South Western High wrestling coach Brad Zeigler was disappointed Thursday night.
Sure, his Mustangs had just beaten Dover, 48-10, at South Western. But he thought their performance was lacking.
"I felt like we secured the points, but we didn't really go after it," Zeigler said. "I think we could've left more out there on the mat. We went from times where we were almost turning a guy and the guy got out of it. It was tough seeing that."
If it seems like he's chasing perfection, it's because he is. The Mustangs (6-2, 6-0 YAIAA II) join Spring Grove as the only unbeatens in their division. The two meet Feb. 24 at South Western to end the regular season.
And unless South Western wins out, the match likely won't mean much -- assuming Spring Grove stays undefeated. That's why the inability to turn decisions into major decisions or to pin is disheartening right now.
Mustangs senior Aram Moffitt agreed the team could use some improvement.
"Some of the kids didn't step up to what they would usually -- and I didn't either," he said. "But we'll get there."
To avoid losing, the Mustangs must not look ahead to Spring Grove in their next three division matches.
"The kids want that match more than anything," Zeigler said, "but sometimes we got to get them focused back on. Like tonight, I think we're thinking we're going to win out, and that's not (necessarily) the case. Any moment, Dover could've gotten some turnovers, and it would've been a battle."
Thursday's match wasn't much of one. Moffitt opened with a 17-7 major decision against Cameron Beckman at 220 pounds, and heavyweight Devon Ackerman (forfeit) and 106-pounder Owen Wherley (pin) added six points apiece for a 16-0 lead.
The Mustangs led 29-0 halfway through the match and would lose just two of the final seven bouts.
Eagles coach Brad Brosius was disappointed with his team's effort as it fell to 6-6 and 3-2 in YAIAA II.
"We got to get better," he said. "We got to get tougher. They're a good team, but we made them look a lot better than they were. There were matches we should've won that we didn't. We just got to keep working."
The Mustangs now turned their focus to New Oxford on Saturday and then to Susquehannock and then to Central York before playing host to Spring Grove. Zeigler said his team couldn't afford to look past the Colonials before its match against Spring Grove, something his wrestlers knew.
We have to "do whatever it takes to beat New Oxford first," Moffitt said. "You can't count anybody out. You always have to be ready for their best.
"I think the team has it to where we can take it to Spring Grove. I think we'll give them every last bit."
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at South Western
SOUTH WESTERN 48, DOVER 10
106 -- Owen Wherley, SW, pinned Kyle Beamer, 0:36; 113 -- Derek Wilson, SW, maj. decision Brandon Rodriguez, 18-5; 120 -- Cole Sterrett, SW, dec. Zack Pelkey, 7-2; 126 -- Aaron Doll, SW, dec. Merlin Paz, 6-2; 132 -- Brandon Huff, SW, dec. Calvin Anderson, 6-0; 138 -- Ross Drawbaugh, Do, maj. decision Nick Klecker, 12-4; 145 -- Gage Thomas, SW, dec. Derrick Wagaman, 9-3; 152 -- Bobby Wildasin, SW, dec. Logan Ambrose, 2-1; 160 --Gunner Holtz, SW, pinned Sebastian Teeple, 3:53; 170 --Brady Schultz, SW, maj. decision Brian Lehman, 15-4; 182 --Shaheed Mitchell, Do, pinned Aaron Custer, 2:51; 195 --A.J. Jones, SW, dec. Dan Bisking, 7-3; 220 -- Aram Moffitt, SW, maj. decision Cameron Beckman, 17-7; 285 -- Devon Ackerman, SW, won by forfeit.