Knights outduel Warwick in Section One opener

By on December 17, 2014
Senior David Brubaker (top) provided one of Warwick’s highlights on Tuesday night, decking Hempfield’s Donal Strausbaugh in just eight seconds to win the 195-pound match. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Senior David Brubaker (top) provided one of Warwick’s highlights on Tuesday night, decking Hempfield’s Donal Strausbaugh in just eight seconds to win the 195-pound match. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

If Warwick was going to beat Hempfield in its Section One opener on Tuesday night, it had to find a way to overcome an 18-point deficit.

In short, three forfeits created a big hole for the Warriors.

Ultimately, despite a performance which WHS coach Ned Bushong said the positives outweighed the negatives, it wasn’t enough, as the Black Knights stormed to a 37-6 lead and then put away a 43-21 victory in Lititz.

“I was actually pleased with the way they wrestled,” Bushong said. “We got beat, but they went out, they went after them. They wrestled hard, they didn’t back down from anybody and overall, I was pleased with their performance.”

The Warriors were within 9-6 after four bouts, but then Hempfield won six straight between 145 and 195 to break it open. The middle weights are where Warwick has much of its youth and inexperience.

“Tonight, we matched up with our strengths against their strengths and our less experienced wrestlers against theirs and they came out a little bit ahead of us,” Bushong said. “We just didn’t have quite enough in through there, although we battled hard. We’ll just go back to the drawing board and keep on working and see what happens.”

Brock Lieberman (4-2) battled hard at 126, but Hempfield veteran Aidyn Miller capitalized on a first-period takedown and a second-period reversal to pull out a 4-2 decision, putting the Knights up 9-0.

“Aidyn Miller is one of Hempfield’s best wrestlers and he hung right in there with him,” Bushong said.

At 132, Ben Hershey (4-2) got Warwick on the board with three takedowns in a 7-3 conquest of Luke Granbois, and then Marcus Tout (2-3) used a late reversal to pull out a tight 4-3 win over the Knights’ Austin Kline, pulling Warwick to 9-6.

“Ben Hershey did a good job and Marcus Tout wrestled tough,” Bushong said.

Hempfield’s Evan Brown was a force at 145 en route to a 16-5 major over Jakob Kempinski, and then following Preston Greener’s forfeit win at 152, the Knights’ Tyler Reber took a 4-1 lead through two and put away an 8-3 decision over Eric Esbenshade in the 160-pound match.

“It was a very physical match and (Eric) really gutted it out,” Bushong said. “He kept it to a regular decision in a tough match, so I’m very pleased with the way he wrestled tonight.”

Damien Ferrieri’s fall in 5:40 at 170, followed by Brady Mathias’ 10-2 major decision in the 182-pound match put Hempfield up 32-6.

That set up a collision between Hempfield’s Jordan Ortiz, a returning District qualifier, and Avery Quinn (4-2) in the 195-pound bout. The Black Knight senior, though, got the upper hand early with an 8-2 lead after one and went on to win by tech fall (20-5) in 5:41.

“I think (Ortiz) is the best in that weight class in the county, at least at this point,” Bushong said. “Definitely one of the best in the District. Avery kept on going, kept on pushing and went hard the whole time. He didn’t back down from it at all.”

Ortiz’s decision clinched the Black Knights’ win, but Warrior senior 220-pounder David Brubaker (5-1) was unfazed, as he made short work of Donal Strausbaugh, pinning the Black Knight wrestler in a mere eight seconds.

Austin Maguire (6-0) followed suit, decking Hempfield’s Andrew Incovaia in 2:29 to cut the Warriors’ deficit to 37-18.

Following a Hempfield forfeit win, Warwick junior 113-pounder Devin Schnupp (6-0) had the honors of closing it out. His opponent, Brandon Loperfido, brought a 6-1 record into the match, but it was Schnupp who controlled the bout, scoring five takedowns in an 11-4 decision.

Warwick will now be idle for 12 days before competing in the Bethlehem Tourney on Dec. 29.

“I would have liked to have won,” Bushong said, “but we gave up 18 points right off the bat. If you take 18 away, we’re pretty close.”

Last Saturday, the Warriors began their season by competing in the Exeter Duals, where they finished 2-3 in five matches. Warwick defeated Norristown (46-24) and Annville-Cleona (39-38), while suffering losses to Dallastown (43-27), Quakertown (46-26) and Exeter (56-18).

Norristown took an early 9-0 lead through two matches, but Jason Coonan’s forfeit win at 170 got Warwick on the board and Nate Miller’s 53-second fall over Bloom in the 182-pound bout put the Warriors in front to stay.

Avery Quinn picked up six points with a forfeit decision at 195, and then when David Brubaker (195) flattened Samuel in 4:45 and Austin Maguire (HWT) decked Iacovino in 1:12, Warwick extended its advantage to 30-9.

For the match, the Warriors capitalized on three forfeits and four falls to win going away. Brock Lieberman decked Carty in 1:00 at 126, while Ben Hershey won by forfeit in the 132-pound bout.

Devin Schnupp chipped in with a 13-4 major decision over Fuentes in the 120-pound match.

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