CATAWISSA R.R. — How good is Southern Columbia’s wrestling team right now?
Head coach Jerry Marks spent some of his post-match time following the Tigers’ 64-3 win over Warrior Run Thursday telling one of his wrestlers, a good one but one who wasn’t in the lineup last night, to keep his head up and keep working hard.
There are a number of Tiger wrestlers who are in that boat. It’s agood problem for the Tigers to have but one that nonetheless has to be addressed delicately because right now, Southern’s starting lineup is harder to crack than a walnut encased in concrete.
For example, Warrior Run’s only win came from 126-pounder Jeremy Hanford, a senior who placed eighth in the state last season, and he had to work very hard to beat Ian Yoder, one of three freshmen in thelighter weights, 12-4. Hanford is 109-30 for his career. As good as the Tigers were last season, when they were 23-1 and third at the state duals, they are better this season because they simply have no weak spots.
The Tigers (11-0) had eight pins against a Defenders team (3-3) which is fairly young but still has a full lineup and represents a very solid program.
“We’re truly blessed with the teamwe have,” Marks said. “These kids all have a good work ethic, the staff works very hard. The competition level in the mat room is tremendous. We have a bunch of kids who will let it all hang out out there.”
Sophomore Gaige Garcia got the rout started, pinning Christian Wachter in 3:32 at 182, and fellow sophomore Lear Quinton followed by pinning Alex Brouse in 4:51. Junior Sean Spragueworked out a touogh 3-1 win at 220 over Wyatt Fisher, who is 8-5 this season and was 20-12 as a freshmen last year for Warrior Run.
Connor Fulmer had a pin at 285 before freshemen Garrett Krebs and Patrick Edmondson had back-to-back impressive wins at 106 and 113, respectively. Krebs was a 6-2 winner over Kaden Majcer and Edmondson then pinned Noah Hunt in 3:07. Hunt was 27-16 asa freshman last season.
“We had some really good showing from our freshmen,” Marks said.
Defending state champion Jaret Lane then pinned Keefer Goodspeed in 1:07. Goodspeed was 25-10 last season and is 49-25 for his career.
Jake Renn (132), Mike Miner (138) and Shane Miller (145) had tougher bouts but all came through wins. Renn edged Dylan Kolenda 3-2, Miner was an 8-0 winner over Justin Wagner and Miller took a7-4 win over Brandon Orwig.
The Tigers finished with three straight pins from Cade Linn (152), Cal Haladay (160) and Anthony Scicchitano (170).
“I truly believe this is the team that’s going to beat everyone,” Warrior Run coach Jeremy Betz said. “They’re very good. We knew the score had a chance to be lopsided. We always talk about trying to learn from every match and we found out we have a lotof things to learn. We tried to get some of our better kids against their better kids and we had some good matches.”
182: Gaige Garcia, SC, pinned Christian Wachter, 3:32 (6-0); 195: Lear Quinton, SCV, pinned Alex Brouse, 4:51 (12-0); 220: Sean Sprague, SC, dec. Wyatt Fisher, 3-1 (15-0); 285: Connor Fulmer, SC, pinned Jeff Burkhart, 1:51 (21-0); 106: Garrett Krebs, SC, dec. Kaden Majcer, 6-2 (24-0); 113: PatrickEdmondson, SC, pinned Noah Hunt, 3:07 (30-0); 120: Jaret Lane, SC, pinned Keefer Goodspeed, 1:07 (36-0); 126: Jeremy Hanford, WR, dec. Ian Yoder, 11-5 (36-3); 132: Jake Renn, SC, dec. Dylan Kolenda, 3-2 (39-3); 138: Mike Miner, SC, maj. dec. Justin Wagner, 8-0 (43-3); 145: Shane Miller, SC, dec. Brandon Orwig, 7-4 (46-3); 152: Cade Linn, SC, pinned Sam Crawford, :56 (52-3); 160: Cal Haladay, SC, pinned Damien Moser, 1:06 (58-3); 170: Anthony Scicchitano, SC, pinned Ty Kirkner, 1:31 (64-3).