WYALUSING - In yet another important NTL matchup, the Wyalusing wrestlers came away with a narrow 36-33 win over the Canton Warriors, keeping their hopes of an NTL Large School title alive and improving to 11-4 overall on the season and 4-1 in the NTL.

Tyler Fenton got the Rams started with a 5-2 decision over the Warriors' Josiah Bardo at 160. Fenton used an escape and a takedown in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and held on for the win.

Canton's Tyler Cole built a 4-0 lead on the Rams' Justin Griffith with a first period takedown and a second period reversal but only allowed two Griffith escapes and held on for a 4-2 win to knot the team score at 3-3 early on.

After Garrett Wesneski earned a forfeit win at 182 to give the Warriors a 9-3 lead, teammate Connor Route followed with a 1:09 fall over Wyalusing's Zane Vaskas at 195 to put Canton up 15-3.

Dylan Otis got the Rams back on track at 220 with a quick :54 fall over the Warriors' Rich Heffner before Dalton Chilson knotted the team score again at 15-15 with a 5:25 fall over Brady Bryington after building an 11-0 lead on the Canton 285-pounder.

Dennis Route again gave the Warriors a six-point lead with a quick :43 fall over the Rams' Jacob Sandfort at 106, but that lead was sort-lived as Canton forfeited 113 to Tracey Brown, again knotting the score at 21-21.

Back-to-back falls by Collin Edsell and Brandon Kelley and a decision win by Justin Haley essentially sealed the win for the Rams providing they didn't give up falls in the final three bouts.

Edsell pinned Brennan Gleckner in 3:24 and Kelley followed with a 3:02 fall over Dylan Marbaker to give Wyalusing a 33-21 advantage.

Haley then battled to a 0-0 tie with the Warriors' Darren Killian heading into the third period before earning a late escape for a 1-0 decision win and a 36-21 Wyalusing lead.

Needing at least two falls and a major decision to get the win, the Warriors managed to win the final three bouts of the evening, but only one by fall.

Brooks Gleckner earned a 5-2 decision over Dave Brown at 138 and Travis Butcher picked up an 8-1 decision over Ryan Force at 145, but that sealed the win for the Rams as Canton only closed the gap to 36-27 with one bout remaining.

Jacob Butcher ended the night for Canton with a 1:14 fall over Wyalusing's Jake Minturn.

"It was another match down to the wire," said Wyalusing coach Gary Haley. "Canton has a nice team and we knew that the matches in the middle, particularly 132, 138 and 145 were going to be close.

"Our kids did a good job tonight. They all wrestled hard to the end. It was a good win for us"

The win not only keeps the Rams in the NTL hunt, it also helps in the seeding for the upcoming District Four Duals, if the Rams have hopes of earning a first-round home match and possibly advancing to Milton. The Rams will hit the road on Saturday when they travel to Athens and then next week for another pair of important duals at North Penn (Tuesday) and Towanda (Saturday).

The loss drops the Warriors to 8-8 on the season and 4-1 in the NTL with a Small School showdown coming next Thursday with unbeaten (in the NTL) Williamson.

North Penn 38, Wellsboro

The Panthers scored five falls as they picked up an NTL wrestling win Thursday.

At 120, North Penn's Jaycob Myers pinned Adam Cleveland in 3:47 while at 126 Panther Charlie Andrews scored a 4-2 decision over Nathaniel Ingerick.

Bradley Pequignot (132) picked up a forfeit while at 138 Devin Remley pinned Wellsboro's Tyler Chamberlain in 5:04.

Hornet Brandon Owlett stopped the bleeding with a fall over Lucas Groover in 1:39 while at 152, North Penn's C.J. Sargent scored a 3-2 decision over Wellsboro's Jonathan Chambers.

Panther Ben Jackson scored a fall over Wellsboro's Trevin Hughes in 22 seconds while at 170 North Penn's Robert Minnich scored a forfeit.

At 182, Panther Dan Prouty pinned Gaeton Simonin in 19 seconds while at 195 Wellsboro's Chad Daugherty pinned Ben Wilson in 59 seconds.

At 220, Wellsboro's Eli Kennedy scored a fall over Zach Kriner in 2:55 while at 285 Panther Nathan Kriner pinned Owen Covert in 1:31.

The Hornets finished the match with forfeits from Nate Logan (106) and Tyler Evans (113).

Troy 60, Northeast Bradford 14

The Trojans won 10 matches en route to their NTL victory in wrestling action Thursday.

Troy took the first matches as Hunter Cohick (106) and Ethan Calkins (113) picked up forfeits.

