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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday Night Recap 1-31-2013

Lots of interesting things on Thursday night, including the quarterfinals of the District 5 Duals. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see any wrestling. I did a roundup for The Tribune-Democrat.

District 5 Duals
No. 6 Northern Bedford 35, No. 3 Meyersdale 33
132-Tanner Hetrick, M, dec. Mason Replogle, 4-1.
138-Damian Corle, NB, forfeit.
145-Drew Gartland, NB, maj. dec. David Stanton, 11-1.
152-Seth Deist, M, maj. dec. Ty Bechtel, 13-2.
160-Lucas Kolinchak, NB, pinned Austin Imler, 3:46.
170-Duelin Douglas, NB, maj. dec. Tim Hines, 10-2.
182-Billy Dunbar, M, pinned Justin Brunner, 3:31.
195-Gavin Berkley, M, tech. fall Derick Eichelberger, 17-2 (4:38).
220-Eric Grace, NB, forfeit.
285-Chase Ott, NB, forfeit.
106-Trey Childers, NB, dec. Trevor Thomas, 4-0.
113-Billy Charlton, M, pinned Brandon Defibaugh, 1:20.
120-Brady McKenzie, M, dec. Jared Helsley, 7-2.
126-Collin Day, M, pinned Judah Gochnour, 1:31.
Records: Northern Bedford 10-6; Meyersdale 9-4.

Analysis: Ryan Spring of the Bedford Gazette covered this, but I don't think his story is available online (at least not for free). Meyersdale was without Hunter Lantz, which resulted in a third forfeit. The highlight match came in the opener, with Tanner Hetrick beating Mason Replogle 4-1, but the key bout was probably at 106, as Trey Childers beat Trevor Thomas to put NBC firmly in the driver's seat.

No. 4 Berlin Brothersvalley 57, No. 5 North Star 18
113-Tommy DeArmitt, BB, forfeit.
120-Joe Swank, BB, pinned Tayte Mostoller, 3:21.
126-D.J. Custer, BB, pinned Colton Gennett, 1:19.
132-Chris Miller, BB, tech. fall Michael Baker, NS, 5:39.
138-Braden Fochtman, BB, dec. Tevin Mostoller, 8-6.
145-Eric Darr, BB, dec. Luke Lepley, 2-1.
152-Blake Miller, BB, pinned Corey Fritch, 6:58 (SV).
160-Bryce Fochtman, BB, maj. dec. Jonathan Thomas, 11-3.
170-Trevor Moore, BB, pinned Austin Connor, 2:32.
182-Hunter Connor, NS, pinned Shane Pepper, 3:50.
195-Mitchell Walker, BB, pinned Kevin Horner, 3:44.
220-Levi Albright, NS, forfeit.
285-Anthony Collins, BB, pinned Brady Vinisky, 1:14.
106-Lenny Beeman, NS, pinned Emil Kiesnowski, 2:16.
Records: Berlin Brothersvalley 12-2; North Star 9-6.

Analysis: This was another lopsided victory for Berlin, which beat North Star 55-13 on Jan. 10. A couple of big wins here for the Mountaineers, as Braden Fochtman beat Tevin Mostoller (on a controversial late takedown) after losing to him in the previous dual as well as the WestPAC tournament. Blake Miller scored four points in the final five seconds of the third period, then pinned Corey Fritch in overtime. The other big news for Berlin was Mitchell Walker wrestling 195 for the first time. The senior was as at 220 or 285 for every previous match this season and every NWCA listing that I can find for him in his varsity career.
Walker's drop helped make up for the continued absence of Stew Trulick, who sat out a second consecutive dual. Coach Jason Cornell assured me that Trulick will be back for Saturday's semifinal match at Chestnut Ridge.

