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Falcon wrestling team has busy early schedule

The high school wrestling season started about a month later than it was originally scheduled. And teams had about half the practice time they usually do before starting meets.

But there’s only so much time left before the postseason begins next month. Like most teams, Salisbury is getting in as many matches as possible while it can.

The Falcons wrestled three dual meets and competed in a dual meet tourney this season in which they got in another three matches.

“If all goes as planned I think the kids will have 18 or 19 matches before districts,” said Falcon head coach Eric Snyder. “

“It’s hard. We’re wrestling with the same guys every day and we’re not allowed to go to other schools to practice. They’re working hard and trying to get better every day.”

Salisbury, which has a small team and will forfeit more matches than it wrestles this season in dual meets, is still looking for its first team win. But a few Falcon wrestlers have competed well in the early part of the season.

Braedon Alder (138) is off to a 4-2 start with two pins this season.

Ben Krauss picked up his first win of the season Friday night against Pen Argyl.

Krauss, who has been wrestling at 189 this year, moved up one weight class to take on Dakota Graham, a 215-pounder who finished sixth at districts last year at 195.

Krauss fell behind Graham 5-1 after the first period but battled back to take the lead in the second period en route to a 16-9 win in the match.

“He got down early, battled back and wrestled really good late in the first period and then the second and third period,” said Snnyder. “He’s been wrestling really well.”

Salisbury’s John Samy (132) and Toby Linn (152) picked up wins by forfeit against Pen Argyl. Samy is 2-4 this season while Linn is 2-0 with a pin and a forfeit win.

The Falcons faced some tough competition this season. They took on Saucon Valley twice, once in a dual meet and again at a tournament Saturday where they also saw Wilson-West Lawn.

“We have some work,” said Snyder. “We were shut down for three or four weeks so we haven’t had that much practice time. We’ll get there. The kids work hard.”

PRESS PHOTO BY MIKE HAINES Salisbury's Ben Krauss beat Pen Argyl's Dakota Graham 16-9 Friday,
PRESS PHOTO BY MIKE HAINES Salisbury's Braeden Alder (right) has four wins and a pair of pins this season.