Spring Grove coach Tony Miller reacts after Jonathan Gross secured the lone fall of the match at 170.
Spring Grove coach Tony Miller reacts after Jonathan Gross secured the lone fall of the match at 170. (Bil Bowden)

Technically, Alec Zorbaugh did the same thing last season for Spring Grove.

Around this time a year ago, Zorbaugh stepped out on the Rockets' home mat in the final bout of the night against South Western, only to find out he had won by forfeit. The Rockets captured the York-Adams Division I title as a result.

Fast forward to Thursday night at South Western. In the second-to-last bout, Rockets' coach Tony Miller sent out Zorbaugh (120 pounds) to face Mustangs' junior Cole Sterrett.

The performance won't go down as the best of the night, but Zorbaugh's escape in the second period turned out to be the only point of the bout. Nonetheless, the victory over Sterrett locked up the win for Spring Grove and gave the Rockets another division title.

After getting up off the mat, Zorbaugh responded by yanking off his head gear and pointing to the lively Spring Grove crowd.

"My friend was up there. He was glancing at me before I went out and telling me 'You know what you have to do.' I just nodded," Zorbaugh said. "I didn't even think about it. It was just a reaction when I pointed up there."

Zack Clingan (126 pounds) scored a technical fall in the last bout to make the final score 33-19 in favor of the Rockets.

Spring Grove (10-0 division, 20-0 overall) has now won or shared the division title six years in a row, winning it outright five out of the last six seasons. Thursday's win also wrapped up the second undefeated regular season in program history, having last accomplished the feat in 2009-10 (17-0).


"It's hard to do that year in and year out," Miller said. "It's so hard to go undefeated. That's really tough. We're looking forward to districts now."

Spring Grove entered the night sitting at No. 4 in the most recent District 3-AAA power rankings. With Thursday's win, the Rockets should remain in the top four spots, which means they'll be one of four teams to host the first two rounds of the district team tournament Tuesday night.

South Western (9-1, 9-3), which entered ranked at No. 9, will likely still make the 16-team district tournament despite the loss. The Mustangs have now finished in the top three in the division six out of the last seven years.

"Regardless of what the score is, this is better than what I had planned out," South Western coach Brad Zeigler said. "I was putting some lineups together. And we have at least half of our kids with losing records or .500 (records). So to do what we did, I wished we could've done a little bit more. But I think we had some kids step up."

The Rockets certainly appeared to hold the upper-hand early. Spring Grove didn't allow a point until the 50-second mark of the third period in the third bout of the night and won six of the first seven bouts to open up a 25-3 advantage.

Senior A.J. Jones (195) got the momentum going for the Mustangs with a 3-1 decision over senior Tyler Beckner. It turned out to be the first of five straight bouts won by South Western to get the Mustangs to within 25-19 going into the 120-pound bout.

The rally included the most impressive bout of the match that paired up arguably the two best 220-pounders in the league in Aram Moffitt (South Western) and Alex Guinn (Spring Grove). Guinn scored a reversal with eight seconds left in the third period to send it to overtime, where Moffitt won it with a takedown 22 seconds into the first OT period.

Rockets' senior Jonathon Gross (170) had the lone pin of the match.


BERMUDIAN SPRINGS 39, BIGLERVILLE 20: At Biglerville, the Eagles continued their dominance of York-Adams Division II, sewing up their seventh title in the last eight years, including four straight. Bermudian has gone 73-1 in division matches during that streak. Biglerville was the only other team to win a Division II title during that run in 2009. Both teams entered Thursday's showdown at 7-0 in the division. Bermudian improved to 21-4 overall, while Biglerville fell to 22-2. Bermudian got a pin from Dalton Becker (120). The Eagles were also helped by two forfeits at 145 and 195. Biglerville got a pin from Jasper Hankey (138).

DALLASTOWN 52, RED LION 21: At Red Lion, the Wildcats rolled past their arch-rival behind pins from Tanner Druck (152), Luke Baldwin (170) and Wesley Hoover (138). Dallastown also got technical falls from Andrew Pierce (113), Nicholas Shields (120) and Rodney Sunday (126). Red Lion got pins from Rodney Eid (160), Shawn Karlin (106) and Austin Holloway (145). Dallastown finished up its York-Adams Division I season at 8-2, good for third place.

WEST YORK 58, SUS QUEHANNOCK 12: At Glen Rock, the Bulldogs finished up 6-4 in York-Adams Division I action. West York has now had back-to-back winning league seasons for the first time since 1997. The Bulldogs got pins from Allen Stauffer (132), Ryan Narber (145), Jake Oliver (152) and Jake Gemmill (220). West York was also helped by four forfeits. Susquehannock got a pin from Ray Wenger at 170.

EASTERN YORK 45, HANOVER 25: At Wrightsville, the Golden Knights finished 6-2 in York-Adams Division II, sewing up a third-place finish. The Knights got pins from Dillon Mackley (182), Alex Cooley (220), Camden Stoops (285), Dalton Lauer (126) and Toby Barnhart (132). Hanover got pins from Ian Brown (145), Caleb Garland (120) and Zach Barnes (138).

CENTRAL YORK 45, NORTHEASTERN 34: At Central, the Panthers dominated the lower weights, winning every bout but one from 106 through 160. Central got pins from Dylan Chatterton (113), Sam Butler (120), Richard Blaine (132) and Leonard Parker (160). Northeastern got pins from Peter Gordineer (182) and Nick Yinger (195).

FAIRFIELD 40, YORK TECH 36: At Tech, the Green Knights got pins from Nicole Small (106), Wayne Wivell (145), Nick Mort (160), Jacob Miller (220) and Brett Harris (285) to earn the win. York Tech got pins from Gary Hake (132), Cameron Stewart (152) and Dylan Hartlaub (170).

-- Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.