Late surge lifts North Penn over H-H

North Penn Life - - Sports Roundup - By An­drew Mar­cus amar­cus@jour­nalregis­ter. com

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.”

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