Tim Hines was about to get pinned.
On senior night.
Against his school’s biggest rival.
Instead, Hines got off of his back, rallied from a big deficit and helped Meyersdale beat Berlin Brothersvalley 34-30 and earn the third seed in the District 5 Class AA Duals.
“After I got put on my back, I realized I was about to lose,” Hines said. “I decided I had to come back, and I did.”
His team was already trailing 9-3 after three matches, and if Hines had gotten pinned by Berlin’s Trevor Moore at 170, the Red Raiders (9-3) could have been in big trouble. Instead, he came back for a 10-7 lead that ignited the standing-room-only crowd.
“It was difficult not to come up with a fall there in the first period,” Berlin coach Jason Cornell said. “That was one of those pivotal matches we had to win”
Another senior, Billy Dunbar, gave Meyersdale a 12-9 lead by pinning Shane Pepper at 182 pounds. The victory was especially sweet for Dunbar, who wrestled for the Mountaineers earlier in his career.
“It felt nice to beat Meyersdale when I went to Berlin, but now that I come to Meyersdale, it does feel better,” he said. “It feels a lot better.”
Berlin (11-2) was without Stew Trulick, who had a big bandage on his forehead, and had to give up a forfeit to Gavin Berkley at 195 pounds, but the Mountaineers got 12 points as Meyersdale, forfeited at 220 and 285 pounds.
Once the lineup flipped over, Meyersdale seized control. Trevor Thomas pinned Emil Kiesnowski at 106 and Billy Charlton did the same to Tommy DeArmitt at 113 to give the Red Raiders a 30-21 lead.
Berlin’s Joe Swank was only able to manage a 7-0 decision over Brady McKenzie at 120 pounds and Collin Day almost assured Meyersdale of a victory with his 15-5 major decision of E.J. Custer at 126.
“I knew I had to get the bonus point to help the team,” said Day, a senior who was wrestling his first home match since picking up his 100th career victory earlier this month.
Berlin’s Chris Miller edged Tanner Hetrick, 5-3, on a late takedown and Braden Fochtman beat Hunter Lantz by the same score, but it wasn’t enough for the Mountaineers.
“There were a bunch of
Meyersdale guys that wrestled their butts off tonight,” Cornell said. “Congratulations to them.”
The dual meet started with Seth Deist’s 2-1 victory over Eric Darr at 145 pounds. Berlin tied it on Blake Miller’s 9-5 decision over David Stanton at 152 before Bryce Fochtman pinned Austin Imler to give the Mountaineers’ their first lead.
Meyersdale will host Northern Bedford in a District 5 quarterfinal match on Thursday while Berlin drops to the fourth seed and will host No. 5 North Star. The winners advance to Saturday’s semifinals at top-seeded Chestnut Ridge.
Tim Hines was about to get pinned.
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Bishop Carroll boys continue in playoffs
Bishop Carroll trailed just once on Friday in its PIAA Class A first-round contest against Clarion-Limestone at Richland High School.
After that early 3-0 deficit, the Huskies never looked back rolling to a dominating 81-42 victory over the Lions.
North Catholic rolls over Berlin in Class A
Berlin Brothersvalley had a hot start and an uptempo finish in the PIAA Class A boys’ basketball playoffs on Friday night at Pitt-Johnstown.
But Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic rode 6-foot-9 senior center Dominic Robb inside, and used an 11-0 spurt to open the third quarter to pull away in a 56-44 victory at the Sports Center.
Somerset eliminated from Class AAA tourney
Lancaster Mennonite unleashed its offensive arsenal against Somerset on Friday night in first-round PIAA Class AAA basketball tournament action at Richland High School.
The second and fourth quarters were the downfall for the Golden Eagles who fell behind in the second and could never quite get back on track, falling 70-44.
Richland's Pecora is one of two local wrestlers in state finals
It has never been easy for Nico Pecora to just be himself on the wrestling mat.
He’s always been the son of legendary Pitt-Johnstown coach Pat Pecora. And the younger brother of standout Marco Pecora.
Richland rolling forward
Richland High’s boys’ basketball team made history last weekend. Now, the Rams want to add a few more details to this memorable story.
Coach Greg Burke’s team won the program’s first District 6 boys’ basketball title since 1975 in convincing fashion over Central on March 1.
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Bedford’s Garrett Thomas said he wasn’t nervous at all.
United’s Tyler Oliver admitted that he was, even if he told his coaches that he wasn’t.
And Richland’s Nico Pecora said the pressure is on his family members, not him.
Nervous or not, those three, who were making their state tournament debuts, and six other local wrestlers won their first match at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships on Thursday morning to qualify for today’s quarterfinal round.
Day 1 gives ups and downs for region
There was plenty of talk about roller coasters on Thursday afternoon at the Giant Center, but it had nothing to do with the thrill rides across the parking lot at Hersheypark.
It was all about the ups and downs of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin boys wary of Trojans’ size, athleticism
On the same night last week that Berlin Brothersvalley was winning its first District 5-A title since 2007, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic was losing to eventual champion Lincoln Park in the WPIAL quarterfinals.
The Mountaineers (23-2), one of three area boys district champions set to begin opening-round action in the PIAA playoffs tonight, and Trojans (15-10) will square off this evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center, site of Berlin’s 65-51 district championship win over Forbes Road.
Area wrestlers search for gold
Conner Buttry and Aaron Burkett will make their debuts in the PIAA Wrestling Championships this morning, but they are quite familiar with a state tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Each has been a fixture on the Chestnut Ridge squad that has made back-to-back appearances in the state dual-meet tournament. That familiarity could help them, along with returning state medalist Austin Buttry, when the three Lions hit the mats in Hershey this morning.
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