It may have been the worst possible match ups for Pleasant Valley wrestlers Kenny Yanovich and Michael Dahlstrom in their second round of consolations Friday afternoon in Hershey.
Facing District 11 wrestlers in any round this deep of the state tournament poses problems and both Bears weren't able to solve the issues as they were eliminated.
Yanovich lost a 10-3 decision to Liberty's Brett Marino at 103 and Dahlstrom (130) fell to Blue Mountain's Brandon Choate by a 3-1 affair to end hopes of Pleasant Valley walking away from the Giant Center with any medals this year.
Head coach Mark Getz knows that having an early exit brings it's share of disappointment, but also knew that getting experience for his two Hershey rookies was valuable in itself.
"Wrestling two solid kids from our district is a tough predicament in this round," said Getz. "I think one thing both of our guys realized is that they're good enough to be out here and they want to get back here next year."
Yanovich had a chance in his bout with Marino as he scored a reversal to even the bout at 2-2 heading into the third period, but that's when things unraveled.
Marino earned an early escape followed by a takedown to build a 5-2 advantage. Yanovich found his way out, but got taken down again, only this time, Marino scored three near fall points to punctuate his victory.
Dahlstrom threw everything he could at Choate, but a first period takedown :17 seconds into the first period gave Choate the cushion he needed to keep Dahlstrom at bay.
"I knew I had to get ahead early in this bout to have a chance and he caught me off guard with the early takedown," Dahlstrom said. "It was just a tough matchup because I feel that guys from our district have an edge over other wrestlers from around the state. You would like to take on guys from other areas so you can use your style against theirs, but when you're facing another District 11 guy, you both have similar styles so it's tough."
Despite losing two out of their three bouts in Hershey, Getz comes away from the tournament pleased with what the future holds for his program heading into next season.
"I'm glad we got out here this year because we lost some really good wrestlers last year," he said. "To get out here with a young team is something we can build on going into next year. You always want to get medals, but as long as we keep e tradition of getting kids out here, we'll be on the right path."