It was a performance typical of this season's Spring Grove wrestling team.
Lots of close matches, little fanfare, some program history and, in the end, another title.
The Rockets easily took the team championship of the District 3 Class AAA Section V wrestling tournament at South Western, its sixth consecutive first-place finish in the annual event that kicks off the scholastic individual postseason.
The YAIAA Division I champions qualified 11 competitors to next week's District 3 championships, going 4-for-7 in the finals with gold-medal performances from Zack Clingan (120), Dakota Laughman (132), Mason Bentzel (145) and Alex Guinn (220). The Rockets amassed 187.5 points.
"We had a great tournament. The kids wrestled really tough," Rocket coach Tony Miller said. "I was impressed with the ones who took a loss and came back to win (in consolations)."
Dallastown and South Western tied for second place, a whopping 67.5 points behind Spring Grove. Three Wildcats -- Rodney Sunday (126), Tanner Druck (152) and Cooper Deller (182) -- came away with titles, while Derek Wilson (113) and Devon Ackerman (285) won gold for the Mustangs.
Spring Grove won a large number of close bouts throughout the day, especially in the finals, where the most points scored by a Rocket wrestler was six.
Zack Clingan earned his second sectional title with a 6-2 decision over Dallastown's Nick Shields at 126. Earlier in the day, Clingan became the first junior in program history to hit the century mark in career wins.
Senior Derek Carlisle also won his 100th match for Spring Grove earlier in the day, ending a bit of a competition.
"They were in a race for it. ... It's really nice to do that at home," Miller said.
In avenging earlier losses, Bentzel and Guinn were the lone championship winners who weren't No. 1 seeds.
The No. 2-seeded Bentzel defeated West York's top-seeded Garrett Stauffer, 3-1, on a first-period takedown to win at 145. Guinn, seeded third at 220, made a third-period escape stand up as the difference in a 3-2 victory against No. 1 seed Aram Moffitt of South Western, also avenging an earlier loss.
All three Wildcat winners turned in dominating finals performances.
At 126, Sunday scored 17 straight points to earn a technical fall over West York's Noah Townsley in 4:12.
Deller recorded his third pin of the day in the 182-pound final, decking Shaheed Mitchell of Dover in 3:03. The senior's first title capped an impressive performance that featured his 100th career victory.
Druck took an early lead over Tyler Miller of Spring Grove in their 152-pound championship bout before getting the fall with 22 seconds left in the second period. It was the third sectional crown for the top seed.
Kennard-Dale's Pat Scarborough also made his third appearance in a sectional final. However, after two silver medals, the Ram junior came away with a gold this time, edging Mike Hartman of Spring Grove, 4-2, in the tiebreaker.
Tied at two, the pair wrestled a scoreless overtime period. Hartman narrowly missed a reversal at the buzzer of the first 30-second tiebreaker. Scarborough was then able to slip out the Rocket junior's grasp with just four seconds left in the second tiebreaker to earn the win.
"I was a little scared there. I knew I had to hold on," said Scarborough of the near reversal. "It feels amazing (to win). Sectionals have been driving me crazy."
Ram coach Mike Balestrini said he sees the title as a result of confidence.
"He's improved mentally this year," he said. "I think Powerade (tournament in December) was a turning point for (Scarborough). He knew he could hang with all those kids who placed."
Chance Marsteller, Scarborough's Ram teammate, and Eastern York's Alex Cooley remained unbeaten this year with championships Saturday.
Marsteller (32-0) pinned Jeb Payne of Northeastern in 28 seconds to claim the 160-pound weight class while Cooley, in his first year at the Class AAA level, spent only 50 seconds total on the mat in his two earlier wins before recording a 10-3 decision over Dallastown's Zaire Lawrence at 195.
Central York freshman Dylan Chatterton won the 106-pound crown, getting two back points in the second period for a 2-0 win over fellow ninth grader Owen Wherley of South Western.
Red Lion's Tyler Schell began his attempt for reach the state tournament again by winning the 170-pound weight class. The Lion senior narrowly beat West York's Kyle Narber, 5-4, on a third-period escape.
