Every morning, Biglerville High grappler Tyler Lieberum hears the alarm clock go off at 5:25 a.m.

Lieberum, like most other high school athletes across America, entertains thoughts of tapping the snooze bottom and catching an extra 10-20 minutes of sleep.

Right then, as he wipes his eyes and lets out a giant yawn, Lieberum remembers no individual is more important than a cohesive unit. So, he freshens up and prepares for a workaday 6 a.m. running session with his teammates.

It is all part of Biglerville's renewed focus to putting "we" before "me," embracing the team concept.

The wrestlers embark on those early morning distance runs to stay limber and maintain their wrestling weight.

Wrestling is often pigeonholed as an individual sport, but the Biglerville varsity boys can only scoff at that.

"We're here to make each other better, to push each other," said Lieberum, who pinned Littlestown's Tyler Green in 3:02 in Biglerville's 66-12 thrashing of the Bolts on Thursday. "So at 6 a.m., we're all out there running as a team. It's pretty much part of our ritual. Everybody is there on time and ready to work hard. There's no exceptions. You can tell we're in shape in the third period, usually in better shape than other teams are at this point."

The early-bird running sessions, "drill" practices which feature non-stop grappling and technique (and no water breaks), has helped Biglerville garner some visibility throughout the Hanover area this season.


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In the 152-pound division, Lieberum started off methodical against Green, who ran cross country to augment his endurance this fall. With his teammates hawking his every move, Lieberum cashed in some spurts that allowed him to take control of the short-lived match.

"I started off with a lift single," said Lieberum, who locked down on Green's arms and fended off his countermoves. "I think I'm pretty good on top. Once I get people down, I pretty much think I got them."

Josh Asper, who has played a pivotal role in Biglerville's ascension this season, scored a win at 160. Asper was methodical, gutting out a 6-4 decision over Alec Warner.

"Josh kept getting caught in a Peterson," said Biglerville captain Trevor Hernandez, who took a forfeit. "Once he started dropping his hips and going at the same side as the Peterson, I knew he had it. He was defending it well there."

At 145, Biglerville's Dustin Grubbs had a major challenge cooking on his front burner. Grubbs was able to wear down elusive Phil Guilday, who was coming off a pin of Susquenita's Tony Gray on Jan. 14. Grubbs suddenly flattened Guilday as he came storming back from an early deficit. Grubbs contained Guilday en route to a wild 7-5 win.

"Anytime you can get a sophomore beating a senior, we're pretty happy about that," Biglerville wrestling coach Bob Gano said. "It's a testament to his character and his conditioning, because he was down 5-2. Kid had him all but pinned, but he just kept fighting back. I think that's a big win for him."

Biglerville seems hell-bent on avenging a couple of losses to Bermudian Springs, which has had its number. The Canners renew their rivalry with the Eagles next week.

"We want to redeem ourselves," Hernandez said. "It will be a test. We haven't beaten them since my ninth-grade season. It will come down to bonus points. We feed off each other once we get pins."

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at Littlestown
BIGLERVILLE 66, LITTLESTOWN 12
   106 -- Brady Mentzer, Big, won by forfeit; 113 -- Danny May, Big, pinned Brandon Mullican, :49; 120 -- Colton McKinney, Big, pinned Jordan Matthews, 5:40; 126 -- Trevor Hernandez, Big, won by forfeit; 132 -- Jasper Hankey, Big, pinned Ian McClure, 1:22; 138 -- Laike Gardner, Big, pinned Dustin DeGroft, 1:32; 145 -- Dustin Grubbs, Big, dec. Phil Guilday, 7-5; 152 -- Tyler Lieberum, Big, pinned Tyler Green, 3:02; 160 -- Josh Asper, Big, dec. Alec Warner, 6-4; 170 -- Billy Stolkovich, Lt, won by forfeit; 182 -- Joe Hurda, Big, won by injury default Josh Vaughn, :12; 195 -- Ryan Vaughn, Lt, pinned Juan Martinez, :43; 220 -- Eric Showers, Big, pinned Jacob Bankert, 1:15; 285 -- Trevor Stover, Big, won by forfeit.