SHIPPENSBURG - Call Gettysburg the Comeback Kids.
In a Mid Penn Colonial Division wrestling match Thursday night, the Warriors won eight bouts - including the final four - to rally for a 32-30 victory over Shippensburg.
At one point, Gettysburg trailed 30-17.
Of the eight bouts the Warriors won, they trailed in seven of them, including three times in which they overcame a deficit of five points.
Josh Boehner's comeback 5-4 win at 138 over the Greyhounds' Nathan Coldsmith in the night's final bout completed Gettysburg's four-bout sweep at the end.
"Since we were giving up a forfeit, we thought we'd have to win eight, and even then we might have lost," Warrior coach Perry Smith said. "The guys had to suck it up and they did. When we beat Waynesboro last week, Josh won the last bout to clinch it, and he did it again over the weekend, so he's been clutch for us."
Boehner did catch a break in the second period. He led 2-1 and was on top when Coldsmith hit a switch. As Coldsmith turned into Boehner and clamped on a cradle, the official signaled for locked hands against Boehner and stopped the match.
Ship coach Tony Yaniello said, "He shouldn't have stopped the match there. He can give the point and let it continue. It would have been a reversal and maybe back points."
Coldsmith did eventually gain a reversal to take a 3-2 lead, but, tied 3-3 in the third, Boehner executed a double-leg takedown with 1:09 left and won 5-4.
"Even though that was the wrong call, Gettysburg did wrestle well," Yaniello said. "They outhustled us and physically and mentally did better in the key matches."
The Warriors (6-3, 3-1 MPC) got huge wins from Mitchell Hoffman (pin at 152), Corey Hardman (decision at 182) and Alex Fata (decision at 126) - all three came back from five-point deficits.
Tom LaRue put Hoffman on his back for a five-point move early and he trailed 6-2 after one period. But Hoffman escaped, then got a six-point move when he took LaRue down to his back and LaRue called for time. Hoffman led 10-6 when he turned LaRue for the third time and pinned him in 5:19.
Hardman also fell behind 5-0 in the early going against Stephen Manders of the Hounds (1-4, 1-4 MPC) when he got taken down to his back. But Hardman ended up scoring five takedowns - four simply by controlling Manders' head and spinning behind - for a 12-9 win.
Ship's Derek Watson worked very hard for the first takedown against Fata at 126. He was in deep on a single and persistently kept the leg until he was able to spin around and catch Fata in a reverse cradle for five points.
He still led 5-3 after two periods, but Fata wore him down in the third and a takedown and nearfall with 20 seconds left gave him an 11-6 verdict.
Smith said, "Having those kids come back from being five points down reflects either their work ethic or their conditioning."
Tyler Wilt got the Warriors' started with a 4-2 decision over Zane Hershey at 120. His takedown with 44 seconds left snapped a 2-2 tie and made it 30-20 in Shippensburg's favor. Gettysburg also came up with a pin in the next-to-last bout by Conner Smith.
Ship's signature win came at 195 when Dylan Herb blanked Scott Six, 7-0, which included a trio of takedowns.
Yaniello said, "I would have liked to see him go for bonus points there, but he did beat a decent kid who qualified for districts last year."
After five bouts, the Hounds trailed 17-3, with the only points coming from an 8-2 decision by Chris Williams at 170.
But Herb's win began a string of five straight for Ship. Branden Stitt decked Giovani Alvarado at 220 with a power half from a leg ride, Cary Hess disposed of Juan Perez in 37 seconds, Daquan Woods notched a 29-second pin of Chris Kemp at 106 and Justin Evans got a forfeit win.
Woods said, "We thought it would be a close match because Waynesboro beat us and Gettysburg beat Waynesboro. So I knew we needed a pin to get us as many points ahead as we could."
It turned out to be not quite enough.
"Anytime it comes down to the last match, you know you can look back at several places you could have won it," Yaniello said. "We just needed to win one of those last matches and we were ahead in two of them."
Actually, Hound wrestlers held leads in each of the final four bouts, but with as many comebacks as Gettysburg made, it was probably hard to remember.
Ed Gotwals can be reached at 262-4755 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
145 - Jesse Stouch (G) d Elijah Harris, 8-6
152 - Mitchell Hoffman (G) p Tom LaRue, 5:19
160 - Clay Kocsis (G) tf Justin Timko, 22-4, 6:00
170 - Chris Williams (S) d Jake Sharrah, 8-2
182 - Corey Hardman (G) d Stephen Manders, 12-9
195 - Dylan Herb (S) d Scott Six, 7-0
220 - Brenden Stitt (S) p Giovani Alvarado, 3:54
285 - Cary Hess (S) p Juan Perez, 0:37
106 - Daquan Woods (S) p Chris Kemp, 0:29
113 - Justin Evans (S) won by forfeit
120 - Tyler Wilt (G) d Zane Hershey, 4-2
126 - Alex Fata (G) d Derek Watson, 11-6
132 - Conner Smith (G) p Andrew Dozel, 4:54
138 - Josh Boehner (G) d Nathan Coldsmith, 5-4
Next match: Thursday, at home vs. West Perry, 7.