Towanda falls to Central Columbia
MILTON - The Black Knights came up short against eventual District IV champions Central Columbia in the quarterfinals Saturday.
The Blue Jays won 52-6 but the match wasn't that lopsided.
"I think we wrestled a little better than what the score indicates," Towanda coach Bill Sexton said. "A number of bouts were 1-2-3 point losses but we couldn't get anything going consistently. We gave it our best shot."
Central Columbia defeated Benton to win their first ever duals title while Hughesville beat Muncy to take third place.
Central won the first nine bouts of the match beginning with Eric McCracken scoring a fall over Towanda's Jeremy Sheets in 1:30 at 220.
At 285 it was a close 3-2 decision in favor of Central's Alex Schiber over Towanda's Talon Curry. 103 pounds was another close match as Central's Trystan Johnson decisioned Towanda's Kyle Blascak 5-3.
At 113 Central's Taylor Johnson pinned Towanda's Jared Lines in 39 seconds.
There was another close one that went against at 120 as Central's Lewis Williams scored a 3-0 decision over Towanda's Nick Secules followed by Blue Jay Steven Shannon pinning Knight Nick Sutton in 36 seconds at 126.
At 132 Central's Jesse Shannon major decisioned Steven Yates 9-1.
The 138 pound bout went into sudden death overtime as Central's Tyler Johnson decisioned Towanda's Matt Bartholomew 4-2. Then at 145 Blue Jay Aaron Johnson scored a fall over Towanda's Justin Sheets in 2:36.
At 152 Dayton Wickwire got the Knights on the board with a 7-2 decision over Central Columbia's Austin Miknich. Then at 160 another decision went Central's way as Nick Fester scored a 4-1 win over Towanda's Justin Hunsinger.
At 170 Central's Jacob Coombe pinned Towanda's Cole Sexton in 1:47.
Towanda got their second win at 182 as Dakoatah Manning scored a 10-3 decision over Central's Cyler Wedge. Then in the last bout Blue Jay Matt Hackenberg won a narrow 4-3 decision over Towanda's Logan Terry.
Sexton believes this is a good learning experience for his younger wrestlers.
"There were a number of bouts that were close and competitive," he remarked. "Certainly, the more time you can go on the mat, particularly against quality opponents, they should learn from it. It should give you some confidence in what you can do. Hopefully that carries over to a better effort."
Towanda hosts Canton next Wednesday for their parents night and final home match of the season.