|Spring-Ford's Tyler McGuigan beats Boyertown's Cody Richmond, 5-0, at 170 pounds on Wednesday night. photo by Kevin Hoffman, The Mercury|
By Don Seeley
BOYERTOWN — With six bouts remaining and staring at an 18-point deficit, Tim Seislove didn’t appear to be panicking. He wasn’t even squirming or fidgeting in his seat.
The veteran Spring-Ford head coach felt if the Rams were within 20 at that juncture, they could still beat Boyertown ... and he even expressed that, rather emphatically, to the entire team before sending out the first of his remaining six wrestlers.
“Coach talked to us and told us we could still do it,” said 138-pound Ben Schein, who gave Spring-Ford its first lead of the entire evening with an 8-3 decision in the next-to-last bout. “He told us we could come back, that we could win out... and I think that gave us confidence.”
That it did, because the Rams finished up with a flurry, a six-pack punch if you will, that included four decisions, a major and a forfeit to make up the difference and escape Boyertown with a 28-24 win in one of the most thrilling, move-by-move matches in the history of the Pioneer Athletic Conference.
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