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Vikings know how to play the numbers game

By John Hartsock

jhartsock@altoonamirror.com

FLINTON — Like many scholastic wrestling programs in this day and age, Glendale is numerically challenged.

The Vikings have 13 on this year’s roster, but are currently dealing with some injuries, and a couple wrestlers competing at the same weight class.

Bonus points in dual meets are essential in such a situation, and Glendale has had the good fortune of having several veteran hammers pick up bonus points with falls.

“All season long, we’ve been getting pins,” Glendale coach Brian Storm said Tuesday night after the Vikings racked up five falls in a 48-9 Inter-County Conference dual meet rout of Northern Bedford at the Glendale Area High School gymnasium. “Our veterans have been getting us falls, and that’s been huge in helping us to get (dual meet) wins.”

Junior Nate Storm (120 pounds), freshman Zach Vereshack (126), sophomore George Campbell (132), junior Zeke Dubler (160), and senior Britton Spangle (215) each logged falls for Glendale (10-6), while senior Suds Dubler picked up another six points for the Vikings when he won his 172-pound bout by injury default.

Nate Storm had an 8-2 lead before pinning NB senior Harley Bailey with a cradle 47 seconds into the third period, and in a battle of freshmen at 126, Vereshack built a 6-0 lead before pinning Jordyn Fouse with 53 seconds showing on the clock.

Fouse won national age 15-under and Pennsylvania Keystone State championships in girls competition at 115 pounds in 2021, and she has been holding her own against boys competition this winter, posting a .500 record, according to Black Panthers coach Brian Dutchcot.

“She’s got great technique,” Dutchcot said of Fouse. “Right now, it seems that she is being a little bit physically overpowered by the boys that she wrestles, but I give her all the credit in the world. She’s out there competing every night, and giving it everything that she has.”

Campbell kept the ball rolling for Glendale at 132, using an arm bar to pin senior Reyan Imler and give the Vikings a 24-0 lead.

After Northern Bedford got on the board when junior Austin Bartholow used a third-period reversal to grind out a 5-4 decision over sophomore Dayton Johnson at 138, Glendale controlled the upper weights.

At 160, Zeke Dubler pinned sophomore Eion Snider in 3:41, and Suds Dubler built a 9-0 lead before freshman Aaron Bowers was forced to default the 172-pound bout after suffering a head injury on a Dubler takedown 21 seconds into the third period.

Spangle put an exclamation point on Glendale’s strong team performance by headlocking sophomore Brian Amick into a 36-second fall at 215.

Both teams did not enter a wrestler at 106, 152 and 189, while Glendale’s Ryder Krise (113) and Malachi Richards (145) got forfeit victories, as did Northern’s Derek Beach at 285.

“Glendale is a very physical team – we knew that coming in,” said Dutchcot, whose Panthers dropped to 9-6. “They run those (arm) bars, and they definitely did that tonight. They wrestled with intensity and aggressiveness.”

Brian Storm was pleased with his team’s performance after the team had to cancel Monday’s practice because of the snowstorm.

“I thought we wrestled really well,” said Storm, whose Vikings visit Juniata Valley Thursday. “We didn’t get to practice (Monday), but we warmed up before this match, and everybody was in good spirits.”

106–No match. 113–Krise, G, won by forfeit. 120–Storm, G, pinned Bailey, 4:47. 126–Vereshack, G, pinned Fouse, 5:07. 132–Campbell, G, pinned Imler, 3:22. 138–Bartholow, NB, dec. Johnson, 5-4. 145–Richards, G, won by forfeit.

152–No match. 160–Z. Dubler, G, pinned Snider, 3:41. 172–S. Dubler, G, won by inj. default over Bowers, 4:21. 189–No match. 215–Spangle, G, pinned Amick, :36.285–D. Beach, NB, won by forfeit.

Records: Northern Bedford (9-6); Glendale (10-6).

Official: Nick Sidorick.

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