Mounts earn 400th win, tie for fifth place at tourney
By: TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor email@example.com, Staff Writer
Ephrata has a long, storied wrestling history, filled with great success and outstanding achievements.
And this past Saturday, the Mounts reached yet another program milestone in the season-opening Ephrata Duals. In their fourth match of the day, the Mounts earned their 400th career program victory with a 45-36 triumph over Daniel Boone.
With Ephrata leading 39-36 with one bout to go, Cameron Eisenhower’s first-period pin at 220 sealed the 400th win for the Mounts, who went on to add one more team victory to go 3-2 on the day and finish in a tie for fifth place in the team standings.
"I am glad that we hit the 400 career victories mark," Ephrata Coach Josh Clair said. "We had hoped to hit that last year, but came up just short. Now that we are at 401 we start our ascent to 500. Even when we win matches and do great things on the mat we are never satisfied and always have room for improvement."
Ephrata opened the day with a 48-33 victory over Columbia in Round One action. After losses in Rounds Two and Three to Downingtown East (57-10) and Mifflin County (53-17) respectively, the Mounts closed out the day with the win over Daniel Boone and a 36-30 team decision over Reading.
Individually, Ephrata was led by junior Ethan Sipe, who went a perfect 5-0 at 145 pounds. Todd Dumas and Riley Eidemiller also had fine tournaments with both finishing 4-1 on the day.
"Overall I was pleased finishing 3-2," Clair said of his team’s performance. "Downingtown East and Mifflin County are extremely tough and talented teams and it would be difficult to beat them. That being said we definitely had a lot of room for improvement in those matches.
"We had some good performances individually on the day. Ethan Sipe had three falls and two major decisions on the day. Dumas had four first-period falls, and Eidemiller perhaps had the biggest win of the day. Against Mifflin County he defeated Lucas Besch, who is a returning state qualifier, by an 11-2 score. Our best match as a team came against Reading. We won the close matches and came up with big wins when we needed. None of those wins were bigger than Charles Sanmartin’s fall at 220 to seal the victory."
Biglerville claimed the overall team title with an exciting 32-31 victory over Downingtown East in the first-place match. Mifflin County took third with a convincing 52-17 decision over Garden Spot in the third-place match.
Ephrata will return to the mats on Saturday, Dec. 15 when the Mounts travel to the Carlisle Tournament.
As for Cocalico, the Eagles got their season underway Tuesday night at home with a 51-18 loss in a non-league dual vs. Donegal.
The Eagles captured four wins on the night. Trevor Fichtorn earned a 14-7 decision at 138 pounds, and Adam Miller captured a 9-4 decision at 106. The final two victories came by forfeit from Nick Martin (145) and Hilton Martin (152).
Cocalico will be back in action Saturday when the Eagles head to the Conrad Weiser Tournament (9 a.m.). More WRESTLING, page B-7