Muncy rallies past Troy, 40-36
TROY - Halfway through the match, things were looking up for the Trojans.
They were coming off a big win at heavyweight that put them up 24-18 with six matches to go and Troy head coach Joe Millard was confident that they would be able to pull it out.
"When I had figured it out ahead of time I had us even from 106 to 138," Millard explained. "I had it dead even. So with us having the lead going into 106 that was in our favor."
However, the Muncy coaches were able move their lighter weights around and it paid off as they rallied for a 40-36 win in District IV Duals action Wednesday.
"People don't give enough credit to strategy in wrestling," Millard remarked. "And I give coach Hembury all the credit in the world. He had a great strategy. I didn't see them forfeiting to Ethan Calkins, that's a great move on their part. It put them in a good position to put some of their stronger kids on some of our younger kids."
It was all Troy early on as the match started at 145.
Troy's Wes Noble took a first period lead with a takedown, then added three back points to go up 5-0 in the second period. In the third it looked like Noble might get the major as he jumped out a 9-1 lead after two more takedowns. However, Muncy's Jaimee Moyle was able to score a reversal and three back points late to hold Noble's win to a 9-5 decision.
With Troy up 3-0 going into 152 Muncy's Junior Ramos came out and scored a first period takedown on Troy's Trey Murray. In the second Murray came back with a reversal to cut it to 2-2 going into the final period. With Murray on top he was able to score three back points and get the fall at 3:54 to extend the Troy lead to 9-0.
Muncy forfeited to Nick Stephani at 160 to make it 15-0 Trojans.
At 170 Troy's Landis Zimmerman started quickly with a takedown and three back points in the first period. He used his top position in the second to get the fall over Muncy's T.J. Moyle in 2:51 to push Troy's lead to 21-0.
That's when the Indian's big guns came up.
From 182 to 106, Muncy's five wrestlers sported a record of 104-29 coming into the match.
Indian Jake Colburn scored a fall over Troy's Matt Haag in 3:52 while at 195 Muncy's Troy Hembury pinned Trojan Skyler Drake in 1:26.
It was Hembury's 100th career win.
At 220, Indian Skylar Ebner picked up a fall over Troy's Cody Ercolino in 1:25 to cut the Troy lead to 21-18.
That's when Trojan Briar Jenkins moved up to face Muncy's Nick Roberts.
While the first period was scoreless Jenkins was called for a stall early but almost had a takedown late but failed to beat the buzzer.
In the second period Roberst scored a reversal but Jenkins came back with an escape to make it 2-1 going into the third. Jenkins started on bottom and used it to his advantage, scoring another escape then getting a takedown to go up 4-2. Ebner earned an escape to cut it 4-3 but Jenkins got another takedown, going up 6-3. Ebner escaped again and Jenkins was hit with another stall call to cut it to 6-5 but time ran out and Jenkins pulled out the decision.
The win put Troy up 24-18.
Early in the next match Muncy was docked a point for unsportsmanlike conduct but from then on it was the Indians pushing the action on the mat.
At 106, Muncy's Angelo Barberio racked up a 12-1 lead after the first period over Troy's Hunter Cohick. He would extend that to 15-1 after the second, then got the technical fall in the third at 16-1 in 5:13 to make it 24-22 Troy.
Muncy forfeited to Troy's Ethan Calkins at 113, putting Troy up 30-22 with four weights left.
At 120, Indian Jacob Dgien bumped up to face to Troy's Colin Binford. Dgien jumped out early, going up 5-0 after the first period on a takedown and three back points. He would get the fall in the second period at 2:25 to pull to within two points.
Troy had to forfeit 126 to Andy Aguilar, putting Muncy up 34-30 for the first time in the night.
In a must win match for the Trojans at 132, Jared Spaulding came out quick, scoring a takedown but Muncy's Cam Good came back as Spaulding was called for locked hands, followed by Good scoring a reversal with 10 seconds left in the period to go up 3-2.
In the second, Good pushed the lead further with a reversal and three back points, taking an 8-2 lead into the final period.
In the third, Good was able to get Spaudling on his back. For nearly a minute Spaulding prevented the fall but Good ultimately won out, getting the pin in 4:53.
The win sealed it for Muncy, up 40-30 with one bout left.
They forfeited to Troy's Nick Bruce to make it a 40-36 final.
Millard knows it was a tough position to put his younger wrestlers in.
"We start three freshman on our team this year and they were put into a position that they had to win for us to win but that's hard on a freshman," Millard said. "They were smart, they bumped out some of their kids with pretty poor records. They used their strength to their advantage better than we did."
This ends Troy's dual meet season but Millard was pleased with what they accomplished this year, especially having to forfeit a weight all season.
"I think we had a very strong season," he said. "That forfeit has hurt us, you look at our six losses: we had to forfeit a weight tonight, we had a kid who maybe wins we win this match. You look at the Towanda match where we lost by three, you look at the Wyalusing match where we lost by three. Look at the Canton match, a couple different things happen differently without a forfeit we maybe win that one. It hurts to not have that kid in there."
However, Millard couldn't have asked for much more from his wrestlers.
"I'm extremely proud of the season and the effort the kids are putting in," he said. "I don't anybody works harder than our kids do."