Young wrestling team falls to CV

With only a handful of upperclassmen on the roster, there are bound to be growing pains for the Pioneer wrestlers, and that was evident tonight against local rival Conestoga Valley.

The match officially began at 7:00 PM when Cameron King faced Trent Martin. King recorded a quick tackle, but Martin fought back and pinned King in a minute and 30 seconds to give the Buckskins an early lead.

Later, Keith Littler scored the Pioneers' first points of the evening, fighting his Buckskin opponent to a draw, but earning the points after putting him in a headlock.

Connor Feister earned three points in his bout
Conestoga Valley earned another four points when Johnny Franklin fell short after fighting through a long match.

Continuing the back and forth, Jake Kelly -- perhaps the Pioneers' best wrestler -- continued his season of success, notching a pin in just 54 seconds.

After that, the Pioneers' success faded. Owen Hess struggled through his bout, falling victim to a pin.

"It is hard to watch and feel, especially getting pinned," he says.

Connor Feister did earn three points for the Pioneers thereafter, but it was mostly a series of losses for L-S during the remainder of the match, with a final score of 54-18.

Coach Brad Heeter had few words after the loss.

"We have a lot of work to do," he says. "There is not much else to say besides that."

Here are three videos from Christine Johnson of the Tuesday, December 22 wrestling match

--Maggie Johnson, Assistant Sports Editor

Edited: BP

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