Soud­er­ton holds off Hat­ters

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION - By An­drew Mar­cus


com A stand­ing scoop and take down by Soud­er­ton’s Bobby genne may have sig­naled the in­evitable end in the dual match on Wed­nes­day against Hat­boro-Hor­sham. The Hat­ters’ ga­son McLaugh­lin needed at least a ma­jor de­ci­sion in the fi­nal match of the evening to give the Hat­ters any chance of a win. But as genne dropped the se­nior hard on his right knee, coming up with the quick­ness to com­pete was dif­fi­cult.

“We knew genne and ga­son was go­ing to be a good match,” Hat­ters’ coach Glenn Kaiser said. “ga­son is the tough­est kid on the team. He has been wrestling with a bum shoul­der for years. You saw him wave me off. He is gutsy and he was go­ing to fin­ish that match.”

McLaugh­lin never quit and showed off why the 1P8-pounder was named one of the cap­tains of the team. He fought past the pain and picked up a few more points and never made genne’s 5-P de­ci­sion an easy bout.

The Hat­ters left too many bonus points on the mats and fell P8-P1 in the Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence con­test. In the matches won by 126-pounder Matt Swiacki (1P-6 de­ci­sion) and 11P-pounder Phil Tor­re­sani (18-4 ma­jor de­ci­sion) the Hat­ters just missed a ma­jor and a tech. Those lit­tle swings may have made all the dif­fer­ence in the fi­nal score.

“Maybe we don’t pin the kid, but we need to get the tech,” Kaiser said. “I think Connor Bod­nar could have had some more points at 152 (9-0 de­ci­sion). We are wrestling to win the match for our­selves, which is fine, but I think we are not aware of the match score at times.”

The In­di­ans over­came two for­feits to win their home opener. Coach Tris­tan Boyd praised those in de­feat be­cause of their aware­ness to not give up one more take­down or an es­cape. The ef­fort in ev­ery match is what Boyd wanted to see. He was also pleased with the pins by

five of his wrestlers, in­clud­ing 1P2-pounder Brett Hale in the sec­ond-to-last match and 120-pounder and re­turn­ing state qual­i­fier Kolton Veit.

“We needed our guys that were sup­posed to win and get bonus points and they did,” In­di­ans’ coach Tris­tan Boyd said. “We’re just lack­ing num­bers. We have no 106 on the ros­ter, but we are still find­ing a way to fight. All of our guys contributed to this vic­tory.”

As early as the fourth match of the evening Kaiser knew he was in trou­ble. The Hat­ters coach moved some grap­plers up and down a weight in or­der to give his team the best chances to score, but it never paid off. The lineup is con­stantly chang­ing for the Hat­ters, but that is to be ex­pected with such a young team.

“They won the big matchups,” Kaiser said. “The guys they put out on the mat got the bet­ter of us. From 160 on up we made some moves, but they got a pin at 1T0 and that was the match. It was dis­ap­point­ing. We are try­ing to scram­ble, but we are young, and that is a good thing.”

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