Resilient Raiders lose to Cards
One thing you won't see while glimpsing at the match results between Pine Grove and Tamaqua is a decision.
Each bout in this Schuylkill League clash was either decided by forfeit or pin.
However, four early forfeits didn't help the Raiders as they fell to Pine Grove, 54-30.
Tamaqua came roaring back after the four consecutive forfeits.
Dylan Rynkiewicz pinned his opponent in the eighth bout to tie the score up at 24-24.
The Raiders received four consecutive victories from Jasper Stocker, Tanner McHugh, Colin Mashack, and Rynkiewicz.
"Tamaqua went out there and did a lot of good things in a lot of spots tonight," said Pine Grove head coach Jack Drey. "We have to work on not giving up points and keep plugging away, especially with districts coming up."
Unfortunately for Tamaqua, Pine Grove was able to earn victories in five of the final six bouts.
Drey credited Jesse Fisher and Guy Zimmerman with consistently coming up with big wins for his squad.
"Some of our guys are really taking the step up when having to wrestle better competition," Drey said. "I'm happy with the way our kids are wrestling. We need to keep working hard every match."
"We matched up very poorly against Pine Grove," Tamaqua coach Jon Mashack said. "Their skilled wrestlers matched up with our inexperienced wrestlers."
Tamaqua's Jasper Stocker was the freshman Raider who started off the early run for Tamaqua.
"A lot of our first year guys have won a ton of matches we didn't expect them to," Mashack added. "Jasper is developing very well in his first year of varsity. Things are coming together."
This Raider squad has come a long way since pre-season media day a few months ago.
The Raider coach said, "I expect the better guys to win, after that it's considered bonus points. The rest of our first year guys are really stepping up. "
Mashack then explained that Collin Moyer and Adam Toth are two more Raiders that are making great strides in developing as wrestlers.
"Adam has a ton of potential. I think he's just starting to believe in himself. He placed third at leagues and he worked very hard in the match tonight to get his victory."
"Collin Moyer, I expect to make some noise at districts. This is his first year back after not wrestling the previous four. I'm pleased with his progress."
Overall, the Raider coach seemed enthused by the way that his team competed.
"The whole team stepped up tonight. I was happy with the way every individual wrestled," he said. "I'm seeing a lot of good things on the matt that some of our newer guys worked on throughout the season, we'll keep developing as the season goes on."
Pine Grove 54, Tamaqua 30
195- Emory Herb (PG) won by forfeit
220 - Ryan Martin (PG) won by forfeit
285 - Scott Warner (PG) won by forfeit
106 - Quentin Wolfe (PG) won by forfeit
113 - Jasper Stocker (T) pinned James Gately in 1:06
120 - Tanner McHugh (T) pinned Anthony Yearger in 2:36
126 - Colin Mashack (T) pinned Daniel Diaz in :46
132 - Dylan Rynkiewicz (T) pinned Marcus Kassab in 1:08
138 - Jared McCabe (PG) pinned Ty Hinkle in 3:45
145 - Ryan Heim (PG) pinned Malik Roper in 3:45
152 - Adam Toth (T) pinned Ryan Wolfe in 5:02
160 - Josh Phillippy (PG) pinned Chance Szabo in 1:45
170 - Jesse Fisher (PG) pinned Tyler Calkins in 1:27
182 - Guy Zimmerman (PG) pinned Colin Moyer in 1:57