Williamson shows strength
BLOSSBURG – Trevor McWhorter walked toward his coaches during a blood timeout Thursday night and said he didn’t feel right. The Williamson junior with more than 50 wins on his resume told head coach Mark Everett he didn’t feel like himself.
McWhorter was locked in a tight bout with North Penn freshman Brad Pequignot with the lead changing as often as the second hand on a clock ticks. Everett’s instructions were simple, to just slow the match down and wait for an opening to capitalize on it. McWhorter did just that, getting an opportunity late in the second period to hit a headlock and he turned it into six points for the Warriors.
It was one win in a stretch of eight in nine bouts for the Warriors as they posted a 53-18 win over a young, but talented, North Penn team.
“He was completely white and I was a little nervous for him, but I just had to reassure him and try to get him going and stay in the mindset that good things will happen,” Everett said. “He capitalized as soon as (Pequignot) made the wrong move. That’s a good veteran wrestler who’s been in a lot of matches. It’s a good match for him to have to work through something like that.”
It was about the only hiccup the Warriors suffered in the early-dual run last night. After falling behind 6-0 one bout in, Williamson won eight of the nine bouts from 106 pounds to 160. And the only loss it had came when North Penn freshman Charlie Andrews hit a five-point move in the final 30 seconds at 126 pounds to pull out a win for the Panthers.
It’s exactly the plan for the Warriors for any given dual meet to just allow their light and middleweights to build a lead for a core of upperweights which are quickly becoming an integral part of the team. Thursday night Williamson got that run it looks for every match and then added two wins in five bouts from 170 to 285 pounds which only emphasized the win.
“That’s where we feel the strongest,” senior returning state placewinner Logan Everett said of the lightweights. “We’ve been rolling on teams right up through there. We’re getting a lot of points and it’s carrying on into our heavyweights, too.”
This is a Williamson team which averages nearly 50 points per match. Its only two losses this year have come to Central Columbia, the favorite to win District 4, and Western Wayne, a strong contender to win District 2.
This is a Williamson team which has as dangerous a run of wrestlers from 106-145 as any team in District 4. And they continually go out and prove it on a nightly basis. It’s a group which has a combined record of 83-14 this year.
Against North Penn, Williamson proved its strength by recording bonus points in seven of its eight wins from 106 to 160 pounds. Only Garrett Heffner’s stellar 7-5 win over Lucas Groover didn’t pick up bonus points.
“As we showed, we can score, which is good,” Logan Everett said. “The thing the coaches really stress is don’t give up the bonus points and get them when you can. We’ve been working really hard at that because we get to district duals, that’s going to be the keys to the matches.”
“We’re always excited to start at the bottom of the lineup because we can pick up some momentum,” Mark Everett said. “Anytime we can start there we at least know where we’re at when we get to maybe the weaker part of our lineup.”
North Penn head coach Craig Pequignot said he wasn’t upset with the way his team wrestled. He’s dealing with a young group of wrestlers who have shown flashes of talent, but have made mistakes like the one that got Brad Pequignot pinned against McWhorter.
But it’s a dangerous team Mark Everett said he’s not going to want to wrestle in a couple years.
“We expected the match to be closer, but anyone of those matches can go the other way,” Pequignot said. “I’m not down on them, we just have to wrestle harder. They’re freshmen and they’re going to improve. We’re going to make bigger strides by the end of the season. We just have to keep working hard.”
106: Caleb Robbins, W, won by forfeit; 113: Tyrus Hamblin, W, won by forfeit; 120: Carl Gorg, W, pinned Jake Myers, 1:22; 126: Charlie Andrews, N, dec. Herman Briggs, 6-2; 132: Logan Everett, W, tech. fall Devin Remley, 16-1, 4:21; 138: Trevor McWhorter, W, pinned Brad Pequignot, 3:45; 145: Billy Barnes, W, pinned Nick Roupp, 1:34; 152: Garrett Heffner, W, dec. Lucas Groover, 7-5; 160: Michael Presto, W, pinned C.J. Sargent, 1:58; 170: Ben Minnick, N, dec. R.C. Hunter, 3-0; 182: Mark Brennan, W, pinned Ben Jackson, 3:45; 195: Ben Wilson, N, pinned John Nevius, 1:34; 220: Dakota Bolt, W, dec. Zach Kriner, 4-2; 285: Nathan Kriner, N, pinned D.J. Hoffman, 1:45.
*Match started at 285 pounds
Takedowns: Williamson 15, North Penn 4.
Official: Jack Young.
Records: Williamson (12-2); North Penn (1-1).