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Young Warriors fall to Hempfield in Section opener SECTION ONE Hempfield 50, Warwick 16
BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor email@example.com
, Staff Writer
With a young lineup on the mats this season, the Warwick wrestlers might have to expect some growing pains along the way.
Last Thursday night was a case in point.
With Warwick trailing Hempfield just 17-10 following the 126-pound bout, the Knights reeled off six straight wins – with four falls – and went on to earn a convincing 50-16 win in both teams’ Section One opener in Landisville.
"It’s our second time on the mats and… we’ve got to get a little bit more mat time," Warwick coach Ned Bushong said. "We’ll go back to the drawing boards and keep on trying. We had some good bouts and some bright spots. It’s just we need more mat time. I think by the end of the season, we’ll be looking better."
At this early point in the season, Hempfield (1-0 L-L, 5-2 overall) has already had a little bit more mat time than the Warriors (0-1, 1-1), who were unable to go to the Exeter Duals on Saturday, Dec. 14 due to inclement weather.
Asked if that factored into Thursday’s match at all, Bushong said, "(Hempfield) has six duals and a tournament. We got snowed out last weekend, so that hit us a little bit. That definitely has an effect. But you’ve got to go with what you have. There’s no two ways about it. Tonight, they were definitely better than us."
Both squads had returning wrestlers in the upper weights, but the Black Knights managed to grab an early advantage at 220 and heavyweight. Jordan Ortiz majored David Brubaker 9-1, and then Goodhart built on a 6-0 lead through two periods to earn a 13-2 major decision over Austin Maguire, putting Hempfield in front 8-0.
Warwick sophomore Brock Lieberman hung with Brandon Hartman through two periods, trailing just 2-0, but then the Hempfield sophomore picked up a third-period reversal to clinch a 4-0 win and an 11-0 lead for the Black Knights.
At 113, Devin Schnupp got the Warriors on the board, catching Reuben Sanchez in a bar and half en route to a fall in 3:17.
Following a Warwick forfeit at 120, Josh Charles got his team within six, 17-10, when he scored a 12-1 major decision over Hempfield’s Aidyn Miller.
"I was surprised by that score," Charles said "(Miller)’s a really tough wrestler, he’s strong and I was lucky to get a takedown and some back points in the second period."
That five-point takedown turned a 2-1 lead into a 7-1 advantage, putting Charles in command going to the third period.
Although the Black Knights questioned whether Charles had control for back points, the Warwick senior was confident he did.
"I had my legs locked, almost like a leg cradle, and so I could kinda feel that his shoulders were being exposed," Charles said. "I thought it was two, then the ref called it, so I kinda felt a little better. Then going into the third, I just felt better on my feet."
When Logan Stroh took a 2-1 lead on Hempfield’s David Good on a takedown with 58 seconds left in the second, the Warriors were feeling confident that they could get a little bit closer. But Good ended those hopes when he used a bar to pin Stroh in 4:57, increasing Hempfield’s lead to 23-10.
From there, the Black Knights pulled away. Luke Granbois took a 9-2 lead after two on Tanner King and held on for a 12-7 win at 138, and then Evan Brown’s takedown with just :09 remaining in the third snapped a 4-4 tie and lifted him to a 6-4 win over Alex Tshudy in the 145-pound bout.
Tyler Reber then clinched the Knights’ win in the 152-pound bout, decking Peter Harris in 5:14 to make it 35-10 with four bouts left.
"They have a lot of kids that young kids that haven’t wrestled any place that I saw (prior to this season) and we had a lot of young guys as far as the experience. Anything could have happened through the middle there – I didn’t know what was going to happen," Bushong said. "Their boys did a nice job tonight. They came out and definitely outwrestled us tonight."
Hempfield added its third and fourth falls of the night at 160 and 170, where Alex Gainer pinned Tyler Melhorn in 1:51 and then Brady Mathias put Andrew Flury’s shoulders to the mat in 1:38, making it 47-10.
Avery Quinn notched the Warriors’ final win at 182, decking Jeremiah Barrasso in a cradle in 3:17 to cut the Knights’ lead to 47-16.
Tommy Bennett ended it for Hempfield with a 6-2 decision over Carson Snavely at 195.
"We had some bouts where we hung in with them," Bushong said, "but it wasn’t enough to win."
220-J. Ortiz, H, m.d. D. Brubaker, 9-1 (4-0).
285-J. Goodhart, H, m.d. A. Maguire, 13-2 (8-0).
106-B. Hartman, H, d. B. Lieberman, 4-0 (11-0).
113-D. Scnupp, W, p. R. Sanchez, 3:27 (11-6).
120-L. Houston, H, by forfeit 17-6 (17-6).
126-J. Charles, W, m.d. A. Miller, 12-1 (17-10).
132-D. Good, H, p. L. Strah, 4:57 (23-10).
138-L. Grambois, H, d. T. King, 12-7 (26-10).
145-E. Brown, H, d. A. Tshudy, 6-4 (29-10).
152-T. Reber, H, p. P. Harris, 5:24 (35-10).
160-A. Gainer, H, p. T. Melhorn, 1:41 (41-10).
170-B. Mathias, H, p. A. Flory, 1:38 (47-10).
182-A. Quinn, W, p. J. Barroso, 3:27 (47-16).
195-T. Bennett, H, d. C. Snavely, (50-16).
JV Score: W 45, Hemp 18
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