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Majcher sparks WR wrestling win

TURBOTVILLE – The shrug of Kaden Majcher’s shoulders said it all. His 14-takedown performance Thursday night for Warrior Run followed up a 10-takedown bout earlier in the week.

“I mean, it’s working, so …” said Majcher, Warrior Run’s junior 113-pounder.

Touche, Kaden. Touche.

His 14 takedowns last night against Hughesville led to a technical fall in which all 28 points he scored came from those takedowns. It set a tone of neutral dominance for Warrior Run as it cruised to a 54-21 win over the Spartans in a matchup of teams on the District 4 Duals bubble.

Warrior Run bounced back from a last-bout loss to Milton on Tuesday to move to 5-4 with four matches remaining before next Saturday’s cutoff date for district duals. Hughesville, which lost a last-bout match to Montgomery on Tuesday, was left scrambling for answers after falling to 9-8 with six brutal matchups left before the cutoff.

“Any win right now is a good win,” Warrior Run coach Jeremy Betz said. “I don’t think our performance was bad Tuesday, the outcome just didn’t go our way. But getting a win against Hughesville is always earned and it’s always a fun match.”

Majcher took the mat at 113 pounds in a 6-6 match after Caleb Burkhart opened with a fall at 285 pounds for Hughesville and Kaden Milheim took a forfeit at 106 for Warrior Run. And as soon as the first whistle from referee Mike Millward blew, Majcher was a non-stop takedown machine.

The 21st-ranked 113-pounder in the state settled for two takedowns in the first period and a 4-1 lead over Hughesville’s Eli Olshefskie. He tried to work some turns for back points into the bout, but with no success in the first period, he went to catch-and-release wrestling in the second period.

Majcher had six more takedowns in the second period to make his lead 16-7. He added six more in the third period, the final one of which gave him a 28-13 technical fall with 20 seconds left in the bout.

Majcher averaged one takedown every 24 seconds in the bout, including one every 18 seconds over the final two periods

“I’ve out-hustled my opponents like that basically all season,” Majcher said. “I feel pretty comfortable on my feet.”

“He has a level of confidence he didn’t have last year and it’s been fun to watch him in the corner,” Betz said. “You don’t have to say a whole other than cut the guy and go get him.”

Majcher’s technical fall gave Warrior Run a lead it never relinquished because his Defender teammates rattled off four wins in the next five bouts to push their lead to 32-12. Logan Witmer (132), Noah Hunt (138) and Tanner Confair (145) all picked up falls in that stretch.

And after Hughesville’s Luke Gorg picked up a fall at 152, Warrior Run won four more times in the final five bouts for its largest margin of victory of the season. Grady Miller (160), Hoyt Bower (182) and Evan Diehl (220) added more falls for Warrior Run.

And it seemed everyone in the lineup followed Majcher’s plan. The Defenders finished with a 32-5 edge in takedowns. Take away Majcher’s 14, and it was still an 18-takedown performance. And now Warrior Run has put itself in position to be included in the District 4 Duals with two wins in the next week.

“The way the league is, it’s like we don’t have an easy night out all season,” Betz said. “We won on tiebreaker against Mifflinburg the other night, and in every match we have a sense of urgency. We have Bloomsburg on Monday, and then Montoursville, who may be the top team in the district right now, and then we go to Towanda. So it doesn’t get any easier.”

Hughesville coach Troy Charles was left all but speechless following the Spartans’ second consecutive lackluster performance. His young team which featured nine freshmen or sophomores in the lineup last night, wrestled without much energy.

The first-year coach spent much of the match with his hands on his head, staring incredulously at a performance which was unlike what he saw when Hughesville broke out to a 5-2 start to the season.

“Hughesville over the years has been a place that has had tough, hard-nosed kids and we’re trying to tal kabout that every day and get back to that,” Charles said. “I’m not sure whats going on. We talk about fighting for six minutes. I don’t care about score for the msot part, I just want my kids to fight. We haven’t been doing that for the most part this week.”

Warrior Run 54, Hughesville 21

285: Caleb Burkhart, H, pinned Caleb Long, :59. 106: No. 8 Kaden Milheim, WR, won by forfeit. 113: No. 21 Kaden Majcher, WR, tech. fall Eli Olshefskie, 28-13, 5:40. 120: Landan Kurtz, WR, dec. Hunter Foust, 9-6. 126: Caiden Puderbach, H, won by forfeit. 132: Logan Witmer, WR, pinned Morgan Gavitt, 3:09. 138: No. 15 Noah Hunt, WR, pinned Kenny Draper, 2:28. 145: Tanner Confair, WR, pinned Kadin Fetterman, 3:17. 152: No. 14 Luke Gorg, H, pinned Taylor Wise, 2:44. 160: Grady Miller, WR, pinned Simon Bennage, 1:24. 170: Sam Crawford, WR, maj. dec. Dylan Farnsworth, 15-3. 182: Hoyt Bower, WR, pinned Cole Dyer, 1:08. 195: Chase Snyder, H, dec. Jeremiah Wagner, 7-0. 220: Evan Diehl, WR, pinned Hayden Robbins, 5:01.

Takedowns: Warrior Run 32, Hughesville 5.

Official: Mike Millward.

Records: Hughesville (9-8, 2-2 HAC-III); Warrior Run (5-4, 2-2 HAC-III).

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