Kenny Yanovich wrestled a better match than Chambersburg's Tanner Shoap during Thursday afternoon's second round of consolations at the PIAA 3A tournament.
Unfortunately, better didn't equate to victorious, as Yanovich was ousted from the tournament following a heart-breaking 4-2 defeat.
It was the third straight trip to Hershey for the Pleasant Valley junior and it'll be his third straight journey home without a medal.
"I think that's the toughest part for him right now," said Bears' head coach Mark Getz. "He wrestled really well in this match, but couldn't finish some shots. It's tough leaving here without a medal and it's even tougher for Kenny since it's his third trip."
Yanovich (35-6) took a 2-1 lead in the second period after Shoap escaped to start the period. Shoap slipped out of his grasp again before the second period concluded to send the bout tied at 2-2 heading into the third.
Yanovich elected the neutral position to start the third, relinquishing the opportunity to gain an important point with a bottom escape, and ultimately saw his junior season end with seconds left on the clock.
Shoap scored the winning takedown with :21 seconds remaining to hold on for the 4-2 victory.
It was a sombering :21 seconds, as the reality of the situation became clear.
"He has a bad habit of staying on his knees and it cost him in that last takedown," Getz said. "We tell him to circle out of that and we've worked on it. We told him that's something that will come back and haunt you, especially out here, and it did."
Yanovich knew that Shoap (40-8) would be his likely opponent in the consolation bout, since the likelihood of him beating Parkland's Ethan Lizak in the quarterfinals seemed barren.
Lizak scored a 3-2 decision over Shoap, as Yanovich watched from the stands.
The idea was that Yanovich could catch Shoap at an opportune time, following a defeat and then needing to refocus and battle backin his bout with Yanovich.
Everything worked out the way it was supposed to, until the :21 second mark of the third period.
"He's taking this pretty hard because he knows he could have placed here," said Getz. "He said he had it and he let it slip away. When you wrestle that well in a match and then lose on one mistake, it's tough."