Mounts take seventh at Ephrata Duals

By on December 14, 2016
Ephrata’s Kelvin Cruz (top) decks Sam Duvall of Hanover during Saturday’s Ephrata Duals. Photo by Denise Mitchell

Ephrata’s Kelvin Cruz (top) decks Sam Duvall of Hanover during Saturday’s Ephrata Duals. Photo by Denise Mitchell

The Ephrata High School wrestling team hosted its season opening Ephrata Duals Tournament Saturday at the Ephrata Middle School.

The Mounts went 1-4 as a team and placed seventh overall in the tourney. The lone victory came in the second round as Ephrata knocked off Hanover by a score of 45-28. Ephrata suffered losses to Downingtown East (52-18), Biglerville (36-31), Waynesboro (63-13) and Hempfield (48-30).

And while the results were a mixed bag, Ephrata Coach Josh Clair saw some positives in the Mounts’ first showing of the season.

“All in all we were relatively pleased,” he said. “We came out and wrestled well the first three rounds against Downingtown East, Hanover, and Biglerville. After the break between rounds we came out a little sluggish, but we have so many new guys in there it made for a long day in a new experience for them. We did have some good things occur throughout the day and we wrestled tough, but just like always we have some small things to correct in order to keep moving forward.”

Individually, senior Tyler Mentzer shined. Mentzer went out and posted four falls and earned a forfeit win at 160 pounds to go a perfect 5-0 on the day to lead all Ephrata wrestlers.

“Tyler had a great day,” Clair said. “He typically is a slow starter to the season, but came out and wrestled aggressively and looked to finish his matches. He’s coming off an injury that forced him to miss most of football season, so it was great to see him back competing.”

In addition to Mentzer, freshman upperweight Drew Myers (170/182) was solid going 4-1 while seniors Austin Jones (4-1) and Cam Terry (3-2), as well as sophomore Cody Sweigart (2-2) also performed well.

“(Myers) definitely shows a lot of promise as we move forward in the season,” Clair said. “The other guy I’d like to mention is sophomore Cody Sweigart. Cody is a first year wrestler at 182. He went out and picked up a fall in a JV match to start the day, so he bumped up and wrestled 195 for the final four matches in the varsity line-up. In his first varsity match he went out and was hitting moves that we actually haven’t even sat down and showed him and picked up a big fall to help the team defeat Hanover. Overall our young guys fought and showed us that there is definitely some ability to work with. Now the question is, ‘how will they progress moving forward.’”

Ephrata will open Section Two action Wednesday night at home (7 p.m.) where it will face section newcomer Cedar Crest. The Mounts will close out the week at the Carlisle Tournament Friday (3:30 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.).

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