The 2012-13 YAIAA wrestling season has been a tale of two dominant teams in Division II, as Bermudian Springs and Biglerville set themselves apart from their league competition from the get-go.
With the regular season winding down, Bermudian Springs took another step toward a division title Tuesday evening at Bermudian Springs High School, while also etching its name in the history books.
The Eagles' 72-6 dismantling of York Suburban, YAIAA Division II's third-place team entering Tuesday, was the 500th win in program history.
"I'm really excited about our school joining the 500-win club," Bermudian head coach Dave McCollum said. "It's elite company."
McCollum has been at the helm for most of the 500 wins. The program began in 1970 under the guidance of head coach Ken Bottorf and principal Bob Reed and, in 1978, McCollum took over and his been head coach ever since.
This particular Eagles' win featured nine victories by pin for the home squad.
Bermudian led, 12-0, after Dalton Becker and Jake Ford earned decisions at 120 and 132, respectively, while Ted Marines got a pin in the 126 match.
Things really began to pick up for the Eagles after Austin Jackson was awarded the 138 bout by forfeit.
The Eagles picked up pins in eight of the next nine matches, with the pin-fest starting in the 145 match when Briton Shelton pinned Suburban's Liam McWilliams.
Shelton was up, 12-1, on McWilliams in the second quarter when McWilliams attempted an ankle pick of the left leg of Shelton.
With his left leg in the grasp of McWilliams and hoisted to waist level, Shelton hopped around on one foot to keep his balance. Shelton closed the distance between him and McWilliams and then, with his leg still in the air, Shelton toppled his opponent to the ground and shortly thereafter recorded the pin.
Suburban's Akil Boatwright battled into the second quarter at 152 before giving up the pin to Jared Spahr, making it 30-0 in favor of Bermudian.
In three of the next four contested bouts, the Bermudian wrestler drew first blood in the opening 25 seconds.
Colton Dull scored a takedown five seconds in at 160 before pinning David DeAlva with 50.9 seconds left in the opening period.
Jake Slonaker won by forfeit at 170 for the Eagles, and Tristan Sponseller took just 36 seconds to earn a pin at 182.
Brock and Brady Linebaugh, Noah Yates and Bayley Oberlander won the next four matches by pin for Bermudian to make it 72-0.
York Suburban junior Tyler Zarcone broke up the shutout with his pin of Joe Barnabe in the 113 match, the final match of the evening.
"That was huge," Suburban head coach Brian Gentzyel said of Zarcone's win. "We got beat pretty good by both Biglerville and Bermudian, but we ended both with wins."
"(The biggest positive) is that we didn't quit," Gentzyel added. "Most of (our wrestlers) knew what was probably going to happen tonight."
The Eagles now focus on Saturday's home match with District 3's number one-ranked Class AA team, Boiling Springs. Also on the horizon is next Thursday's season-ending match at Biglerville, which will likely decide the Division II title.
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BERMUDIAN SPRINGS 72, Y. SUBURBAN 6
120 -- Dalton Becker, BeS, dec. Dustin Knaub, 11-4; 126 -- Ted Marines, BeS, pinned Steve Gomez, 1:49; 132 -- Jake Ford, BeS, dec. Andrew Thoman, 5-2; 138 -- Austin Jackson, BeS, won by forfeit; 145 -- Briton Shelton, BeS, pinned Liam McWilliams, 3:31; 152 -- Jared Spahr, BeS, pinned Akil Boatwright, 2:43; 160 -- Colton Dull, BeS, pinned David DeAlva, 1:09; 170 -- Jake Slonaker, BeS, won by forfeit; 182 -- Tristan Sponseller, BeS, pinned Austin Kling, 0:36; 195 -- Brock Linebaugh, BeS, pinned William Peters, 1:17; 220 -- Brady Linebaugh, BeS, pinned Daniel Strong, 2:57; 285 -- Noah Yates, BeS, pinned Bryan Baer, 2:33;106 -- Bayley Oberlander, BeS, pinned Austin McMillan, 2:38; 113 -- Tyler Zarcone, YS, pinned Joe Barnabe, 0:41.