Western Wayne wrestlers are piling up the wins in league and tournament action
The Wildcats took another step along the path to Hershey this past weekend.
Western Wayne's varsity wrestling team traveled to Jersey Shore High School to compete in the Bulldog Duals on Saturday.
There, Coach Dante Terenzio's lads fought their way to a solid 3-2 record against some of the state's truly elite programs.
"I'm pretty pleased with how well we did," he told TWI Sports. "This is a very good tournament with state caliber competition and we more than held our own."
The 'Cats posted victories over Canton (54-20), Jersey Shore (48-24) and Cental Dauphin East (36-32). They suffered losses to Warrior Run (44-22) and Greensburg Salem (57-18).
With these three latest wins, Western Wayne upped its overall record to 15-4 on the season. The 'Cats now hit the road on Wednesday for a Lackawanna League battle at Blue Ridge.
That Division Two match is set for a 6:45 p.m start in New Milford.
Morgan Fuller and Virgil Burns paced the 'Cat attack with perfect records at this weekend's tourney.
Fuller went unbeaten, posting a pristine 5-0 mark at 138. Morgan also became the first Wildcat to crack the 20-win plateau this season and now sits at 20-3.
"I love watching Morgan wrestle because he's just so technically sound," said Coach Terenzio.
"He's very calm, cool and collected out there. Once Morgan gets a takedown, the bout is pretty much over because the other kid just isn't going to escape."
Fuller posted pins against Greensburg Salem's Zach Mattucci (3:58), Travis Butcher of Canton (2:41) and Central Dauphin's James Russell (:42).
Burns remains one of the winter's best stories. Virgil cranked out five more wins Saturday to stay unbeaten at a sparkling 18-0.
The Wildcat senior began his 2012-13 campaign at 195, but then moved up to 220 before settling in at heavyweight.
Virgil went on a rampage at Jersey Shore, hammering out four fist period pins in five assignments.
"I'm very happy to see Virgil doing so well," said Coach Terenzio. "He put in a lot of time during the pre-season and it's paying off in a big way.
"Virgil gives up a ton of weight at 285, but he's as physical as they come and he can match anybody strength-for-strength."
Burns clamped Nathan Caputo of Jersey Shore (1:27), Canton's Brady Bryington (1:01), Matt Fitzkee of Central Dauphin (:31) and Eric Ahrens of Greensburg Salem (:29).
All told, Burns has piled up 13 falls in 18 bouts.
Three other Wildcats also turned in memorable efforts at the Bulldog Duals.
Lucas Karnick, Austin Swoyer and Conner Rosensweet all posted 4-1 marks.
Karnick has seen serious action at both 160 and 170 this season, but wrestled all five of his bouts Saturday at the lower weight.
Lucas suffered a loss in his first action of the event, but then went on to reel off four straight wins including a pair of pins.
He clamped Seth Martin of Canton (3:18) and Central Dauphin's Brandon Mays (3:00).
Swoyer continues to turn heads for Western Wayne at both 195 and 200. Austin ratcheted his mark up to 19-5 on the season by going 4-1 Saturday.
The Wildcat junior absorbed an 8-4 loss in the match with Canton, but was well nigh untouchable otherwise. He needed just 18 seconds to clamp Jersey Shore's Jacob Huling, then added three more falls in pushing his total to 12.
And, speaking of pins, Rosensweet has been an absolute machine this year.
Conner's overall record stands at 15-6 and all 15 of those wins have come via fall. He went 4-1 at Jersey Shore, adding four more first period clamps to his spakling resume.
Rosensweet barely broke a sweat in earning six team points from Jack Zarkpah of Central Dauphin East (:50), Warrior Run's Hunter Stoup (:21), Nate Lose of Jersey Shore (:16) and Canton's Richard Heffner (:10).