Warwick matmen too strong for Mounts

By on February 5, 2014

Visiting Warwick claimed 11 of the 14 bouts wrestled Tuesday as the Warriors thumped host Ephrata 60-12, in a non-league dual between the two schools.

Ephrata’s Nick Hatch (top) rolls over Eric Esbenshade of Warwick during Tuesday’s dual meet. Hatch earned a 6-4 victory. (Photo by Stan Hall)

Ephrata’s Nick Hatch (top) rolls over Eric Esbenshade of Warwick during Tuesday’s dual meet. Hatch earned a 6-4 victory. (Photo by Stan Hall)


The lone bright spots for Ephrata came in the middle to upper weights, after Warwick built a huge 45-0 lead.

Mike Pacheco got the Mounts on the board with a pin at 145. Dakota Rohrbaugh (152) and Nick Hatch (160) both followed with decision wins for Ephrata to make the score 45-12.

Unfortunately that was all the Mounts could muster as Warwick claimed the final three bouts of the night.

The Mounts will now be idle until the Section Three Tournament, which is set for Saturday, February 15 at Hempfield.

In addition to Tuesday’s match, Ephrata also faced off vs. Cedar Crest in a non-league dual last Thursday in Cornwall.

Ephrata received three forfeit victories on the night, and its lone win on the mat came at 160 pounds where Nick Hatch pulled out an exciting 11-10 victory over the Falcons’ Welch.

Cocalico, meanwhile, split a pair of matches this past week.

The Eagles rolled to a 65-7 victory over Lebanon last Wednesday in the final Section Two match of the season.

Earning falls for Cocalico were: Brady Maxwell (145); Hilton Martin (152); Darin Youndt (160); Grant Gehlert (170); and Ramon Plotnikov (220).

Cocalico also faced Annville-Cleona in an exciting non-league dual this past Saturday.

The visiting Dutchmen clinch the match in the second-to-last bout of the night with a pin at 220. Maxwell did get a fall at 285 but the Dutchmen prevailed by a 42-36 decision.

Adam Miller (113) and Youndt (145) both added falls for Cocalico.

The Eagles will close out the regular season Thursday night at home when they face Elco in a non-league dual, beginning at 7 p.m.

Cocalico will once again compete in the Section Four post-season tournament to be held at Governor Mifflin on Saturday, Feb. 15.

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