High School Wrestling
Published: January 17, 2013
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LANSFORD - Dave Boltz and Ty Rothermel send their standouts onto the mat with the same message:
"We tell them before the match starts: 'We need six out of everybody that's able to do that,' '' said Boltz, Tri-Valley's co-head coach.
With just 10 wrestlers, the Dawgs give up as many as 24 points in forfeits. To win, they have to answer with as many sixes - pins - as possible.
The January 9 Schuylkill League Division I meet at Panther Valley followed that familiar pattern. Tri-Valley fell behind, rallied through the middle, then got three pins at the end to win 36-35 at the Panther Valley Middle School gym.
Like he did earlier this season in a 37-33 win over Blue Mountain, Lyle Troutman capped the comeback with a fall in the final contested bout. Troutman tried a cradle, but the Panthers' Dylan Moyer slipped out. The Tri-Valley senior, though, alertly trapped Moyer's arms and head and got the fall in 1:13.
"I just tried to hold tight and wait for the pin,'' said Troutman, who improved to 16-4.
As the meet wore on, the score looked a lot like Saturday's meeting at the Anthracite Duals. Tri-Valley won 40-39 on Criterion H (most first points scored).
Panther Valley (8-5, 2-1 D-I) opened with a major decision at 220 as Richard Nase (16-7) scored five takedowns in a 12-3 win over Mason White, who was out of the lineup Saturday. After back-to-back forfeits, Darren Goida (113) used a five-point headlock to outlast Kyle Stephen 11-7 and put the Panthers up 19-0 after four weights.
Caleb Bordner (16-6) got Tri-Valley on the board with a fall at 120, but Seth Oriel posted a 20-10 major decision over Tanner Reed to extend Panther Valley's lead to 23-6. Reed, still searching for his first win this season, reversed Oriel to his back in the first period and nearly pinned him.
By going the distance, White and Reed saved Tri-Valley (7-1, 2-0) four extremely important team points.
"The biggest thing was Mason White and Tanner Reed,'' Boltz said. "It was a total team effort tonight, top to bottom.''
With most of Tri-Valley's power yet to take the mat, the Dawgs' chances looked pretty good.
That's when Panther Valley got tough. At 132, Zach Glassic held Chase Schaeffer to a regular decision, 9-3. Schaeffer (14-6), who displayed a punishing leg ride, pinned Glassic in 59 seconds Saturday.
At 138, the Panthers' Hunter Davidyock limited Hunter Harner (18-6) to a 15-3 major decision, and at 145, Elijah Hibbler saved a team point in a 20-3 technical fall loss to Blake Bowman (19-4). Harner (1:54) and Bowman (21 seconds) pinned those same opponents Saturday.
"It's a lot to ask of them,'' Boltz said. "They're stepping up and doing what they need to do. You hate to ask that; it's hard on them, too.''
Ty Schoffstall (20-1) put the Dawgs ahead with a 16-second fall, and Anthony Snyder (16-7) added a first-period pin for a 30-23 lead.
Though there's a long way to go, Tri-Valley took sole possession of first place in the division with the win.
U. Dauphin 44
HALIFAX - Devon Hoffman (17-6), Alex Wray, Trey Campbell (22-5) and Payton Kennerly notched falls to power Upper Dauphin to a Schuylkill League Division II victory over the Wildcats.
Kennerly (6-17) gave the Trojans a big lift by pinning Shawn Engle (7-6) in a swing bout at 285.
Connor Boyer (21-6) and Cody Snyder (19-7) added major decisions for Upper Dauphin (12-8, 5-0 D-II).
Tanner Weldon, Dalton Rode and Joey Kaufman (19-0) posted pins for the Wildcats (9-7, 2-1).
Pine Grove 47
Troy Lengle (126) had a fall and Eli Brill (152) and Zach Sheffy (160) tallied major decisions as Pine Grove won the last six bouts to defeat Pottsville 47-22 on January 9 in a Schuylkill League Division I dual meet.. Wms. Valley 57
Sch. Haven 21
TOWER CITY - Coty Carr (145) and Kenny Carl (160) posted early falls to pace the Vikings in a Division II win over the Hurricanes.
Williams Valley (12-6, 1-0 D-II) won 10 of the 14 bouts while also getting falls from Willy Girard (106) and Tyler Deiter (120). Todd Zimmerman (182) and Trevyn Fessler (126) racked up pins for Schuylkill Haven (1-7, 0-2).
Jim Thorpe 17
HALIFAX - Sophomore Amber Laudenslager (126) recorded one of the Wildcats' four pins in a Division II rout of the Olympians.
Ryan Morton (170), Joey Kaufman (285) and Hunter Enders (120) also racked up falls for Halifax (9-6, 2-0 D-II), which capitalized on four forfeits.