On Senior Night at Northern Lehigh High School, the Bulldogs earned a definitive victory over Colonial League rival Northwestern, 42-21.
The Bulldogs (8-5) won the first three bouts of the evening as they took command early and never looked back.
Northern Lehigh's Ty Herzog, coming off his 100th victory a week ago against Catasauqua, picked up a dominant 12-2 major decision victory at 152 over Northwestern's Andrew Sorensen. The win moves Herzog to 18-4 on the season.
Overall, Northern Lehigh won 10 of the 14 matches in the contest. However, Bulldogs coach Todd Herzog was not so certain that his team would come away with the win so easily.
"We looked at a couple of things with the lineup and if they would have juggled it around a little bit, and we didn't perform to our level, I really thought we could have split matches seven and seven," Herzog said. "I'm sure (Northwestern) coach Moll was looking at the same thing."
Herzog was pleased that he got the effort and focus he needed from his team to win the contest handily.
"Fortunately, a couple of our guys really came through," Herzog said. "I told our guys, on a really good night, we could win 10 (matches); on a bad night, we're splitting matches and it's coming down to bonus points."
The other variable that Herzog knew he would have to deal with was the fact that this was his team's biggest rival, which added to an already emotional Senior Night.
"They certainly didn't lay down," Herzog said. "They came in to win and I knew they would.
"Regardless of records, you throw it out with Northwestern and Northern Lehigh."
Herzog hopes his team can build off of the win against Northwestern and carry that momentum into the postseason.
"We want to take all momentum from this and build on it," Herzog said. "We want to start preparing for Districts as well because this is the second season getting ready to begin."
Northwestern (0-11) is also preparing for the postseason, but with a slightly different outlook than Northern Lehigh.
Michael Ortiz picked up a win at 170 for the Tigers to move his record to 17-3 on the season and further cement himself as one of the program's top wrestlers.
While the Tigers were competitive in many of the night's matches, coach Jim Moll was not pleased with his team's discipline in the contest.
"There were a lot of specific things that we went over in practice prior to this match that we didn't really execute well," Moll said. "And that was the difference in some of the decisions and wins and losses."
Still, Moll has high hopes for wrestlers such as Ortiz as the season winds down and postseason tournaments loom.
"Our goal is always individual tournaments; Districts, Regionals States," said Moll. "I try to remind them to keep the big picture in mind, their goals for the end of the season in mind.
"All this is is to prepare us for that. "
No. Lehigh 42, Northwestern 21
106 - Jarret White (NW) pinned Colton Rex in 1:45
113 - David VanBlargan (NW) won by forfeit
120 - Matt Schmall (NL) maj. dec. over Quentin Bernhard, 11-0
126 - Zach Leiby (NL) maj. dec. over Jason Hottinger, 12-4
132 - Ryan Rubio (NL) dec. over Hanny Awadallah, 7-3
* 138 - CJ Young (NL) dec. over Joseph Collucci, 6-0
145 - Nate Farber (NL) dec. over Cole Moyer, 8-3
152 - Ty Herzog (NL) maj. dec. over Andrew Sorensen, 12-2
160 - Mitchell Evans (NW) dec. over Austin Arnold, 6-0
170 - Michael Ortiz (NW) pinned Jayden Peters in :53
182 - Cody Bowman (NL) won by forfeit
195 - Theo Young (NL) dec. over Alex Russo, 7-2
220 - Stephen Scheib (NL) pinned Jacob Murray in 5:09
285 - Tom Nesfeder (NL) won by forfeit
* - Match started at 138.