Deliman scores big win for Warriors at PIAAs|
Friday, February 8, 2013
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
HERSHEY - West Branch senior Dustin Deliman has had a hard time cracking head coach Jason Bainey's lineup in his career.
Deliman dropped weight to make the Warriors' lineup, and the West Branch faithful showed their appreciation for his effort on Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey during the PIAA State Class AA dual tournament by cheering and chanting "Dustin" as he walked off the mat.
The West Branch 106-pounder clinched his team's first-round victory with a 3-0 decision over South Fayette's Jasper Wolfe in the final bout of the match.
Deliman recorded a third-period escape and added a takedown shortly after to seal the Warriors' 33-26 win.
"That's a 20-match winner that Dustin just wrestled," said Bainey. "Deliman paid his dues. He hasn't started in three years for me, but he kept working and kept working and kept working.
"He dropped 15 pounds to get to 108 this year, and I told him, ‘go out there and wrestle your match. If you don't get majored, we win this match.' He went out for the win and he got it. It was a big win for him, beating a 20-match winner."
The Lions' Zach Walker pinned Trey English - who was filling in for an injured Buzzy Maines - at 220 to give South Fayette a 26-24 lead heading into the final two bouts.
The lead was the Lions' first since a Shane Ging decision over West Branch's Abe Albright at 126 made it 7-6, and Warrior heavyweight Morgan Selepack made sure it was short-lived.
Selepack decked South Fayette's Bryce Christoff in 2:17, as he quickly reversed the Lion 285-pounder to his back.
"Morgan pinned him in 24 seconds at the Bedford tournament," Bainey said, "so we felt good going into that matchup. You have to give that kid credit because he didn't just go out there and lay down.
"It was a big win for us because we didn't have Buzzy."
Wolfe and Deliman wrestled through a scoreless first period before Deliman rode out the South Fayette 106-pounder in the second.
Deliman wiggled out of potential situations on multiple occasions and kept Wolfe from earning a point from the bottom.
"We hung our head a couple of times and almost got headlocked," said Bainey. "As a coach, I think I aged about 10 years. You have to give him credit, though, because he's a good, strong senior and he got the win."
After Ging's decision over Albright, West Branch's J.P. Hayles and Parker Bumbarger dominated their opponents for 5-minutes-plus before recording important falls at 132 and 138.
Hayles built up a 13-0 lead before getting Ben Previte to his back in 5:39, while Bumbarger took Scott Rzepecki down seven times in building a 21-8 lead late in their bout.
Bumbarger took Rzepecki down to ensure the technical fall, but made sure to add the extra bonus point with a pin at the 5:44 mark.
"We stayed off our backs when we had to and we got pins when we needed them," Bainey said. "J.P. and Parker, instead of getting majors or techs, got falls late in the third period.
"That's a 4-point swing right there or the match could have been 29-26."
While the bonus points from Hayles and Bumbarger turned out to be big for the Warriors, so too did wins from West Branch freshmen Clayton Green at 145 and Vince McDowell at 182.
Both Green and McDowell fell to their opponents at the Thomas Subaru Tournament in Bedford recently, but the pair turned the tide in the Warriors' favor with a pair of decisions.
Green allowed a second-period escape to the Lions' Brandon Keck before taking him down and heading to the third with a 2-1 advantage.
In the third, Green escaped to begin and added another takedown en route to a 5-1 win.
McDowell was equally as dominant, as he recorded four takedowns and a reversal to top Jack Previte, 10-4. McDowell's attempt at a major decision came up shy, as he was in deep on a takedown as time expired.
"We lost both those matches (at Bedford), 7-4 and 3-1," Bainey said. "We turned it around today. Those guys did what they had to do."
West Branch's Lucas Kristofits didn't avenge a Bedford tournament loss to Michael Fetchet at 170, but the Warrior senior's effort kept the Lions from gaining any bonus points with the match getting closer.
West Branch had a 21-7 lead after Green's decision, but South Fayette came storming back to take the next three weights.
Kristofits fell 13-1 to Fetchet in Bedford, but kept off his back and only fell 7-2 on Thursday.
Fetchet's decision followed his brother Grant's 3-1 win over Luke Slippey at 152 and Jared Walker's major decision over Conor Myers at 160.
Grant Fetchet handed Slippey his eighth loss of the season by scoring the winning takedown with nine seconds left in their match.
"He got taken down with nine seconds left," Bainey said, "in a match against a state placewinner. He hasn't gotten over the hump to where he believes he can beat those guys. All of his losses are to state-caliber kids by a point or two.
"Once he gets over the hump, he's going to be tough."
South Fayette answered McDowell's decision, as Brad Haney topped Robbie Pearce, 3-2, to set the stage for the late drama.
Wyatt Sankey opened the match for the Warriors with a fall at 113 before the Lions' Seth Carr majored Jake Brown at 120.
West Branch, which went 1-2 at the tournament last year, improved to 25-2 on the season. The Warriors will look to tie the school mark for wins, which was set last year, when they wrestle Reynolds at noon today.
With a win, West Branch would wrestle the winner of the Chestnut Ridge-Boiling Springs match at 8 p.m. in the semifinals.
A loss would drop the Warriors to the second-round consolations at 4.
"They weren't down here in awe of the arena," said Bainey. "They knew they were coming here and they were used to it (after advancing here last year).
"I told them, ‘we're as good as anybody down here, except Beth Catholic. We can be in the state finals if we keep wrestling. For a little school like West Branch to be in that situation is a pretty big accomplishment."
South Fayette (9-2) wrestled Saucon Valley in the first round conseys at 8 this morning.
West Branch 33, South Fayette 26
113-Wyatt Sankey, WB, pinned Jared Cardillo, SF, 3:50. (6-0).
120-Seth Carr, SF, maj. dec. Jake Brown, WB, 15-5. (6-4).
126-Shane Ging, SF, dec. Abe Albright, WB, 5-3. (6-7).
132-J.P. Hayles, WB, pinned Ben Previte, SF, 5:39. (12-7).
138-Parker Bumbarger, WB, pinned Scott Rzepecki, SF, 5:44. (18-7).
145-Clayton Green, WB, dec. Brandon Keck, SF, 5-1. (21-7).
152-Grant Fetchet, SF, dec. Luke Slippey, WB, 3-1. (21-10).
160-Jared Walker, SF, maj. dec. Conor Myers, WB, 13-2. (21-14).
170-Michael Fetchet, SF, dec. Lucas Kristofits, WB, 7-2. (21-17).
182-Vince McDowell, WB, dec. Jack Previte, SF, 10-4. (24-17).
195-Brad Haney, SF, dec. Robbie Pearce, WB, 3-2. (24-20).
220-Zach Walker, SF, pinned Trey English, WB, 2:38. (24-26).
285-Morgan Selepack, WB, pinned Bryce Christoff, SF, 2:17. (30-26).
106-Dustin Deliman, WB, dec. Jasper Wolfe, SF, 3-0. (33-26).