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Hughesville wins 6th in a row

January 23, 2014 - Mitch Rupert
LEWISBURG – Matt Heinreich didn't take the bait Thursday night, instead choosing to brush aside the postseason implications of Hughesville's impressive 47-23 win over Lewisburg.

He decided to leave all of that to head coach Steve Budman. Heinreich, a senior 138-pounder for the Spartans, was speaking for the bulk of his teammates, too. There doesn't seem to be an overwhelming concern about the run of six consecutive wins for the Spartans and where it puts them in the standings for next week's District 4 Duals. Instead, the concern seems to be wrestling at their highest level when Budman calls their name during a dual meet.

It's working out quite well for the Spartans. Their wrestling as well as any team in District 4 right now, and they've put together impressive wins over Mifflinburg, Wyalusing, Warrior Run and now Lewisburg – all District 4 Duals qualifiers – in the last two weeks.

“This is a pretty good win for us,” said Heinreich, who won by decision bumping up a weight to 145. “I'm glad we cam out and wrestled well. We worked hard all week to get here and I'm glad we won. We're coming together as a team and I really think that's helping us as well.”

It's been the ultimate team effort for Hughesville over the last couple weeks. In last week's crucial win over Warrior Run, it was backup Nate Hampton stepping into the lineup for a key six points. And it was Heinreich and Houston Bryant picking up late-match decision victories.

Last night on the road at Lewisburg, it was Ethan Swartz, a starter a year ago who hadn't wrestled a match this year who won by fall at 132 pounds, allowing the Spartans to bump up state qualifier Zach Fry along with Heinreich and Bryant for better matchups. Fry won by forfeit, Heinreich improved to 11-9 by beating 14-6 Trey Delbaugh, 12-7, and Bryant earned a technical fall at 152 pounds.

Add in Trevor Sones' 33-second pin and Devin Stahlnecker's exhilarating 4-3 win over state-ranked Dante Taylor, and it took Hughesville just six bouts to turn a two-point lead into a 41-10 advantage. Stahlnecker's win was his third in the last two week's over a state-ranked wrestler. Stahlnecker is up to 12th in the state rankings at 126 pounds.

“Everybody is doing their part,” Heinreich said. “That's what's pulling us together and getting us these wins.”

The six consecutive wins for the Spartans have them unofficially in fifth place in the District 4 Duals standings with one match to wrestle before the cutoff date Saturday. Hughesville already has wins over two of the four teams ahead of it in the standings (Wyalusing and Lewisburg), and the one team directly behind it (Warrior Run).

“With coaching, you're teaching everybody in the room,” Budman said. “Swartz was a starter for a bit last year but we didn't have a spot this year. But that's why you teach everybody. You can insert him at any spot and you know you're putting out a winner. I'm really happy for him to do that. We've been using Hampton and we've been using Houston, but we haven't given him a shot. For me to walk back through the center and say, 'Swartz, you're going out', that's great stuff.”

Lewisburg was without head coach Jim Snyder won was out of town, and the Green Dragons appeared flat from the start. A major decision win from second-ranked Brian Friery at 106 pounds and a fall from Jordan Gessner at 113 cut Hughesville's deficit to 12-10 after just four bout, but the Green Dragons didn't win again until Max Reed picked up a fall at 160 pounds.

District qualifier Logan Aikey had the biggest win of the night for Lewisburg (13-4), who is currently the fourth seed in the district duals standings. He earned an escape with just under a minute to go at 170 pounds to win a brilliantly wrestled 170-pound match, 1-0, over Hughesville's Robert White.

But not much else went Lewisburg's way. Dante Taylor was taken down with 28 seconds to go to lose to Stahlnecker, 4-3. Delbaugh's comeback from a 10-2 deficit against Heinreich fell short.

“We're getting more motivated,” Heinreich said. “We want to win. We're getting that spirit and pulling together as a team.”

Hughesville 47, Lewisburg 23

106: Brian Friery, L, maj. dec. Braden Stahlnecker, 11-3.

113: Jordan Gessner, L, pined Zach Beamer, 1:14.

120: Trevor Sones, H, pinned John Houtz, :33.

126: Devin Stahlnecker, H, dec. Dante Taylor, 4-3.

132: Ethan Swartz, H, pinned Skyler Anderson, 1:01.

138: Zach Fry, H, won by forfeit.

145: Matt Heinreich, H, dec. Trey Delbaugh, 12-7.

152: Houston Bryant, H, tech. fall Aaron Vansickle, 17-2, 5:35.

160: Max Reed, L, pinned Adam Warburton, 3:16.

170: Logan Aikey, L, dec. Robert White, 1-0.

182: Matt Herr, H, pinned Brian Anderson, 1:16.

195: Nick Bernstein, L, maj. dec. Dakota Gee, 13-3.

220: Ethan Barnes, H, pinned Jamison Bond, :55.

285: Jacoby Foresman, H, pinned John Ward, 3:40.

*Match started at 220 pounds

Takedowns: Hughesville 17, Lewisburg 12.

Official: Jeff Archey.

Records: Hughesville (12-4); Lewisburg (13-4).


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