Westmont Hilltop bounced back from an early deficit with three straight falls in the upper weight classes to defeat the visiting Penn Cambria Panthers 46-21 on Tuesday.

Westmont coach Matt Beaujon never flinched when his squad fell behind 9-0 after Penn Cambria’s Ryan Link opened with a fall over Aaron Goodwin at 130 and Nathan Dollar decisioned Tanner Bruce 5-2 at 135.

“There was no panic,” Beaujon said. “To be able to throw Ryan Link, a state qualifier, out there was obviously a good way for Penn Cambria to open the dual meet, but I knew we were getting into the strength of our lineup as the weight classes got heavier.”

Pat Dumire turned the tide for Hilltoppers (2-0) with a narrow 6-4 victory over Matt Colian at 140.

Westmont’s T.J. Keklak racked up three takedowns, two nearfalls, and a reversal for a 13-3 major decision over Corey Rickens at 145 to give Westmont its first lead at 10-9.

Following T.J. Polacek’s 3-0 decision over John Julian at 152, the Hilltoppers recorded falls in 42 seconds, 52 seconds, and 62 seconds from Mike Brant (160), Chaz Merriman (171), and Zac Bennett (189), respectively, to take command of the meet 28-9.

“Brant, Merriman, and Bennett are all pinners,” Beaujon said. “You give them a situation where they can put you away, and they are going to put you away.”

“I knew the meat of their lineup was from 140 to 189,” Penn Cambria coach Todd Niebauer said. “You just can’t make a move there; you are going from the frying pan into the fire.”

Penn Cambria (1-1) won its last match of the evening as 215-pounder Zak Newton pinned Sean McDonald at 56 seconds.

The 103 match featured Westmont’s Tanner Hough and Penn Cambria’s Evan Link – two former Pennsylvania junior wrestling standouts – squaring off at the varsity level.

Hough used his size and strength advantage over Link to build a 3-0 lead in the second period that became the final after neither wrestler could score from the neutral position in the final period.

Westmont’s Devin Dorian recorded a fall at 112 and Jesse McQuillan earned a hard-fought 5-2 decision over Mike Kearney at 119 to complete the Hilltoppers’ comeback.

With the match comfortably in hand, Beaujon elected to forfeit the final match of the evening to Patrick Myers at 125.

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