Ten days into its YAIAA Division I schedule, Spring Grove High essentially has one match that could derail its hopes for winning a second consecutive division title: Jan. 24 at South Western.
The Rockets beat Dallastown, 49-15, Saturday night at Spring Grove, leaving them and South Western as the lone undefeated teams in the division. The Mustangs beat Dallastown on Thursday.
"Quite frankly, since we wrestled them so early, I've looked very little at the other teams yet," Wildcats coach Matt Striebig said. "I don't want to discount anybody, but I think it would take two good teams to beat them."
Spring Grove, South Western and Dallastown have been the three teams atop Division I in recent seasons. The Wildcats have essentially been eliminated from the division title race after losing twice on the road in three days.
"It's not ideal," Striebig said. "But the schedule is what it is. We knew on the first day of practice this was what this week would be like."
A week that went poorly and ended worse for the Wildcats (2-2, 2-2).
The Rockets (4-0, 3-0) earned an easy win Saturday, starting with senior Andy Melhorn's 8-6 decision against Zaire Lawrence to open the match. Melhorn had moved up to 195 pounds from 182 to face a wrestler who was much taller, had longer limbs and had a weight advantage.
"It wore me out a little bit," Melhorn said. "But I kept fighting through it. I don't mind it because it makes it easier to get my shots and get on the legs easier."
Added Rockets coach Tony Miller: "At the start of the match, we thought that was the best for our team. I'm glad to see he had enough at the end to finish. It's always nice to start off with a win."
The Rockets won the next five matches to build a 28-0 lead before Dallastown 126-pounder Rodney Sunday earned a 17-1 technical fall in 5:11 against Alec Zorbaugh.
The Wildcats (2-2, 2-2) won just two of the remaining seven bouts.
"We were just outmanned," Striebig said. "Spring Grove, they're certainly one of the best in the division. They had a little too much for us. We knew what we were in for coming in."
The Rockets must navigate the remainder of their Division I schedule before facing South Western. Miller is happy with the win -- "I've never seen a score like that between us," he said. "I think I've been on the receiving end before." -- but is pushing his team toward its next match.
"(Dallastown) was circled on our calendars because it was one of our championship matches, South Western and Dallastown," Melhorn said. "It's a huge win for us. It'll get us pumped up for South Western. We'll go in and show them what we've got."
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SPRING GROVE 49, DALLASTOWN 15
195 -- Andy Melhorn, SG, dec. Zaire Lawrence, 8-6; 220 -- Alex Guinn, SG, pinned Kris Phennicie, 1:20; 285 -- Michael Lentz, SG, dec. Matt Gaylor, 5-2; 106 -- Tanner Sterner, SG, pinned Michael Mehoskuy 0:53; 113 -- Derek Carlisle, SG, won by forfeit; 120 -- Zack Clingan, SG, maj. decision Andrew Pierce, 12-0; 126 -- Rodney Sunday, Dt, pinned Alec Zorbaugh, 5:10; 132 -- Dakota Laughman, SG, pinned John Marks, 1:35; 138 -- Michael Hartman, SG, dec. Wesley Hoover, 4-3; 145 -- Mason Bentzel, SG, pinned Anthony DeMarco, 0:34; 152 -- Tanner Druck, Dt, maj. decision Tyler Miller, 12-0; 160 -- Austin Barley, SG, dec. Luke Baldwin, 7-1; 170 -- John Gross, SG, dec. Bailey Druck, 5-0; 182 -- Cooper Deller, Dt, pinned Max Copenheaver, 0:35.