Loiseau, Inman fall in finals
By Dave Byrne, Sports Writer email@example.com
WEST LAWN -- It was sudden.
It was unexpected.
It was certainly, in no sense, the outcome Stephen Loiseau expected.
Brandywine Heights' Adam Mackie scored a fall from neutral to win the PIAA Class AA Southeast Regional 182-pound regional championship Saturday night at Wilson High School.
Earlier in the evening, Annville-Cleona's Jeff Inman fell in the 132-pound title match, defeated 6-1 by Hanover's Ian Brown.
Lancaster Catholic's Joe Lobeck finished fourth at 106 to join Inman and Loiseau in the Class AA field at next weekend's PIAA Championships.
In a scramble off his initial shot, Mackie (36-1) blocked Loiseau's attempt to funk out of danger, sat back and stacked the Lancaster Catholic junior.
With no control awarded, Loiseau wriggled out of trouble twice.
"I'm really comfortable with that [position], actually," said Loiseau (40-2). "I didn't feel like I was on my back."
Mackie sat back once more and there was no wriggle room left. The fall came at the 1:13 mark.
"You feel it's there," Mackie said. "I just felt like I had all my pressure on the top of his head."
"I didn't feel it was a problem," Loiseau said. "I felt like it was the exact same situation."
This was the third time in three weeks Mackie and Loiseau had met in the championship final of a tournament.
Mackie won the sectional title, 3-1, in a match that was not that close. Loiseau scored a dramatic 3-1 victory for the district championship, taking Mackie down with seconds to spare.
Mackie appeared motivated by that result.
"I kind of needed that loss," Mackie said. "I wanted to gain back my confidence, show everybody what I have."
"I'll give him credit. He wrestled a lot tougher than he normally does," Loiseau said. "He came out really aggressive. He came out ready."
Inman's first regional championship final was very like his first district championship final.
The similarities extended beyond the Annville-Cleona sophomore facing Hanover's Ian Brown for the second time in as many weeks.
Once again, Brown (36-2) dominated wire-to-wire, never allowing Inman (40-4) to get untracked in a 6-1 victory.
Last weekend it was 6-0 Brown.
In the semifinals, Loiseau never trailed, but was never comfortable while posting a 13-7 victory over Tri Valley's Lyle Troutman.
Loiseau led 2-1 after two minutes, widening his advantage after reversing Troutman to his back late in the second period.
Troutman, a strapping brute, powered off his back and into a reversal, but Loiseau escaped with two seconds left to lead 7-3.
On top to start the third, Loiseau turned Troutman with a bar-and-half, just long enough to satisfy near-fall criteria before Troutman reversed with 1:10 to go.
Then, from an administrative aspect, things got a little weird. Troutman initially was not credited with the reversal points, which would've made the score 9-5, Loiseau.
After a conference, the two points went up on Troutman's side of the scoreboard, and Loiseau got two too.
Nobody -- coaches, officials, wrestlers -- seemed to find that particularly troubling. Troutman scored a takedown between a pair of let-ups for Loiseau and the match ended with an official 13-7 final.
In a bout that was contested from neutral, Inman surrendered a takedown to Bethlehem Catholic's Lee Todora late in the first period.
Inman pushed the pace on Todora, running back to the center on every stoppage, and the hustle began to take its toll as Todora faded in the third period.
"I knew it was going to be a long match and was going to be tight," Inman said. "He got tired and I took advantage of that."
Todora took a respite with 39 seconds left, but Inman sent the match to overtime, gaining the advantage with a takedown with 13 seconds to go.
In overtime, Inman worked a head-and-arm setup, spinning behind Todora for the winning takedown with 32 seconds to go.
Continuing to wrestle back from Friday's quarterfinal loss, Lobeck (42-8) scored three takedowns to erase Annville's Josh Renninger, 7-2.
He went to overtime scoreless with Palisades' Jacob Wasser in his next match, earning a spot in the third-place match with a 2-0 sudden victory.
Wrestling for third, he faced Bishop McDevitt's Tyshawn White, who had defeated Lobeck 6-5 in the Sectional final two weeks ago.
Lobeck seemed bound to reverse that result as he scored a pair of second-period takedowns to go up 4-2.
Within that action was a moment that seemed innocent, but loomed large in the final accounting.
On a restart, with Lobeck up 2-1, the two wrestlers appeared to react to a whistle on an adjacent mat. Loiseau released his hold thinking it was a false start, but their official also had blown his whistle, so the escape went to White.
Still, Lobeck led 4-2 and, with the second period running out, he went for the big score, turning White with an armbar. White reversed out and the match was tied 4-4.
White let Lobeck out at the start of the third period and, holding a 5-4 lead, Lobeck seemed able to make that point stand as he scrambled out of danger with 24 seconds left.
With 10 seconds to go and a stall warning to give, Lobeck was home free. But he got a tad too close and White hit a blink-of-the-eye shrug, taking Lobeck down with two seconds left to prevail once more, 6-5.
"Completely similar," Lobeck said. "Pretty much a replay."
Elco's Zach Bankus and Northern Lebanon's Evan Daub were eliminated in Saturday morning's consolation quarterfinals. Bankus (32-13) was majored 11-1 by Palmerton's Zachary Graver.
Daub (42-8), who bested Graver 9-4 Friday night, was pinned by Saucon Valley's Travis Buddock. Buddock went on to pin Graver for the Bronze medal.n
"I'll give him credit. He wrestled a lot tougher than he normally does. He came out really aggressive. He came out ready."
Stephen Loiseau, on final opponent Adam Mackie