CLASS AAA SECTION V
Results from Saturday's District 3 Class AAA Section V
at South Western:
106 -- Mike Rudisill, NO, pinned Morgan Schaszberger, RL, 4:28; Tanner Sterner, SG, pinned Brenon Stauffer, YT, 1:36; Johnny Vidal, EY, pinned Bryce Jones, WY, :28.
120 -- Sam Sterner, WY, dec. Zach Pelky, Do, 4-2, OT; Ryan Sprenkle, RL, pinned Zach Musser, Ne, 5:21; Colin Riley, Sus, pinned Mason McLasky, EY, 2:43.
126 -- Guy Nitchman, NO, tech. fall over Tyler Martin, YT, 4:10 (19-2); Calvin Anderson, Do, major dec. Steve Gomez, YS, 15-2; Xavier Musti, CY, pinned Aaron Doll, SW, 7:52 TB; Abe Holmes, Ne, dec. Donald Smith, RL, 3-2.
132 -- Brandon Huff, SW, dec. Richard Blane, CY, 4-2; Toby Barnhart, EY, pinned Merlin Paz, Do, :37; Andrew Toman, YS, pinned Jack Marks, Dt, 1:40; Nathan Deboard, KD, pinned Derik Rodgers, Sus, 1:08; Cody Stern, RL, major dec. Allen Stauffer, WY, 13-2.
138 -- Jordan Dehoff, YT, pinned Matthew Hudak, YS, 5:50; Nolan Poust, NO, pinned Allen Bull, Sus, :42; Levi Eisenhart, Ne, major dec. Steven Clawson, CY, 15-4; Ryan Narber, WY, dec. Nick Klecker, SW, 6-5.
145 -- Slade Storm, NO, pinned Liam McWilliams, YS, 2:35; Gage Thomas, SW, dec. Isaiah Dickson, CY, 5-3.
152 -- Donald Crabill, CY, pinned Sebastian Teeple, Do, 3:20; Camron Stewart, YT, pinned Akil Boatwright, YS, 2:53; Bobby Wildasin, SW, pinned Juan Gordillo, Sus, 1:02; Jacob Oliver, WY, dec. Nate VanGorder, RL, 7-2; Chris Hurt, KD, dec. Abram Sowers, EY, 6-5.
160 -- Leonard Parker, CY, pinned Andrew Stenshorn, Do, 5:06; Tyler White, Sus, pinned Eli Myers, NO, 1:52; Zach Smith, WY, dec. Gunner Holtz, SW, 5-3; Bailey Druck, DT, dec. Rodney Eid, RL 9-2.
170 -- Brady Shultz, SW, pinned Brian Lehman, Do, 1:32; Dillon Mackley, WY, pinned Kyle Ilgenfritz, YT, 2:34; Nick Yinger, Ne, pinned Robbie Jones, KD, 3:25; Ray Wenger, Sus, pinned Hunter Wagner, CY, 5:30; Luke Baldwin, Dt, pinned George Bell, NO, 1:47.
182 -- Will Peters, YS, pinned Logan Minnich, CY, 3:11; Logan Bowman, SW, pinned Stone Hill, RL, 3:07; Zach Ilgenfritz, EY, pinned Connor Rhodes, NO, 1:33; Peter Gordineer, Ne, pinned Jared Gemmill, 3:32; Hunter Stokes,KD, pinned Kyle Chesnavage, YT, 3:00.
195 -- Derrick Stahl, Ne, pinned Jacob Phillips, YT, :56; Alex Jones, SW, dec. Nathaniel Stephens, CY, 8-2; Jared Schell, RL, dec. Harley Eagle, KD, 8-5; Dan Bisking, do, dec. Tyler Beckner, 3-2, TB.
220 -- Anthony Moser, RL, pinned Kris Phennacie, Dt, 3:20; Dan Strong, YS, pinned Cody Gladstone, KD, 1:28; Trey Altland, NO, pinned Jeb Walston, CY, 5:48.
285 -- Matt Gaynor, Dy, pinned Anthony Leese, Ne, 3:14; Hunter Scheivert, WY, pinned Lee Dice, EY, 1:42.
106 -- Dylan Chatterton, CY, pinned Rudisill, NO, 3:12; Brandon Rodriguez, Do, pinned Austin McMillan, :38; Michael Bracey, KD, dec. Sterner, SG, 6-4; Owen Wherley, SW, pinned Vidal, EY, :57.
