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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tuesday Night Recap 1-22-2013

There was a pretty decent slate of matches on Tuesday night, but the one that everyone will be talking about is North Star's victory over Meyersdale. The other dual-meet scores didn't produce any shocking results, but there were some good individual matchups.

North Star 37, Meyersdale 31
195-Gavin Berkley, M, pinned Kevin Horner, 3:27.
220-Zach Maluchnick, NS, forfeit.
285-Levi Albright, NS, forfeit.
106-Lenny Beeman, NS, dec. Trevor Thomas, 6-4 (SV).
113-Billy Charlton, M, pinned James Shaffer, :26.
120-Tayte Mostoller, NS, dec. Brady McKenzie, 7-0.
126-Collin Day, M, pinned Colton Gennett, 1:07.
132-Tanner Hetrick, M, maj. dec. Michael Baker, 17-3.
138-Tevin Mostoller, Ns, maj. dec. Hunter Lantz, 11-3.
145-Corey Fritch, NS, forfeit.
152-Luke Lepley, NS, dec. David Stanton, 7-3.
160-Seth Deist, M, dec. Austin Connor, 6-4 (OT).
170-Tim Hines, M, pinned Hunter Connor, 2:44.
182-Thomas Miller, NS, pinned Austin Imler, 1:48.
Records: North Star 7-5; Meyersdale 8-3.

Analysis: I was planning to cover this one, but an appointment in Pittsburgh ran longer than expected and I couldn't make it. Jeff Mauer covered it for the Daily American. You can read his story here.
I didn't see this one coming. Meyersdale has been really strong this season, with the most champions at the WestPAC Tournament and they nearly knocked off West Branch despite giving up four forfeits at the Bloody Run Duals three weeks ago. Meanwhile, North Star was hovering around the .500 mark for the season.
There were a couple of things that jumped out at me in this one. The first was that Billy Dunbar, who is ranked ninth at 170 by Off the Mat, didn't wrestle. I'm not sure why, but I'll try to find out and see if he'll be back in time for this weekend's Thomas Automotive Tournament. Dunbar's absence didn't have an impact at 170, as Tim Hines got a pin there, but it did force coach Chadd Sines to juggle his lineup.
North Star got 24 of its 37 points on forfeits, but a big victory came at 106 pounds, as Lenny Beeman beat Trevor Thomas 6-4 in overtime. Thomas beat Beeman 4-3 at the WestPAC Tournament.

Ligonier Valley 42, Marion Center 39
132-Isaac Stewart, MC, dec. Daniel Croyle, 6-4.
138-Brandon Heberling, MC, pinned Joseph Neiderhiser, 1:08.
145-Tyler Smith, LV, pinned Chad Repine, 5:27.
152-Derek Croyle, LV, pinned Brandon Prenni, MC, :57.
160-Phil Crook, MC, forfeit.
170-James Holley, MC, pinned Oliver Hall, :16.
182-Charlie Brewer, MC, pinned Justin Bellas, 1:38.
195-Dominick Shawley, LV, pinned Jake Cribbs, :17.
220: Collin Rudd, MC, pinned Benjamin Hoch, LV, 1:16.
285-Kyler Kruel, LV, forfeit.
106: Gordon Matson, LV, forfeit.
113-Justin Patrick, LV, forfeit.
120-David Wiles, MC, forfeit.
126-Max Caldwell, LV, forfeit.
Records: Ligonier Valley 4-2; Marion Center 6-9.

Analysis: This is a good win for Ligonier Valley, which is still without the injured Josh Patrick. The senior hasn't wrestled in nearly a month after suffering what his coach told me was a "lower-body injury." It was described as a strain that simply needed some rest. Hopefully he'll be back soon.
It's disappointing to see a close match end with five consecutive forfeits, but that's the way this one went. As a fan, it would have been nice to see David Wiles, who is 13-2, stay at 113 and take a shot at Justin Patrick, especially since the dual meet would have been decided by then.
The first match of the dual was the best, with Isaac Stewart edging Daniel Croyle 6-4.

Bedford 53, Penn Cambria 15
195-Henry Schlosser, PC, pinned Daryl Stiffler, 3:55.
220-Seth McLendon, PC, dec. Chance Williams, 3-1.
285-Nate Shoemaker, B, dec. Jon Wilkinson, 4-2.
106-No match.
113-Jonathan Gabriel, B, pinned Zach Stevens, 1:06.
120-Jake Warren, B, pinned Ryan Biter, :36.
126-Ryan Easter, B, pinned Austin Farabaugh, 1:30.
132-Garrett Thomas, B, pinned Dominic Farabaugh, 3:39.
138-Toby Brett, B, pinned Micheal Eckenrode, 2:18.
145-Kenny Collins, B, dec. Aaron Hogue, 5-4.
152-Tanner Williams, B, tech. fall Jacob Driskel, 15-0 (3:49).
160-Caleb Grimes, B, pinned Brendon Myers, 1:29.
170-Matt Wyland, PC, forfeit.
Records: Bedford 13-2; Penn Cambria 11-8.

