Southern Huntingdon held its own through the first five bouts of Friday’s season-opening match at Penns Valley, but the Rams won eight of the last nine by fall or forfeit to race away to a 59-21 victory.

“We’re not where we need to be, but Penns Valley has a very good team,” said Rocket coach Andy Hull. “They’re very tough in the upper weights. We have a very young team and some of those young kids performed pretty well.”

The match started at 106 where the Rams’ Hayden Yearick took a quick 6-0 lead before pinning Raymond Goss at 1:32. At 113, Southern’s Austin Dell trailed 7-0 throught two periods. He was in the top position to start the third stanza and turned Justin Darlington for a fall in 5:09 to tie the match.

Penns Valley retook the lead at 120 when Bayler Chunk rolled to a 17-2 technical fall over Cole Hess in just two minutes.

The Rockets’ Josh Fleck made his varsity debut at 126. He gave up a takedown in the first period and trailed 2-1 at the buzzer. Fleck got a penalty point in the second period to even the bout, then escaped in the third to win 3-2.

Southern took a 15-11 lead in the match when Dylan Boone (132) accepted a forfeit.

It went down hill quickly from there.

Penns Valley’s Clayton Royer got things rolling for the Rams at 138. Royer opened up a 10-0 lead before pinning Evan Herrington in 1:40. Malachi Duvall (145) had a 4-0 lead when he pinned Brandon Runk in 1:59, then Cole felker (152) led 2-0 on a second-period reversal before pinning Jordan Bailey in 3:45.

The Rams kept it rolling with Clayton Upcraft (160) leading Wyatt Campbell 2-0 before record a fall in 44 seconds. Zach Royer (170) followed that by pinning Mason Swanger in 1:19, then Abraham Allenbach decked Aaron Kough in 1:12. Andrew Sherrel (195) received a forfeit to make it 53-15.

Southern got its final points of the match at 220 when Casey Willis pulled away to a 7-6 lead before pinning Caleb Packer in 5:53.

The match ended with the Rams’ Dillon Covalt (285) receiving a forfeit.

The Rockets will be back in action today at the St. Mary’s Tournament.

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