JERSEY SHORE - Bonus points can many times play a huge role in determining the winning team in a high school wrestling dual meet, and after Tuesday's fray, nobody knows that any better than Jersey Shore's Shawn Weaver and Bellefonte's Mike Maney.
The two teams split the 14 weight classes.
However, the Bulldogs picked up four pins and a forfeit for their 15 bonus points, while the Red Raiders only counted nine bonus points on the strength of two falls, a technical fall and a major decision.
Put it all together, and the result was a 36-30 win by the Bulldogs. Shore improves to 12-7, while the Raiders concluded their regular season 16-5.
"Our guys wrestled well and I knew if we were going to win we needed to get bonus points up top," said Weaver. "Although we had some nice wins, I felt we left some points out there. Spencer (Lane) goes out and wrestles a good match against a pretty good kid, but in some of the other bouts, I felt we could have wrestled a little better. All in all, it is a nice win and a win I knew we were capable of getting."
With two more dual meets left, Weaver knows that his wrestlers have some work to do before the postseason.
"At this time of the year, you just have to go out and battle," Weaver said. "We just have to sharpen up on some things, but all in all, I am pretty happy with this win."
With the dual starting at 120, the Raiders jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead with a pin from Trevor Corl and a major decision by Nate Rosenberger, but the Bulldogs answered at 132 when Haydn Swartwood picked up the first of the four falls for Shore with a 44-second pin over Tim Shirk.
Austin White pulled a mild upset at 138 when he used a takedown, penalty point and reversal for a 5-2 nod over Zach Musser before Zack Herman was awarded the forfeit win at 145.
Austin Cable temporarily stopped the Raider bleeding at 152 with a wild 12-9 win over Spencer Lane before Shore's Curtis Welch picked up an even wilder 23-16 win over Austin Cable at 160.
Nick Shawley was all over Utao Agae-Naipo for a 16-0 technical fall at 170, but that would be the last noise the Raiders would make until Garrett Poorman turned the lineup over with a fall in 2:47 over Nate Caputo at 285.
The Bulldogs turned the match with three consecutive falls from 182-220. The three pins gave Shore a 36-18 lead.
120: Trevor Corl, B, pinned Coy Killion, 1:34; 126: Nate Rosenberger, B, maj. dec. Colton Killion, 20-9; 132: Haydn Swartwood, JS, pinned Tim Shirk, 0:44; 138: Austin White, JS, dec. Zach Musser, 5-2; 145: Zach Herman, JS, won by forfeit; 152: Dillon Ault, B, dec. Spencer Lane, 12-9; 160: Curtis Welch, JS, dec. Austin Cable, 23-16; 170: Nick Shawley, B, tech. fall Utao Agae-Naipo, 16-0, 3:03; 182: Dominic Loffredo, JS, pinned Toby Cain, 2:40; 195: Nate Lose, JS, pinned Tim Benford, 3:10; 220: Jake Huling, JS, pinned Ben Putnam, :45; 285: Garrett Poorman, B, pinned Nate Caputo, 2:47; 106: Luke Leathers, B, dec. Noah Ulmer, 13-6; 113: Aaron Witherite, B, dec. Allen Saar, 6-4 OT.