MOUNT CARMEL — On paper, Wednesday’s District 4 2A Duals meet between No. 9 Montoursville and No. 8 Mount Carmel seemed like it would be a dandy.
But with three starters out because of injury, Mount Carmel Coach Steve Pesarchick was a little apprehensive before the meet and as it turned out, he was right to be.
Montoursville used a string of five straight falls and a forfeit to take an insurmountable 36-3 lead on the way to a 57-17 win over the Red Tornadoes, denying Mount Carmel a second straight trip to the round of eight at Milton on Saturday.
The Red Tornadoes (12-6) were without starters Damon Dowkus, Bruce Carl and Joey Bendas, but what was worse was that Montoursville (10-4) not only won the key matchups, but got pins in doing so.
“Hats off to them. They really came to wrestle,” said Pesarchick. “Things didn’t go well for us as a team tonight. They matched up their best kids with our best kids and really did a good job.”
Mount Carmel got off to a good start when freshman Thomas Davitt used a takedown with 3.4 seconds left to beat Jake Dinges at 145, 8-7, giving Mount Carmel a 3-0 lead.
But in the next bout, Tyler Winhofer, after getting an early takedown, got himself into bad position attempting a cradle and was reversed and pinned by Emory Balint at 152.
Cael Crebs (13-2) pinned Noah Berkoski at 160 and Gavin Livermore took a forfeit for the Warriors at 170, giving Montoursville an 18-3 lead.
Dylan Bennett (19-5) picked up a fall in the second period over Shane Weidner (17-5) at 182, and Gable Crebs (13-2) pinned Hunter Minnig at 195. The Wildcats then got another big win, with Cameron Wood (20-3) pinning Austin Reed (18-3) in 1:22 at 220, jacking the lead to 36-3.
Colin Herb (16-6) stemmed the tide with a pin at 285 for the Red Tornadoes, but a forfeit at 106 and two more pins at 113 and 120 cemented things for the visitors. At 120, Brock Lutz (14-6) pinned Jake Adzema (17-6) in 4:34.
Trevor McDonald (126) and Zack Reed (132) got wins for Mount Carmel, the latter by technical fall to improve to 20-3, before Montoursville took the final bout at 138.
“I don’t want to make excuses. We expected to get back (to Milton) and it’s disappointing,” Pesarchick said. “Our dual meet season is over but now we maybe can take some time to heal up for the postseason. We’re hoping (to get the full lineup back). The other big thing is that we don’t lose anyone from this team. Everybody is back.”