Dealing with their first test of the season in a dual meet, host William Penn outlasted Salesianum 37-24 in nonconference wrestling action Saturday night.
The No. 4 Colonials won nine of the 14 matches with Sallies on the evening, and they came into the meet knowing that No. 3 Salesianum was their biggest challenge to date.
“This is the happiest time we had this year because we had a chance to lose. Every match before this, we knew we were going to win,” said Dayquan Foreman, who earned a pinfall victory at 160 pounds. “Tonight, it means so much more because we had a chance to lose because they are a good team.”
The meet still was in doubt heading into the final two matches. The Colonials held a 28-24 lead after Salesianum won three out of the previous four matches to nearly erase a 25-9 deficit.
Freshman Alex Haber came to the mat knowing he had to get points against Jake Stevens at 103 pounds for the Colonials to clinch a victory.
Haber came out strong, earning five points in the first period thanks to a takedown and near fall before winning his match, 8-2.
“I just wanted to get after him and get on top of him to get the win,” Haber said. “I took my time, and I was able to get an opening and take him down.”
After Haber’s victory, Roddy Honey capped the win for William Penn when he pinned Mike Hanley in 43 seconds.
Sallies did not execute the prematch plan it put in place, but coach Cameron Davis said the Sals will go into the practice room to work on what they did wrong.
“We didn’t do things tonight that we worked on in practice, and we did not execute in practice,” Davis said. “That hurt us. We’re going to go back and work harder, and hopefully, we’ll see them again and make fewer mistakes.”