"From 182 up, we needed 21 points, and we got them," said the second-year coach.
The Trojan foursome of Austin Kling (182), Will Peters (195), Dan Strong (220) and Ch'aim Smith (285) registered three falls and, most importantly, an overtime decision to push the home squad to a 40-33 decision against the Nighthawks.
Suburban (8-2, 6-1 YAIAA Division II) found itself in a 21-9 hole after Hanover sophomore Josh Martin recorded a 1:16 pin of David DeAlva in the 170-pound bout. Martin's win was the fourth in the first six matches for Hanover, all earning bonus points.
But Kling stemmed the tide by stopping Tyler Wentz with just 46 seconds remaining in the bout. The Nighthawks senior had tied the match at four apiece with a reversal early in the third period. However, he got his hips too low, dropping his weight to the mat. Kling stepped over with a headlock and got the fall.
Peters' 6-4 overtime decision against Logan Hamm put the momentum squarely in the Trojans' corner.
Trailing 3-1 heading into the final period, the Trojan 10th-grader earned an escape and then took a one-point lead on a takedown with just 35 seconds left. Off a restart, Hamm needed just four seconds to escape and tie the bout at four.
Hamm fought off Peters' last-ditch takedown attempt, sending the bout to extra time. But Peters didn't waste any time, countering a Hamm shot for the winning takedown 17 seconds into the one-minute overtime period.
"Will has wrestled a lot of close (matches) this year," Gentzyel said. "Last year, he'd be up two or three points and do something to get pinned. ... This year he is wrestling a lot smarter."
Strong and Smith then came through with falls just 46 and 54 seconds, respectively, into their matches to give the home team a nine-point lead at 30-21 with four weight classes left.
Despite the stellar job done by the Suburban heavyweights, the match was still hanging in the balance heading into the final bout at 126, where a pair of freshmen -- Travis Golden of Hanover and Dustin Knaub of York Suburban -- would decide the final outcome.
Suburban held the tiebreaker with the most six-point decisions (5-4), so the minimum Knaub had to do to tie the score -- and give the Trojans a tiebreaker win -- was lose by a regular decision. But the freshman made sure there would be no tie.
He earned an early takedown for a 2-0 lead and then rode Golden for the rest of the period, nearly turning him for back points. Golden took down to start the second period and promptly found himself in a cradle, giving up a three-point nearfall.
Knaub kept the pressure on in the third period with an early takedown but gave the entire Suburban crowd an anxiety attack by getting caught in a headlock by Golden. However, Knaub was able to maintain his base and never went to his back, eventually turning the situation into a headlock of his own, clinching a 12-1 major decision.
"If there is anyone on the team I need to get out of a headlock like that, it's (Dustin)," said Gentzyel.
Hanover (3-11, 1-2) was hurt by its 106-pounder not making weight, forcing Nighthawk coach Dave Cataldo to give up six points he wasn't planning to forfeit.
"That really hurt us. So we went with what we had, our normal lineup," he said. "We knew some of the matches would be close, and they won them all."
at York Suburban
SUBURBAN 40, HANOVER 33
132 -- Steve Gomez, YS, dec. Zach Barnes, 7-1. 132 -- Ian Brown, H, tech. fall over Andrew Thoman, 3:25 (16-1). 145 -- Tyler Shafer, H, won by injury default over Brady Lauchman, 4:58. 152 -- Liam McWilliams, YS, won by forfeit. 160 -- Brad Irvin, H, major dec. Akil Boatwright, 9-0. 170 -- Josh Martin, H, pinned David DeAlva, 1:16. 182 -- Austin Kling, YS, pinned Tyler Wentz, 5:14. 195 -- Will Peters, YS, dec. Logan Hamm, 6-4, OT. 220 -- Dan Strong, YS, pinned Ben Krentler, :46. 285 -- Ch'aim Smith, YS, pinned Ryan Bowman, :54. 106 -- Austin McMillan, YS, won by forfeit. 113 --Giuliano Graziosi, H, won by forfeit. 120 --Caleb Garland, H, pinned Tyler Zarcone, 1:43. 126 -- Dustin Knaub, YS, major dec. Travis Golden, 12-1.