After Wednesday's dual meet at Bald Eagle Area, Philipsburg-Osceola Tim McCamley called the rivalry between the schools "good, friendly competition."
He's right. BEA and P-O athletes demonstrate a healthy respect.
BEA senior Coleman Hoffman understands what the rivalry and high school athletes are about. Hoffman was involved in a 160-pound bout that ended with P-O's Luke Greenawalt taking an injury default after landing hard on his head. Hoffman tried popping through for a second-period reversal, and the sequence ended with Greenawalt crashing to the mat.
There was no malicious intent on Hoffman's part. It was good, hard wrestling. Sometimes athletes land the wrong way.
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Greenawalt lay motionless for two minutes. When he started getting up, the first person to offer him a hand was Hoffman. It was a moving gesture, one that offers insight into the character of Hoffman, a quiet, do-right three-sport athlete.
Fortunately, Greenawalt passed his postmatch concussion test. He was smiling with teammates as the Mounties prepared to board the team bus.
Hoffman and Greenawalt might meet during the postseason. They are among the area's best 160-pounders.
If they shake hands again, it will be impossible to not remember what happened Wednesday.