Eagles fall to Cumberland Valley in District Three Team Tournament

By on February 8, 2017
Cocalico’s Max Martin (facing) tries to ward off a shot during a recent bout.  Photo by Preston Whitcraft

Cocalico’s Max Martin (facing) tries to ward off a shot during a recent bout.
Photo by Preston Whitcraft

It was difficult to determine what was bringing the Cumberland Valley fan base — and the Eagles’ bench — more pleasure Thursday night in the District Three Class 3A Team wrestling championships at Spring Grove.

Was it blitzing Cocalico, winning the first nine bouts to take a 42-0 lead in the consolation quarterfinals?

Or, was it the sight — and sounds — of Cedar Cliff hanging a loss on Central Dauphin, two mats away in the championship semifinal?

While their bitter rival taking a tumble surely was pleasurable, taking care of their own business was job one.

And business was good.

CV (13-4) took that opening advantage and ran with it, locking up the victory in the eighth match of the night when Lukas Wandling pinned Nate Quinn at 170.

They closed out a 51-17 victory when Cade Reichert majored Kayde Althouse, 10-2, in the final match of the night at 120.

In between they set the tone with an aggressive attack and a “bad” attitude.

“We got off to a pretty good jump,” said CV coach Dave Heckard. “We got a swing match at 126 and just kept the momentum going.”

“We almost got intimidated, I believe,” Cocalico coach Matt Fittery said. “We let them dictate the pace. We just reacted to them. We didn’t force our style.

“We could’ve wrestled a lot better, that’s for sure. We didn’t perform to our ability.”

In the first bout of the night, at 126, Russell Zimmerman (23-11) took a 3-2 lead on Nate Fritz (29-11) with a third-period escape, then held off Fritz’s takedown try at the final horn.

For a while, that was a close as Cocalico would come to a victory.

Wyatt Long (26-1) pinned Grant Swann (16-16) in 1:31. Mason Viehman (12-6) majored Seamus Finnegan (10-21), 13-3. Cal Reichert (27-5) got his 149th career win, teching out Alex May (9-21) in 1:59, 15-0, on five tilts.

Cocalico forfeited to Will Kaldes (31-5) at 152 and Quentin Milliken (33-4) headlocked Max Martin (24-10) to a fall in 3:13 at 160, opening a 30-0 bulge.

A takedown by Quinn Bonney (16-15), sixteen seconds in, was the only scoring in his 2-0 victory over Devin Sensenig (19-14) at 170.

Falling behind 6-3 to Quinn (10-8), Wandling (16-13) executed two bear hugs from neutral, the second delivering a fall in 2:37 that put the match out of reach.

Austin Kupko (4-9) took Wyatt Gehman (13-15) down for a 6-4 sudden victory victory at 195 before CV forfeited to Ben Fromm (33-3) and Brady Maxwell (30-10), at 220 and 285.

CV’s Patrick DeMark (28-5) teched Seth Fritz (24-16) in 2:44, 17-2, at 106.

Answered by Josiah Gehr (19-3) with an 18-2 tech in six minutes over Ben Monn (22-10) at 113.

Reichert (13-7) tilted Althouse (27-11) twice in the middle period to build his major and the dual meet season came to a close for the L-L Section One tri-champions.

“We’re not where we need to be at this point, and that’s a problem,” Fittery said. “We need to go fix some things.”

Dave Byrne is a staff writer for LNP.

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