Mounts, Eagles fall in Section Two openers
In Ephrata Tuesday, the Mounts earned just three bout wins in a 57-18 loss to visiting Garden Spot. Cocalico didn’t fare any better in its opening dual at Manheim Central as the Eagles gave away bonus points in eight bouts in an eventual 58-15 loss to the Barons.
In the Mounts’ loss, they got in a 21-0 hole early as the Spartans swept the first four bouts from 160-195 with a pair of pins, a forfeit and a decision win.
Cameron Eisenhauer stopped the bleeding for Ephrata with a fall at 220. And then Charles San Martin followed with a pin at heavyweight to cut the deficit to 21-12. However, Garden Spot won seven of the final eight bouts on the night to clinch the team win.
“We didn’t wrestle so well,” Ephrata Coach Josh Clair said. “We just kind of were in a funk tonight and didn’t come out ready to wrestle. We just made a lot of mistakes that we don’t normally make, and we couldn’t get out of that funk.”
Joey Sarmento earned the only other win for the Mounts, getting a pin at 120 pounds.
“It’s nothing that can’t be fixed,” Clair said of the rough night. “It’s little things, so we just have to go back to basics, find what works for us and go from there.”
In Manheim, the host Barons jumped out to a commanding 40-0 lead with eight-straight wins to start the match. John Fry finally got the Eagles on the board with a pin at 285, but Central ran off three more wins to clinch the match, leading 52-6 with three bouts to go.
Cocalico did win two of the final three on the night as Andrew Weston earned a forfeit win at 126 before Riley Robinette won a wild 17-15 overtime decision vs. Justice Prall at 132.
This past Thursday, Cocalico also was in action when it opened its dual meet season with a 39-30 road victory at Donegal.
The Eagles scored 24 team points off four Indian forfeits, including the final two bouts of the night which swung the tightly-contested match in Cocalico’s favor.
Cocalico fell behind 12-0 after two bouts before stringing together four straight wins to grab a 21-12 lead.
Max Martin got the Eagles on the board with a forfeit win at 138. Darin Youndt followed at 145 with an 11-5 decision before Trevor Fichtorn (152) and Hilton Martin (160) both pinned to give the Eagles the nine-point advantage.After the teams traded forfeits at 170 and 182, the Indians strung together three straight wins from 195 to 220 to retake a 30-27 advantage. However, Cocalico’s Lukas Lees (113) and Adam Miller 120) both followed with forfeit wins to give the Eagles the victory.
Up next, Cocalico will host Conestoga Valley Thursday night at 7 p.m. before traveling to the Damascus Tournament in Maryland Dec. 27-28.
In addition to Ephrata’s match vs. Garden Spot, the Mounts competed at the Carlisle Tournament this past Saturday.
Individually, Eisenhauer and Dakota Rohrbaugh led the way, both going 4-1 at their respective weight classes. Eisenhauer captured fourth place at 220 while Rohrbaugh secured fifth place with a 4-2 victory over CV’s Ilya Dariychuk in the fifth-place match at 152.
Ephrata finished 11th overall in t he team standings with 65 points. Big Spring captured the team title with 224.5 points, edging out runner-up Bermudian Springs (223.5) for the title.
Up next, Ephrata travels to E-town Thursday night (7 p.m.), and will then be idle until participating in the Donegal Tournament on Dec. 28.