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Jersey Shore drops opener to LaSalle College

February 9, 2012 - Mitch Rupert

HERSHEY – Things couldn’t have started much better for Jersey Shore on Thursday night against LaSalle College. They couldn’t have ended much worse, either.

Shore broke open with an early 14-point lead against the District 12 champions in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA Team Championships, but the Bulldogs lost seven of the final eight bouts in a 48-27 loss.

Jersey Shore, in its first trip to Hershey for the state team tournament, drops into the consolation bracket and wrestles District 1 runner-up Norristown at 10 this morning. Norristown lost in the first round to Central Dauphin, 47-20, last night. The loser of this morning’s match is eliminated from the tournament.

Jersey Shore won four of the first bouts, all by fall. It was the kind of start head coach Shawn Weaver knew the Bulldogs had to have with forfeiting two weights – Logan Wool broke his foot and is out at 220 pounds. They also had to plan ahead for the likely points LaSalle College would get from former state third-place finishers Matt Cimato and Casey Kent at 145 and 152 pounds.

But the 24-10 lead Nate Lorson gave Jersey Shore with his fall at 285 pounds just wasn’t enough. The Explorers picked up bonus points in the next five bouts to take a 37-24 lead. The bleeding was stopped only briefly with Kaiden Brungard’s decision at 138 pounds.

“I thought we wrestled real well at the beginning and did what we had to do,” Weaver said. “We got the matchup we wanted at 220 and that worked out well for us when Nate got the pin. I thought we wrestled well, they just outmanned us in the end.”

Jersey Shore got the matchups it wanted in the upper weights when it inserted Curtis Welch into the lineup at the starting weight of 160 pounds. And it worked to almost perfection.

Elliot Packer got a fall at 170 pounds. Ryan Harer and Jake Caputo added one each at 182 and 195, and after giving up a forfeit at 220, Lorson dominated at 285 to pick up the fall.

“It was a huge momentum boost (to get the early falls),” Lorson said. “It got us all pumped and rolling and it let (LaSalle College) know we were here to wrestle and we can hang with anybody.”

“I think it was exactly what we needed,” Weaver said. “Had it been the other way, I don’t know how we would have responded. I’d like to think well, but to get that 24-10 lead was awesome for our guys and it was what we were looking for.”

Weaver knew coming in bouts at 106 and 132 pounds were going to be crucial. He also knew the Bulldogs were likely also going to have to pull an upset somewhere else, as well.

Instead LaSalle College won by major decision at 106 pounds, won by forfeit at 113, and followed with a technical fall at 120 pounds. Falls at 126 and 132 pounds all but sealed Jersey Shore’s fate.

“They just had a couple really strong kids in there,” Lorson said. “We got the pins up top, but couldn’t follow it up down low.”

“They understood coming here it’s a tough tournament and they’re going to get some tough matchups with some tough teams,” Weaver said. “I really can’t say that they haven’t stepped up to the challenge because they really battled, even in the matches where they were getting pounded. That’s really all you can ask is to continue to fight and work and do the things you’ve instilled in them.”

LaSalle College 48, Jersey Shore 27

106: Patrick McGinley, L, maj. dec. Noah Ulmer, 12-2.

113: Salvatore Anderson, L, won by forfeit.

120: Bryan Pflanz, L, tech. fall David Deitrick, 15-0, 5:38.

126: Greg Konieczny, L, pinned Colton Killion, 1:19.

132: Tim Walker, L, pinned Austin White, 1:42.

138: Kaiden Brungard, JS, dec. Kolby Stein, 4-1.

145: Matt Cimato, L, tech. fall McKenzie Kershner, 17-2, 4:27.

152: Casey Kent, L, won by forfeit.

160: Ryan Brady, L, maj. dec. Curtis Welch, 10-2.

170: Elliot Packer, JS, pinned Nathan Ezzo, 3:14.

182: Ryan Harer, JS, pinned Joey Pedraza, 2:43.

195: Jake Caputo, JS, pinned Dad Poquie, :50.

220: Anthony Pelosi, L, won by forfeit.

285: Nate Lorson, JS, pinned William Frusco, 2:57.

*Match started at 160 pounds

Records: Jersey Shore (12-5); LaSalle College (15-1).


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