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BEA wrestling just misses district championship

by on February 08, 2018 10:20 AM

The Bald Eagle Area wrestling team came just short of winning the District 6 AAA duals at Tyrone on Feb. 3. The Eagles defeated Bellefonte 49-22, before falling to Mifflin County in the championship, 36-33. 

It has been a season that has made BEA one of Centre County’s most dominant wrestling teams again, and a district title would have been the icing on the cake. But, Mifflin County picked up a large enough lead early and managed to hold on.

The loss ended Bald Eagle Area’s undefeated season.

BEA came back swinging in its dual meet at State College on Feb. 6, winning 57-18.

Dylan Bisel (182), Cooper Gilham (106), Drake Holderman (126), Alex Holt (138), Lucas Holderman (132), Seth Koleno (145) and Garrett Rigg (152) all pinned their opponents. Gage McClenahan (160) and David Close (220) also won for the Eagles.

BEA will have a couple of bye weeks before participating in the District 6 AAA tournament at Altoona Field House on Saturday, Feb. 24.


The Red Raiders also participated in the District 6 AAA duals in Tyrone, falling to top-seed BEA in the semis, 49-22.
With their team playoff hopes ending early, the wrestlers will focus on individual playoffs in a few short weeks.

Bellefonte (7-5) takes on Huntingdon at 7p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, before a two-week break ahead of the District 6 AAA tourney at Altoona Field House on Saturday, Feb. 24.


The Rams took on Tyrone on Feb. 1, taking home their seventh win of the season with a score of 43-31.

Eight Rams won their bouts: Carter Felker (170), Garrett Lucas (285), Clayton Royer (132) and Abraham Allebach (160) by pinfall; Dillon Covalt (220) and Thomas Dolheimer (120) by forfeit; Zach Royer (152) by a 15-14 decision; and Baylor Shunk (106) by an 18-7 major decision.

PV also took on West Branch on Feb. 6, and heads to Bellwood-Antis on Thursday, Feb. 8, for a dual meet. After a week off, the Rams head to the District 6 AA tournament at Altoona Field House on Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17.


Mounties wrestlers went home happy Feb. 6 after taking down Clearfield, 42-31.

Matt Johnson (152), Nicholas Bryan (106), Chase Chapman (120) and Brandon Anderson (195) all won their bouts by pinfall.

Next for P-O is a dual meet at Hollidaysburg at 7p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, followed by a another dual meet at home against Brookville at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13.


The Little Lions’ senior night didn’t go quite as planned, as the team fell to Bald Eagle Area by a score of 57-18.

Lance Urbas (170), Cole Urbas (220) and Owen Woolcott (120) won for State College. Lance Urbas pinned BEA’s Richard Taylor, while State High’s two other wins came by forfeit.

The Little Lions head to DuBois on Monday, Feb. 12, for a dual meet before having 11 days off to prepare for the District 6 AAA tournament at Altoona Field House on Saturday, Feb. 24.


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