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Warwick bounces Waynesboro in Pa. Duals

February 16, 1997

By MARILYN JANUS

Staff Correspondent

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. -Waynesboro High School wrestlers have fought fiercely all year, earning an overall record of 15-1 and a perfect record in their Mid-Penn I League. However, they've never faced anything as fierce as the hordes of cheering, foot-stomping fans packed into every corner of the Cumberland Valley High School gymnasium.

In their first appearance at the Pennsylvania District 3 team championships, the Indians lost the semifinal match to the Warwick Warriors, 33-27.

"These kids have never competed at this level of intensity before," said a tearful Waynesboro coach Tim Ireland, indicating the wall-to-wall screaming for matches still in progress. "I hope they got so excited by it that they can't wait to come back next year. After all, we're still a young team."

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Waynesboro attacked early, as John Lisko (103) pinned Tristan Loper in 1:18, and Chris Zasa (112) tech-falled Brandon Meck. Warwick counter-attacked with a 45-second pin over Matt Baker (119) and a 7-4 decision over Shawn Marvich (125).

Focused aggressive T. J. Zasa (130) used two free-style leg laces, the second one pinning Warrior Bart Rose. This brought the team score to 17-9.

Both teams had a choice of wrestlers at 135, but Waynesboro lost the coin toss and had to declare first.

"That coin toss probably cost us three points, not getting the match-ups we wanted," said Ireland.

Scrappy Seth Lohman went out, but lost to Chris Bushong 7-1. Craig Hight, who then wrestled up at 140, couldn't score a point until the clock ran down, and lost 4-1.

The team score tipped 21-17 in favor of Warwick when the Warriors' Brian Shober (145) pinned Curtis Reichard in 1:28. Josh Price (152) immediately went for the answering pin, but met resistance from Jason Aurand, who finally defeated him, 7-4.

Russian exchange student Denis Alampiev (160) earned a 13-1 major decision over equally unpinnable Joel Darras, putting the team victory within reach at 24-21.

Warwick's Jeff Bowlby (171) dashed that hope, quickly pinning Aaron Zimmerman. Waynesboro's Lynn Fortney (189) wrestled hard, but his opponent was too smart to give up a 6-1 victory. Indian Jamie Fisher (HWT) finished the way Lisko began, pinning Mike Blose with one second left in the first period. It was over, but the Waynesboro fans gave their wrestlers a standing ovation even in defeat.

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