Joseph Schriner looks around the wrestling room at Montoursville and sees wrestlers who are more talented and accomplished. In the room are regional qualifiers Keith Batkowski, Garrett Hoffman, Connor Bassett and Ben Cerney. Then there is the steady Lucas Shaheen and talented freshman Nolan Ott.
All may be better known than Schriner, but for the Warriors to have an unforgettable dual meet season it will be because of wins like the one delivered by the unheralded Schriner on Thursday night against Warrior Run that could make a difference.
Schriner, who was bumped out of 195 pounds during the Warriors' first dual meet of the season against Montgomery, responded in his return to the lineup with a 7-4 victory over the Defenders' Hunter Stroup that led to a 43-25 team victory.
Joseph Schriner of Montoursville, top, works Warrior Run’s Hunter Stroup at 195 pounds Thursday at Montoursville. Schriner won, 7-4. View additional photos at cu.sungazette.com.
"Tonight he put it all together for six minutes and wrestled a tough match against a real good Stroup kid," Montoursville coach Jamie Yonkin said. "When we won that one we were feeling pretty good and I think the team fed off of that and just kept running with it."
The victory in the second bout of the night set a tone for the Warriors who gained an early-season edge against one of the teams expected to be in the hunt along with Montoursville for the District 4 Class AA dual championship.
"It felt exhilarating," said Schriner. "I was pretty happy being a senior and being able to get my teammates motivated. I always get motivated after watching their matches so I was pretty happy I was able to do that for them."
The 18-point margin of victory over the Defenders (2-1) didn't totally illustrate the Warriors' dominance. Montoursville won nine of the 11 bouts wrestled, picking up bonus points in six.
Montoursville (2-0) forfeited three consecutive weights from 113-126, but closed the match with three falls in the final five matches.
"When you are in situations like this wrestling a tough Warrior Run team, bonus points can make or break a match and the stars were just aligned for us tonight and everything fell together," Yonkin said.
Schriner, who placed eighth at the season-opening Top Hat Tournament in Williamsport and is new to the Warriors' lineup this year, didn't pick up any bonus points for the Warriors with his 7-4 victory at 195 pounds but his willingness to push the pace against Stroup lifted up his teammates on the bench. Schriner, who said he was unfamiliar with Stroup, took down the Warrior Run senior in each period and survived a penalty point and two escapes in the third for the three-point victory.
"I worked hard in practice and my teammates helped me get better, and helped me get prepare for this match," Schriner said.
The Warriors raced out to a 22-0 lead after freshman Morgan Comini ended the run with a fall at 106 pounds before surrendering three consecutive forfeits - two to Warrior Run state qualifiers Eric Hunt (120) and Zack LeBarron (126). Senior Brian LeBarron pulled the Defenders even with a major decision at 132 pounds, but Ott put Montoursville right back on top with a third-period pin at 138 pounds in his first home varsity match.
Batkowski and Hoffman added falls at 145 and 170 pounds, respectively, for the Warriors and Michael Forney gutted out a 3-1 decision at 152 pounds.
Elias George gave Warrior Run an 8-6 overtime win at 160 pounds. He needed just 9 seconds into overtime to secure his fourth takedown of the match. George and Brian LeBarron were the only Defenders to record takedowns, combining for six.
"We didn't always execute like we need to," said Warrior Run coach Wayne Smythe, who was minus three starters. "It's early yet and and we're not where we want to be be but we are working toward that end.
"Tonight is not the end of the season for us, it's just one match of many."
182: Lucas Shaheen, Mtv, maj. dec. Johnny LeBarron 9-0; 195: Joseph Schriner, Mtv, dec. Hunter Stroup 7-4; 220: Ben Cerney, Mtv, pinned Alex Kern 1:20; 285: Connor Bassett, Mtv, dec. Matt Kilgus 3-0; 106: Morgan Comini, Mtv, pinned Jared Miller 2:55; 113: Bradly Styer, WR, won by forfeit; 120: Eric Hunt, WR, won by forfeit; 126: Zack LeBarron, WR, won by forfeit; 132: Brian LeBarron, WR, maj. dec. Jacob Strassner 10-0; 138: Nolan Ott, Mtv, pinned Tyler Hornberger 5:39; 145: Keith Batkowski, Mtv, pinned Andrew Walker 1:44; 152: Michael Forney, Mtv, dec. Masen Wagner 3-1; 160: Elias George, WR, dec. Triston Choate 8-6, OT; 170: Garrett Hoffman, Mtv, pinned Dominic Lincalis 2:12.
Records: Montoursville 2-0, Warrior Run 2-1. Next: Warrior Run vs. Mifflinburg, Sat.; Montoursville at Selinsgrove Tournament, Dec. 28.