Bedford continues to wrestle well as a team at the right time of the year.
The Bisons ended their regular season in style on their Senior Night with a hard-fought 38-36 victory over Everett.
They came out on top despite not having regulars Kaden Cassidy and Brayden Koontz in the lineup.
“Our kids continue to step up,” said Bedford coach Joel Easter. “This was another nice win for us — Everett has a good team.”
The Bisons ran off 23 straight points after Shane Clark’s pin for Everett at 220 pounds opened Tuesday’s dual.
Noah Lynch’s overtime takedown and a 3-1 decision against Cody Rock at 285 put Bedford on the board. Thomas Steinbrunner took a forfeit at 106, and that was followed by back-to-back major decisions from Camden Koontz and Jacob Dawson.
Koontz gave up an early takedown to Everett’s Zach Reed at 113, but he responded with two takedowns, a reversal, and two nearfalls for an 11-2 win. The last of those two-counts came in the final 15 seconds which gave Bedford an extra team point.
Dawson came out strong with a takedown and four back points on Jaden Perrin in the first period of the 120-pound contest.
He took Perrin down in the second and reversed the Warrior in the third for a 10-0 major. Mathew Emerick’s win by forfeit at 126 made it 23-6.
Everett had four pins in the next five bouts to get back into the match. Evan Brennan was leading 5-0 when he pinned Haydyn Snavely at 132, and Garret Cornell pressed Gavin Habinyak’s shoulders to the mat in 2:12 at 138.
Bedford’s Nathan Gabriel made short work of his 145-pound bout by pushing Ethan Clark’s head under his shoulders in just 37 seconds.
The Warriors came right back with a second-period fall from Lane Younker at 152. That was duplicated by teammate Macen Akers at 160, who earned the pin with just three seconds left in the first period and gave Everett a 30-29 edge and three bouts remaining.
At 170, Bedford’s Cole Lingenfelter and Everett’s Quinton Spade were scoreless in the second period when the Bison grappler tallied a reversal.
Spade chose neutral to start the third and scored a takedown with just over a minute to go. He signaled to let Lingenfelter go and it was 3-2. Spade’s shot put Lingenfelter on the mat, but he couldn’t convert a takedown near the edge of the circle and Lingenfelter spun around for two himself.
Everett coach Robbie Ripple thought it was a takedown for his wrestler and he conferred at the table with official Mike Eichelberger.
Lingenfelter’s two gave him a 5-2 victory as Bedford went back ahead, and it led into Ashton Dull’s pin of Seth Snyder at 182 that clinched the team win.
The final bout of the night went to Everett’s Logan Propst, who pinned Owen Biddle at the 3:26 mark.
“The boys wrestled hard,” said Ripple. “I’m not disappointed there. I was a little frustrated because I didn’t think any of the calls went our way.
“But it was a good match and a good way to end the dual meet season. It’s a good rivalry with Bedford.”
Bedford is 10-5, while Everett is 11-8. Both teams will now prepare for the individual postseason that begins next weekend at the District 5 Tournament.
“We were undermanned tonight with a couple of guys out,” said Easter.
“I knew Everett was going to be tough. Our guys are beat up a little right now, so it will be nice to have some time off.”
BEDFORD 38, EVERETT 36
220 — Shane Clark, E, pinned Jaydin Vargas, 0:57.
285 — Noah Lynch, B, dec. Cody Rock, 3-1 OT.
106 — Thomas Steinbrunner, B, won by forfeit.
113 — Camden Koontz, B, maj. dec. Zach Reed, 11-2.
120 — Jacob Dawson, B, maj. dec. Jaden Perrin, 10-0.
126 — Mathew Emerick, B, won by forfeit.
132 — Evan Brennan, E, pinned Haydyn Snavely, 4:42.
138 — Garret Cornell, E, pinned Gavin Habinyak, 2:12.
145 — Nathan Gabriel, B, pinned Ethan Clark, 0:37.
152 — Lane Younker, E, pinned Noah Clark, 2:40.
160 — Macen Akers, E, pinned Dayne Miller, 1:57.
170 — Cole Lingenfelter, B, dec. Quinton Spade, 5-2.
182 — Ashton Dull, B, pinned Seth Snyder, 3:43.
195 — Logan Propst, E, pinned Owen Biddle, 3:26.