Analysis: The biggest surprise for me here is the 220-pound match. Seth McLendon missed much of the season with an injury, but he is one of the better big guys in the area. The fact that Chance Williams hung with him, as well as Williams' recent win over Levi Albright of North Star, shows me that he's made progress since I last saw him. It also means that the Bisons, whose weak spot has been their upper weights, might be even better than they were early in the season.

Forest Hills 51, Central Cambria 19
195-Billy Kovalcik, FH, dec. Tom Howell, 8-7.
220-Jarrett Bowen, FH, dec. Jordan O'Farrell, 3-2.
285-Matt Marra, FH, dec. John Branick 6-2.
106-Triston Law, FH, forfeit.
113-Ian Ostrowski, CC, dec. Tanner McCall, 8-2.
120-Tommy Opdenhoff, CC, pinned Jake Keiper, 2:00.
126-Josh Gould, FH, forfeit.
132-Ean Bopp, FH, pinned Coltin Makin, 3:07.
138-Travis Templeton, FH, pinned Kevin Bednar, 1:34.
145-Kris Knotts, FH, pinned Tyler Karlinsey, 2:46.
152-Luke Kozorosky, CC, maj. dec. Ian Shugars, 10-2.
160-Cordale Kline, CC, pinned Jake Colber, 1:43.
170-Cody Law, FH, pinned Devyn Bowser, 1:36.
182. Zack Pinkas, FH, pinned Calvin Crow, 2:22.
Records: Forest Hills 6-4; Central Cambria 8-14.

Analysis: Nothing really jumps out at me here. Good to see that Forest Hills, which forfeited four weights to Bedford last week, is at full strength.

Westmont Hilltop 55, Richland 15
182-Collin Barron, WH, pinned Josh Haymaker, 2:24.
195-Drake Leech, WH, forfeit.
285-Don Shovestull, WH, dec. Matt Moose, 8-1.
106-Drake Dorian, WH, forfeit.
113-Tyler Bodenschatz, R, pinned Dan Yost, 1:30.
120-Adam George, R, dec. Logan Blackburn, 4-2.
126-Steven Zipf, WH, maj. dec. Steve Rouser, 8-0.
132-Nick Mical, WH, forfeit.
138-Mike Walsh, WH, dec. Nick Naglic, 3-1.
145-Mark Barbera, WH, forfeit.
152-Seth Ray, WH, pinned Hunter Cober, 2:30.
160-Riley Schropp, WH, dec. Trevor Henry, 4-2.
170-Nico Pecora, R, pinned Cameron Rock, 1:04.
Records: Westmont Hilltop 7-1; Richland 3-10.

Analysis: Westmont just keeps piling up wins. The dual wasn't a great one, but there were some good individual matches. The stunner for me was Adam George beating Logan Blackburn at 120 pounds. Blackburn, a District 6 AAA champ last season, was coming off an eighth-place finish at the Escape the Rock Tournament. 
The other highlight match was the 138-pound bout between Mike Walsh and Nick Naglic. Walsh scored in the final seconds to beat Naglic. The fact that Westmont was able to get a win out of Walsh at 138 and a forfeit for Mark Barbera at 145 helped open up the team score, as did Westmont's move to bump Don Shovestull up to heavyweight, where he beat the previously undefeated Matt Moose.

Cambria Heights 73, Greater Johnstown 0
182-Tyler Crawford, CH, pinned Bailey Piscatello, 1:03.
195-Anthony Mezzello, CH, pinned Nate Litvin, 2:42.
220-Dominic Novella, CH, pinned Giovanni Feliciano, 1:08.
285-Aaron Gill, CH, pinned Noah Eckenrode, 3:03.
106-Mark Zabinski, CH, forfeit.
113-Michael Dautlick, CH, forfeit.
120-No match.
126-Joe Davis, CH, forfeit.
132: Eric Kuskoski, CH, pinned Rodney Hall, 1:25.
138-Michael Zabinski, CH, forfeit.
145-Raymond Niebauer, CH, forfeit.
152-Travis Yahner, CH, pinned Austin Freeman, 1:45.
160-Levi Niebauer, CH, dec. Jesaiah Wilson, 10-7.
170: Dalton Waksmunski, CH, maj. dec. Richard White, 11-0.
Records: Cambria Heights 10-4; Greater Johnstown 0-13.

Analysis: It's hard to say much about a 73-0 dual. It's been a very rough season, to say the least, for a Johnstown team that made great strides last year. The Trojans have some quality junior high kids, as evidenced by a strong PJW showing last year, so hopefully the program can hold on until then and make some progress.
Joe Davis wrestled 126 for the first time this season. Brad Thomas, who had been there all season, wasn't in the lineup.

Shade vs. Tussey Mountain - not reported

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