BOILING SPRINGS — In the much-anticipated matchup of the District 3 Class 2A heavyweights, Boiling Springs took advantage of the matchups and smacked the Bermudian Springs Eagles 41-19 at Boiling Springs on Saturday afternoon.
Boiling Springs enters the District 3 Class 2A team competition on Wednesday as the No. 5 seed. They face off against No. 4 Hamburg at Upper Dauphin High School at 6. Bermudian Springs enters at No. 6 and faces off against No. 3 Northern Lebanon at Bishop McDevitt High School at 6.
“I am very happy with where we are at conditioning-wise,” Bubblers coach Rodney Wright said. “I thought our kids wrestled very well today. Starting at 160 wasn’t good, but we knew if we kept it close, we had what we wanted at the end. We got good wins from Zach Martin and [Nick Kostyak], and with Austin [Taylor] and Damon picking up wins, I felt pretty good. Peyton Stauffer did a good job of battling at 120 and not getting pinned.”
Bermudian Springs (14-6) won the coin toss, but both teams elected to send out second wrestlers at 160. Bermudian’s Tanner Althoff won the first match by fall in 1:48 over Andrew Uhler.
Up a weight, the Bubblers’ Zach Martin outlasted Trace Grim 3-0. Then Nick Kostyak won his match at 182 over Nate McCollum 9-3, forcing a 6-6 tie early in the meet.
The Eagles’ Chase Dull picked up a major decision win, 9-1, but Colby Tennyson did his best to fight off a fall in that match.
The Bubblers (9-0) won the next three matches to take an 18-10 lead as Austin Taylor picked up a quick fall at 1:24, Damon James an 8-1 decision, and lightweight Austin Mahoney a 4-0 decision.
Bermudian’s strength of Korey Smith and Landon West picked up nine points to take a brief 19-18 lead. Smith picked up a fall, and West gutted out a twisted ankle to win 8-6 over Peyton Stauffer.
“We expected two falls there at 113 and 120 but only got nine points,” Eagles coach Dave McCollum said. “We also expected to get points at heavyweight and possibly at 106. They are just a much better and more experienced team right now. We knew we were going to have to get some breaks and some luck but not today.”
The Bubblers middleweights picked up any slack. Collin Nestor rolled to a technical fall by a 22-7 score, and Jack Coulston earned a major decision before Lucas Shoop put on a takedown clinic to also earn a tech. fall, 16-2 at 4:28.
The Bubblers had the match wrapped up at 32-19 before Kollin Myers picked up another fall at 2:17 over Trenton Harder.
In the most entertaining match of the day, Kaidan Karper forced a 9-9 tie with a takedown with 20 seconds left against Darren Beall. In overtime, he picked up a takedown in the first 11 seconds for the win
“That was solid determination from Kaidan,” Wright said. “He hit the same move three times in a row, two in the final period and one in overtime to rally back to win that match.”