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Four Wolves win district championships, PV’s Shunk takes second

by on February 22, 2018 8:52 AM

Two Centre County high schools, St. Joseph’s Academy and Penns Valley, participated in the District 6 AA tournament Feb. 16 and 17. St. Joe’s came in first place with 208 points, a whopping 59.5 points ahead of the runner-up. Penns Valley landed in 14th place out of 27 teams, with 77 points.

Four Rams and eight Wolves qualified for the Southwest Regional AA championships Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


Four Wolves wrestlers left the Altoona Field House as district champions Feb. 17, while four more placed to qualify for regionals. The four winners were Amonn Ohl (106), Malachi Duvall (126), Jacob Powers (132) and Caleb Dowling (138). Evan Courts (145) placed second, Zack Witmer (120) and Keegan Rothrock (152) each placed third and Ethan Kauffman (113) placed sixth.

Ohl pinned all four of his opponents over the weekend, tallying his 30th of the year in the semifinals over Bryce Beatty, of Mount Union, in 2:48. His matches were over in 1:09, 2:25, 2:48 and 3:21.

Duvall added two pins and two decisions during his championship run, including sticking Glendale’s Tristan Rutter in 3:13 in the finals. Duvall pinned his first opponent in 1:35 and won by 1-0 and 3-2 decisions before the championship.

Powers won two decisions, a major decision and earned a pin on his way to the top. The pin came first in 1:04, followed by an 8-4 decision and a 9-0 major decision before the championship bout over Izac Benson, of Huntingdon, that ended in a 5-2 decision.

Dowling started his weekend with a pin, like all but one of his teammates. He followed up his 29-second opening bout with an 8-4 decision victory and another pin, this time lasting 4:40, before defeating Charlie Beatty, of Marion Center, by a 13-2 major decision in the championship finals.

Courts came just short of a championship victory himself, losing to Ligonier Valley’s Alex Caldwell by pinfall in 1:14. On his way to the finals, Courts won by a 13-4 major decision, followed by decisions of 3-2 and 5-1.

Witmer defeated Tyler Denochick, of West Branch, by a 5-3 sudden victory decision to earn third place at 120 pounds. He started his weekend with two pins before falling by a 5-4 decision in the championship semifinals. A 16-0 tech fall victory in the consolation semi’s propelled him into the third-place bout.

Rothrock pinned Juniata’s Tyler Wileman in 4:11 to take home third in the 152-pound weight class. On his way, he pinned his opening opponent in 2:51 and won a 2-0 decision before falling to Mount Union’s Andrew Todaro by a 12-4 major decision in the semis. A 6-4 decision victory rounded out his earlier bouts.

Kauffman lost a 1-0 decision to Zane Blackburn, of Westmont Hilltop, in the fifth-place match to earn sixth at 113 pounds. Kauffman started strong with a pin at 3:01 before falling to Blackburn the first time by a 6-3 decision in the championship quarterfinals. A 55-second pinfall victory followed by a 3-2 loss in the consolation semifinals set Kauffman up for the fifth-place bout.


The four wrestlers to place for the Rams on Feb. 17 included Clayton Royer (132), Abraham Allebach (160), Carter Felker (170) and Baylor Shunk (106). Shunk will continue to regionals as a finalist, while his three teammates will continue fighting in the consolation brackets.

Shunk entered the district final strong, tallying a pin, a technical fall and a major decision victory along the way. His pin came in the second round over Southern Huntingdon’s Kolton Whitsel; the bout lasted only 35 seconds.

Though St. Joe’s Ammon Ohl pinned Shunk in the 106-pound district championship in 3:21, the two will rematch in Indiana next week.
Royer placed fourth at 132 pounds after losing a 3-2 decision to Chase Proudfit, of Penn Cambria. On the weekend, Royer amassed a victory by pin, decision, major decision and technical fall.

Felker was having a good weekend before succumbing to injury in the championship semifinals, resulting in a sixth-place finish at 170 pounds. Before the injury, Felker won his first two bouts by 3-0 and 3-2 decisions.

Allebach placed sixth for the Rams in the 160-pound weight class, falling to Penn Cambria’s Jarred Stoy by a 14-6 major decision in the fifth-place bout. Allebach won his first three bouts, each by major decision by scores of 16-5, 10-0 and 12-0.


As well as next week’s Southwest regionals, four Centre County high schools will participate in the District 6 AAA tournament Saturday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m.

Wrestlers from Bald Eagle Area, Bellefonte, Philipsburg-Osceola and State College will gather at the Altoona Field House with Northwest AAA regional’s on their minds.


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