Holding his 3-year-old grandson Wade Spellman, Jorge Hidalgo talks to his daughter Andrea Spellman, Wade’s mother, on Tuesday before a wrestling
Holding his 3-year-old grandson Wade Spellman, Jorge Hidalgo talks to his daughter Andrea Spellman, Wade's mother, on Tuesday before a wrestling match at Dallastown. Hidalgo and his wife came from Wisconsin to attend a prematch ceremony honoring his son Daren and another former Dallastown wrestler, Christopher Wrinkle. Both were killed serving in the military in Afghanistan this year. (Daily Record/Sunday News - Chris Dunn)

The singlets said it all.

Hidalgo and Wrinkle. Honor and sacrifice.

Those are the last names of two soldiers who gave their lives for their country. Both were graduates and former wrestlers from Dallastown.

Tuesday's match against South Western was also a memorial for Daren Hidalgo and Christopher Wrinkle.

Marine Sgt. Wrinkle, a 2001 Dallastown graduate, died in July while serving in Afghanistan.

First Lt. Hidalgo, a 2005 grad, died in February, also while serving in Afghanistan.

In a ceremony before the match, Hidalgo's father, Jorge, said wrestling helped shape his son's life.

"It takes a lot of confidence to be on this stage," Jorge said about wrestling in front of a large crowd. "Daren learned about teamwork and leadership."

In front of another sizable audience, Dallastown's Tanner Druck started the night with a bang for the Wildcats, and the home team hung on for a 36-25 win.

"I'm very pleased," said Dallastown head coach Matt Striebig. "Every kid essentially did their job."

The night's proceeds, which included T-shirt sales and donations, totaled close to $4,000, which will go to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Courtyard of Honor.

Jorge Hidalgo also announced that a scholarship in Daren's name will be given out to a Wildcats wrestler, starting next year.

"That's what Daren wanted," Jorge said.

The Wildcats got off to a fast start with Druck's pin after 1:15 at 145 pounds.

Luke Baldwin followed with a 9-4 victory against Colton Rebert at 152 pounds.

"That was a good tone-setter," Striebig said.

Baldwin had a near pin at the end of the second period with 11 seconds left but couldn't seal the deal. The back points he gained allowed him to take a 5-4 lead heading into the final period, and Baldwin didn't look back over the final two minutes.

Dallastown led, 21-6, before the Mustangs began a comeback following Jerome Beers' pin in 1:04 at 195 pounds.

After Zaire Lawrence's win for Dallastown at 220 pounds, the Mustangs captured the next three matches, getting wins from Devon Ackerman, Logan Feeser and Cole Sterrett to pull within 24-22.

"You can't get that far behind on a good team. It's hard to come back," Mustangs head coach Brad Zeigler said.

With his team holding a two-point lead, James Striebig knew he needed to perform well during his 120-pound match against Peyton Mowery. Striebig was wrestling up from his normal 113 weight.

"I was just focusing on scoring as many points as I could," the sophomore said.

Striebig led 2-1 after two periods and wanted to get some breathing room early in the third period.

"I knew I had to improve my lead.

Dallastown’s Zaire Lawrence, left, and South Western’s Aram Moffitt fight for position in the 220-pound bout Tuesday. The Wildcats beat the
Dallastown's Zaire Lawrence, left, and South Western's Aram Moffitt fight for position in the 220-pound bout Tuesday. The Wildcats beat the Mustangs, 36-25. (Daily Record/Sunday News - Chris Dunn)
I knew my match was a big part of the match," Striebig said.

He did just that collecting some points via a takedown and back points en route to a crucial 6-3 win.

Rodney Sunday followed that up with huge 16-1 technical fall win at 126 pounds, giving the Wildcats a 10-point lead with two matches to go.

At 132 pounds, Dallastown's Wes Hoover beat Nick Klecker to clinch the match victory.

   145 -- Tanner Druck, Dt, pinned Brian Bollack, 1:18. 152 -- Luke Baldwin, Dt, dec. Colton Rebert, 9-4. 160 -- Dakotah Moses, SW, pinned Bailey Druck, 0:33. 170 -- Cooper Deller, Dt, pinned Brady Shultz, 3:36. 182 -- Brooks Morrison, Dt, pinned Gunner Holtz, 2:45. 195 -- Jerome Beers, SW, pinned Michael Anderson, 1:02. 220 -- Zaire Lawrence, Dt, dec. Aram Moffitt, 6-0. 285 -- Devon Ackerman, SW, dec. David Pelky, 4-0. 106 -- Logan Feeser, SW, maj. dec. Andrew Pierce, 12-0. 113 -- Cole Sterrett, SW, dec. Nick Shields, 2-0. 120 -- James Striebig, Dt, dec. Peyton Mowery, 6-3. 126 -- Rodney Sunday, Dt, tech. fall Aaron Doll, 5:07 16-1. 132 -- Wesley Hoover, Dt, maj. dec. Nick Klecker, 12-0. 138 -- Bobby Wildasin, SW, dec. Isaiah Haugh, 6-3.