EASTERN YORK- The Eastern York varsity wrestlers know that if they can keep their wrestling matches close in the lower weights, they have a good chance of winning.

That's what happened Dec. 10 against the Littlestown Thunderbolts as both teams opened their YAIAA Division II schedule.

The Knights scored 21 points over the final four matches to come away with a 42-24 win over the Thunderbolts on the Littlestown mats.

"This was a good match for us top to bottom," Eastern Coach Dan Garner said. "Our heavyweights are our strength. They work hard in the practice room against each other. They push each other and it showed tonight.

"Our regular heavyweight didn't wrestle tonight because he hurt his ankle in gym class, but Kalil Grimes stepped in and did a nice job tonight.

"We just got a lot of good efforts throughout the lineup."

The Knights showed they have some pinning power when Mike Dumczyk and Chance Hawkins scored back-to-back falls at 145 and 152 pounds, respectively, to take the lead from the Bolts at 18-15.

In perhaps the best match of the night, Littlestown's Austin Sanders and Eastern's Abram Sowers battled right to the end, with Sowers pulling out a 10-8 win at 170.

Sowers, who weighed only 153 pounds, was bothered almost the entire match by a bleeding nose.

He had only 17 seconds remaining on his blood time at the end of the match. The difference for Sowers was a 4-0 advantage in the second period.

Eastern's Alex Cooley, wrestling at 195 pounds, needed only 18 seconds to put Jacob Fuller on his back to give Eastern the lead for good.