Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Loiseau, Inman advance in Class AA
Lobeck rebounds from first-round loss Loiseau, Inman advance in Class AA BY DAVE BYRNE, Sports Writer
HERSHEY -- Jeff Inman's angst gave him almost as difficult a time as Williamson's Trevor McWhorter.
Stephen Loiseau could sympathize.
Both overcame the anxiety of opening day at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships, advancing to today's quarterfinals with victories Thursday at Hershey's Giant Center.
Inman went overtime for a 4-2 win at 132, taking McWhorter down with two seconds left in the sudden-victory period.
Loiseau stayed in regulation, as Lancaster Catholic's 182-pounder held off Canton's Garrett Wesneski, 3-2.
The Crusaders' Joe Lobeck bounced back from a first-round loss to Huntingdon's Collin Glorioso at 106 to outscore Warrior Run's Zack LeBarron, 14-7 in the first round of consolations.
All three continue the state medal quest today as wrestling resumes at 9 a.m.
While pre-match jitters are part and parcel of Loiseau's game day process, it was a new sensation for Inman. An unwelcome one.
"It took a lot of energy out of me," he said. "I was kind of slow, lethargic going out there."
He shook off the lethargy to score the first points, gaining the advantage off a fireman's carry setup, with 31 seconds left in the first period.
McWhorter escaped almost immediately, and after a scoreless second period contested from neutral, escaped early in the third period to tie the match.
Battling back fatigue, Inman carried the action to McWhorter.
Inman had several takedown opportunities on head-and-arm setups and snap-downs, but couldn't finish.
"I was really tired," he said. "I couldn't get much going."
With overtime running out, Inman reached for his reserve, blocking McWhorter's shot, snapping him down and spinning behind him for the victory.
"That was my first state match," he said. "Now I've got one under my belt, I should be better tomorrow."
Loiseau hit a single leg almost from the jump, but could not immediately enjoy the fruits of his labor as Wesneski battled.
"It took a while," Loiseau said. "I don't like doing something and wasting it. You worked for it, so …"
Loiseau chose bottom to start the second period, escaping with 41 seconds to go for a 3-0 lead. He nearly scored on a fireman's carry but ran out of time as the period expired.
Time proved unfriendly in the third period as Loiseau stuck Wesneski with a power half, but could only get a one count.
Wesneski eventually reversed out of the hold, with 27 seconds left, and Loiseau avoided further excitement to secure the win.
"It just stinks to only win by a point," he said. "I try to challenge myself all season (to be better). It's the atmosphere."
The atmosphere got the better of Lobeck at first, but after surrendering a pair of takedowns in a 6-0 loss to Glorioso, he was more than ready for LeBarron.
A takedown and two nearfall points on a half-and-bar gave Lobeck an early lead he would never relinquish.
LeBarron scored two takedowns in the second period, the second out of a scramble with two seconds left, to get to 7-5.
A third-period takedown pulled LeBarron to 8-7 and he let Lobeck out with 15 seconds left, hoping to tie the score.
Lobeck was having none of that.
"I learned my lesson last week," he said, the memory of a late takedown loss still fresh. "Sometimes the best way to learn lessons is through hardship."
Lobeck stepped over LeBarron's desperation dump try, putting him on his back for five points as time ran out.
"Fifteen seconds left, I wasn't going to let him get a shot. I got an underhook, trapped his arm and threw it," said Lobeck.