Boiling Springs High wrestling coach Rodney Wright paused when asked the question.

His Bubblers had just beaten Bermudian Springs, 32-31, earning a point on criterion of most bouts won, to win the District 3 Class AA team championship Saturday for the third consecutive year. They did so without heavyweight Noah Davis, who earned a pin when the two teams wrestled two weeks earlier.

Considering the Bubblers beat the Eagles, 33-26, back then and were suffering a 12-point swing, how did his team earn yet another win in the series?

"I don't know," he finally said. "I really don't."

Bubblers sophomore Grant Bond, whose 14-1 major against Dalton Becker sealed the match, had a simple response to the question his coach couldn't answer.

Bermudian Springs’ Briton Shelton, left, wrestles  Boiling Springs’ Tyler Kauffman in the 145-pound bout in the District 3 Class AA team
Bermudian Springs' Briton Shelton, left, wrestles Boiling Springs' Tyler Kauffman in the 145-pound bout in the District 3 Class AA team championship. Boiling Springs defeated Bermudian Springs, 32-31. (Daily Record/Sunday News -- Chris Dunn)

"We know we can do it," Bond said. "We all know we have to do it for each other. We want to do it for each other. All (Wright) has to say is do your job."

Tyler Kauffman and Anton Morrow -- at 145 and 170 pounds, respectively -- did just that.

Kauffman lost a major decision to Eagles sophomore Briton Shelton when they last wrestled, but his 8-6 sudden victory provided a seven-point swing Saturday.

"I thought '45 was a big swing match," Eagles coach Dave McCollum said. "It looked like (Shelton) was possibly going to score at the end of a scramble in overtime. Shelton had been wrestling well. That's a weight we're used to winning."

The Eagles were in a good position to win at 170 as well. Morrow was wrestling his first match after suffering an injury in the first week -- in Hershey, no less -- and the Eagles had long-time starter Jake Slonaker.

Slonaker took a 2-0 lead, but Morrow closed with four consecutive points for the 4-2 decision.

McCollum was upset Slonaker didn't receive a pin when Slonaker was bridging while lying on his back on top of Morrow, who was also on his back.

Boiling Springs’ Grant Bond, top, wrestles Bermudian Springs’ Dalton Becker in the 120-pound bout in the District 3 Class AA team championship
Boiling Springs' Grant Bond, top, wrestles Bermudian Springs' Dalton Becker in the 120-pound bout in the District 3 Class AA team championship match on Saturday. (Daily Record/Sunday News -- Chris Dunn)

"I'm stunned we didn't get the pin call right in front of us," McCollum said. "The kid was laying flat on his back. It's any part of the shoulder blades. The lower part of the shoulder blades were in the mat. They were flat. That's the hardest part of the sport, when you don't get the call."

The Eagles were also hurt when 182-pounder Tristan Sponseller was unable to secure anything more than a 7-1 decision. He earned a pin the last time the teams faced each other.

Sponseller chose to wrestle on bottom in the third period, when it seemed choosing top or neutral would allow him a greater opportunity to induce a pin or gain bonus points.

"Tristan is good at getting neutral and attacking," McCollum said. "His strength, he gets off the bottom, comes back at you and gets you."

Added Wright, who was a three-time state champion: "That was big. I wrestle Kyle (Taylor, Sponseller's opponent) all the time. He got Coach the other day at practice a little bit. You don't get too many up on Coach. That kid's tough to turn. He's very strong. When he gets a hold of your leg, he's like a leech."

The loss forces the Eagles into a PIAA Class AA Team Tournament preliminary-round match against Mount Union at 7 p.m. Monday at Bermudian Springs. Mount Union lost 53-18 in the Juniata Duals championship to Biglerville, which the Eagles have beaten twice.

But they could've avoided the match by winning Saturday.

"It's disappointing no matter what happens," McCollum said. "You're in the district finals. You want to win. We easily could've won. You get one swing match and it's ours. We came up short."

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at Milton Hershey
BOILING SPR. 32, BERM. SPRINGS 31
Boiling Springs wins on criterion 4
   126 -- Kyle Shoop, BoS, dec. Ted Marines, 6-0; 132 -- Andrew Mellott, BoS, maj. decision Jake Ford, 11-0; 138 -- Austin Jackson, BeS, pinned Travis Wickard, 0:52; 145 -- Tyler Kauffman, BoS, dec. Briton Shelton, 8-6 SV; 152 -- John Vaughn, BoS, dec. Jared Spahr, 11-4; 160 -- Colton Dull, BeS, maj. decision Connor Murphy, 11-2; 170 -- Anton Morrow, BoS, dec. Jake Slonaker, 4-2; 182 -- Tristan Sponseller, BeS, dec. Kyle Taylor, 7-1; 195 -- Brock Linebaugh, BeS, pinned Nate Gouhin, 1:33; 220 -- Sam McCollum, BeS, won by forfeit; 285 -- Calvin Barrick, BoS, pinned Noah Hakes, 2:37; 106 -- Bayley Oberlander, BeS, pinned Jon Day, 1:19; 113 -- Korbin Myers, BoS, tech. fall Chase Mueller, 4:50 (18-3); 120 -- Grant Bond, BoS, maj. decision Dalton Becker, 14-1.