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High school wrestling teams kick off the 2018-19 season

by on December 12, 2018 3:27 PM

The Centre County high school wrestling season is now in full swing. Here’s a look at how things got started.

BALD EAGLE AREA

The Eagles visited Clearfield on Tuesday, Dec. 11, where the varsity team defeated the Bison 49-20.
Drew Koleno, Noah Foltz, Dylan Basel and David Close each earned victories by way of falls. Foltz’s victory marked his first career varsity victory.

Alex Holt won by way of a 4-1 regular decision over Clearfield’s two-time regional qualifier Ethan Smay, while Brady Proctor earned a major decision victory. Robin Fye, Cooper Gilham and Garrett Giedroc also won for Bald Eagle Area, by forfeit. 

BEA, alongside State High and Bellefonte, heads to Central Mountain High School to participate in the King of the Mountain Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15. Friday’s matches are set to start at 2 p.m. with Saturday’s starting at 10 a.m.

BELLEFONTE

The Red Raiders traveled to Tyrone for a dual meet to start the wrestling season on Tuesday, Dec. 11, earning a 46-31 win.

285-pound Dan Orndorf picked up a forfeit win to start the meet for Bellefonte. Cole Stewart won the 145-pound class with a pin in 1:37 while Ethan Richner nearly earned a technical fall with a 14-0 shutout victory at 152 pounds.

Kenneth Simpson and Ethan Rossman also earned pins, in 2:58 and 5:17, to round out the Red Raiders’ positive results.

Bellefonte joins BEA and State High as it heads to Central Mountain High School to participate in the King of the Mountain Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15. Friday’s matches are set to start at 2 p.m. with Saturday’s starting at 10 a.m.

PENNS VALLEY

The Rams had a busy opening weekend, starting the new season with a 59-21 win at home against Southern Huntingdon on Friday, Dec. 7.

Seven of Penns Valley’s 10 victors won by way of pinfall. At 106 pounds, Hayden Yearick pinned Raymond Goss in 1:32. Clayton Royer pinned Breydan Bailey in 1:40 at 138 pounds, and Malachi Duvall pinned Brandon Runk in just under two minutes at 145.

At 152 pounds, Cole Felker pinned Jordan Bailey in 3:45 while Clayton Upcraft pinned Wyatt Campbell in only 45 seconds at 160. Zach Royer, at 170 pounds, pinned Mason Swanger in 1:19 and, finally, Abraham Allebach pinned Aaron Kough at the 182-pound weight class in 1:12.

Baylor Shunk defeated Austin Dell in the 120-pound class by technical fall, 17-2. The other two victories, Andrew Sharer and Dillon Covalt in the 195 and 285-pound classes, respectively, came by forfeit.

On Saturday, the Rams traveled to Blairsville High School to participate in the Babbit Duals. Penns Valley won all five bouts. It beat Blairsville 74-0, Derry Area 51-25, Greater Johnstown 54-29, Meyersdale 54-15 and finally Portage, 63-15.

Shunk, wrestling in the 120-pound or 126-pound classes across the duals, won all five of his matches. His first victory came by a 19-4 technical fall, followed by three pins and, finally a forfeit.

Penns Valley hosted Central on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The varsity team earned a 59-12 win. The Rams earned seven falls on the night, including pins in eight seconds, 16 seconds and 21 seconds. Shunk picked up another technical fall victory in the early season.

The Rams head to Mount Aloysius College on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15 for the Panther Holiday Classic. Start times are scheduled for 9 a.m. both days.

PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA

Philipsburg-Osceola hosted the Mountaineer Duals on Saturday, Dec. 8, winning four and losing one bout. The Mountaineers defeated Punxsutawney 60-15, Mount Union 53-21, Harbor Creek 40-28 and Marion Center 53-27. The loss came to Wyoming Seminary, 46-19.
Hunter Weitoish, at 152 pounds, and 138-pound Chase Chapman both went undefeated in all five matches.

Weitoish opened his season by pinning Punxsutawney’s Jake Skarbek in 3:15. Against Harbor Creek’s Hunter Lewis, Weitoish earned an 11-4 decision. His third victory was a 6-4 decision over Niko Katsuyoshi of Wyoming Seminary. Weitoish also earned forfeit victories against Mount Union and Marion Center.

Chapman started his rampage with a pin over Punxsutawney’s Garrett Fischer in 1:37. He followed by defeating Trevor Skopic of Mount Union by technical fall, 22-5. Harbor Creek’s Matt Stenger fell to Chapman’s pin in 1:29. Chapman picked up his third pin against Marion Center’s Jarrett Beatty in 4:34. His fifth victory came by way of a major decision over Wyoming Seminary’s Wolfgang Frable, 10-1.

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, P-O fell to Huntingdon 35-24. Individual results were not released prior to the Gazette going to press.

Up next, the Mounties will be visited by DuBois on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. for a meet.

STATE COLLEGE

The Little Lions got the wrestling season underway with the Jarvis Memorial Tournament at Athens High School on Dec. 7-8. State High came in second place in the tournament, only behind Falconer in New York, 231.5-190.0.

In round one, 113-pound Jude Swisher was pinned by James M. Coughlin’s Cooper Price in 3:46. State High’s Clayton Leidy won the first round at 120 pounds by way of pinfall over Jayden Pahler of James M. Coughlin. Leidy earned the pin in 2:25.

Neither wrestler participated in the later rounds.

State High traveled to Shikellamy on Tuesday, Dec 11, for a meet. The results were not announced until after the Gazette went to press.

The Little Lions head to Central Mountain High School to participate in the King of the Mountain Tournament alongside Bellefonte and BEA on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15. Friday’s matches are set to start at 2 p.m. with Saturday’s starting at 10 a.m.

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