T-D HS Wrestling

Chestnut Ridge drops pair, bows out of state tourney

HERSHEY — District 5 champion Chestnut Ridge dropped a pair of dual meets and the Lions were eliminated from the PIAA Class AA team wrestling championship on Friday at the Giant Center.
District 3 champion Boiling Springs defeated the Lions 39-27 in Ridge’s first match of the day.
District 7 Burrell won a tight 31-26 match to eliminate Chestnut Ridge, which finished the two-day event with a 1-2 record.
“It’s tough competition. You have to wrestle your best,” Chestnut Ridge coach Greg Lazor said. “I don’t think we did wrestle our best. I think we lacked a sense of urgency. It seemed like we wrestled a little flat. I can’t understand it.”
Boiling Springs won the first two bouts at 195 and 220 to lead 9-0.
“Boiling Springs wrestled real well the night before. They beat Redbank Valley handily and they’re doing really well,” Lazor said. “They did a move to us early in the match that put us behind the 8-ball. They bumped their 182 to 195. They took a weak guy out of the lineup there and took away a possible pin. That set us up for a match at the end of the thing later. But they kind of got us on that one.”
Ridge answered with a win by Austin Buttry at 285, a technical fall by Aaron Burkett at 106, and a pin by Blake Dunlap at 113 to lead 14-9.
The Bubblers came back with five consecutive victories to take control.
The Lions’ Trent Crouse won by decision at 152. Kyle Winegardner won by major decision at 170. Conner Buttry closed the match with a pin in 45 seconds over Boiling Springs’ Arena Valentino.
Burrell and Chestnut Ridge battled in the elimination dual meet.
The Lions used a major decision by Burkett at 106 and a decision by Dunlap at 113 to lead 7-6.
Burrell then reeled off a pair of decision wins and a technical fall for a 17-6 advantage.
But Lazor’s squad responded with Derrick Claar’s major and a pin by Crouse to tie the match at 17-all.
Burrell won the next three bouts and added 14 points to its score before the Lions finished strong with Winegardner’s decision win and Conner Buttry’s pin at 195.
“Burrell won a couple close ones at 220 and 120,” Lazor said. “It could have went either way, a couple tough calls here and there.
“Burrell wanted it a little more. They wrestled with a sense of urgency. They wrestled a good match and deserved it.”
The Lions had some outstanding performances over two days.
“Kyle Winegardner had a nice weekend,” Lazor said. “He had a tough start in the first match but the next two matches he turned it on and wrestled tough. Crouse had a good weekend. He went undefeated, controlled his matches and beat some quality kids.”
Despite the setbacks on Friday, Lazor feels Chestnut Ridge will benefit from the tough competition.
“It’s always good to wrestle the state’s best,” Lazor said. “That’s what we had a chance to do. We saw some mistakes that we’re making honestly. Hopefully we can grow from that and improve as individuals.
“If it’s a question of would you rather rest or enjoy the grind, we’d rather enjoy the grind.”