113 -- Derek Wilson, SW, dec. Andrew Pierce, Dt, 6-2; Troy Jones, KD, pinned Tyler Zarcone, YS, 1:26; Lake Laughman, NO, dec. Matt Houck, CY, 9-2; Derek Carlisle, SG, pinned Kyler Beamer, Do, :57.
120 -- Zack Clingan, SG, tech. fall over Sterner, WY, 3:26 (16-0); Cole Sterrett, SW, dec. Dustin Knaub, YS, 2-1; Nick Shields, Dt, pinned Sprenkle, RL, 3:38; Sam Butler, CY, major dec. Riley, Sus, 9-0.
126 -- Rodney Sunday, Dt, pinned Nitchman, NO, 1:40; Anderson, Do, dec. Zach Holloway, Sus, 8-1; Alec Zorbaugh, SG, dec. Musti, CY, 9-3; Noah townsley, WY, tech. fall over Holmes, Ne, 4:07 (16-1).
132 -- Dakota Laughman, SG, pinned Huff, SW, :36; Toman, YS, pinned Barnhart, EY, 2:50; Deboard, KD, dec. Gary Hake, VT, 3-2; Joel Zepp, NO, major dec. Stern, RL, 16-7.
138 -- Pat Scarborough, KD, pinned Dehoff, YT, 1:04; Ross Drawbaugh, Do, dec. Poust, NO, 7-4; Mike Hartman, SG, major dec. Eisenhart, Ne, 9-0; Wes Hoover, Dt, dec. Narber, WY, 7-1.
145 -- Garrett Stauffer, WY, major dec. Storm, NO, 10-2; Logan Ambrose, Do, dec. Mike Dumczyk, EY, 11-4; Austin Holloway, RL tech. fall over Brandon Nikolaus, YT, 5:31 (17-2); Mason Bentzel, SG, pinned Thomas, SW, 5:32.
152 -- Tanner Druck, Dt, dec. Crabill, CY, 15-8; Wildasin, SW, dec. Stewart, YT, 2-1; Tyler Miller, SG, dec. Oliver, WY, 9-2; Shane Hoff, NO, dec. Hurt, KD, 8-2.
160 -- Chance Marsteller, KD, tech. fall over Parker, CY, 3:35 (24-7); White, Sus, pinned Dyland Hartlaub, YT, 5:59; Austin Barley, SG, pinned Smith, WY, :19; Jeb Payne, Ne, pinned Druck, Dt, 2:21.
170 -- Tyler Schell, RL, dec. Shultz, SW, 6-0; Mackley, EY, dec. Yinger, Ne, 3-1; Jonathan Gross, SG, pinned Wenger, Sus, :37; Kyler Narber, WY, dec. Baldwin, Dt, 11-6.
182 -- Cooper Deller, Dt, pinned Peters, YS, :55; Bowman, SW, major dec. Ilgenfritz, EY, 9-0; Shaheed Mitchell, Do, tech. fall over Gordineer, Ne, 3:25 (16-1); Andy Melhorn, SG, dec. Stokes, KD, 5-1.
195 -- Alex Cooley, EY, pinned Stahl, Ne, :21; Jones, SW, pinned Austin Kling, YS, 3:33; Charlie Hoffman, NO, dec. Schell, RL, 7-2; Zaire Lawrence, Dt, dec. Bisking, Do, 8-2.
220 -- Aram Mofffitt, SW, pinned Moser, RL, 1:32 Camden Stoops, EY, pinned Jevenson Villanueva, YT, :37; Alex Guinn, SG, pinned Strong, YS, :13; Jacob Gemmill, WY, pinned Altland, NO, 2:07.
285 -- Devon Ackerman, SW, pinned Gaynor, Dt, 1:31; Brock Hartman, NO, pinned Adam Dell, Sus, 2:17; Cameron Beckman, Do, dec. Mike Lentz, SG, 8-2; Chaim Smith, YS, pinned Scheivert, WY, 5:23.
106 -- Chatterton, CY, major dec. Rodriguez, Do, 14-3; Wherley, SW, pinned Bracey, KD, 3:22.
