Souderton holds off Hatters
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.”