Bermudian Springs High wrestling coach Dave McCollum won't celebrate Thursday night's win.

 

The Eagles beat Biglerville 39-20 to clinch the YAIAA Division II championship at Biglerville High School, but they face a likely rematch next week in the District 3 Class AA team tournament semifinals.

"There's no way I'm going to enjoy this," McCollum said. "We don't have time to enjoy this. We have to get better. We know we're right back here at the Cannerdome next Wednesday. It's going to be another slugfest next week."

That may seem like coach-speak after a 19-point win, but seven Eagles wins were by a total of 17 points. Canners coach Bob Gano recognized how close that margin was.

"There were (five) matches that we were one or two points behind," he said. "It's easy to make up 19 points. Do the math. It's simple. You win four of those matches. They know they can do that. We just didn't do it today. We got to be able to win close matches.

"(The Eagles) won where they needed to win. Late in those periods, we lost it. I can think of three or four individual matches that, under 10 seconds in the second period to make it not a good situation in the third period, situations we got to be able to capitalize on."

Eagles 152-pounder Jared Spahr started the close bouts with a 9-7 decision against Dustin Grubbs to open the match. Teammate Colton Dull followed two matches later with a 3-2 decision against Josh Asper, and Jake Slonaker beat Eric Showers 5-0 at 182 for a 9-5 lead the Eagles didn't lose.


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Brock Linebaugh (8-6 decision), Bayley Oberlander (7-3), Ted Marines (3-2) and Jake Ford (4-2) edged their opponents for the Eagles over the last nine matches.

The close wins come after a lackluster performance Saturday against Boiling Springs, which beat the Eagles 33-26. The Bubblers turned a loss by major decision into a loss by decision and used a reversal to win a decision, 2-1, after trailing 1-0 with about 10 seconds left, providing the seven-point margin that gave them a win.

McCollum spoke to his team about finishing matches, and the Eagles responded.

"I think Tuesday night was our best practice of the year," he said. "We just picked the intensity up Tuesday. I was a little perturbed. They felt the wrath a little bit.

"I didn't expect to win by 19. But those things happen when your team performs. Every kid went out and did their job tonight. We came and wrestled for once, finally."

Added Eagles junior Tristan Sponseller: "We got chewed out a little bit. Coming off that tough loss, you're upset about it. You take your frustrations out on the next team."

The Eagles (21-4, 9-0 YAIAA II) will likely face the Canners (23-2, 7-1) in the district semifinals Wednesday with the winner earning a berth in the PIAA Class AA team tournament. Thursday's win by the Eagles saved the teams from a likely matchup against Boiling Springs before the district championship.

"We got to look at every match and see what the kids could do better in every situation so we're ready for them next time," Sponseller said. "That's a lot of close matches."

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BERMUDIAN SPRINGS 39, BIGLERVILLE 20
   160 -- Tyler Lieberum, Big, tech. fall Ryan Starner, 4:00 (16-0); 170 -- Colton Dull, BeS, dec. Josh Asper, 3-2; 182 -- Jacob Slonaker, BeS, dec. Eric Showers, 5-0; 195 -- Tristan Sponseller, BeS, won by forfeit; 220 -- Brock Linebaugh, BeS, dec. Joe Hurda, 8-5; 285 -- Trevor Stover, Big, tech. fall Sam McCollum, 4:00 (20-5); 106 -- Bayley Oberlander, BeS, dec. Brady Mentzer, 7-3; 113 -- Nate Newberry, Big, maj. decision Chase Mueller, 14-1; 120 -- Dalton Becker, BeS, pinned Brock Asper, 1:31; 126 -- Ted Marines, BeS, dec. Scott Cooper, 3-2; 132 -- Jake Ford, BeS, dec. Colton McKinney, 4-2; 138 -- Jasper Hankey, Big, pinned Austin Jackson, 5:00; 145 -- Briton Shelton, BeS, won by forfeit; 152 -- Jared Spahr, BeS, dec. Dustin Grubbs, 9-7 SV.