HUGHESVILLE – Coupled with a 138 forfeit, the Hughesville wrestling team found late swing from Reese Moon in the next game.
Line-up against Gabe Harvey of South Williamsport, the 145-pounder found himself trailing 4-2 before turning things around and pinning to propel the Spartans with 12 straight points.
“We talk a lot about how it’s a six-minute fight,” Hughesville coach Troy Charles said. “A lot of what we’re trying to do here and the culture we’re trying to create is that when you step on the mat with us you know we’re going to fight for six minutes in all positions. . Reese is a kid who bought into this.
As Moon’s pin closed the gap to reduce the Spartans’ deficit to less than six points, the Mounties retreated in the topweight to claim a 39-27 victory in Tuesday’s double-game.
South Williamsport clinched back-to-back wins when Jonah White (152) took a 7-4 decision over Wyatt Gavitt and Trent Morrison (160) took an 8-1 victory over Luke Stutzman. The two teams exchanged forfeits to close the meeting.
Although the Spartans entered the table first via a 10-3-215 decision for Bryce Burkhart against Owen Bird, they quickly found themselves in an 18-3 first hole after two pins and one injury by default.
The clash between Kayvan Shams and Grayson Bullocks at 113 has been repeatedly interrupted to the frustration of the former.
“I have been sick this week and my nose has become very dry. The blood kept flowing. Shams said. “It got really boring because I kept trying to pick up the pace and kept taking a break.”
Shams’ nose continued to bleed, causing him to stop when he didn’t want to. After the third break in action, Shams pinned Bullock to end it, doing just enough to secure the victory.
“It was great. I don’t think I struggled my best tonight, but I just kept working”, Shams said. “I stayed with my moves which worked and I was able to finish the game in the lead.”
Austin Gray pinned Ryan Casella at 285 while Chase Shaner took a default injury to Kaden Shay, creating an initial wealth of points in the lower weights for the Mounties.
Before the duel against Hughesville, South Williamsport had dominated its opponents 115-24 in a duel this year.
“We’re just trying to prepare our kids for six minutes to wrestle, stay focused on the little things they need to do, and keep scoring points.” Mounties coach Eric Gerber has said about the program’s duels so far.
Bobby Gardner – currently the State’s 126-pound third-class AA – added another pin for South Williamsport against Kadin Fetterman.
At 132, Sam Persun made a 5-2 decision over Keagan Smith to inflate the Mounties’ lead, 27-9 before Moon returned.
“Our guys were just staying in a good position”, Gerber said. “Keeping working for the fall is a big thing for them, and being able to just stay focused on the little things. Breaking guys down, getting into their setups, that’s what ultimately led to the pins.
Conor Knight of Hughesville pinned Jackson Swinehart at 120. The Spartans have had a strong doubles performance that year so far, going 4-1 at the Dandy Duals and ahead of Muncy, 42-32.
After an 11th place finish in the Jim Thorpe Christmas tournament in which Caiden Puderbach won the 132 support in the 22-team event, Hughesville gave South Williamsport their closest duel of the year.
After struggling for the past few years, the Spartans are struggling to get back into shape.
“Hughesville had a very rich tradition and history in the past of tough, uncompromising, old school blue collar kids and we’re just trying to get back to that. “ said Charles. “These children are determined to chart a new course, a kind of new beginning for the program”, said Charles. “They are really fighting for each other.”
South Williamsport 39, Hughesville 27
215: Bryce Burkhart (H) 10-3 Dec. on Owen Bird (SO). 285: Austin Gray (SW) pinned Ryan Casella (H). 106: Kaden Shay (SW) forfeits injury against Chase Shaner (H). 113: Kayvan Shams (SW) pinned Grayson Bullock (H). 120: Conor Knight (M) pinned Jackson Swinehart (SW). 126: Bobby Gardner (SW) pinned Kadin Fetterman (H). 132: Sam Persun (SW) 5-2 Dec. on Keagan Smith (H). 138: Morgan Gavitt (H) by forfeit. 145: Reese Moon (H) pinned Gabe Harvey (SW). 152: Jonah White (SO) 7-4 Dec. on Wyatt Gavitt (H). 160: Trent Morrison (SO) 8-1 Dec. on Luke Stutzman (H). 172: Landon Lorson (SO) by package. 189: Chase Snyder (H) by forfeit.