113 -- Wilson, SW, major dec. Jones, KD, 12-3; Carlisle, SG, dec. Laughman, NO, 3-1. 120 -- Clingan, SG, major dec. Sterrett, SW, 9-0; Shields, Dt, dec. Butler, CY, 1-0. 126 -- Sunday, Dt, tech. fall over Anderson, Do, 4:35 (16-1); Townsley, WY, dec. Zorbaugh, SG, 8-4. 132 -- Laughman, SG, pinned Toman, YS, 3:06; Zepp, NO, tech. fall over Deboard, KD, 5:23 (16-1). 138 -- Scarborough, KD, dec. Drawbaugh, Do, 7-4; Hartman, SG, dec. Hoover, Dt, 2-0. 145 -- Stauffer, WY, dec. Ambrose, Do, 10-3; Bentzel, SG, pinned Holloway, RL, 5:28. 152 -- Druck, Dt, dec. Wildasin, SW, 7-0; Miller, SG, dec. Hoff, NO, 3-1, OT. 160 -- Marsteller, KD, pinned White, Sus, 1:10; Payne, Ne, dec. Barley, SG, 3-2. 170 -- Schell, RL, major dec. Mackley, EY, 8-0; Narber, WY, dec. Gross, SG, 10-9. 182 -- Deller, Dt, pinned Bowman, SW, 1:23; Mitchell, Do, dec. Melhorn, SG, 5-1. 195 -- Cooley, EY, pinned Jones, SW, :29; Lawrence, Dt, dec. Hoffman, NO, 5-0. 220 -- Moffitt, SW, dec. Stoops, EY, 3-2, UTB; Guinn, SG, dec. Gemmill, WY, 3-1. 285 -- Ackerman, SW, pinned Hartman, NO, 3:47; Smith, YS, dec. Beckman, Do, 3-1.
106 -- Rudisill, NO, pinned McMillan, YS, 1:32; Sterner, SG, pinned Vial, EY, 4:20. 113 -- Pierce, DT, major dec. Zarcone, YS, 10-2; Houck, CY, dec. Beamer, Do, 6-1. 120 -- Sterner, WY, dec. Knaub, YS, 7-1; Riley, Sus, dec. Sprenkle, RL, 5-2. 126 -- Nitchman, NO, dec. Holloway, Sus, 4-2, OT; Musti, CY, dec. Holmes, Ne, 4-3. 132 -- Barnhart, EY, major dec. Huff, SW, 18-5; Hake, VT, dec. Stern, RL, 9-2. 138 -- Poust, NO, pinned Dehoff, YT, 1:30; Narber, WY, dec. Eisenhart, Ne, 10-4. 145 -- Storm, NO, dec. Dumczyk, EY, 5-0; Thomas, SW, major dec.. Nikolaus, YT, 11-3. 152 -- Crabill, CY, dec. Stewart, YT, 5-4; Oliver, WY, dec. Hurt, KD, 11-7. 160 -- Parker, CY, dec. Hartlaub, YT, 7-0; Druck, Dt, dec. Smith, WY, 7-5. 170 -- Shultz, SW, dec. Yinger, Ne, 3-2; Baldwin, Dt, pinned Wenger, Sus, 3:03. 182 -- Peters, YS, won by injury default over Ilgenfritz, EY, :01; Stokes, KD, dec. Gordineer, Ne, 2-0. 195 -- Stahl, Ne, dec. Kling, YS, 8-2; Bisking, Do, dec. Schell, RL, 2-1. 220 -- Villanueva, YT, pinned Moser, RL, 4:14; Strong, YS, pinned Altland, NO, 3:09. 285 -- Dell, Sus, pinned Gaynor, Dt, 2:28; Lentz, SG, pinned Scheivert, WY, 4:35.
