This year's dual meet between Delone Catholic and Biglerville included much less drama than last year's meeting.
Last year's match in McSherrystown came down to the last bout, with Bryce Perkins pinning Victor Lopez to provide the Squires with a one-point margin of victory for its first win against the Canners since 2007. The Canners took care of business quickly Tuesday in front of their home crowd in a 44-18 win.
The Canners faithful roared and the wrestlers watching from the sidelines leaped out of their chairs when the referee slammed his hand on the mat to declare 126-pound senior Mitchell Thomas a winner by pin in the final second of the first period of his match against Dmitri Partenza. The pin — Biglerville's first of the night — broke open a previously-close dual and put the Canners up by 11 points, a lead they never relinquished.
Thomas started the season at 132 pounds, but has lost just two matches since working his weight down to 126 pounds early this month.
“I’ve just been getting my head in and knowing where I need to be instead of not believing in myself," Thomas said. “I feel better being lighter than I did at 132.”
His pin anchored a stretch of seven straight victories by Biglerville to go from trailing, 15-7, to leading, 38-15. Biglerville 138-pounder Gabe May provided the Canners' second pin of the night, and 160-pounder Nate Newberry added one of his own in the final match of the night. Eli Tucky and Colton Sentz each secured major decisions, and Lopez was named wrestler of the night for a 5-0 decision over Damian Rodriguez.
“I had an expectation that would be the case tonight," Biglerville coach Nate Becker said of his team's success. "I believe in the kids I’m putting out there. It’s nice that they’re continuing to perform.”
The Canners face Hanover on Thursday and Littlestown on Tuesday before they meet rival Bermudian Springs next Thursday.
For Delone Catholic, the Squires — who have no seniors — still have their eyes on a district playoff spot. They entered Tuesday needing to move up two more spots by the end of next week to earn a spot.
Perkins and Brady Repasky each recorded pins for Delone Catholic in the loss, while 152-pounder Brian Shermeyer beat 2015 regional qualifier Scott Cooper, 2-0.
“We’re making strides, but we have to learn to win the close ones," Delone Catholic coach Frank Sneeringer said. "We’re not quite there. We know it. But we’re better than we were at the beginning of the year and we’ll be better next year.”
Biglerville 44, Delone Catholic 18
at Biglerville High School
170 — Zach Hart, DC, dec. Alex King, 7-5 (OT). 182 — Brady Repasky, DC, pinned Michael Southerly, 0:35. 195 — Colton Sentz, Big, maj. dec. Sean Sneeringer, 18-9. 220 — Victor Lopez, Big, dec. Damian Rodriguez, 5-0. 285 — Bryce Perkins, DC, pinned Alex Pirich, 0:45. 106 — Josh Tuckey, Big, won by forfiet. 113 — Eli Tuckey, Big, maj. dec. Andrew Knobloch, 8-0. 120 — Will Davis, Big, dec. Robert Partenza, 3-1. 126 — Mitchell Thomas, Big, pinned Dmitri Partenza, 1:59. 132 — Curtis Fouchie, Big, dec. Ryan Hart . 138 — Seth Getz, Big, dec. Cody Pfaff, 4-0. 145 — Gabe May, Big, pinned Brendan Quinn, 3:14. 152 — Brian Shermeyer, DC, dec. Scott Cooper, 2-0. 160 — Nate Newberry, Big, pinned Austin Little 0:37.