Goodspeed has a key victory for Defenders

TURBOTVILLE — With each restart Keefer Goodspeed was getting closer to a bout-tying escape. But more than a minute into the third period of his 120-pound bout Wednesday night, the Warrior Run senior wasn’t sure if that escape would come.

With 30 seconds left in the final period, that escape finally came. Goodspeed took a deep breath an examined the situation. He knew if he got to overtime, he’d have the advantage against Milton freshman Chase Hoffman. So that’s what he did, and 36 seconds into overtime Goodspeed picked up the takedown which all but handed Warrior Run a win in the first round of the District 4 Duals.

Goodspeed’s crucial overtime win was one of eight victories by the Defenders last night, including the final five bouts, to post a 38-30 win over the Black Panthers. Eighth-seeded Warrior Run advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals at Milton where it faces top-seeded and state No. 2-ranked Southern Columbia.

“He’s been in those types of matches and has come out on the losing end quite a few times in some tournaments we’ve been at,” Warrior Run head coach Jeremy Betz said. “Right there we were preaching to look over at these guys and see who you’re doing it for. Don’t worry about how bad your legs hurt or how bad your lungs hurt. You’re doing for the guys over here.”

Goodspeed had been 3-5 in bouts decided by three points or fewer this season prior to last week’s matchup with Milton to close the regular season. But in his two bouts with Hoffman, both within the last five days, the senior found a way to get the edge. On Saturday, it meant pulling out a 2-1 win. Last night, it was gutting out the escape in overtime before getting the takedown against a fatigued Hoffman in overtime.

It was the kind of performance Betz expects from a senior like Goodspeed who has 55 career wins and has been a three-year starter for the Defenders. The bout was a must-win for Warrior Run, too. Just two bouts earlier it had been staring at a 30-16 deficit.

“He kind of put himself in a bad situation earlier where he had a poor stance and (Hoffman) got in under him,” Betz said. “But as far as grittiness goes, that may be one of the grittiest matches he’s had this season.”

“There was a point where I wasn’t sure I would be able to get up,” Goodspeed said. “But when everything is on the line and out goal is to move on to Saturday and then to team states … You start thinking about your teammates and you want to push through for them.”

Goodspeed’s win made all the work Warrior Run did to that point and after that point worth it. He could look back at a tremendous effort from Justin Wagner to hold returning state qualifier Noah Stamm to just a decision in the night’s opening bout. He could point to Brandon Orwig’s imperative major decision win at 152 as a crucial moment.

Betz has preached to his team all season about the value in gathering a bonus point when possible, and saving them with all the fight his kids could muster. That overture rang true last night when Milton opened the dual with five wins in the first eight bouts.

Winning the coin flip allowed Milton head Josh Anspach to get a couple more favorable matchups. And by the time freshman Kyler Crawford made his debut with a fall at 106 pounds, Milton was staring at a 14-point lead. It was a stark contrast from Saturday’s regular-season finale which saw Warrior Run eventually win, 47-21.

“We gave ourselves an opportunity to win the match, and that’s all I can ask for,” Anspach said. “I got this on paper 35 different ways, and no matter how I put it on paper, they had one extra guy to slide in there that we don’t. The effort was there. We just came up a bit short.”

“To be honest, we were ahead of where I thought we would be coming back around to the top,” Betz said. “But we have a veteran group and they’ve really impressed me with how far they’ve come from last year to this year. In similar situations last year we would have folded or maybe given up a major or a technical fall or a pint. This year, those guys have been gritty for us.”

Warrior Run handed senior Forrest Seybold a 35-30 lead into the final bout of the night. Seybold was a vision of precision and well-positioned wrestling. He got an early takedown and rode out the first period. He did the same in the second period. Then used a strong two-minute ride in the third period to win, 5-1, and send Warrior Run to the district quarterfinals.

For Seybold, it was his third consecutive win after starting the season 1-5 in a primarily back-up role.

“You have to trust your teammates and let him go out there and wrestle the way he knows how to wrestle,” Goodspeed said. “He went out there and got the takedown and rode the kid smart. He got a mat return when he needed it. It worked well.”

Warrior Run 38, Milton 30

145: Noah Stamm, M, dec. Justin Wagner, 4-2. 152: Brandon Orwig, WR, maj. dec. Jason Valladares, 11-3. 160: Josh Rodriguez, M, pinned Sam Crawford, 1:14. 170: Joe Rodriguez, M, dec. Ty Kirkner, 11-8. 182: Christian Wachter, WR, pinned Hoyt Bower, 1:59. 195: Colton Aikey, M, pinned Alex Brouse, 1:12. 220: Wyatt Fisher, WR, pinned Brent Mitch, 1:03. 285: Nevin Rauch, M, pinned Jeff Burkhart, 1:33. 106: Kyler Crawford, M, pinne Kaden Majcher, 3:52. 113: Noah Hunt, WR, maj. dec. T.J. Walter, 15-5. 120: Keefer Goodspeed, WR, dec. Chase Hoffman, 6-4, sv. 126: Jeremy Hanford, WR, pinned Tanner Walter, 1:06. 132: Dylan Kolenda, WR, pinned Colton Taylor, 1:24. 138: Forrest Seybold, WR, dec. Nate Scholl, 5-1.

Records: Warrior Run (9-3); Milton (12-7).