Bedford 57, HOPE for Hyndman 18
113–Jake Warren, B, dec. Robbie Snyder, 2-0.
120-Ryan Easter, B, forfeit.
126-Garrett Thomas, B, pinned Chris Gibbner, 1:02.
132-Kyle Swindell, B, forfeit.
138-Toby Brett, B, forfeit.
145-Kenny Collins, B, forfeit.
152-Tanner Williams, B, pinned Tyler Clites, 3:13.
160-Richard Moskey, H, dec. Caleb Grimes, 7-1.
170-Steven Miller, H, pinned Cam Sheeder, 4:50.
182-Robert Minnick, B, forfeit.
195-James Bennett, H, dec. Michael Brett 4-2 (SV).
220-Chance Williams, B, forfeit.
285-Dylan Emerick, H, pinned Nate Shoemaker, 2:33.
106-Jon Gabriel, B, pinned Tanner Clites, 1:16.
Records: Bedford 15-2; HOPE for Hyndman 12-12.

Analysis: Bedford won the dual, but Hyndman won the most intriguing matches. James Bennett knocked off Michael Brett in sudden victory after Brett bumped up to 195. Also, Richard Moskey beat Caleb Grimes 7-1 at 160.

Regular Season
Cambria Heights 53, United 17
138-Michael Zabinski, CH, dec. Grant Ingalls, 5-0.
145-Austin Gill, CH, dec. Tyler Mack, 11-5.
152-Levi Niebauer, CH, pinned Brent Mack, :36.
160-Anthony Michaels, U, pinned Travis Yahner, 4:44.
170-Dalton Waksmunski, CH, pinned Josh Young, :23.
182-Tyler Crawford, CH, tech. fall Charles Hropovich, 17-2 (3:27).
195-Tyler Oliver, U, tech. fall William Hoover, 16-0 (2:05).
220-Andrew Deitman, U, pinned Anthony Mezello, :45.
285-Aaron Gill, CH, pinned Benjamin Mountain, 3:51.
106-Mark Zabinski, CH, forfeit.
113-Michael Dautlick, CH, forfeit.
120-No match.
126-Joe Davis, CH, pinned Warren Lowther, 3:56.
132-Eric Kuskowski, CH, pinned Devon Walker, 3:51.
Records: Cambria Heights 12-5; United 5-13.

Analysis: Two weeks ago, Charles Hropovich pinned Tyler Crawford at the Richland Coaches' Duals. It shocked me at the time, because I didn't know much about Hropovich at the time. I still don't, but his NWCA page said he was undefeated until Crawford enacted some serious revenge with a 17-2 technical fall.
Another Highlander got a different result from the schools' first meeting, as heavyweight Aaron Gill pinned Benjamin Mountain. Mountain, who was the second seed in the District 6 tournament last year, beat Gill 12-5 at Richland. Meanwhile, Gill continues to impress. He finished third at the Thomas Subaru Tournament, with his lone loss there being a 2-1 setback to Chestnut Ridge's Austin Buttry.

USA lineup for Dapper Dan

USA All-Star Team Selected for the 39th Annual Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic

The Wrestling Classic committee selected the USA All-Star Team for the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic, the most prestigious high school all-star wrestling meet in the United States.  The Wrestling Classic will be on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Fitzgerald Field House. 
This year, Virginia will challenge the Western Pennsylvania All-Stars in the preliminary dual meet beginning at 4:00 p.m.  The feature match, between the Pennsylvania and USA All-Stars is at 6:00 p.m.   

Representing the USA Team is:



High School

Career Record
Win     Loss
State Championships
Signed With
Paul Mascarenas
New Mexico
South Dakota State University
Nathan Tomasello
Cuyahoga Valley Christian
Ohio State University
Joey Dance
Virginia Tech University
Dean Heil
St. Edward
Oklahoma State University
Anthony Ashnault
South Plainfield
New Jersey
Rutgers University
Benjamin  Whitford
St. Johns
University of Michigan
Jake Short
University of Minnesota
Isaiah Martinez
University of Illinois
Zachary Beard
University of Wyoming
Domenic Abounader
St. Edward
University of Michigan
Broc Berge
University of Iowa
Frank Mattiace
Blair Academy
New Jersey
University of Pennsylvania
Brooks Black
Blair Academy
New Jersey
Illinois University

