Tim Hines was about to get pinned.
On senior night.
Against his school’s biggest rival.
Instead, Hines got off of his back, rallied from a big deficit and helped Meyersdale beat Berlin Brothersvalley 34-30 and earn the third seed in the District 5 Class AA Duals.
“After I got put on my back, I realized I was about to lose,” Hines said. “I decided I had to come back, and I did.”
His team was already trailing 9-3 after three matches, and if Hines had gotten pinned by Berlin’s Trevor Moore at 170, the Red Raiders (9-3) could have been in big trouble. Instead, he came back for a 10-7 lead that ignited the standing-room-only crowd.
“It was difficult not to come up with a fall there in the first period,” Berlin coach Jason Cornell said. “That was one of those pivotal matches we had to win”
Another senior, Billy Dunbar, gave Meyersdale a 12-9 lead by pinning Shane Pepper at 182 pounds. The victory was especially sweet for Dunbar, who wrestled for the Mountaineers earlier in his career.
“It felt nice to beat Meyersdale when I went to Berlin, but now that I come to Meyersdale, it does feel better,” he said. “It feels a lot better.”
Berlin (11-2) was without Stew Trulick, who had a big bandage on his forehead, and had to give up a forfeit to Gavin Berkley at 195 pounds, but the Mountaineers got 12 points as Meyersdale, forfeited at 220 and 285 pounds.
Once the lineup flipped over, Meyersdale seized control. Trevor Thomas pinned Emil Kiesnowski at 106 and Billy Charlton did the same to Tommy DeArmitt at 113 to give the Red Raiders a 30-21 lead.
Berlin’s Joe Swank was only able to manage a 7-0 decision over Brady McKenzie at 120 pounds and Collin Day almost assured Meyersdale of a victory with his 15-5 major decision of E.J. Custer at 126.
“I knew I had to get the bonus point to help the team,” said Day, a senior who was wrestling his first home match since picking up his 100th career victory earlier this month.
Berlin’s Chris Miller edged Tanner Hetrick, 5-3, on a late takedown and Braden Fochtman beat Hunter Lantz by the same score, but it wasn’t enough for the Mountaineers.
“There were a bunch of
Meyersdale guys that wrestled their butts off tonight,” Cornell said. “Congratulations to them.”
The dual meet started with Seth Deist’s 2-1 victory over Eric Darr at 145 pounds. Berlin tied it on Blake Miller’s 9-5 decision over David Stanton at 152 before Bryce Fochtman pinned Austin Imler to give the Mountaineers’ their first lead.
Meyersdale will host Northern Bedford in a District 5 quarterfinal match on Thursday while Berlin drops to the fourth seed and will host No. 5 North Star. The winners advance to Saturday’s semifinals at top-seeded Chestnut Ridge.
Tim Hines was about to get pinned.
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Shade softball thriving on Karl’s watch
Frank Karl coached the majority of the girls who comprise Shade High School’s softball team from the time they played T-ball and coach pitch.
Karl was there when the group, as elementary-school students, once rallied from an 18-run deficit to win a game, and he hoped to be there when the group reached the varsity level.
MIKE KOVAK| Blending schedules a challenge for athletic directors
Bishop McCort basketball gets it. So does Greater Johnstown basketball.
Go ahead and count Somerset baseball among the mix. The same goes for Ligonier Valley softball and Northern Cambria volleyball.
What is it that these different programs from various locations within The Tribune-Democrat coverage area get exactly?
CORY ISENBERG| Stakes rise as schedules shrink
There are fewer events on the daily high school sports schedules, but the stakes are going up for area athletes as the spring season heads into its final weeks.
In track and field, the three area conferences will hold their championship meets this week.
In Portage today, the WestPAC athletes will gather for their championships while the Laurel Highlands and Heritage meets will be on Tuesday at Somerset and United, respectively.
Seven Conemaugh Township athletes make commitments
Dillon Boyer entered Thursday’s scholastic baseball action ranked fourth in the state with a .688 batting average.
Boyer will take those impressive numbers a few miles North on Route 219 when he continues his career at the next level. The Conemaugh Township senior will attend Pitt-Johnstown and play NCAA Division II baseball for coach Todd Williams.
Four from Richland committed to UPJ
For Sabrina Wingard, the opportunity to play collegiate soccer with her sister, Savanna, was too great an opportunity to skip.
For Bobby Colvin, Curt Colvin and Ismail Ahmad, the idea of playing highly competitive soccer next to their high school campus made for an easy choice.
- Local sports in brief 4/4/2013
Subich, Dell recognized for football
Greater Johnstown High School senior Nick Subich earned the Joe Sarra Community Service Award and took a Scholar Athlete Award at the recent Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet.
The Joseph D. Sarra Community Service Award is named for the long-time chapter board member and former Penn State assistant football coach.
Trexler gets his 1,000th point in McCort victory
While much of the Northeast was belted by massive accumulations of snow, the Blizzard Nemo mostly spared the Johnstown area.
Another Nemo created a buzz on Osborne Street on Friday night, though the flurry of points had nothing to do with the winter weather.
Chestnut Ridge advances in PIAA Class AA team championship
Chestnut Ridge coach Greg Lazor expected District 3 champ Boiling Springs to push his team to the limit in Friday’s PIAA Class AA team wrestling quarterfinals.
And up to the end, it was a close one: Three matches went to overtime and the Lions carried a lead when the weight classes turned to the low end, but the Bubblers won four straight to end the quarterfinal round a winner, 32-25.
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