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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The Scarlet Dragons put up 62 points against Forest Hills while allowing the Rangers only 14.
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The Cougars end their season with a 20-3 mark and a second trip to the state semifinals in four seasons.
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The Bedford Bisons had their chances to break through against West Allegheny during Tuesday night’s PIAA Class AA semifinal at Hempfield Area High School.
The District 7 champion Indians haven’t been all that generous in letting opponents take advantage of those chances.
Bishop Carroll shut out by Cochranton
Whether it was the two-hour bus ride which was lengthened by a car accident in front of them on the trip north or getting behind a train, the Bishop Carroll bus had the Huskies arriving late Tuesday night at DuBois High School for their PIAA Class A semifinal volleyball clash with Cochranton and the District 6 champions did not look like the same powerhouse squad that had dispatched teams with relative ease throughout the year.
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Three area teams – the Bishop Carroll girls volleyball squad and the boys’ soccer teams from North Star and Bedford – continue their respective quests for PIAA gold tonight.
The Huskies will face Cochranton in a Class A state semifinal at 7 p.m. at DuBois High School. The Cougars will play Sewickley Academy at 6 p.m. at Hempfield High School while in the late game at the Greensburg school scheduled for 8 p.m., the Bisons will battle West Allegheny.
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