Eagles, Mounts drop Section Two openers
Cocalico and Ephrata both suffered losses Tuesday on the opening night of Section Two action in L-L wrestling.
In Denver, visiting Manheim Central took advantage of six forfeit wins by Cocalico to key a 67-12 victory over the Eagles. Of the seven bouts that were contested, the Barons did take six of them to go to 1-0 on the season in Section Two play.
Cocalico’s lone victory on the mat came at 132 pounds where Trevor Fichtorn made quick work of Manheim’s Connor Pavlik, pinning the Manheim wrestler in a quick 29 seconds. John Fry picked up a forfeit win at 285 for the Eagles’ other victory.
Meanwhile in New Holland Tuesday, host Garden Spot earned victories in nine of the 14 weight classes to earn a 48-24 win over visiting Ephrata.
Todd Dumas earned a hard-fought 7-5 victory over Chance Norris at 126 to cut the Spartan lead to 27-21 with five bouts to go. However, Riley Eidemiller picked up Ephrata’s lone remaining win with an 8-5 win over Zac Martin at 132.
Other winners for the Mounts included: Cameron Eisenhauer, by fall at 220; Vince Evans, by forfeit at 106; and Joe Sarmento, by forfeit at 120.
In addition to Tuesday night’s action, Ephrata also competed in the Carlisle Holiday Tournament held this past Saturday.
The Mounts placed 10th overall in the team standings with 91 points. Bermudian Springs captured the overall title with 233 points, followed by Big Spring (162) in second and Conestoga Valley (129) in third.
Individually, Ephrata had three finalists in Dumas (126), Eidemiller (132) and Ethan Sipe (145). Unfortunately, all three settled for second.
Dumas lost a tough 5-3 decision to Greg Warner of Big Spring, Eidemiller suffered a 7-3 loss to Lucas Ortiz of Conestoga Valley, and Sipe was on the wrong end of a 6-1 match to Chad Wickard of Big Spring.
In addition to the runners-up, three other Mounts placed in the top six at their respective weights. Vince Evans placed fifth at 106 pounds while both Sarmento (113) and Eisenhauer (195) each took sixth.
Cocalico also was in action Saturday at the Conrad Weiser Dual Tournament where the Eagles finished 1-4 on the day.
Cocalico’s lone win of the day came in a 45-27 match vs. Tulpehocken. The Eagles lost matches to Dover (70-6), Reading (64-13), Milton Hershey (52-24) and Conrad Weiser (57-18).
Individually, Hilton Martin led the way for the Eagles, going 4-1 on the day. Adam Miller (106), Zach Whittaker (120) and Fichtorn (132) also had winning records on the day, with each finishing at 3-2 overall.
Both Cocalico and Ephrata will return to Section Two play Thursday night. The Eagles will travel to Conestoga Valley while Ephrata is set to host Elizabethtown.
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