Saturday was a little boring for Dallastown wrestling coach Matt Striebig.

Most previous years, Striebig would have been quite busy coaching his squad at their own Dallastown Invitational, a six-team individual round-robin tournament.

Instead, Striebig pulled his team out of the event in a preventative move as a couple of his wrestlers had unspecified skin issues.

"It was simply precautionary," said Striebig, who added the problems are expected to clear in seven to 10 days. "We decided not to wrestle in case it was dormant on someone else. We're not concerned about any further outbreak."

Bermudian Springs won the tournament with 138 points, crowning seven champions in the process.

Missing the opportunity to get on the mat with the YAIAA Division II powerhouse Eagles was probably the biggest loss for Striebig.

"(Bermudian) is one of the best Class AA in the district. They've been coming here for a long time. We've had some great individual and team battles with them," he said.

Bermudian coach Dave McCollum echoed his colleague's sentiment.

"(Not wrestling against Dallastown) was a little disappointing," McCollum said. "There would have been some good individual matchups. It was good they still held the event.

"At this point of the season, the kids want to do more wrestling and less practicing."

There were several notable pairings that would have produced some outstanding wrestling.


Chief among them would have been a possible match between standout lightweights Brad Farley of Bermudian and Rodney Sunday of Dallastown, as well as Wildcats senior Brooks Morrison facing either Tyler Fitzkee or Tristan Sponseller in the upper weights.

Striebig waited as long as he could before pulling his team out of the action. But little thought was given to cancellation, especially with regard to spreading any infection.

"It had to be passed skin to skin, so we were not fearful of the kids competing on the mats," Striebig said. "(Pulling out of the tournament) was done in the best interest of our team and the other teams."

Bermudian was the lone Class AA school in the field that featured District 3's Elizabethtown and a trio of District 1 squads in Neshaminy, Downingtown East and Central Bucks East.

"It's nice to see Class AAA competition we normally wouldn't see anywhere else. It's challenging for our kids in that respect," said McCollum.

The veteran coach's group made the most of the opportunity with all seven champions finishing the day undefeated, including four of the five heaviest weight classes.

Fitzkee was victorious in all four matches to win the 170-pound weight class. Winning their weight classes, Sponseller (182) and Brock Linebaugh (195) went 3-0, while Jon Jimenez (285) was 2-0.

Linebaugh and Jimenez were among the wrestlers McCollum seemed most happy for after the tournament.

"Brock was behind Fitzkee and Sponseller last year, so this year is his first opportunity to show us what he's got," he said. "Jonathan is starting to figure out how to wrestle like a heavyweight and make the matches go six minutes."

It wasn't just the Eagles' big men coming through Saturday. Ted Marines (113), Farley (120) and Austin Jackson (132) all went 4-0 to capture their weight classes. McCollum hopes the day will show that Jackson is starting to get back to normal after being injured.

"He's been nursing an ankle injury. That's the most practice he's had in a week," McCollum said.
Dallastown Round Robin Invitational Champions
   106 -- Sam Rudolph, Neshaminy; 113 -- Ted Marines, Bermudian; 120 -- Brad Farley, Bermudian; 126 -- Harry Wilson, Neshaminy; 132 -- Austin Jackson, Bermudian; 138 -- Francesco Fabozzi, Central Bucks East; 145 -- Troy Ernest, Elizabethtown; 152 -- Alex Wait, Downingtown East; 160 -- TJ Magdelinskas, Neshaminy; 170 -- Tyler Fitzkee, Bermudian; 182 -- Tristan Sponseller, Bermudian; 195 -- Brock Linebaugh, Bermudian; 220 -- Matt Bartolotta, Downingtown East; 285 -- Jon Jimenez, Bermudian.