LITITZ -- At 285 pounds, Solanco's Bo Spiller always wrestles big. Connor Sheehan normally doesn't, but the 106-pounder bumped up a weight class Wednesday night and pulled his best Spiller impression.
Sheehan pinned Warwick's Josh Charles in 5:10, giving Solanco the lead for good in its 36-25 victory at Warwick.
"I haven't seen a match like this - this packed, with this atmosphere and this much excitement in years," Solanco coach John Little said. "So it was a fun match to coach, but even funner to win."
Spiller used a late third period escape to secure a 6-5 win over previously undefeated Tom Devenney and give Solanco a 25-19 lead.
With three weight classes left, Little opted to forfeit at 106 and move Sheehan, a junior who is 21-4 on the season, up to 113. Charles (16-5) led 2-1 going into the third period, but Sheehan caught him in a half nelson and pinned him with 50 seconds left in the match.
"I didn't know I was going to wrestle Josh Charles until the moment coach sent me out," Sheehan said.
He expected to be wrestling freshman wunderkind Devin Schnupp (19-0), who he estimated is nearly a foot shorter than him, but ended up with Charles, who is visibly taller. "It's a little different style for me trying to wrestle those different guys," Sheehan said.
Solanco clinched its fourth straight Section One title when Austin Laws won by technical fall at 120 pounds. Laws was replacing senior Ronnie Perry, who separated his shoulder at a tournament this past weekend, and isn't expected to be back in action until the sectional meet on Feb. 16.
"The way we came off that Escape The Rock (tournament) and not having Ronnie Perry in the lineup tonight, (and also) getting home late Sunday night and regrouping ... it was just good hustle," Little said.
Solanco won four of the first five bouts, including Kyle Hammond's 16-6 major decision over Tyler Esbenshade at 145, to make it 13-3. But Warwick won three of the next four, culminating with Carson Snavely's second-period pin to give Warwick its first lead at 19-16.
The lead was short-lived, as two-time defending state champ Tom Haines' first-period pin made it 22-19, setting the stage for Spiller and Sheehan's big moments.