By Harold Raker
The Daily Item
SUNBURY -- With a move typically confined to the light- and middle-weight wrestlers, Shikellamy's Jeremy Bacon on Thursday night set himself up to be a part of history.
Starting on the bottom for the second period, the Braves sophomore 285-pounder used a knee slide, elevated and reversed Shamokin's Adam Miller for a 2-0 lead. Miller escaped in the third, but Bacon stayed on the attack and pinned the Indian in 5 minutes, 3 seconds.
Bacon's pin in the final bout wrestled put the icing on the cake in Shikellamy's 48-19 Heartland Athletic Conference Division I win, the 600th in program history. Started in 1965, the Shikellamy program's all-time record is now 600-180-6.
There were two bouts remaining in the meet at the Phil Lockcuff Gym at the Shikellamy Fieldhouse, but the teams double-forfeited at 106 and the Indians forfeited to the Braves at 113.
The win also clinched a berth in next week's District 4 Class AAA Duals Championships for the Braves (7-6 overall, 5-0 HAC I). After a trip to Bald Eagle Area on Saturday in a Big Seven League meet, Shikellamy hosts Jersey Shore on Monday night in what will in essence be the HAC-I championship meet.
The Braves found themselves in a battle through the first half of the meet, with Shamokin leading 19-15 at the halfway point.
Shikellamy's AJay Baker, a hero in the team's win over Mifflinburg last week, again fought out of early trouble and eked out a 6-5 win over Ty Fisher at 170 to get the home team within 19-18. At 182, Joe Snyder's fall in 1:21 over Brayson Pauelczyk essentially iced the milestone win.
The Shamokin lead was just 24-19, but coach Todd Hockenbroch's Indians (1-12, 0-5) were out of ammunition, forfeiting four of the final five bouts.
Being a part of the historic win, and the last Brave to compete in the milestone meet, was special for Bacon.