When asked for a positive from Wednesday's match against Boiling Springs High, Biglerville wrestling coach Bob Gano laughed, thought for a moment, and finally said he didn't know if there was anything he could say.
The Canners had just lost 36-26 to the Bubblers at Boiling Springs, and he was upset with losses at 113, 152 and 195 pounds. Those bouts gave the Bubblers nine points.
"They beat us in the matches that we needed to win," Gano said. "They outfought us there a couple of places. I was a little disappointed how we performed in the third period."
The first of those three bouts, with the match starting at 160 pounds, was an 8-7 loss by the Canners' Joe Hurda to Nate Gouhin. Hurda held a 6-0 lead at one point but didn't attempt many shots the last two periods, appearing to tire.
Hurda, who appeared to club Gouhin twice in the head, committed a locked hands penalty that gave Gouhin one match point.
"I was disappointed in the penalty point," Gano said. "We don't do that stuff. We ended up losing the match because of it. Frustration. I don't know."
The win comes in a match Bubblers coach Rod Wright didn't expect to win.
"I was looking to save some points," he said. "But I knew Gooey had good shots. I knew he had a good motor. That clearly showed out on the mat with Hurda as far as his conditioning goes. That was a big swing.
"You're talking about a kid that had a losing record last year, if I'm not mistaken. We talk
Gouhin's win gave the Bubblers (10-0) a 7-6 lead, which 220-pounder Calvin Barrick extended with a 54-second pin.
The Canners' Trevor Stover and Brady Mentzer each earned pins in less than 45 seconds to build an 18-13 lead.
But then came Brock Asper's 6-3 loss that brought the Bubblers within 18-16. The Canners (13-1) then forfeited at 120 pounds with freshman Nate Newberry out with a skin condition. Gano learned Newberry wouldn't wrestle about 10 minutes before the match.
"It made us do some other things," Gano said. "I'm not going to dwell on that. There were other places to win the match."
Canners freshman Scott Cooper earned a 13-2 major decision at 126 pounds to tie the score at 22, but the Bubblers won three of the final four bouts for the win.
The Bubblers, who entered Wednesday atop the District 3 Class AA power ratings, have now earned a win against Biglerville, the No. 2 team. They travel to Bermudian Springs (13-2), which is ranked third, next Saturday.
"It's always fun with Berm," Wright said. "I told the coaches and kids these are battles right now. The war's coming. I think we'll be back to full strength with the lineup and hopefully not sustain any more injuries."
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BOILING SPRINGS 36, BIGLERVILLE 26
160 -- Josh Asper, Big, dec. John Vaughn, 3-0; 170 -- Tyler Lieberum, Big, dec. Connor Murphy, 3-1; 182 -- Connor Taylor, BoS, maj. decision Eric Showers, 11-0; 195 -- Nate Gouhin, BoS, dec. Joe Hurda, 8-7; 220 -- Calvin Barrick, BoS, pinned Nate Mentzer, 0:54; 285 -- Trevor Stover, Big, pinned Noah Davis, 0:41; 106 -- Brady Mentzer, Big, pinned Josh Day, 0:29; 113 -- A.J. Kostyak, BoS, dec. Brock Asper, 6-3; 120 -- Korbin Myers, BoS, won by forfeit; 126 -- Scott Cooper, Big, maj. decision Mitch Ptaszak, 13-2; 132 -- Grant Bond, BoS, tech. fall Colton McKinney, 4:09 (16-0); 145 -- Jasper Hankey, Big, maj. decision Travis Wickard, 15-4; 152 -- Tyler Kauffman, BoS, dec. Dustin Grubbs, 5-3.