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HEGINS - Lyle Troutman leapt to his feet, pumped both fists and screamed toward the rafters of Tri-Valley's crowded gymnasium.

In an instant, four years of frustration washed away.

After shaking hands and getting his hand raised by referee Dennis Buchman, the Tri-Valley senior ran toward his teammates. The Dawgs met Troutman in front of the bench, mobbing him in a joyful bear hug.

It was over. It was finally over.

After eight years and 53 straight Schuylkill League Division I dual meet victories, somebody had finally defeated Blue Mountain.

Sparked by a five-bout run through the middle and Troutman's fall in the final match, Tri-Valley rallied past Blue Mountain 37-33 on December 18 in the Schuylkill League Division I opener for both teams.

"When I heard that smack (of the mat for the pin), I was like, 'Finally,' '' Troutman said.

Blue Mountain (3-3, 0-1 D-I) last lost a Division I dual meet Jan. 16, 2004. Ironically, Tri-Valley was victorious on that night too, winning 37-30. Prior to the meet, Lyle Troutman said assistant coach Brock Troutman (Lyle says they're no relation) pumped up the team, telling them about being a member of the 2004 team that last beat Blue Mountain.

"We wanted to be the next,'' Lyle Troutman added.

Through six weights, though, everything seemed to be going Blue Mountain's way. Tristen Coello notched a 72-second pin in the first bout; Ryan Guers (9-2) had a 31-second fall; and Christian Gosch (8-3) earned an 11-8 decision over state placewinner Caleb Bordner (7-3). Those victories gave the Eagles a 21-4 lead nearly halfway through the meet.

Instead of trading forfeits, the teams elected to have no bout at 120. Guers bumped to 126, and Bordner, normally a 120-pounder, moved to 132. Two takedowns and a tight, three-point cradle at the end of the second period lifted the taller Gosch to victory.

"Our kids wrestled tough, you can't ask them to wrestle any tougher,'' Blue Mountain coach J.J. Fasnacht said. "Even with a loss, we can build off this, wrestling in this kind of atmosphere.

"We hoped Ryan would wrestle Bordner,'' he added, "but we thought that Christian could beat him also.''

Freshman Chase Schaeffer started Tri-Valley's comeback with a second-period fall at 138. A major decision from Hunter Harner (8-3), a fall off a headlock from Blake Bowman (10-1) and a technical fall from Anthony Snyder (8-3) gave Tri-Valley (1-0, 1-0) its first lead of the night at 25-21.

In a swing bout, Tri-Valley's Kyle Stephen (4-4) added a 10-2 major decision over Hunter Blankenhorn (7-4) at 106.

"They did a great job,'' Tri-Valley co-head coach Dave Boltz said. "The odds were against us. We knew our middle group is pretty tough. There's a lot of talent and a lot of experience through the middle. We depended on those guys.

"We felt the momentum. It was awesome."

The momentum continued and the lead grew to 10 when Ty Schoffstall (10-0) headlocked Billy Webber for the third time and stuck him at 3:57.

"Obviously we needed that pin,'' Schoffstall said. "You don't know how the match would end up if I didn't pin and Lyle didn't pin.

"It's good, but we still have plenty to do as a team yet,'' he added. "Hopefully a lot more team titles to come.''

Chris Nye and Mitch Myers (9-0) then received forfeits to put Blue Mountain back on top, 33-31.

So the dual came down to Lyle Troutman and the Eagles' Zach Yackenchick.

Yackenchick (5-5) struck first, countering a Troutman attack for a takedown and using a strong ride to lead 2-0 after two minutes.

Troutman (8-2) chose down for the second period, and once again, Yackenchick spent nearly a minute riding and preventing Troutman from scoring.

"I was a little worried,'' Troutman said. "At the beginning, he felt pretty strong and took me down. I got a little worried after that, but I stayed cool and tried to take what he did wrong and capitalize on it.''

Troutman needed just one little mistake. Reversing Yackenchick to his back, Troutman drove a deep half-nelson. He pressed him for the fall in 3:01, bringing the Dawgs' bench and fans to their feet in wild applause.

"He got a little too high. A lot of bigger kids try to ride legs,'' a smiling Troutman explained after receiving handshakes, pats on the back or hugs from several dozen happy Tri-Valley fans.

"We just got back to the middle,'' he added. "The whistle blew, and I tried to do a stand-up and he ankle-picked me.

"I got back up to my base. He came across and put legs in. I felt him get a little high and pulled him right over top. Once the shoulders touched and I heard the (referee hit the) mat, then I knew that we did it.''

Wms. Valley 42

Pottsville 40

TOWER CITY - J.R. Rummel (195) earned a first-period pin in the final bout, lifting Williams Valley to a 42-40 win over Pottsville in a non-league dual meet December 20.

Falls by William Girard (106), Tyler Deiter (120), Matt Miller (132) and Billy Schaeffer (145) allowed Williams Valley (2-3) to stay close to Pottsville (1-7) throughout the match.

Pottsville led 40-24 with three bouts remaining. The Vikings pocketed 12 points due to forfeits. Rummel then earned the pin to give Williams Valley, which had not held the lead at any point during the match, the victory.

Boiling Spr. 73

U. Dauphin 6

ELIZABETHVILLE - Connor Boyer's forfeit was the only win for Upper Dauphin (7-6) in a non-league loss to District 3 power Boiling Springs (7-0).

Line Mtn. 40

Newport 39

NEWPORT - Seth Lansberry's pin at 152, the final bout, gave the Eagles their first win of the season.

Britton Heim (160), Brendan Renn (182), and Erik Smeltz (195) also had pins for Line Mountain.

C.D. East 42

Line Mtn. 31

LINGLESTOWN - Line Mountain gave up three forfeits and dropped a non-conference match. Cam Newman (113), Seth Lansberry (145), Brendan Renn (170) and Cory Warford (285) had pins for the Eagles on December 18.

Panther Valley 39

Pine Grove 30

PINE GROVE - Panther Valley won three of the last four matches to secure a come-from-behind, 39-30 victory over Pine Grove on December 18 in the Schuylkill League Division I opener for both teams.

The Panthers got pins from Seth Oriel at 126, Elijah Hibbler at 145, Richie Smith at 195 and Rian Shubeck at 285.

Halifax 49

CM Vo-Tech 30

ESPY - Tyler Weldon recorded a pin in 39 seconds and the Wildcats earned four more pine to defeat the Rams in their Division II opener.

U. Dauphin 64

S. Haven 18

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - The Trojans cruised past the Hurricanes in a Division II matchup and remained undefeated in league play.

Upper Dauphin got pins from Connor Boyer, Devon Hoffman, Alex Messner, David Miller, Alex Wray and Cody Zerbe.

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