York, PA -
Noah Townsley knew opening West York's final dual meet of the season would tire him out. He had not wrestled an opening match all year but could draw upon the handful of times he did so as a freshman.
"I usually get tired because I don't have time to warm up," Townsley said.
So he sprinted down the hallways behind the gymnasium 10 to 15 times.
He won convincingly but not without some work.
The sophomore set the tone for West York's senior night. His 18-4 technical fall against Ryan Sprenkle at 126 pounds led to a 46-21 win against Red Lion (3-13, 2-5 YAIAA Division I) that has the Bulldogs (9-9, 5-4) in position for back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in the decade. To do so, they must beat winless Susquehannock on Thursday.
"I always think when I wrestle first is just get the first takedown, get comfortable and just wrestle like I know how to," said Townsley, who improved to 23-4. "I knew when I got the first takedown -- when I get on top I usually get back points."
He jumped out to a 9-1 lead after the first period, but Sprenkle stayed alive until late into the third period, when Townsley scored the win at 4 minutes, 46 seconds. It was the first of nine matches won by West York. Six were won by either technical fall or pin.
It started with Townsley, who cut weight from his normal 132 pounds to wrestle Sprenkle.
"He looked real good for being his first time down. He really did a nice job with his diet and cutting weight," Bulldogs coach Brian Gross said. "I was pleased with the way he wrestled."
Gross said he plans to keep Townsley at 126 for the postseason. That also wasn't his only lineup juggling Tuesday night, as he waited to decide on whom to wrestle at 182 pounds and heavier. The first in those series of decisions led to Kyle Narber facing the Lions' Tyler Schell at 182. Schell, Red Lion's top grappler entering with a 22-4 record, improved on it with a 4-2 decision.
The next three went West York's way, as the Bulldogs already had the match under control.
Alex Raffensberger (195) scored a pin in 25 seconds and Jacob Gemmill (220) orchestrated a tech fall in 2:21 before a forfeit victory at 285.
Gemmill, who's wrestled and played his last two football games with a torn meniscus, hardly showed he's suffered from the knee injury. Gross said Gemmill told him about it the first day of practice this season, but "he takes it the same way he did the last two years. You can't tell anything's hurt on him."
Gemmill jumped out to an 11-0 lead and didn't surrender a point on his way to his win. On the ground, he twisted and turned with ease. Gemmill said his knee injury occurred when he was clipped from behind during the second quarter of West York's District 3 football semifinal. He kept playing through it and opted against surgery that would have kept him from wrestling.
Instead, he takes Advil before matches.
"That helps the pain a little bit," he said, "but it still hurts."
WEST YORK 46, RED LION 21
126 -- Noah Townsley, WY, tech. fall Ryan Sprenkle, 18-4 (4:46);
132 -- Donald Smith, RL, dec. Allen Stauffer, 6-4;
138 -- Ryan Narber, WY, dec. Cody Stern, 5-3;
145 -- Garrett Stauffer, WY, dec. Austin Holloway, 7-5;
152 -- Jacob Oliver, WY, pinned Nick Shiffler, 3:16;
160 -- Zack Smith, WY, pinned Rodney Eid, 3:02;
170 -- Jared Gemmill, WY, pinned Stone Hill, 2:51;
182 -- Tyler Schell, RL, dec. Kyle Narber, 4-2;
195 -- Alex Raffensberger, WY, pinned Jared Schell, 0:25;
220 -- Jacob Gemmill, WY, tech. fall Anthony Moser, 2:21;
285 -- Hunter Scheivert, WY, forfeit;
106 -- Shawn Karlin, RL, pinned Bryce Jones, 2:59;
113 -- Morgan Schaszberger, RL, pinned Ramell Baldwin, 3:51;
120 -- Jesse Stermer, RL, dec. Sam Sterner, 5-4.