MERCERSBURG - All year, James Buchanan's wrestling team has had to do what it could to compete.
When you're giving up anywhere from five to seven forfeits, it's a tall order to pull out any team wins.
Such was the case again Thursday night when the Rockets finished up their Mid Penn Colonial Division schedule against Shippensburg. The Greyhounds scored 30 points on five forfeits and scored two pins and a default win for a 48-24 victory.
JB senior Cameron Fox said, "We're still a team, but it's more of an individual thing (with all the forfeits). You have to focus more on your own match."
Fox kept that focus in his 152-pound bout against Ship's Tom LaRue, who was close several times to scoring a takedown in the first period. Fox managed a reversal in the second for a 2-0 lead and he maintained that advantage by riding LaRue for the entire third.
Hound coach Tony Yaniello said, "Tommy was close to three takedowns early, and we wanted him to get an escape so he could try for a takedown. But he kept trying for a reversal and couldn't get out."
"All I was trying to do was keep him down," Fox said. "I didn't want him to score at all."
That match was the only close one of the evening, although the match at 145 had potential.
JB's Blake Egolf returned from an injury to take on Elijah Harris and the bout was not lacking in action. Egolf scrambled for a takedown in the first and countered for another in the second to lead 4-1.
At the end of a flurry of shots, Egolf appeared to be taking Harris down to his back, but Harris rolled through and came up on top with Egolf on his back and motioning that he was hurt. Harris held a 7-4 lead when Egolf defaulted.
Rocket coach Matt Gordon said, "Blake's shoulder was still hurting, so we told him (before the match) if it hurts too much, call for an injury and we'll stop it. He was doing well until then."
"Harris is a work in progress," Yaniello said. "He's really a strong kid, he just needs to get experience."
Shippensburg (7-6, 2-4 MPC) got pins from Stephen Manders at 182 and Cary Hess at 285 and collected forfeits at 170, 195, 220, 106 and 126.
Yaniello said, "A lot of our better kids didn't get to wrestle tonight. Some of our other kids were overmatched, so I told them to just go out and scrap, and I think they did that."
The Rockets (6-15, 1-5 MPC) won four other bouts - Hunter Faith racked up a pin at 113, Kyle Lee won a major decision at 120, and Austin Tucker (138) and Casey Glunt (160) earned decisions.
"Egolf would normally have been at 138, but he couldn't get down to that weight since he's been out, so we moved Fox and Glunt up a weight," Gordon said. "I'm glad to see Cameron doing well here toward the end of his senior season (he's won 9 of his last 13 bouts)."
Lee's 14-3 verdict over Zane Hershey was a bit contentious at times, but Lee took Hershey down six times, including three with a fireman's carry.
Gordon said, "I know Kyle knows that move, but it's the first I've ever seen him use it in a match. It probably won't be the last time he tries it. For a second-year wrestler, he's done well."
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132 - Levi Robinson (JB) won by forfeit
138 - Austin Tucker (JB) d Nathan Coldsmith, 9-3
145 - Elijah Harris (S) won by default over Blake Egolf, 3:25
152 - Cameron Fox (JB) d Tom LaRue, 2-0
160 - Casey Glunt (JB) d Justin Timko, 10-3
170 - Chris Williams (S) won by forfeit
182 - Stephen Manders (S) p Dustin Walker, 1:11
195 - Dylan Herb (S) won by forfeit
220 - Brandon Stitt (S) won by forfeit
285 - Cary Hess (S) p Devin Reed, 1:29
106 - Daquan Woods (S) won by forfeit
113 - Hunter Faith (JB) p Justin Evans, 5:14
120 - Kyle Lee (JB) md Zane Hershey, 14-3
126 - Derek Watson (S) won by forfeit
Note: JB was deducted 1 team point for unsportsmanlike conduct at 285.
Next match: Ship: Feb. 2 at Eastern York Duals, 8:30 a.m. JB: Wednesday, at home vs. Everett, 7.