The YAIAA Division II title was theirs and their undefeated season would continue. That the Canner boys' wrestling team did it against Bermudian Springs, a bitter rival, was all the more rewarding.
Biglerville left its gym Saturday night with a 30-27 win over the Eagles.
In the process, it locked up what could be the No. 1 seed in the District 3 Class AA tournament. Nic Lieberum essentially sealed the victory at 160 pounds with an 8-7 win over Jacob Stimer.
Bruised, but not beaten, Lieberum executed two critical reversals against Stimer and, at one point, held an 8-4 lead.
Lieberum was pegged to wrestle at 152 but Canner head coach Matt Gano decided to wrestle Nick Asper in that place instead.
Bermudian Springs wrestler Devin O'Brien defeated Asper at 152, securing a 6-1 and also securing his 100th career win.
The Eagles cut the deficit to three points after the victory, as they trailed 27-24.
So Gano asked Lieberum to step up at 160 and the senior, who had injured his knee two weeks ago, promptly did for the Canners.
"We couldn't have done this by ourselves," Lieberum said. "We did it together. Two freshmen, Trevor (Hernandez) and Laike (Gardner) stepped up. We couldn't have done it without them."
"Next step is the district championship," Lieberum said.
Other Canners who won
Smyers and Thomas each recorded pins.