Dragons close strong to earn win
LOYSBURG — Central wrestling pulled away late by scoring points in the last four weight classes on the road to defeat Northern Bedford, 42-30, Thursday night.
With Northern Bedford leading, 30-19, after a forfeit at 285 pounds, the Scarlet Dragons scored a fall, technical fall and two forfeits in the final weight classes to seal the victory.
After a slow start to the season, Central coach Dave Marko said he expected a good performance from his team.
“I knew we were better than 0-4,” he said. “We had three straight matches against AAA opponents.”
In what became a back-and-forth match, Northern Bedford jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead after Matthew Morgan picked up a forfeit at 132, Cameron Ulery won a 15-5 major decision over Brady Clark at 138 and Braden Swab won a close 3-1 decision at 145 over Chase Eller.
Ulery scored two takedowns in the first period to go up 5-2, then pulled away with five nearfall points in the third period. Swab scored a first period takedown, added an escape in the second and held on for the 3-1 win.
Alex Fouse cut Central’s lead to 13-6 with a quick pin at 152 pounds.
Northern Bedford coach Brian Dutchcott said he felt good about his team’s chances after that match.
“We started rolling at 152,” he said. “I thought we were in good shape from that point through 220.”
Logan Marko held off Tristin Guyer for a 9-6 decision at 160 to extend Central’s lead to 16-6.
Northern Bedford picked up three straight falls to grab the lead.
Austin Mowry pinned Trysten Detwiler in 3:22 for the win at 170 pounds, Tyler Wirth pinned Kasen Deterline in 1:21 at 182 pounds and Luke Welsh pinned Michael Fowkes in 2:26 at 195 pounds to give the Black Panthers a 24-16 advantage headed into the 220-pound bout.
Damien Kocher won a physical match over Jay Ebersole, holding on for a 6-2 decision after giving up two penalty points in the third period.
“You have to keep your emotions in check (during those type of matches),” Dutchcott said.
After Northern Bedford’s Kyle Guyer picked up a forfeit at 285 pounds, the Panthers carried a 30-19 lead headed into the final four weight classes.
Alex Bowman at 106 pounds and Camden Leach at 113 pounds picked up forfeits for Central before Ian Crouch defeated Eyziak Cottle by technical fall at 120 pounds and Brandon Holsinger picked up a 25 second fall over Lucas Heck at 126 pounds to close the match for the Scarlet Dragons.
Marko shuffled some of his wrestlers around to look for advantages in the victory.
” Ian (Crouch) bumped up and wrestled a great match,” he said. “We had several kids that wrestled up a weight and did well.”
Both coaches mentioned how they enjoyed the rivalry and the interest it generates in the sport.
“This is a great gym,” Marko said. “This is why we wrestle rivalry matches like this”
Dutchcott said he enjoys the matches, too.
“We always have a nice rivalry with Central,” he said.
Dutchcott was hopeful that the match would help his team in the future, along with filling a hole in his lineup.
“We’re going to build on this,” he said. “We’ll eliminate one of our forfeits when we get (Lucas) Heck back at 113.”
132 — Morgan, NB, won by forfeit. 138 — Ulery, NB, major dec. Clark, 15-5. 145 — Swab, C, dec. Eller, 3-1. 152 — Fouse, NB, pinned Kocher, :35. 160 — Marko, C, dec. Guyer, 9-6. 170 — Mowry, NB, pinned Detwiler, 3:22. 182 — Wirth, NB, pinned Deterline, 1:21. 195– Welsh, NB, pinned Fowkes, 2:26. 220 — Kocher, C, dec. Ebersole 6-2. 285– Guyer, NB, won by forfeit. 106, Bowman, C, won by forfeit. 113 — Leach, C, won by forfeit. 120 — Crouch, C, technical fall Cottle, 15-0, 3:17. 126 — Holsinger, C, pinned Heck, :25.
Records: Northern Bedford (6-5); Central (1-4).