Northern Lehigh used its depth and a little bit of strategy en route to a 45-22 non-league win over Lehighton.
Bulldogs' coach Todd Herzog did some maneuvering at the lighter weights to give his team an advantage later on in the contest. Herzog conceded the opening bout at 120, which wound up being a double forfeit, and moved Matt Schamll (16-6) up to 126 pounds for the first time this season to take on Lehighton's Anthony Farano.
The move paid off for Herzog, as Schmall earned a 6-3 decision win over Farano to give the Bulldogs (10-6) the momentum they needed heading into the heart of their order.
"I kind of gambled and took six points off the board down at 120 and moved Matt Schmall up a weight class, so that was kind of a bolder thing to do there," Herzog said. "Anytime you take six off you hope it converts into some points for you and Matt had to hang onto one there."
CJ Young and Nate Farber also picked up enormous wins at 138 pounds and 145 pounds, respectively.
"That's where we thought if they were going to do some damage on us, it would be in there," Herzog said. "So I kind of juggled around a little bit because I knew we had some horses coming up with Ty (Herzog) and Cody Bowman."
Ty Herzog and Cody Bowman delivered on their end, as the two picked up wins at 152 pounds and 182 pounds, respectively, to put the contest out of reach with five bouts remaining.
Herzog also used pride to motivate his team and make sure they didn't overlook Lehighton, reminding them what was at stake if they lost.
"We got a little tradition riding on us," Herzog said. "We haven't had a loss to Lehighton since 1981 and that was in the back of the kids' minds, so they didn't want to be the first team to let that up.
"That kind of builds and you don't want to be that glitch in the circle of success."
As Northern Lehigh closes its regular season, Herzog knows he has a lot to look forward to with his team this postseason and beyond.
"This is our final dual meet of the year so we really wanted to end on a positive note and kind of build on this heading into districts and get double digit wins," Herzog said. "We scratched and clawed for everything this year.
"We ended up 10-6 and I think that's a respectable record with this team. They really came together and wrestled hard as a team."
Lehighton still has one more chance to pick up another win this season, with its final dual meet coming next week against Palmerton.
Indians' coach Dan Williams sees it as an opportunity to not only earn a win, but also make some adjustments before districts.
"There are some mistakes we're still making that we have to clean up, especially this time of year, right before districts," Williams said. "What we want to do is take these next couple of days and fix some of these mistakes."
No. Lehigh 45, Lehighton 22
106 - Tegan Durishin (L) pinned Colton Rex in 1:43
113 - Zach Kemmerer (L) won by forfeit
* 120 - Double forfeit
126 - Matt Schmall (NL) dec. Anthony Farano, 6-3
132 - Joshua Gornick (L) maj. dec. Ryan Rubio, 12-1
138 - CJ Young (NL) pinned Dustin Koons in 4:52
145 - Nathan Farber (NL) dec. Tyler Cann, 5-2
152 - Ty Herzog (NL) pinned Dominick Mystkowski in 1:12
160 - Connor Frey (L) pinned Jaleel Graham in :21
170 - Austin Arnold (NL) dec. Dylan Flexer, 2-1
182 - Cody Bowman (NL) pinned Marques Spencer in 5:10
195 - Keith Schmidt (NL) won by forfeit
220 - Stephen Scheib (NL) won by forfeit
285 - Thomas Nesfeder (NL) won by forfeit
* - Match started at 120 pounds.