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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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.
Tomahawks return home to face Jets
Johnstown Tomahawks coach Jason Spence knows numbers can be deceiving.
For instance, the Tomahawks’ Matt Meier had two goals and three points on Saturday night. Goaltender Brett Young made 41 saves.
Those statistics are impressive for 60 minutes of work. Both players had solid efforts, especially during a road game. On paper, the numbers looked good enough for a victory.
Danel helping Falcons to Division III tournament
When Chelsea Danel was a senior at North Star, the Cougars were able to win a District 5-AA basketball title.
Now Danel, a senior at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, is a key contributor on a Falcons’ hoops squad which upset top-seeded Lebanon Valley 53-47 in the Commonwealth Conference championship on Saturday. It was the ninth title for the Falcons in 13 appearances.
Pirates, Jays rained out
The Toronto Blue Jays' spring training game at the Pittsburgh Pirates was rained out Thursday.
The game will not be made up.
Ferndale grad aiding Duquesne women’s hoops
Matt Schmidt was hired as an assistant coach for the Duquesne women’s basketball team in June.
Now the former Ferndale High School standout will have his first opportunity to experience March madness with the Dukes, who are the sixth-seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament which opened Thursday in Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va.
Icecats on way to national tournament
The Pitt-Johnstown hockey team needed to overcome some long odds to advance to the ACHA Men’s Division III national championship tournament in Coral Springs, Fla. next week.
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Local wrestlers advance in PIAA tournament
Nine local wrestlers – including three from Bedford – advanced to the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships this morning.
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