Facing archrival Dallastown in its regular-season finale, the Red Lion wrestling coach finally had an opening flip go his way, only to see one of his wrestlers make the wrong call.
"Someone's going to be in the doghouse for that one," said Walizer, whose team hadn't won a flip all year. "I didn't (cool off) until around the 160-pound match."
By that time, his Lion squad was up 19 points on its way to a 37-20 victory over Dallastown.
The win leaves Red Lion (8-4, 6-2) in third place in YAIAA Division I and earns the Lions one of the league's four automatic bids to next week's District 3 Class AAA Team Wrestling Tournament.
Walizer wanted his team to send its wrestlers out first for the odd matches, forcing Dallastown to send out a wrestler to go up against Lion standout Dylan Nguyen. Unfortunately, one of his captains called even, and Dallastown forfeited to the 26-5 Nguyen.
To make matters worse, this came on the heels of Walizer losing a starter to sickness as the team got ready to make the short trip to Dallastown.
"Rustin Lehr was white as a ghost. I wouldn't even let him get on the bus," said Walizer of his regular 160-pounder. "Korey Eberly stepped in and did a nice job."
Eberly, in just his eighth varsity match, registered a takedown in each of the periods to earn a 7-1 decision over David Naylor. Several times, Eberly had a cradle locked up, but Naylor fought it off and gave up just a regular decision.
Walizer admits that he was a little nervous about putting his sophomore out on the mat, but it had little to do with winning or losing.
"We had just finished a good 45-minute workout. ... I was beating on him. Korey wasn't anticipating having a varsity match. I figured at least he had a good warmup," he said with a laugh.
Eberly's win finished off a string of four consecutive Red Lion victories -- two via major decisions by Scott Vasellas (140) and Bobby Axe (145) -- and extended the visitor's lead to 28-6 heading into the meat of the Wildcat lineup.
Dallastown (6-6, 4-4) had bumped all of its four heavyweights up a weight class in the hopes of sweeping the four bouts before a Wildcat forfeit at 103 would finish off the match.
The Wildcats went 3-1 with two bonus-point wins, but it wasn't enough.
Josh Burg recorded a technical fall over Billy Lloyd at 171, while Phil Sprenkle needed just 1:35 to pin Brooks Arnold at 215.
Those wins were sandwiched around the best individual pairing of the night between Red Lion's David Quackenbos and Dallastown's Tyler Hoover.
Both wrestlers are ranked No. 4 in the district rankings, Hoover at 171 and Quackenbos at 189.
The Wildcat senior then took the lead with his own takedown 15 seconds into the final period. Hoover controlled the Lion junior for the next 1:21 before Quackenbos worked free to cut the deficit to 4-3, which was the final score.
"Tyler wrestled a nice bout," said Wildcat coach Matt Streibig. "He's a very strong kid, so wrestling bigger guys doesn't bother him. He doesn't shy away from (the challenge)."
Wes Mummert prevented the Dallastown sweep of the upper weights with a 5-4 decision over Mike Shoemaker at 285, with the difference coming on an escape with 50.1 seconds left in the bout.
RED LION 37, DALLASTOWN 20
112 -- Andrew Bacon, RL, major dec. Cameron Crawford, 9-0; 119 -- Dylan Nguyen, RL, won by forfeit; 125 -- Tanner Druck, Dt, dec. Zach Prestopine, 9-2; 130 -- Nick Blakney, RL, major dec. Josh Arnold, 10-1; 135 --Tyler Deetz, Dt, dec. Tyler Schell, 10-6; 140 -- Scott Vasellas, RL, major dec. Cooper Deller, 13-4; 145 -- Bobby Axe, RL, major dec. Brooks Morrison, 9-1; 152 -- Brody Snyder, RL, dec. Brett Jenson, 7-2; 160 -- Korey Eberly, RL, dec. David Naylor, 7-1; 171 -- Josh Burg, Dt, technical fall over Billy Lloyd, 4:54 (19-4); 189 -- Tyler Hoover, Dt, dec. Dave Quackenbos, 4-3; 215 -- Phil Sprenkle, Dt, pinned Brooks Arnold, 1:35; 285 -- Wes Mummert, RL, dec. Mike Shoemaker, 5-4; 103 -- Kyle Sprenkle, RL, won by forfeit.