Late rally over Tornado spurs Warriors to 5-0 finish at Duals

By on January 7, 2015
Warwick freshman Logan Boring (left) looks to escape from McCaskey’s Manuel Canfijn in the 126-pound bout last Saturday. Later, Boring earned his first varsity win by earning a 10-1 major decision over East Pennsboro’s Andrew Black.

Warwick freshman Logan Boring (left) looks to escape from McCaskey’s Manuel Canfijn in the 126-pound bout last Saturday. Later, Boring earned his first varsity win by earning a 10-1 major decision over East Pennsboro’s Andrew Black.

Eric Garner picked a good time to notch his first varsity win for the Warwick wrestlers.

With his team trailing 28-18 against McCaskey with four bouts to go last Saturday, the Warrior sophomore took a 5-1 lead after one and put away a 7-4 victory over the Red Tornado’s Geran Mendez in the 182-pound weight class.

It was the start of four straight wins for the Warwick matmen, lifting them to a hard-fought 36-28 decision in a Section One match in Lititz.

“I wasn’t sure we were going to beat McCaskey,” Warrior coach Ned Bushong remarked. “Going into those last four matches, we still had a chance of losing it. It’s a lot closer when you look at it. If Garner or (Avery) Quinn lose and (David) Brubaker wins by decision instead of a fall, I think that has us losing the match … It was close and it was a real good bout for us.”

Actually, it was a real good day for the Warriors (1-1 L-L, 7-4 overall), period. Their eight-point win over McCaskey kick-started a 5-0 finish for them at their Warrior Duals, including victories over East Pennsboro (46-27), Harrisburg (54-21), Springfield-Delco (45-24) and Osbourn, Va. (43-26).

Brubaker, Austin Maguire, Devin Schnupp, Brock Lieberman and Ben Hershey all went undefeated in five matches for Warwick.

Garner (4-1), too, had a pretty good effort, starting with his 7-4 decision over Mendez. Two first-period takedowns gave him the upper hand and then his third-period reversal sealed it.

“Anytime you get a win, it helps,” Bushong said, “so that was a big win for us.”

Ditto for Quinn.

Down 1-0 going to the third to Julian Sitts at 195, the Warwick senior got a reversal early in the final stanza and then held on for a 2-1 decision, cutting McCaskey’s lead to 28-24.

“Avery Quinn wrestled a really tough match for us,” Bushong said. “At that point (after the reversal), Avery was pretty hyped up. There’s been so much improvement from him (since) junior high. He stuck with it and here he is on varsity and doing well.”

With momentum in the Warriors’ corner, Brubaker kept it going by gutting out a win at 220. The Warwick senior was in a scoreless dual with Ricky White through the first, and then after giving up a near fall, Brubaker rallied with an escape and takedown to go up 3-2 at the end of the second.

White pulled even with an escape to start the third and then tried for a lateral drop. Brubaker, though, had other ideas, countering White to his back and scoring a fall in 5:16 to put the Warriors up 30-28.

“David was in a tight match. Those matches (with Garner, Quinn and Brubaker) could have gone either way,” Bushong said. “It wasn’t a blowout by any means.”

Still, Warwick needed Maguire to deliver in the heavyweight match and he did exactly that, pinning Hipolito Soriano in 44 seconds to close things out.

Earlier, falls by Schnupp (14-1) in 2:24 at 113, Lieberman (2:43) at 120 and Hershey (3:34) at 132 gave the Warriors an early 18-3 advantage.

“That was big that we got those 18 points down below,” Bushong said.

Bonus points were key against a flu-ravaged East Pennsboro team in the next round. Freshman Logan Boring (2-3) collected his first varsity win against the Panthers’ Andrew Black, dominating in a 10-1 major decision in the 126-pound bout to help lead the way. Hershey and Marcus Tout added back-to-back falls at 132 and 138 in 1:54 and 3:04, respectively, as the Warriors took a 22-0 lead.

They also led most of the way against Harrisburg. Tout (5:27), Quinn (1:56) and Maguire (1:25) all recorded falls in the 54-21 pummeling.

Next up was Springfield-Delco and Hershey (fall, 2:52), Tout (13-6) Jakob Kempinski (7-1) all had their arms raised in victory to put Warwick up 12-0.

The Cougars rallied and went in front 24-12, but not for long. Quinn’s fall in 3:21, followed by back-to-back forfeits to Brubaker and Maguire gave the Warriors a lead they never lost. Bonus points from Schnupp (fall, 1:28), Lieberman (17-2, 3:00) and Boring (17-7) sealed it.

“Springfield-Delco was a team I’d say is very comparable to us. Young team,” Bushong said. “Take away the forfeits that we got, we still beat them but we had some good bouts.”

Maguire (1:01), Schnupp (:57) and Lieberman (:24) all had first-period falls to help pace the Warriors over Osbourn.

Garner and Brubaker won by forfeit, Quinn was dominant in 15-0 tech fall in 6:00 at 195, Kempinski earned an 8-0 major at 145 and Hershey majored 10-2 in the 132-pound bout, as the Warriors took eight of 13 contested bouts.

Warwick returns to action tonight (Thursday) when it travels to Cornwall to face Cedar Crest in a Section One battle.

“It’s going to be interesting in the next couple of weeks,” Bushong said. “In five weeks, the season’s over for anybody not going onto Districts. The season is going real fast.”

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