Late surge lifts North Penn over H-H
A late surge is better than no surge at all.
The North Penn wrestling team sat puzzled by its 24-4 disadvantage to HatboroHorsham on Wednesday in the Suburban One Continental Conference dual meet.
Possibly starting at 113 pounds favored the Hatters, but it only took 39 seconds by junior Alex Price to bring life back into the Knights. 7KH 182-SRundHr’s firsW SHriod pin brought his team within two points and the heavyweights that followed closed out the night in style, to help collect the 41-27 comeback win.
“We knew Hatboro’s stronger kids were at the lighter weights,” senior Matt oobinson said. “We had an idea of where our stronger weights were. I had a tough match (9-4 decision over Brad Humski at 145 poundsF, I won, and that kind of set us on a streak.”
Price hooked the half and ran it and his opponent’s shoulders to the mat in no time. He knew his team needed six points and that is exactly what Price did. The Knights (5-5, 3-2F needed this win to stay in the hunt for a league title. They also will most likely need help from elsewhere, with a few teams only sporting one league loss.
“We are just looking at one match at a time, trying to get our guys better and better,” Knights coach oobert Shettsline said. “We still have not peaked yet. That’s for later.”
If Price, a returning district TuaOLfiHr, cannRW KHOS WKLs team earn a league title, it will be a disappointment, but the new Continental Conference sectional format will give many one more chance to take home postseason league honors.
“I think the new Continental Conference sectional is pretty cool,” Price said. “Every time I go out there I want to get more experience for postseason. I want to be familiar with every spot on the mat and feel comfortable. I hope to be a league champion.”
Price’s performance was the loud shift of momentum, but decisions by the middleweights set the tone, and the heavyweights to follow sealed the Hatters’ fate. The Hatters hoisted big wins by pin-fall from Phil Torresani
(113F, Matt Swiacki (126F, Max Tuerke (132F and gason McLaughlin (138F. However at 195-pounds Collin Healey halted the Hatters excitement with an impressive debut.
“We were a little worried early on when we had guys getting pinned,” Shettsline said. “Then we were getting the wins, but not the bonus points. We knew we would come back in the heavier weights, but it was getting a little too close.”
,Q KLS fiUSW vDUSLWy PDWCK, the sophomore Healey pinned his opponent in 16 seconds. He amazingly was outdone by senior George Shipp, who closed out the night with a 12-second show stopper. Whether the Knights catch the Continental Conference crown or wait for the postseason to pounce. The work put in on Wednesday will hopefully set the tone for big things to come.
“A league title is maybe a long shot,” Price said. “If not this year, then we will next year. But I really wanted do it for my seniors this year. We have grown up together and we have all worked hard.”