At 120, Troy's Colin Binford scored a fall over Cody Bond in 3:53, followed by teammate Jared Spalding (126) picking up a forfeit.

After a double forfeit at 132 Troy's Nick Bruce (138) scored a forfeit.

NEB's Austin Saxer scored a 21-6 technical fall over Troy's Trey Murray in 6:00 at 145 while at 152 Troy's Wes Nobles scored a forfeit.

At 160, Troy's Nick Stephani scored a fall over Brandon Devonshire in 1:19 while at 170 fellow Trojan Landis Zimmerman pinned Mike Buttacavoli in 2:28.

At 182, Troy's Cody Ercolino pinned Ryan Russell in 49 seconds while at 195 Troy's Skler Drake pinned Jordon Krudup in 1:18.

The Panthers won the two final matches.

Richard Forbes scored a 12-6 decision over Troy's Briar Jenkins at 220 while at 285 Cody Clark pinned Troy's Dylan Brennan in 1:32.

Williamson 61, Athens 12

The Warriors won 12 matches as they picked up an NTL wrestling victory Thursday.

At 120, Williamson's Carl Gorg scored a 15-4 major decision over Athens' Dylan Whipple while at 126 Warrior Herman Briggs pinned Zach Sheppeck in 1:25.

At 132, Williamson's Logan Everett pinned Wildcat Josh Hunsinger in 1:49, at 138 Warrior Trevor McWhorter scored a fall over Matthew Anderson in 4:27, at 145 Billy Barnes pinned Athens' Brandon Jennings in 21 seconds, at 152 Warrior Garrett Heffner scored a 7-5 decision over Dakota Cain and at 160 Williamson's Mike Presto pinned Shane McGrath in 3;34.

Rexford Hunter scored a forfeit at 170.

At 182, Warrior Mark Brennan pinned Roger Horton in 3:35 while at 195 Warrior John Nevius scored a fall over Athens' Jordan Alliger in 1:55.

Athens' Alex Shaughnessy broke Williamson's win streak, pinning Dakota Bolt in 1:37 at 220 while at 285 Warrior Darryl Hoffman scored a fall over Mitchell Orshal in 55 seconds.

Athens' Jordan Lantz pinned Williamson's Roger Neal in 1:17 at 103 while there was a double forfeit at 113.

Sullivan County 45, Loyalsock 33

The Griffins notched a Heartland Conference win in wrestling action Thursday.

The Griffins opened with three straight wins by forfeit as David Little (195), Allen McBride (220) and Nate Ritinski (285) all won by forfeit.

Loyalsock's Alexander Vogel won by forfeit at 106 and at 113 Loyalsock's Adam Malek won 4-2 over Luke Thomas.

The Griffins' Shawn Nitcznski pinned Cullen Harrell in 1:03 at 120, and at 126 the Griffins' Colton Fry pinned Drake Roan in 41 seconds.

Loyalsock's Mario Henriquez pinned James Heinrich in 5:38 at 132, and at 138 Tyler Eubanks pinned Christian Rogan in 1:15.

The Griffins' Dylan Ammerman pinned Harry Maroni in 1:11 at 145, while at 152 the Griffins' Logan Wiles pinned Levi Vogel in 4:21.

Matt Dailey of Sullivan County won 5-3 over Michael Dougherty at 160 and Loyalsock's Aaron Dabback (170) and Aaron Hepburn (182) won by forfeit.

Greene 60, Waverly 21

The Wolverines won four matches as they fell to Greene in non-league wrestling action Thursday.

At 138, Waverly's Austyn Bostwick scored a fall over Greene's Zach Lindow in 1:07, at 152 Wolverine Joseph Peters pinned Greene's Tim Foote in 47 seconds and at 160, Waverly's Brandon Ellers scored a decision over Greene's Dan Dickman by ultimate tie-breaker.

Waverly's other win came at 285 at Ryan Wolcott scored a forfeit.

At 126, Greene's Brendan Wheeler decisioned Waverly's Kacey Madigan 6-2, at 132 Greene's Tyler Dickman pinned Zach Gingerich in 2:27, at 145 Greene's Trevor Parrish pinned Zack Saxon in 19 seconds, at 182 Greene's Christian Dietrich pinned Jordan Huck in 1:54, at 195 Greene's Jeff Pornbeck pinned Jeff Klossner in 2:10, at 220 Greene's Nick Adams scored a fall over Daniel Spalding in 1:21 and at 113 Greene's Nate Banks decisioned Waverly's Jon Bidlack 7-3.

Mike Beckwith (170), Levi Meagley (99), Rob Kasack (106) and Ryan Castle (120) all scored forfeits for Greene.