Sophomore Jacob Lipscomb (25-2) won a 15-2 major decision over Mark Hopkins and Damond’Tez Rawlings (21-6) pinned Ben Anders in the third period and the Vikings trailed 33-30 with two matches remaining.
At 138, Lansdowne’s freshman Trevon Conaway was trailing Jake Blanchard 3-0 early in the second period before he got pinned.
“He [Conaway] was a JV guy we brought up due to some injuries,” Dunn said. “You could tell he was a little nervous, moving backwards a lot. He’s just got to be more aggressive and not be afraid.”
That pin clinched the match for the Mustangs, but Lansdowne junior Peyton Collins made one final statement when he pinned Brayden Santos in the second period at 145 pounds.
Collins (16-14) was prepared to win with a fall, no matter what happened in the match before him.
“Going into the next match, even if you can’t do something [to change the outcome], you still have to have that mindset, because points are real big later on in the long run like during regionals,” Collins said.
Despite the loss, Collins is going to savor the rest of the postseason with his teammates.
“This group of kids are probably one of the best kids of any sports team I’ve been on,” Collins said. “I love them to death, always will, no matter what, even when they graduate and when I graduate, hopefully I’ll still be in contact with them.”
Meanwhile, Dunn hopes the tough match prepared his squad for the rest of the postseason.
“We are going to be firing on all cylinders come county tournament time and we have to be ready for that and regionals,” Dunn said. “That’s our goal — to get guys to the state tournament and try to get them on the stands at the state tournament.”