By Harold Raker
The Daily Item
MILTON -- The light at the end of the tunnel was getting brighter as Shikellamy's Anthony Best was dominating Jersey Shore's Austin White, and leading 4-1 in the third period of the 160-pound bout.
An escape and a stall point against Best closed it to 4-3 and, with time winding down, Best appeared to have connected on a double-leg which could put it away. But White fought it off and turned Best to his back.
Switching from a double-arm bar to a power half, the Bulldog got the fall in 5 minutes, 39 seconds and Jersey Shore had a nine-point lead in Saturday's District 4 Class AAA Duals Tournament final at Milton High School. The Bulldogs held off the Braves 39-28 in their second meeting in less than a week.
Jersey Shore (14-2) advances to Hershey on Thursday to face the District 7 runner-up.
The Braves (8-10) lost 40-25 to the Bulldogs last Monday night.
"I thought we were going to win that (160) match," Shikellamy coach John Supsic said. "It was disappointing. Anthony fought and wrestled hard, but it didn't go our way."
Despite the score earlier in the week, Supsic believed his team could turn things around in the district final.
And he thought they wrestled well.
"With two matches to go, we were still in the mix to win, so I've got no complaints. Our guys wrestled hard. They gave a lot of effort," Supsic said.
After White's pin, Joe Snyder got it back to 24-18 with a 3-1 win over Max Mason before standout Dominick Loffredo got a first-period fall to make it 30-18.
Nate Loss made it 33-18 Jersey Shore with a 7-2 win over AJay Baker before the Bulldogs forfeited at 220 to Dwayne Pepper.
If 285-pounder Jeremy Bacon could get any kind of a win in the next-to-last bout, Shikellamy sophomore standout Nick Gittens would get a chance to win it.
Bacon and Jacob Huling, normally the Bulldogs' 220-pounder, battled to a scoreless first period before Huling escaped and took Bacon down, then clinched the team's win with a fall in 1:34.
"I thought he was in the match. They forfeited to Dwayne and I don't think they were that confident with their regular heavyweight (Jacoby Foresman)," Supsic said.
Gittens made it closer with a major decision at 106.
Nick Cashdollar had the lone pin for the Braves, a 50-second fall at 132.