After watching a 33-21 lead get whittled down to 33-30 with one match to go in its league opener Thursday night, the hopes of Hanover High's undefeated wrestling team fell to Ian Brown.
The junior delivered, pinning Delone's Jacob Kadis at 1:07 in the 145-pound match and giving the Nighthawks (3-0, 1-0 YAIAA II) a 39-30 victory in front of the home folks at the Hawk House.
"I know what I can do and what I want to do," Brown said. "I don't care if we're up 60 or in a close match. I know what I had to do, and I got it done."
Brown dominated the final bout, getting a takedown early and supplementing his lead with a five-second near fall. The pin only served to erase all doubt in the final outcome.
"There's nothing better than finishing with a pin," said Brown. "I just stacked him up and did a move that is called the 'ball-and-chain'."
Brown was the 2012 District 3 Class AA runner-up at 126 pounds last year and also placed fourth on the PIAA Tournament.
Brown's win stopped the deluge of Delone momentum that the Squire grapplers gained from consecutive wins in the 132- and 138-pound bouts.
With Delone (0-3, 0-3) trailing 33-21, sophomore Mark Evich trailed 12-5 entering the final period of the 132-pound bout with Hanover's Devon Bell.
Needing a win of any kind to keep the Delone victory hopes alive, Evich staged a massive rally. Starting the period in the bottom position, Evich escaped easily and stood up. After some grappling, he earned a takedown, and then gained complete control of Bell with a minute left.
Bell scrambled and used his legs to fight off the pin and maintain a 12-11 lead, but Evich was awarded a three-point near fall at the buzzer to earn a decision and three team points.
"They didn't get pins where I thought they would," Hanover head coach Dave Cataldo said. "At 132, Devin Bell actually did a really nice job. He had that match won going into the final period."
"That's one of those where Mark went after it," Delone head coach Frank Sneeringer said. "He's in shape and he just kept pushing the kid. When you're in shape and you push someone, anything can happen."
Delone grabbed the next match too, with Alex Little pinning Zachary Barnes in 1:57, making Cataldo sweat a little before the last match.
"I was real worried about what was going to happen," Cataldo said.
Sneeringer, however, felt his team's fate was already sealed.
"When they have Ian Brown last," Sneeringer said, "the numbers aren't going to add up. I think we needed that 170-pound bout and a pin somewhere."
Hanover's Josh Martin defeated Josh Sneeringer in an intense, defensive match at 170, giving Hanover a 9-6 lead.
Delone then won the next three matches, with Matt Lentz securing a decision and Joe Post and David Zinn earning pins to put the Squires up 21-9.
Hanover then won four in a row, with a spirited, yet lopsided bout at 113 going to Giuliano Graziosi via pin despite the winning grappler sustaining a bloody nose.
HANOVER 39, DELONE CATHOLIC 30
152 -- Tyler Shafer, Han, pinned Matt Nield, 1:42; 160 -- Lucas Shull, DC, won by forfeit; 170 -- Josh Martin, Han, dec. Josh Sneeringer, 6-4; 182 -- Matt Lentz, DC, dec. Cody Glatfelter, 8-3; 195 -- Joe Post, DC, pinned Logan Hamm, 1:24; 220 -- David Zinn, DC, pinned Tyler Wentz, 1:50; 285 -- Ryan Bowman, Han, won by forfeit; 106 -- No bout; 113 -- Giuliano Graziosi, Han, pinned Antonio Ugarte, 5:08; 120 -- Caleb Garland, Han, pinned Joe Cassella, 1:12; 126 -- Travis Golden, Han, pinned Jacob Smith, 0:31; 132 -- Mark Evich, DC, dec. Devon Bell, 14-12; 138 -- Alex Little, DC, pinned Zachary Barnes, 1:57; 145 -- Ian Brown, Han, pinned Jacob Kadis, 1:07.