The numbers were flying in Wednesday's YAIAA Division I wrestling match between West York and Spring Grove.

Two for a takedown. Six for a pin. $15,500 for cancer.

That's right -- $15,500 for the Rockets' annual Take Down Cancer fundraiser, which culminated with Spring Grove's 54-14 victory over the visiting Bulldogs and a presentation of the oversized check to the Heather L. Baker Foundation.

"That's impressive," Rocket head coach Tony Miller said. "It's a tribute to our kids, school, and community. Thanks go out to so many people I don't know where to start."

Rocket lightweight Derek Carlisle acknowledged amazement at the final total.

"I was really surprised," the 113-pounder said. "I was anxious to see how much it was. I didn't know until I saw the check."

The fundraising effort featured a trio of components that included a special tee shirt, designed by Rocket wrestler Dakota Laughman, a raffle for a fishing trip that was awarded Wednesday night, and an adult social.

What made the total even more impressive was the fact that it matched the monies raised during the first two years of the fundraiser. Miller, a physical education teacher at the high school, has seen it grow in many ways during its time.

"So many parents have stepped up and helped out. And the school really gets behind it," he said. "There is definitely an increase of shirts sold to (the student body)."

Many of those students were in attendance Wednesday, complementing the shirts with pink bandanas. Both schools' cheerleaders were sporting pink bows in their hair and several Rocket wrestlers had pink tape on their shoes.

The prize, however, for the most pink outfit went to Rocket junior Zoe Wildasin, who was dressed in a metallic pink body suit, a pink tutu and a big pink bow in her hair.

Having wrestled in all three Take Down Cancer matches, Carlisle feels a difference in wrestling these matches versus other home matches and is already looking forward to next year.

"(This match) is more inspiring because a lot more of the community comes out to support us," the junior said. "Every day, I look forward to it. We've got to beat that total before I leave."

As for the match itself, West York (2-2, 2-2) did its best to keep things interesting in the early going. A Jacob Gemmill pin at 285 brought the Bulldogs to within six at 21-15 after seven bouts.

Unfortunately for the visitors, the home team's strength hadn't hit the mat just yet. Seven straight wins from 103 to 145 and Spring Grove (4-0, 4-0) remained unbeaten.

Four consecutive first-period falls were among those seven victories, six of which came from sophomores. That's not a fact lost on Miller.

"(The lightweights) are young so we're going to make mistakes," he said. "But they are a great group to coach. When they lose, we know it's not because of effort.

"We're seeing improvement all the time and that's what it's all about."

The Rockets also got three pins from their bigger guys -- John Gross (170), Andy Melhorn (195) and Mike Lentz (220).

West York's remaining points came from a Garrett Stauffer pin at 160 and a decision from Kyle Narber at 182.

 

SPRING GROVE 54, WEST YORK 15
   152 -- Tyler Miller, SG, dec. Kyle Stauffer, 9-6; 160 -- Garrett Stauffer, WY, pinned Austin Barley, 3:40; 170 -- Jonathan Gross, SG, pinned Zach Smith, 2:30; 182 -- Kyle Narber, WY, dec. Levi Luckbaugh, 11-4; 195 -- Andy Melhorn, SG, pinned Luke Valentine, 3:33; 220 -- Michael Lentz, SG, pinned Hunter Schievert, 1:32; 285 -- Jacob Gemmill, WY, pinned Austin Mann, :43; 106 -- Zack Clingan, SG, pinned Zack Butters, :38; 113 -- Derek Carlisle, SG, pinned Cheyenne Diehl, :48; 120 -- Alec Zorbaugh, SG, pinned Cole Rinehart, 1:17; 126 -- Dakota Laughman, SG, pinned Anthony Knotts, :20; 132 -- Taylor Gardner, SG, dec. Noah Townsley, 8-2; 138 -- Mason Bentzel, SG, dec. Ryan Randolph, 9-4; 145 -- Michael Hartman, SG, dec. Jacob Oliver, 2-0.