High school wrestling matches are won in many ways, some more exciting than others.
But it was one of the more boring ways -- wrestling the full six minutes on the clock -- that propelled South Western to a 34-29 victory against visiting Dallastown in Thursday's YAIAA Division I showdown.
"I have to tip my hat to them. They owned the last minute of the matches," Wildcats coach Matt Striebig said.
The Mustangs (2-0, 2-0) saved team points in several matches where they were overmatched, keeping their opponents to major decisions instead of technical falls. In contrast, South Western registered four falls in matches where they held distinct advantages.
The biggest last-minute score for the homestanding squad came from Brady Schultz, a Mustang senior who was 1-18 two years ago.
Facing Bailey Druck in the 170-pound bout, Schultz held a 2-1 lead for most of the first two periods on the strength of a takedown in the first 20 seconds of the bout. But a stalling point against him 39 seconds into the final period tied it at two. Schultz immediately let the Wildcat junior up from bottom to fall behind 3-2.
Each wrestler fended off several scoring opportunities for a little more than a minute when Schultz hit a big double-leg takedown with 13 seconds left and maintained control to earn a 4-3 victory, clinching the match for his team.
"The biggest thing (for Brady) is finishing his shot," Mustang coach Brad Zeigler said. "He pays attention in practice and wants to get better."
Schultz would never have been in the position to be the hero had Clint Wright (138), Bobby Wildasin (152) and Zach Osborne (160) not kept Dallastown from more bonus points.
Wright and Wildasin looked well on their way to giving up technical falls to Wes Hoover and Tanner Druck, respectively, but limited the two Dallastown standouts to major decisions. Meanwhile, Osborne found himself on his back against Luke Baldwin early in their 160-pound bout. But the South Western junior fought off his back and surrendered just four team points with the 8-0 major decision.
The lone match where Dallastown (2-1, 2-1) scored late for a win was at 113 pounds, where sophomore Nick Shields edged Mustang freshman Derek Wilson, 4-2, on a takedown with just nine seconds left.
Wilson recorded the first takedown of the match midway through the first period. But Shields, a returning PIAA qualifier, scored escapes in the first and second periods to tie it at two apiece. The rest of the bout was an outstanding display of defense by both wrestlers before Shields countered Wilson's inside trip attempt for the winning points.
"That was two tough wrestlers going at it. It was a big win for Nick and for the team," Striebig said.
Shields' decision came after South Western notched three falls -- Aram Moffitt (220), Devon Ackerman (285) and Owen Wherley (106) -- in the first four bouts. Only Zaire Lawrence's 6-4 decision against Alex Jones prevented a South Western sweep to open the match.
Starting at 195 was a big factor in the win that Zeigler considered an upset.
"(Before the match) I told them on paper we were not winning this match," he said. "We were able to pull momentum on our side right away. ... We all stepped up."
at South Western
SO. WESTERN 34, D'TOWN 29
195 -- Zaire Lawrence, Dt, dec. Alex Jones, 6-4. 220 -- Aram Moffitt, SW, pinned Kris Phennicie, 1:14. 285 -- Devon Ackerman, SW, pinned Matt Gaynor, 3:53. 106 -- Owen Wherley, SW, pinned Michael Mehosky, :38. 113 --Nick Shields, Dt, dec. Derek Wilson, 4-2. 120 -- Cole Sterrett, SW, dec. Andrew Pierce, 6-5. 126 -- Rodney Sunday, Dt, tech. fall over Aaron Doll, 4:19 (17-2). 132 -- Brandon Huff, SW, major dec. Jack Marks, 11-3. 138 -- Wes Hoover, Dt, major dec. Clint Wright, 15-3. 145 -- Gage Thomas, SW, pinned Anthony DeMarco, 4:27. 152 -- Tanner Druck, Dt, major dec. Bobby Wildasin, 15-2. 160 -- Luke Baldwin, Dt, major dec. Zach Osborne, 8-0. 170 -- Brady Schultz, SW, dec. Bailey Druck, 4-3. 182 -- Cooper Deller, Dt, pinned Gunner Holtz, 1:07.