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Neshaminy wrestling too much for Pennsbury

by Joe Fite, Bucks County Courier Times

Posted on January 21, 2018

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MIDDLETOWN - Over the last three seasons, no more than 12 points separated Neshaminy and Pennsbury in any wrestling match. But any semblance of closeness went out the window Friday night.

The visiting Falcons won the first bout, but Neshaminy won the next 11 on Senior Night and went on to post a convincing 63-8 victory in a Suburban One League National Conference contest.

"The kids were excited," Neshaminy coach Mike Stewart said. "It was Alumni and Senior Night, so there was a little extra excitement in them and we were at home. So yeah. You saw that tonight."

Pennsbury (8-9 overall, 2-1 SOL National) broke the ice in the opening match at 285 pounds when Elijah Slaughter slipped past Matthew Soska in overtime 5-2.

Slaughter tied the bout when he recorded an escape with six-tenths of a second left in the second overtime, then won it with a takedown at the buzzer ending the third overtime.

But it was all Neshaminy from there.

Freshman Shawn Marion tied the match, 3-3, when he earned a first period takedown and held on to beat Ryan McGurrin, 6-4.

"He weighs like 95 pounds," Stewart said of Marion who improved to 10-11. "He's giving up 10-12 pounds every match. He went out there against a good, experienced wrestler and won."

Neshaminy took the lead for good after winning the 113 pound bout. Freshman Zac Martin got Ryan Murphy in a cradle and rolled him onto his back for a pin in 1 minute, 42 seconds. Murphy was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct, cost his team a point, and gave Neshaminy a 10-2 lead.

That fall touched off a string of big performances. Freshman Liam Moss (1:42, 120 pounds) and junior Colton Jordan (3:18, 126 pounds) earned pins while senior Austin Saba picked up a technical fall, 16-0, in 5:12 for a 26-2 Neshaminy lead.

The home team grabbed four more pins from junior Gus Natelli (0:40, 138 pounds), junior Jackson Erb (1:17, 145 pounds), junior Rory Rienzi (2:58, 152 pounds) and sophomore Gunner Spain (4:33, 160 pounds) to lift Neshaminy to a 50-2 advantage.

Senior Brock Leinbach, who celebrated Senior Night along with Saba, ran into a tough customer in Max Schummer at 170 pounds. He took a 4-1 lead in the first period on a pair of takedowns, a 6-1 lead in the second period on a near fall, and used an escape and a takedown in the third period to earn his 15th win of the season.

"I couldn't get much going on top," Leinbach said. "I've beaten him before. I was able to dominate him mostly, but I just couldn't get him to turn over on top. I should have done more on my feet."

At 182 pounds, sophomore Jason Pascucci picked up an escape with 12 seconds left and edged Jonathan Medina, 7-6.

Davis Lee ended Neshaminy's win streak when he pinned sophomore Zack Magdelinskas in 2:25 at 195 pounds for his 20th win, but freshman Kenny Monaco came back from a 4-1 deficit at 220 pounds to pin Pat Chappell in 3:21 to close out the scoring.

Neshaminy is young, but very talented with four freshmen and two sophomores earning impressive victories with four pins among them.

"I'm very happy," Stewart said. "There's a lot of development still with a young team. But tonight was a good example of what is possible."

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