106 -- Bracey, KD, dec. Rudisill, NO, 7-1; Rodriguez, Do, dec. Sterner, SG, 14-7. 113 -- Laughman, NO, dec. Pierce, Dt, 2-1; Jones, KD, dec. Houck, CY, 8-1. 120 -- Butler, CY, dec. Sterner, WY, 6-1; Sterrett, SW, dec. Riley, Sus, 8-5. 126 -- Zorbaugh, SG, pinned Nitchman, NO, 2:59; Musti, CY, won by injury default over Anderson, Do, 4:56. 132 -- Deboard, KD, major dec. Barnhart, EY, 16-2; Hake, VT, pinned Thoman, YS, 4:43. 138 -- Hoover, Dt, dec. Poust, NO, 6-3; Drawbaugh, Do, major dec. Narber, WY, 12-4. 145 -- Storm, NO, pinned Holloway, RL, 4:37; Thomas, SW, dec. Ambrose, Do, 4-3. 152 -- Crabill, CY, dec. Hoff, NO, 8-3; Wildasin, SW, major dec. Oliver, WY, 11-3. 160 -- Barley, SG, dec. Parker, CY, 9-3; White, Sus, dec. Druck, Dt, 8-4. 170 -- Gross, SG, dec. Shultz, SW, 5-0; Baldwin, Dt, pinned Mackley, EY, 1:54. 182 -- Melhorn, SG, pinned Peters, YS, 4:01; Bowman, SW, dec. Stokes, KD, 3-1. 195 -- Hoffman, NO, pinned Stahl, Ne, 2:27; Jones, SW, dec. Bisking, Do, 6-4. 220 -- Gemmill, WY, major dec. Villanueva, YT, 11-0; Stoops, EY, pinned Strong, YS, :29. 285 -- Hartman, NO, pinned Lentz, SG, 4:15; Dell, Sus, dec. Beckman, Do, 4-3.
(Winner advances to District 3 Championships)
106 -- Rodriguez, Do, pinned Bracey, KD, 1:55. 113 -- Laughman, NO, majo dec. Jones, KD, 13-3. 120 -- Butler, CY, dec. Sterrett, SW, 2-0. 126 -- Zorbaugh, SG, dec. Musti, CY, 3-2. 132 -- Hake, VT, dec.Deboard, KD, 3-2. 138 -- Hoover, Dt, dec. Drawbaugh, Do, 3-1. 145 -- Storm, NO, dec. Thomas, SW, 3-0. 152 -- Wildasin, SW, dec. Crabill, CY, 4-3. 160 -- Barley, SG, dec. White, Sus, 7-3. 170 -- Gross, SG, pinned Baldwin, Dt, 4:11. 182 -- Melhorn, SG, pinned Bowman, SW, 2:57. 195 -- Hoffman, NO, dec. Jones, SW, 7-4. 220 -- Stoops, EY, dec. Gemmill, WY, 5-1. 285 -- Hartman, NO, dec. Dell, Do, 2-1.
(Both wrestlers advance to District 3 Championships)
106 -- Chatterton, CY, dec. Wherley, SW, 2-0. 113 -- Wilson, SW, dec. Carlisle, SG, 4-3, TB. 120 -- Clingan, SG, dec. Shields, Dt, 6-2. 126 -- Sunday, Dt, tech. fall over Townsley, WY, 4:12 (17-2). 132 -- Laughman, SG, dec. Zepp, NO, 5-4. 138 -- Scarborough, KD, dec. Hartman, SG, 4-2, TB. 145 -- Bentzel, SG, dec. Stauffer, WY, 3-1. 152 -- Druck, Dt, pinned Miller, SG, 3:38. 160 -- Marsteller, KD, pinned Payne, Ne, :28. 170 -- Schell, RL, dec. Narber, WY, 5-4. 182 -- Deller, Dt, pinned Mitchell, Do, 3:03. 195 -- Cooley, EY, dec. Lawrence, Dt, 10-3. 220 -- Guinn, SG, dec. Moffitt, SW, 3-2. 285 -- Ackerman, SW, pinned Smith, YS, 4:55.
1. Spring Grove (SG), 187.5; 2. tie, Dallastown (Dt), and South Western (SW), 120; 4. New Oxford (NO), 74.5; 5. Kennard-Dale (KD), 68.5; 6. West York (WY), 57.5; 7. Central York (CY), 48; 8. Dover (Do), 44.5; 9. Eastern York (EY), 40; 10. York Suburban (YS), 26; 11. Red Lion (RL), 22.5; 12. tie, Susquehannock (Sus), and Northeastern (Ne), 17; 14. York Tech (YT), 14.