Gorg’s pin helps Spartans beat Bloom

HUGHESVILLE — Luke Gorg was trying to get to his moves. He was looking for a way to take down Bloomsburg’s Logan Deeter. But the opportunity just wasn’t there for the Hughesville freshman 106-pounder.

Gorg didn’t panic. He didn’t force the issue. He stayed patient.

He waited for an opening in the second period to lock up a cradle, and when he got it, Gorg didn’t miss. He scored the fall — one of five for the Spartans — in 2 minutes, 59 seconds, to help Hughesville beat Bloomsburg on Thursday, 54-15. The Heartland-III dual featured four forfeits and two more double forfeits.

“Focusing is a good thing, no matter what,” Hughesville coach Steve Budman said. “So our match started late, then they warmed up, then they had to wait, then warmed up again. Luke was one of our first guys, and I told him it’s about being able to separate everything that’s going on around you, the chaos, and focusing on what you have to do.”

Of the five falls recorded by Hughesville last night, Gorg’s was the lone one to not come in the first period. Justin Whitmoyer (126 pounds), Braden Stahlnecker (138), Rylan Hicks (145) and Kade Heckel (152) all recorded first-period falls for the Spartans, with Heckel’s coming in a lightning-fast 26 seconds.

But it was Gorg who set the tone for Hughesville last night. The Spartans were leading 6-0 when he took the mat, thanks to a forfeit win for Josh Dauberman at 285 pounds. And he set the tone by being patient. That patience has been what has surprised Budman the most.

It’s a patience Gorg has shown throughout the first two weeks of his varsity career. Budman hasn’t been surprised Gorg has been successful through two weeks — Gorg is 10-2 after last night’s win — but he has been surprised at how poised the freshman is.

Gorg showed it off again last night, biding his time until he could score the first points with a takedown with only 13 seconds to go in the first period. Then he could finally work the moves he wanted to after Deeter selected the defensive position to start the second period.

“He kind of tied up with me and I wasn’t able to get to my stuff,” Gorg said. “So I just wanted to defend and stay smart. I had to work my way in later.”

“He’s a little bit of an old school wrestler. He doesn’t talk very much, and he’s tough,” Budman said. “His work ethic is fantastic. I’m not surprised he’s doing well, but I am surprised he acts like he’s been through the battles before. He acts more like a junior and not like a freshman.”

Thursday’s patience is just an extension of the composure he’s shown through two weeks. And he’s coupled it with an ability which makes him on of the top freshman wrestlers in the area already. He finished fourth at the Top Hat Tournament to open the season, losing only to Fort LeBoeuf’s Steve McGarvie, who is ranked fourth in the state, and to Muncy’s Jacob Blair who is off to a stellar start for the Indians.

Gorg said after last night’s win that he wasn’t necessarily expecting this kind of start, but it’s what he was hoping for.

“I feel great,” Gorg said. “It’s been a lot of fun and I’m happy about what I’ve accomplished so far.”

“He’s awesome,” Stahlnecker said. “I knew he was good, but I didn’t know he was going to be this good. He’s been a great asset to our team.”

This is a Hughesville team which is off to a 4-2 start. The Spartans are also 1-0 in HAC-III competition after the win over Bloomsburg. They went 3-2 last weekend at The Gauntlet dual-meet tournament at Blue Mountain High School.

“We’re missing a few kids, but we’re still doing well,” Gorg said. “I’m definitely happy with us. We’re four and two and we’re feeling good.”

Hughesville 54, Bloomsburg 15

285: Josh Dauberman, H, won by forfeit. 106: Luke Gorg, H, pinned Logan Deeter, 2:59. 113: Ben Heinrich, H, won by forfeit. 120: Colby Bronzburg, B, pinned Tyler Liebersohn, 1:45. 126: Justin Whitmoyer, H, pinne James Williams, 1:11. 132: Double forfeit. 138: Braden Stahlnecker, H, pinned Jarrod Hendrickson, 1:37. 145: Rylan Hicks, H, pinned Pete Moore, 1:24. 152: Kade Heckel, H, pinned Jacob Zink, :26. 160: Mitch Milbrand, B, pinned Nick Maris, :43. 170: Braden Foresman, H, won by forfeit. 182: Jacob Mattive, B, dec. Evan Stutzman, 3-0. 195: Conner Kepner, H, won by forfeit. 220: Double forfeit.

Records: Hughesville (4-2, 1-0 HAC-III); Bloomsburg (0-3, 0-2 HAC-III).