MUNCY - Denny Harer sat in his chair on the Muncy bench with a big smile on his face as 132-pounder Cam Good laid on top of Hughesville's Houston Bryant and watched the clock run out.
"We win," Harer said to nobody in particular with his hands out to the side as the noise in Muncy's gymnasium from ecstatic fans reverberated off the walls.
Good's three-point win over Bryant tied Tuesday night's dual meet, but Harer already had the tie-breaker figured out. Muncy won Tuesday night's dual, 40-39, on Criteria E, the most six-point wins. The Indians had a 6-5 advantage in six-point wins to earn the bonus point and the win in front of a raucous, standing-room-only crowd.
"Nothing better than that," Harer said. "That's a Muncy-Hughesville match right there. That's phenomenal."
Harer knew his team was going to be in an early hole when Hughesville pulled 138 pounds for the starting weight. That hole ended up being a 30-0 deficit thanks to pins from Dakota Nixon, Matt Herr and Robert White and forfeits for Eric Hiller and Kyle Barnes.
But Muncy responded with five consecutive wins - all by fall - to tie the score at 30-30 after 10 bouts. Six of Muncy's seven wins were by fall to help overcome the seven bonus-point wins from Hughesville. The only win for Muncy that didn't earn bonus points was Good's decision in the final bout, and that was still good enough to give Muncy the dual-meet win.
"They have a neutralizer," Hughesville head coach Steve Budman said. "On top, they're pinners,"
"We knew we had to weather the storm. We did that," Harer said. "We figured on it being 7-7 (in bout wins) and we had to go out there and get the falls and not give up the falls. We had to get sixes. They went out and worked for it."
The most important bouts of the night for Muncy were two bouts the Indians lost. Jacob Dgien gave up just a major decision to Hughesville's Trevor Sones at 113 pounds, and Abien Berry fought off a fall during four separate turns by the Spartans' Zach Fry in a technical fall.
Those two bouts gave Good, a freshman and sophomore Andy Aguilar and opportunity to get Muncy a win. First, it was Aguilar who finally tightened up on a double-double to get the fall with just over a minute left in his 126-pound bout. Aguilar had let Ethan Swartz slip out of the move at least three times before he finally tightened it up for the fall.
When he finally got the fall, Muncy assistant coach Ron Hembury jumped out of his seat as an eruption of cheers filled the gym.
"It took me a while to realize that if I wasn't going to calm down he was just going to keep slipping out of it," Aguilar said. "So I just had to calm down, push it back and get it tight. I think he ran out of gas a little bit, too, and that helped out."
"He was a deer in the headlights for the first two minutes with the spotlight on him, then he picks it up. Something clicks and he gets it," Harer said. "We've been working that double-double for months now, he goes out and hits it and pins the kid."
Good nearly secured the win by himself when he put Bryant on his back in the third period with a cradle. But before he could get the fall the hold was stopped because it was choking Bryant. The four near-fall points tied up the bout at 6-6, and Good eventually hit the cradle again in the third period for his 9-6 win.
"Muncy wrestled really hard where they definitely had to wrestle hard to keep our guys at a minimum," Budman said. "We knew after weigh-ins what they were going to try to do. When everyone was cheering and going crazy after going up 30-0, me and coach (Woody Fry) still knew what was coming."
Muncy's Skylar Ebner picked up his 100th career win as the Indians clawed back from the 30-point deficit when he received a forfeit at 220 pounds. The win also gave the Indians (7-5) a bit of a cushion going into the Jersey Shore Duals on Saturday as they try to maintain their spot in the District 4 Duals tournament.
"The district is wide open. Other than a couple teams, it's wide open," Harer said. "If something doesn't go our way, we have a little room here that we can rebound from because of this match."
106: Angelo Barberio, M, pinned Jake Snyder, 1:01.; 113: Trevor Sones, Hu, maj. dec. Jacob Dgien, 15-5.; 120: Zach Fry, H, tech. fall Abien Berry, 16-0, 5:39.; 126: Andy Aguilar, M, pinned Ethan Swartz, 4:57; 132: Cam Good, M, dec. Houston Bryant, 9-6.; 138: Eric Hiller, H, won by forfeit.; 145: Dakota Nixon, H, pinned Jaimee Moyle, 3:13. 152: Kyle Barnes, H, won by forfeit. 160: Matt Herr, H, pinned Junior Ramos, 1:27. 170: Robert White, H, pinned T.J. Moyle, 1:27. 182: Jake Colburn, M, won by forfeit. 195: Troy Hembury, M, pinned Dakota Gee, :39. 220: Skylar Ebner, M, won by forfeit. 285: Nick Roberts, M, pinned Jacoby Foresman, 1:50.
*Match started at 138 pounds
#Match tied, 39-39, Muncy wins on Critera E, most six-point wins
Takedowns: Hughesville 11, Muncy 4. Official: Mike Millward.
Records: Hughesville (6-7); Muncy (7-5).