Chestnut Ridge jumped out to a 21-6 lead and Philipsburg-Osceola was never able to catch the Lions as they hung a 40-25 decision on the Mounties here Thursday night.
In a dual meet which featured seven falls, the Lions had four, including three in the first five bouts, to take command early. P-O trailed the whole way, getting only as close as 21-19 before dropping its second meet of the season to a team it had never faced.
“We knew they would be tough,’’ said Mountie coach Tim McCamley of the Lions, who placed fourth in the PIAA team duals a year ago. “They have a good program and they’re technically sound. That’s why we wanted to wrestle them.
“We had nothing to go on, no scouting report. But I knew they’d be tough on top from watching them in the team duals. And one thing they did well that our kids didn’t was flurry wrestle. Our kids would go one move and stop.’’
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The dual meet started at 195 pounds and Connor Buttry registered the first of three straight falls as he pinned P-O’s Mason Pryde in 4:57 while leading 4-1.
P-O’s Nick Gray matched that with a fall over John Heming in 2:17 but then Austin Buttry decked RJ Kephart in 1:54 to give the Lions the lead for good.
At 106 Aaron Burkett took P-O’s Bryce Bennett down twice in a 6-2 decision and Blake Dunlap expanded the Lions lead to 21-6 when he pinned Nathan Quick in 3:47.
P-O then ran off three straight wins as Chris Thompson majored Luke Hobson, 9-0 thanks to five back points while at 126 Levi Hughes scored a late takedown to cement a 5-2 win over Dustin Ickes. And when Dakota Weitoish pinned Morgan Deremer in 3:03 P-O was within striking distance at 21-19.
But in what may have been the pivotal bout, Sam Shank snapped a 2-2 stalemate and pinned Caleb Shively in 2:38 to push the Loins back in front, 27-19.
“That was probably a nine-point swing right there,’’ McCamley said. “Shively looked like he was wrestling well so that was a real momentum swing. I thought our kids in the middle, from 120-132, wrestled well.’’
Chestnut Ridge coach Greg Lazor agreed with McCamley on the significance of the bout at 138.
“Sam got us a huge win there,’’ he said. “He battled the guy tough and just kept working for that cradle and finally got it.’’
The Lions won the next three bouts to seal the victory as Derrick Claar beat Scott Yarger 10-2 at 145, Colby Hillegass used a first-period takedown to edge Dallas Kephart 3-2 and Trent Crouse topped Nick Patrick 5-2 to spoil the Mountie’s varsity debut.
Caleb Guy got the final points of the night for P-O when he pinned Ben Clark at the 5:43 mark. Kyle Winegarden beat P-O’s Dennis Lumadue, 4-2 with a third-period reversal to end the meet.
“We’re seeing some of the best kids around,’’ said McCamley, whose team fell to Bellefonte Tuesday and will visit Central Mountain Thursday. “We knew we’d have a tough December.’’
For his part, Lazor said he got what he wanted for his team after making the trip from New Paris.
“We’re always looking to toughen our schedule,’’ he said. “So when they called us and wanted to wrestle us, we jumped at the chance to wrestle a team with the tradition Philipsburg has. It was our pleasure to come up here and wrestle them.’’