While the season hasn’t exactly been fruitful for the Elizabethtown Area High School wrestling team, the Bears did have one last chance to take a step toward progress before the start of the District 3 sectionals. Thankfully, they mostly succeeded.
The team took part in the Eastern York Duals on Saturday, Feb. 2, alongside the host team, Halifax, Harrisburg and the York County School of Technology. Elizabethtown exited the day with a 2-2 record, good for third place overall and its best performance at a dual meet this year.
The Bears began the day with a match against eventual runner-up Halifax, losing 63-14. In what would be a theme for the event, freshman Wyatt Mummau (113), senior Cam Olson (126) and junior Cole Rice (152) had the only three victories for the team, the former two via major decision and the latter by pinfall.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats dominated, taking the rest of the nine actual bouts in addition to forfeits in the 182 and 220. For Elizabethtown, sophomore Uriah Ginder (132), senior Zach Frank (145), junior Kaidyn Heaps (160), senior Tyler Lanza (170), junior Ray Perez (195), senior Elijah Stackhouse (285), sophomore Carter Schach (106) and freshman Skyler Nagel (120) all were pinned, while sophomore Bobby Walters (138) lost in a 6-0 decision.
Elizabethtown’s next match was much of the same, with the team losing 58-19 to Harrisburg, who went on to take first place. Olson (13-1 major decision), Rice (11-6 decision) and Mummau (pinfall) once again won for the Bears, joined by a forfeit victory for Ginder. Walters lost in a 10-1 major decision, while Frank, Heaps, Lanza, Perez, Stackhouse, Schach and Nagel were all defeated via pinfall.
Things got better in the third match of the day vs. York Tech, as the Bears won 53-30 in a whirlwind series of bouts. Frank opened with a 20-3 technical fall victory, followed by a forfeit win for Rice and a pinfall for Heaps, giving Elizabethtown the early advantage. The Spartans responded with pinfalls over Lanza, Perez and Stackhouse, along with forfeit wins in the 182 and 220 to take a 24-15 lead.
However, the Bears would run the table to take the final six matches. Schach got his first career non-forfeit victory with a pinfall, with Mummau, Nagel, Olson and Walters doing the same in their respective matches. Ginder got another forfeit win as well.
Lastly, Elizabethtown faced Eastern York in the finale for the day, which would determine who would earn third place. Again, the Bears won the first three matches thanks to a 7-4 decision from Rice and pinfalls from Heaps and Lanza; the former emerged with the victory after being down 9-4 in the third round of his bout.
The Golden Knights picked up pinfalls over Perez and Stackhouse, plus two forfeit wins in the 182 and 220, to go up 24-15. Elizabethtown stepped up late for the second time, taking five of the final seven matches. Mummau, Olson and Walters got pinfalls, while Schach won in a forfeit and Nagel held on in a 6-3 decision. While Ginder and Frank lost in 6-0 and 18-17 decisions, respectively, they did prevent Eastern York from gaining ground. Thus, the Bears left for home with a 42-30 victory.
For the second time this season, Olson and Rice went undefeated during a dual meet; the duo had previously gone 5-0 at Elizabethtown’s Grizzly Duals back in January. This time around, Mummau joined them as well.
Elizabethtown closes out the season with a 5-16 meet record. The Bears will partake in the Section II tournament of Class 3A for District 3 on Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16.