Bangor beats Tiger grapplers, 52-22
Northwestern wrestling head coach Jim Moll had a simple message for his team heading into its match against league unbeaten Bangor last week.
“We just wanted to wrestle hard,” Moll said. “We try to get the guys to wrestle hard and try to get better. We like to win matches and dual meets, but that isn’t always the case. We stressed just wrestling hard and getting better.”
As Moll said, the Tigers like to win, but that did not happen against the Slaters as Bangor benefited from pins and forfeits to propel it to a 52-22 win in a Colonial League wrestling match on Thursday night at Northwestern Lehigh High School.
The Tigers wrestled hung in against the Slaters early in the match, which started at 126 pounds. After six bouts, Bangor held a narrow 16-10 lead. All of that changed starting with the bout at 170 pounds. Every remaining bout in the match was decided by either pin or forfeit, most of which garnered points for Bangor (10-4 overall, 5-0 Colonial League).
Northwestern (3-3, 3-2) lost by forfeit in three bouts, giving up 18 points. The holes in those spots in the lineup were something the Tigers could not overcome and it appears it is permanent.
“That’s it,” Moll said of his lineup. “That is what we have going forward. We have a couple holes. It is what it is.”
The Tigers did experience success with Colin Rex (132 pounds), Jackson Bernhard (152), Caleb Clymer (160), Harrison Bernhard (113) and Baily Wehr (120).
Harrison Bernhard earned the lone win by fall for the Tigers. Jackson Bernhard picked up a major decision, while Rex and Clymer won by decision. Wehr won by forfeit to conclude the match, which took less than an hour to complete.
Moll highlighted some bright spots that he noticed in the match.
“Isaac Bredbenner wrestled hard,” he said. “Jackson Bernhard wrestled hard. Caleb Clymer did well. He wrestled hard. The kid came out after him and Caleb responded really well.”
It was also senior night as well with four wrestlers and one team manger honored before the match. All four seniors, Tyler Derr, Sam Day, Micah Maruasshak, and Wehr, all competed in the match. Wehr was the lone senior who picked up points for the team, with his aforementioned win by forfeit.
Harrison Bernhard, who is a freshman, respected all that the group of elder Tigers have done for the program over the years.
“It’s cool to see them go through the program,” he said. “I’ve known a lot of them since I started wrestling. It’s been an honor to wrestle with them during their last year.”
Northwestern defeated Southern Lehigh on Jan. 14 to snap a three-match losing streak. The team visits Salisbury on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. and Nanticoke on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m.