Wins have been few and far between for the Hollidaysburg Area High School wrestling team this season so Thursday night's victory over the Altoona Mountain Lions was certainly satisfying.
On Altoona's senior night, it was Hollidaysburg that was in a celebratory mood following a 47-30 win at the Altoona Area Junior High School.
"Wins have been hard to come by," said Hollidaysburg coach Mike Moore, noting the Tigers' only other win came over Tyrone (42-34) earlier in the month. "We're probably better than that one win, though.
"The injury bug hit us," he said. "We had four or five injuries and still have some guys out of the lineup.
The injuries have forced the Tigers to forfeit a couple bouts each night, and they gave away three Thursday. However, the Tigers were able to overcome the forfeits last night by recording five falls.
"We talked about that coming in," Moore said. "One of the things we addressed were that we needed to come up with some falls to balance the forfeits and, fortunately for us, we were able to do that tonight."
Tiger pins were notched by Paul Detwiler (220), Dalton Long (132), Nathan Hagg (138), Colton Walls (145) and Noah Worley (170).
"I thought 220 could have gone either way," Moore said of Detwiler's fall over Jacob Turner. "Our guy has been battling injuries, but he got in the lineup tonight and did a fantastic job of getting us 6 (points) there."
Worley overcame a 3-1 deficit to pin Brinton Simington and that clinched the team victory for the Tigers after D.J. Hollingshead's 9-second fall had pulled the Mountain Lions to within 37-30 with two bouts left.
"I know 170 would be competitive," Moore said, "and I was glad to see our guy battle. Those two (220 and 170) were really good for us."
Altoona coach Joel Gilbert said falls have hurt his team all season.
"That's been our Achilles' heel," Gilbert said. "We get pinned way too often. I believe we were in some of those matches tonight, but we ended up getting pinned.
"None of them fell our way this evening and, when that happens, you get beat."
Falls by Nate Buckrop (195) and Hollingshead (160) were Altoona's only wins on the mat.
"D.J. got a double leg on the kid [Van Lanzendorfer], lifted his legs and put him onto his back and the guy couldn't move," Gilbert said of Hollingshead's fast fall.
"D.J. will be a force in the postseason. He's a tough wrestler."
Gilbert also was pleased with the effort of freshman Cole Manley, who dropped a 3-1 decision at 113 when Hollidaysburg ace Damian Huff scored a late takedown.
"Huff is a returning district champ and state qualifier and Cole is up and coming for us," Gilbert said. "I was happy with his performance. He just lost focus in the last 15 seconds, but he'll learn from that."
Gilbert also was quick to credit Hollidaysburg's performance.
"I give hats off to Mike Moore and his team," Gilbert said. "They outwrestled us and were more physical."
195-Buckrop, A, pinned Sindstoud, 3:05; 220-Detwiler, H, pinned Turner, 3:59; 285-Gill, H, won by forfeit; 106-Bonsell, A, won by forfeit; 113-Huff, H, dec. Manley, 3-1; 120-Querry, A, won by forfeit; 126-Kociola, H, major dec. J. Kephart, 12-3.
132-Long, H, pinned Rimbeck, :41. 138-Hagg, H, pinned Bender, 1:52; 145-Walls, H, pinned Wike, 2:53; 152-Reidell, A, won by forfeit; 160-Hollingshead, A, pinned Lanzendorfer, :09; 170-Worley, H, pinned Simington, 5:49; 182-Curry, H, major dec. Doucette, 11-3.
Officials: Doug Fogle.
Records: Hollidaysburg (2-7); Altoona (5-9).