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Shore eliminated from state duals

February 10, 2012 - Mitch Rupert

HERSHEY – Members of the Jersey Shore wrestling team walked off the floor of the Giant Center on Friday morning laughing, joking and smiling.

No, they hadn’t won their first-round consolation match against Norristown, but there was reason to be happy. The Bulldogs had reached their goal of getting to Hershey, and even if they did just go 0-2 to be eliminated from the tournament, they chalked it up as a learning experience, one that’s going to be beneficial over the next few weeks as the individual postseason kicks into high gear, and beneficial over the next few years as they understand what needs to be done to not only get to Hershey, but to win in Hershey.

Jersey Shore lost to Norristown yesterday morning, 41-28, in a match it had opportunities to win. In all reality, having opportunities was probably the best the Bulldogs could have hoped for this weekend, especially when it lost Logan Wool to an injury and was forced to forfeit two weight classes.

But that’s why they walked off the floor of the Giant Center content – not satisfied – but content with doing the best they could.

“It would have been nice to get a win down here,” Jersey Shore head coach Shawn Weaver said. “It’s frustrating that we didn’t win a dual meet, but we got some positive things out of it.”

“We were definitely just happy to be here,” Bulldogs senior Dylan Shields said. “It’s a big accomplishment because it’s the first time Jersey Shore has been here. It feels like a successful weekend.”

Jersey Shore won just five bouts yesterday against the Eagles, but boy, did it make those wins count. McKenzie Kershner, Shields and Elliot Packer all won by fall. Noah Ulmer won by forfeit and Austin White worked a major decision at 132 pounds.

Shields’ pin of Norristown’s Darren May started the match and it took just 25 seconds to get the Bulldogs off on the right foot. It was a big win for the senior who didn’t wrestle against LaSalle College on Thursday night after getting banged up in the team’s dual meet with Bald Eagle Area on Tuesday.

Shields looked at the bout as a chance to get a feel for what it’s like to wrestle in the arena. He has aspirations of being back down in Hershey in a month for the individual state tournament and wanted to get his feet wet in the setting. “It was a rush, to say the least,” Shields said. “It felt good to be wrestling at the Giant Center. But when individuals come, it’s time to crank things up.”

“He’s hoping to get back here individually,” Weaver said. “But you never know because it’s never a guarantee. So just to get him out here wrestling is a good thing.”

Packer followed with his second fall in as many days to give the Bulldogs a 12-0 lead. But much as their 14-point lead against LaSalle College on Thursday, the early advantage didn’t last long.

Norristown, ranked 13th in Class AAA coming into the weekend, won five consecutive bouts to pull ahead 24-12 before the turn to 106 pounds. Shane Springer recorded his Pennsylvania-record 130th career fall at 170 pounds to put the Eagles on the board. Tyler Letrinko was strong from the top position in earning a 4-1 win over Colton Thompson, and Larry Gordon overcame a gimpy ankle to get a fall at 195 pounds.

Jersey Shore’s Jake Caputo, who has been a much-needed spark for the Bulldogs since his return from injury, had a 3-2 lead in the second period before he cut Gordon to attack him on his feet as Gordon had trouble putting weight on the ankle. In the midst of his naturally aggressive of pushing the pace, Gordon caught Caputo in a headlock and scored the fall in 2 minutes.

“Jake’s style is not going to slow down or change anything, really. It’s just the way he wrestles,” Weaver said. “We knew (Gordon) was tough, but with him being hurt it’s one of those things where you just can’t give up the big move because you know that’s what he’s going to look for. He ended up getting caught in it. (Caputo’s) been wrestling well so I can’t complain.”

Norristown got another crucial toss-up bout at 285 when Rasheed Lusane beat Nate Lorson, 2-0. Lorson was riding in the top position in the second period when he sunk a half-nelson in deep. But as he turned Lusane to his back, Lusane rolled through and scored a reversal for the only points of the bout.

The Bulldogs then lost a 6-3 decision at 126 pounds in which Weaver thought his team had a chance for a win. “We lost 2-0 at heavyweight, then lose a 6-3 match which I thought we could win at 26. It’s a 13-point dual meet, so we’re right in it,” Weaver said. “Win two of those three and don’t get pinned, it’s a different story.”

“This definitely showed us where we’re at. It’s a good thing to be here and a great accomplishment to be here, but it definitely showed us where we’re at as a team and how much work we have to do,” Shields said. “It’s one of the toughest tournaments in the country. Pennsylvania wrestling is the best in the country. It was a great accomplishment just to get here.”

Norristown 41, Jersey Shore 28

106: Noah Ulmer, JS, won by forfeit.

113: Kelvin Howard, N, won by forfeit.

120: Zach Fuentes, N, tech. fall David Deitrick, 15-0, 4:09.

126: Chris Raimondo, N, dec. Colton Killion, 6-3.

132: Austin White, JS, maj. dec. Nick Soldano, 12-0.

138: Michael Springer, N, dec. Kaiden Brungard, 5-0.

145: McKenzie Kershner, JS, pinned Joe Rowland, 2:09.

152: Dylan Shields, JS, pinned Darren May, :25.

160: Elliot Packer, JS, pinned Tristan Scroggan, 1:30.

170: Shane Springer, N, pinned Ryan Harer, 2:26.

182: Tyler Letrinko, N, dec. Colton Thompson, 4-1.

195: Larry Gordon, N, pinned Jake Caputo, 2:00.

220: Jesse Prante, N, won by forfeit.

285: Rasheed Lusane, N, dec. Nate Lorson, 2-0.

*Match started at 152 pounds

Records: Norristown (10-2); Jersey Shore (12-6).


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