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Salisbury wrestlers beat Northwestern in CL opener

Things are coming together nicely for Salisbury wrestling. With an influx of talent from a co-op agreement with Allentown Central Catholic, there is a bit of a buzz around the team.

The talent and buzz resulted in the team’s first Colonial League victory since January of 2014 when they downed Northwestern Lehigh 45-23 in their opening match of the season.

Toby Linn, Colby Townley, John Samy, and Mitchell Miller all posted first-period pins for Salisbury.

The night opened with Edwin Serrano gaining a win by forfeit at 133 before pins by Townley and Samy gave Salisbury an 18-0 advantage.

After a loss at 152, Toby Linn picked up a pin at the 1:55 mark of the first period. At 215, Jakub Gloc won an 8-4 decision over Dart DeLillo and Miller’s fall came in just :57 at 285. Josh Wiltrout (114) won by forfeit and Shawn Donaldson picked up a second-period pin at 127 to cap off the event.

“There is a different energy around because of the new guys,” said Salisbury head coach Eric Snyder, who has coached teams with just a few varsity wrestlers in some seasons in the recent past. “I think we know that we won’t have to give as many forfeits this season and that we can put a competitive lineup out there.

“Our talent and effort were never an issue, but we just lacked the depth and couldn’t fill out an entire roster before. Now, the numbers are there, so the energy is different.”

PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Salisbury's Toby Linn was one of three Falcons to earn first-period pins in Friday's win over Northwestern.