The Buckhorns held off a wild Comet rally Tuesday night en route to a hard-fought 34-27 Lackawanna League win.
With the Bucks up by four and one bout left on the slate with visiting Abington Heights, Paupack’s Garrett Zeiler stepped onto the mat to face Dustin Eyerman.
On the line was not only a Buckhorn victory, but keeping their Lackawanna League Division One record unblemished.
“I was nervous going into the match because I knew if I gave up a major decision, or anything more, we would lose the match, but in my mind I was going to be on the offensive,” Zeiler told the TWI?Sports moments after his 6-1 victory.
Zeiler controlled the tempo from the start and held a 2-0 advantage at the end of the first period.
In the second period, he was up 3-1, and cruised to the 6-1 win after six minutes.
“That was a tough match for him. He knows we’re only up by four, and he knows in the back of his mind that he can’t get pin-ned or give up a major,” said coach Steve Krushnowski.
“He stepped up tonight and saved the match.”
The Bucks jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead on a major decision from Ethan Wehrmann (171), a pin from Dan Ingulli (189) and an overtime win for Guy Bruno (215) before the Comets staged a rally.
With a four point advantage, Paupack’s Josh Rake padded the lead with a big pin over Jackson Reninger in 3:48.
Two forfeits made the score 31-18, before Abington clawed their way back into the contest.
“We’re getting there,”?said Coach Krushnowski. “People are starting to say, ‘hey, you better watch out for Paupack.