Hillers too much for Seals in Class 3A tilt

Feb. 8—HERSHEY — Selinsgrove coach Seth Martin doesn't mind losing, but that sometimes depends on how his team performs.

In Thursday's first-round matchup at the Class 3A team championships, the Seals won only three matches but they had leads in three matches they ended up losing. That resulted in a 54-14 loss to Trinity at the Giant Center.

Selinsgrove (10-4) will now wrestle in the consolation bracket where it will battle with Central Dauphin today at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday's loss was the most lopsided result for Selinsgrove since losing 44-19 to Central Mountain on Jan. 4.

"Coming into it, I didn't really expect a miracle — I knew that we were gonna be hard-pressed for a win," Martin said. "I just knew that there were a few matches that we could win, and we gave a lot of those away. We were winning, I think, three at the start of the match, and we ended up losing two of the three by bonus points, and that's just unacceptable.

"I'm normally a pretty positive guy, but that was not a good showing."

In the opening match at 127 pounds, Alex Kadryna led 2-1 after the first against Zane Garner. However, Kadryna was pinned with 1:08 left in the second period.

At 133, Nathan Martin secured an early takedown against Devin Junko. Junko then earned four consecutive points via a takedown and two escapes to give Trinity a 9-0 lead. The Hillers then earned back-to-back pins from Blake Reihner (139) and Thomas Allison (145) to expand the lead to 21-0.

The Seals got on the board when Landyn Lukens picked up a 4-2 decision against Jackson Bruckner. After going into the final period down 2-0, Lukens tied it after securing an escape and picking up another point due to a stalling call on Bruckner. Lukens got a takedown with 41 seconds left to give Selinsgrove its first points.

"I knew that was one that we could win; I wasn't sure how it was gonna go," Seth Martin said. "Landyn's one of those kids that when he's wrestling a guy like that it could go either way — you never really know what you're gonna get. But I was glad that he could come here in the Giant Center and get a win. That's pretty cool for him. Especially coming off a concussion — he hasn't wrestled in a couple of weeks."

Another match the Seals led but ended up losing occurred at 160. Ethan Miller took a 10-3 lead on Cael Nicolella in the first period, but Nicolella won by a 14-13 decision. Nicolella scored four takedowns and an escape during the final two periods. Bodie Morgan then pinned Luke Smith at 172 to give the Hillers a 30-3 advantage.

Tucker Teats gave the Seals their first bonus points at 189 when he pinned Adam Watson in 40 seconds. Then at 215, the Hillers scored another fall to lead 36-9 as Robbie Allison defeated Jarod Bullington in 5:01.

The Seals got their final win at 285 where Jack Peters posted a technical fall against Nickolas McAdams in a match that lasted 3:45.

"Jack is just a points-scoring machine," Seth Martin said. "When you look at him, you would never know it because he's a little heavyweight — he only weighs like 225, 228, somewhere in there. He goes out there and he's got 10 tech falls on the year, and you don't see that much at heavyweight, especially tilting people. He's always one of those kids that goes out and wrestles his best. He very rarely has an off day, and that's something pretty special."

The Hillers claimed the final three bouts — 107, 114 and 121 — by fall.

If the Seals get past Central Dauphin today, then'll wrestle again at 5:30 p.m.

"If you come up short and you know that you gave 100 percent, fine, we'll walk out of here with our head held high," Seth Martin said. "We don't want to have another match like this where multiple matches, it wasn't just that it went the wrong way, it's the way in which they went the other way. We gotta tighten that up."





127: Zane Garner (T) pinned Alex Kadryna, 3:08; 133: Devin Junko (T) dec. Nathan Martin, 4-2; 139: Blake Reihner (T) pinned Ryan Harpster, 1:02; 145: Thomas Allison (T) pinned Trent Turner, 3:20; 152: Landyn Lukens (S) dec. Jackson Bruckner, 4-2; 160: Cael Nicolella (T) dec. Ethan Miller, 14-13; 172: Bodie Morgan (T) pinned Luke Smith, 1:26; 189: Tucker Teats (S) pinned Adam Watson, :40; 215: Robbie Allison (T) pinned Jarod Bullington, 5:01; 285: Jack Peters tech. fall Nickolas McAdams, 15-0 (3:45); 107: Mickey Horne (T) pinned Martin Wilson, 1:12; 114: Jacob Wright (T) pinned Anthony Snook, 3:05; 121: Dominick Canali (T) pinned Mike Zettlemoyer, 3:05.