The Spring Grove High wrestling team bounced back well Saturday afternoon.
After losing to Central Dauphin on Thursday, the Rockets beat Wilson, 30-22, in the District 3 Class AAA third-place match at Milton Hershey School. The semifinal loss to the Rams was their first this season.
"Any time you lose, it's hard to come back," Rockets coach Tony Miller said. "We're very fortunate. We had some guys come through for us to get us over this match and move on to states."
Central Dauphin beat Chambersburg 50-6 for its sixth consecutive District 3 championship. The Rams' closest match was their semifinal win, 33-26, against the Rockets.
Wilson started Saturday with a 5-3 decision at 170 pounds, but the Rockets responded quickly. John Gross earned an 8-4 decision to even the match at three, and teammate Andy Melhorn added a 3-2 decision for a 6-3 lead.
The Rockets then won four of the next five bouts to extend their lead to 24-7, a lead they didn't lose. Once again, their smaller wrestlers showed their value.
Derek Carlisle earned a 6-3 decision at 113 pounds, and Alec Zorbaugh added a pin in 3:36. The former earned a 4-3 decision against Central Dauphin's Austin Camacci on Thursday, though the latter lost 4-2 to Rams 126-pounder Nick Ward.
Zack Clingan suffered a 2-1 loss Saturday after earning a 15-0 technical fall Thursday.
Clingan and Carlisle have been practice partners this season.
"It's good to have a practice partner like that," Carlisle said. "We keep getting each other better. It's better than going against a kid who goes to practice to practice. He helps me a lot. He's a great wrestler. He's always pushing me, helping me."
Rockets 145-pounder Mason Bentzel iced the match with a 1-0 decision against Mike Hafer.
"We were a little tired out there," Carlisle said. "We got to pick up. We kind of knew we were going to beat them. They're a good team. You can't just crush a team like that. We had some tight matches."
The Rockets play host to District 1 No. 3-seed Boyertown in a preliminary-round match onn Monday at a time to be announced. PA Power Wrestling ranks Boyertown's Lucas Miller No. 7 at 106 pounds and Jordan Wertz No. 15 at 195.
Boyertown also wasn't ranked in the state's top 25, and Spring Grove was ninth.
"(Being home) is going to help a lot," Carlisle said. "We love wrestling in our gym. I want to go further. I'm not satisfied yet."
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at Milton Hershey
SPRING GROVE 30, WILSON 22
170 -- Adam Brown, W, dec. Austin Barley, 5-3; 182 -- John Gross, SG, dec. Keaton Eidle, 8-4; 195 -- Andy Melhorn, SG, dec. Isaac Schannauer, 3-2; 220 -- Hunter Hatlee, W, maj. decision Mike Lentz, 8-0; 285 -- Alex Guinn, SG, dec. Sam Hartman, 8-7; 106 -- Levi Witmer, SG, won by forfeit; 113 -- Derek Carlisle, SG, dec. Connor Moyer, 6-3; 120 -- Alec Zorbaugh, SG, pinned Francesca Giorgio, 3:36; 126 -- Jacob Werner, W, dec. Zack Clingan, 2-1; 132 -- Bryan Muchony, W, dec. Dakota Laughman, 4-2; 138 -- Mike Hartman, SG, dec. Mike Hafer, 7-5; 145 -- Mason Bentzel, SG, dec. Bryce Pych, 1-0; 152 -- Parker Eidle, W, dec. Tyler Miller, 5-1; 160 --Andy Francos, W, pinned Jacob Guinn, 2:51.