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BEA continues to dominate on the mat

by on January 11, 2018 12:31 PM

On Jan. 6, the Eagles held the Bald Eagle Area Duals, winning against all four of their opponents. Each win became progressively more dominant for BEA. 

First, the Bald Eagle wrestlers defeated Fauquier, Va., 36-31. Next came a 39-27 win over Warwick, followed by a 42-22 win over Altoona. Finally, Bald Eagle Area routed Hollidaysburg by a resounding 56-15.

During the Fauquier dual, 138-pounder Seth Koleno and 145-pounder Garrett Rigg pinned their opponents, while 152-pounder Gage McClenahan won a 15-5 major decision. David Close (220 pounds) came through with the clutch pin to push the Eagles over the Warriors.

BEA’s contributions during the Altoona dual included four pins, a major decision and a forfeit win.

In Martinsburg on Jan. 9, BEA routed Central, 62-14. Nathan Poole pinned Lane Kocher in just 45 seconds to lead the Eagles. Rilee Bechdel, Drake Holderman, Lucas Holderman, Cooper Gilham, Dylan Bisel and Koleno also had falls over their counterparts.

Bald Eagle Area (10-0) has time to recoup over the weekend before Philipsburg-Osceola arrives Wednesday, Jan. 17, for a dual meet.



The Red Raiders also participated in the Bald Eagle Area Duals on Jan. 6, winning both of their meets. First, they defeated Hollidaysburg, 49-28, before overcoming Altoona by a similar 48-24.

Bellefonte had six wrestlers go undefeated, including Alex Coppolo (120), Cole Stewart (126/132), Ryan Smith (126/132), Logan Simpson (145), Ethan Richner (152/160) and Ethan Rossman (170). Three of the undefeated wrestlers — Stewart, Smith and Rossman — won both of their bouts by pinfall.

The Red Raiders’ success continued against Penns Valley on Jan. 9, as they won 48-21 in their dual-meet.

Aaron Little (106), Coppolo (113), Stewart and Richner all pinned their opponents during the meet. Little took down Justing Darlington in just 25 seconds, while Coppolo felled Thomas Dolheimer in 1:31.

Dan Orndorf (285), Zachary Taylor (138), Andrew Howe (182) and Smith also won their bouts for Bellefonte.

The next time 4-3 Bellefonte takes to the mat will be in Virginia Beach, Va., for the Virginia Duals on Friday, Jan. 12, and Saturday, Jan. 13.

Penns Valley

The Rams participated in the Anthracite Duals at Panther Valley High School on Jan. 6, ending their day with a 2-3 record.

Round 1 ended with a 45-21 loss to Wilson Area. Clayton Royer (132), Charles Martin (138), Clayton Upcraft (152) and Dillon Covalt (220) won their bouts. Royer and Covalt pinned their opponents in 1:10 and 2:47, respectively.

Round 2 found Penns Valley 0-2 after a 50-24 loss to Pine Grove. Baylor Shunk (120), Royer, Covalt and Carter Felker (170) won for the Rams. All four won by pinfall.

PV won Round 3, defeating Williams Valley 47-24. Seven victories for the Rams came by forfeit, while Abraham Allebach (160) defeated Aaron Minnich by technical fall.

Milton overcame Penns Valley 54-24 in Round 4. Allebach, Covalt, Shunk and Royer were victorious, all pinning their opponents.

For their second win, Penns Valley overcame Tri Valley 47-18 on Allebach’s pin in 1:25, Shunk’s technical fall in 4:35, Royer and Martin’s pins and four forfeits.

Jan. 9 didn’t get much better for the Rams, as they lost to Bellefonte 48-21.

Allebach, Covalt and Shunk each pinned their Red Raider counterparts. In only eight seconds, Allebach finished his bout the fastest, followed by Shunk in 1:16. Covalt felled his opponent in 3:04. Felker also won a 4-2 decision.

The 3-6 Penns Valley wrestlers head to Hollidaysburg on Thursday, Jan. 11, before taking on Huntingdon on Tuesday, Jan. 16.


The Mounties participated in the Bob Craig Duals at Cedar Cliff High School on Jan. 6, splitting their two meets.

P-O started the day with a 48-18 loss to hosting Cedar Cliff. Ian Klinger (170) and Matt Johnson (160) pinned their opponents, while Josh Hubler (220) and Jordan Smith (285) won by decision.

The team ended the day strong with a 49-27 win over Trinity. Smith, Hubler and Nicholas Bryan (106) pinned their opponents, while Johnson and Klinger won by decision. Four other Mounties won their bouts by forfeit.

The Mounties wrestlers took on Tyrone on Jan. 9, putting on a clinic of pinfalls in a 69-9 domination. Kyle Taylor, Hunter Weitosh, Noah Twoey, Alex Dunkelberger, Matt Shimmel, Johnson and Smith all earned falls for P-O.

Next for the 4-1 Mounties is a dual meet at DuBois on Thursday, Jan. 11, followed by travel to Bald Eagle Area on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

State College

The Little Lions wrestling team took on the hosts at the Central Dauphin Ram Duals on Jan. 6, losing 56-15.

Clayton Leidy (113) won a 3-1 decision over Central Dauphin’s Tye Weathersby. Jason Dry (145) won by forfeit and Cole Urbas (220) pinned Tyler Adams in only 51 seconds.

On Thursday, Jan. 11, the 1-4 State College Little Lions host Altoona for a dual meet before heading to Cumberland Valley.


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