EAST ROCKHILL - The pins kept coming and coming, and, simply put, Souderton picked up more of them to post a 51-28 victory over host Pennridge in a Suburban One League Continental Conference wrestling match Thursday night.
"Our guys went out and did what we needed them to do," Souderton coach Tristan Boyd said. "I know Pennridge was missing some of their guys, and that's never easy. I was just pleased that our guys went out and gave everything they had."
The win moved the Indians to 2-1 in the SOL Continental while the Rams dipped to 1-2. Both teams are chasing 3-0 Central Bucks East and 2-0 North Penn.
"This was an opportunity for some of our younger guys to get some varsity experience that's really going to help them later," Pennridge coach R.P. Norley said. "Souderton has a tough team and they wrestled well and that's what we expected out of them."
While the Rams were missing six starters, they did see the return of senior standout Josh Stillings (182 pounds), who injured his shoulder a little over a week ago, and missed last weekend's Escape The Rock Tournament at Council Rock South.
Stillings, a three-time PIAA state qualifer, and two-time state medalist (including a second place last season), wore a brace on his left shoulder but was still able to record a second-period fall, one of four by the Rams (freshman Nathan Manuola, sophomore Stephen Nace and senior John Snyder had the others).
"Josh was cleared to wrestle and we're happy to have him back," Norley said. "He has big goals this season and will get to where he needs to be for the post-season."
The Indians have a similar story in junior Tyler Williams, a state qualifier as a freshman who missed all of his sophomore season due to injury.
"I got a concussion in practice the week before the season started last year and couldn't wrestle," Williams said. "It was just brutal not being able to be out there.
"They kept telling me I would be cleared soon, but I wasn't cleared until a week after sectionals (now called the SOL conference championships), and that was obviously too late. I'm just really glad to be back wrestling and my goals are the same as last season, and that's to get back to states and get a medal."
Williams, at 132, was part of a flurry of six-straight pins by the Indians (starting at 126 and ending at 160) that turned an 18-0 deficit into an insurmountable 36-18 lead. Freshman Sam Beckett, senior Harrison Andrade, junior Connor Trowbridge, junior Trevor Alderfer and junior Cole Ragusa were also part of the "pinfest" by Souderton.
"We got into a hole at the start, but the guys were able to bounce back," Boyd said. "Our younger guys down low are working hard and learning and they're coming along. And we're pretty strong in the middle of the lineup and that helped us tonight."
Notes: The Rams have another big home match on Saturday when they host two-time defending SOL Continental Conference champ North Penn (7 p.m.) on Senior Night. ... Up next for the Indians will also be the Knights, at home, on Wednesday (7 p.m.). ... The first nine matches were all pins (six by Souderton and three by Pennridge) and took less than 16 total minutes of mat time (seven of them came in the first period).