"We got better from last night to tonight," Miller said, "We made a couple of mistakes in last night's match that we fixed tonight. It's hard to do that without a practice in between, but we were able to do it.
"I was real happy and pleased with the way we wrestled tonight. You have expectations every match, but what impressed me is how much our kids listen and how much better they get each time on the mat. It makes you proud of them and happy that they are learning and getting better."
It would be hard to find any fault with the Rockets' performance against the Rams. They put up six pins, four forfeits, a major decision and a decision in a 67-8 win on their home mat.
The Rockets collected 60 of their 67 points by either pins or forfeits. For the match, the Rams scored only one decision other than their technical fall win at 170 pounds.
The Rockets started quickly when they sent out District 3's number-one 106-pounder, according to the latest Patriot-News ranking, Zack Clingan. When the Rams didn't respond with a wrestler, Clingan had the night off with a forfeit win.
Derek Carlisle, the Rockets' 113 pounder, almost had the night off as he took only 47 second to pin Kennard-Dale's Austin Stewart. Carlisle had a 9-0 lead when he closed out the bout.
Alec Zorbaugh also had a short night with a forfeit win at 120.The Rams picked up their first point when Nate Deboard edged Dakota Laughman 1-0 at 126. A second-period escape was all Deboard needed for his win.
Tyler Gardner gave momentum back to the Rockets at 132 with a 4-0 lead before he pinned Dallas Moffit in 3:05.
Mason Bentzel became one of only three Rocket wrestlers to work all three periods when he beat Pat Scarbough 8-0 to pick up a 4-point major decision at 138.
Michael Hartman also had to go the distance to take a 2-0 win over William DelGrande at 145. A third-period reversal by Hartman was the difference.
After the score grew to 43-3 on a pin by Tyler Miller and a forfeit win by Austin Barley at 160, the match reached the most anticipated bout of the night.
Junior Jonathan Gross had the task of facing perhaps the top wrestler in the state in Kennard-Dale's Chance Marstellar. Gross gave it all he had and succeeded in not getting pinned. He managed to avoid the lightning-quick moves of Marstellar for 3 minutes and 15 seconds.
However, Marstellar steadily racked up takedown and back points to take a 20-4 technical fall. Gross's effort denied the Rams a point. Gross' points all came on escapes.
"Chance is a quality wrestler and a great person and our guys loved the opportunity to go on the mat with him." Miller said. "Jonathan was going out there to win and I'm sure he is disappointed.
"It was going around school today about who was going to wrestle him. We didn't know until the weigh-in."
The Rockets made short work of the Rams' upper weights when Andy Melhorn (182), Levi Luckabaugh (195) and Michael Lentz (220) all pinned their opponents. It took the three less than six minutes of wrestling to rack up 18 points.
It didn't take heavyweight Austin Mann any wrestling time to get a forfeit win and the Rockets' final six points.
at Spring Grove
SPRING GROVE 67, KENNARD-DALE 8
106 -- Zackery Clingan, SG, won by forfeit; 113 -- Derek Carlisle, SG, pinned Austin Stewart, 1:59; 120 -- Alec Zorbaugh, SG, won by forfeit; 126 -- Nathan Deboard, KD, dec. Dakota Laughman, 1-0; 132 -- Taylor Gardner, SG, pinned Dallas Moffit, 3:05; 138 -- Mason Bentzel, SG, maj. dec. Pat Scarborough, 8-0; 145 -- Michael Hartman, SG, dec. William Delgrande, 2-0; 152 -- Tyler Miller, SG, pinned Zach Wilkinson, 3:04; 160 -- Austin Barley, SG, won by forfeit; 170 -- Chance Marsteller, KD, tech. fall Jonathan Gross, 3:15 (21-4); 182 -- Andy Melhorn, SG, pinned Hunter Stokes, 2:28; 195 -- Levi Luckabaugh, SG, pinned Tom Wise, 2:23; 220 -- Michael Lentz, SG, pinned Chance Robinson, 1:17; 285 -- Austin Mann, SG, won by forfeit.