FAIRVIEW VILLAGE — Some wrestlers think about the possibility of 100 wins as soon as they get to high school.
Others don't make it a goal until that number begins to look attainable.
But for Spring-Ford's Adam Dombrosky, 100 career wins has been a dream ever since he came up through the youth program, and the senior hit the coveted century mark in the season's final dual match on Tuesday night at Methacton with a 6-3 decision at 138 pounds.
That was one of 10 wins for the Rams who captured second place in the Pioneer Athletic Conference with a 45-16 win.
Fresh off their first-ever PIAA Tournament appearance in Hershey, Spring-Ford (25-4) finished 8-1 in the league, second to only unbeaten Boyertown.
"In the youth program, we had a practice every Monday night at the high school,' said Dombrosky. "They have boards there for 90 wins and 100 wins. As a little kid, I was looking at them and wanted to get on them.'
Dombosky took the lead against Brendan Marion — one of five freshmen in the Warrior lineup — with a takedown in the first period and added an escape and takedown in the second. Then Marion came back with an escape and a reversal early in the third period. But Dombrosky wrapped up the win with a late escape.That was pretty much a typical win.
"I just get ahead and maintain the lead,' he said."He's a good leader,' said Ram coach Tim Seislove. "He's steady. He's not flashy. He doesn't get a lot of pins. He means a lot to us. Over the past four years, we won about 90 matches and have been to state duals three times.'
That win came in the sixth bout of the night after a technical fall by Nick Suero and decisions by Ryan Hayes and Nick Beauchamp gave Spring-Ford a 17-6 lead. The Rams went on to win the next four on decisions by Jonathan Cooper and Steven Rice and pins by Frankie Krauss and Taylor Westlake. That clinched the match and second place behind Boyertown, a 77-0 winner over Pope John Paul II on Tuesday.
"We didn't have it tonight, obviously,' said Warrior coach A.J. Maida, whose team went 7-2 in the league and 16-7 overall. "We would have had to have a whole lineup in there and get a special win.
"Spring-Ford is a fantastic team. Second place in the PAC-10 is first place in any other league.'
Ten Warrior seniors were honored before the match and seven of them were in the lineup.
"Replacing that many guys in a single year is going to be tough,' said Maida. "But we're up to the challenge.'But with the number of freshmen who gave many of the Rams tough matches on Tuesday, that should certainly be possible.
"This is good experience for them,' Maida added. "Honestly, they made some mistakes. But they've really covered us this year. It's a bright future.'Seislove had been a bit concerned about how his team would come back after the trip in Hershey.
"They came out and got the job done,' he said. "I was worried about how they might have come back after the weekend. I was pleased with the effort and pleased with the results.'"It's hard,' Dombrosky added. "We haven't really been practicing with snow days. That makes it hard to make weight, not being able to wrestle against teammates.'
Dombrosky was happy to make it to Hershey after the Rams had made it to states twice before during his career, but lost in the first round. ... "It's a wonderful season,' he said. "It was nice to finally do it.' ... Eric Straup and Dylan Henry had earned decisions to bring the hosts to within 11-6 before the Rams picked up six wins in a row. ... Devin Bradley stopped the Ram run with a decision at 182 pounds before a Spring-Ford decision by Nick Perri and a pin by Mason Romano. ... Methacton heavyweight Tracey Green finished up the night with a pin early in the second period to boost his record to 27-1 on the year with 19 falls.