Previewing the District 5 duals

I don't have time to do anything looking ahead to tonight's District 5 Duals quarterfinals.
Thankfully, Ryan Spring was able to do it at his Spring Into Sports blog.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wednesday Night Recap 1-30-2013

The District 6 Duals were in action at two sites on Wednesday night. Word is that Cambria Heights beat Moshannon Valley, but I haven't seen any box scores yet. A win would have pitted the Highlanders against top-seeded West Branch in the quarterfinals.
Ligonier Valley was scheduled to face fellow Heritage Conference foe Blairsville at Mount Union with the winner taking on the host school.

Regular Season
North Star 69, Shade 6
106-Lenny Beeman, NS, pinned Blake Sheehan, 1:10.
113-No match.
120-Tayte Mostoller, NS, forfeit.
126-Colton Gennett, NS, maj. dec. David Dietz, 11-3.
132-Michael Baker, NS, tech. fall Mike Manges, 15-0 (4:41).
138-Tevin Mostoller, NS, forfeit.
145-Luke Lepley, NS, forfeit.
152-Corey Fritch, NS, forfeit.
160-Austin Connor, NS, forfeit.
170-Thomas Miller, NS, forfeit.
182-Hunter Connor, NS, forfeit.
195-Zach Maluchnik, NS, forfeit.
220-Kevin Horner, NS, forfeit.
285-Trevor Brown, S, pinned Brady Vinisky, 1:51.
Records: North Star 8-5; Shade 0-7.

Analysis: This was moved up a day to accommodate North Star's District 5 Duals match at Berlin Brothersvalley on Thursday. It's sad to see what has happened to the Shade program. A few years ago, it looked like the Panthers might be building a competitive program for the future. Now are winless and can't even field half a team. There was less than 15 minutes of match time in this dual meet.
The one bright spot for Shade was at heavyweight, where Trevor Brown pinned Brady Vinisky. Brown is one of only two Panthers with a winning record.
North Star got an impressive technical fall from Michael Baker at 132 pounds. I would have guessed that he would have had a tougher time with Mike Manges.

Tueseday Night Recap 1-29-2013

A little late in getting to this, but there were some big matches on Tuesday night, including the opening rounds of the District 6 Duals and a couple of key District 5 showdowns.

District 6 Duals
Westmont Hilltop 60, Claysburg-Kimmel 18
138-Mike Feathers, WH, pinned Kalib Weyandt, :44.
145-Mark Barbera, WH, dec. Dakotah Feathers, 3-2.
152-Seth Ray, WH, dec. Justin Hammel, 12-8.
160-Riley Schropp, WH, pinned Matt Walter, 1:49.
170-Colin Barron, WH, pinned Scott Walter, 3:57.
182-Cameron Strayer, CK, pinned Drake Leech, 1:04.
195-Tyler Elder, CK, pinned Jake Buck, 1:19.
220-Don Shovestull, WH, pinned Owen Musselman, 1:17.
285-Joel Hammel, CK, forfeit.
106-Drake Dorian, WH, pinned Jordan Muselman, 5:31.
113-Dan Yost, WH, forfeit.
120-Logan Blackburn, WH, pinned Dakota Walter, 3:54.
126-Steven Zipf, WH, pinned Trenton Ritchey, 5:07.
132-Nick Mical, WH, pinned Lane Yoder, :47.
Records: Westmont Hilltop 8-2; Claysburg-Kimmel 9-6.

Huntingdon 49, Westmont Hilltop 22145-Jon Wagner, H, dec. Seth Ray, 14-12.
152-Logan Fisher, H, pinned Kyle Geibig, 1:48.
160-Matt Norris, H, pinned Cameron Rock, 1:18.
170-Riley Schropp, WH, maj. dec. Hunter Rupert, 12-4.
182-Colin Barron, WH, pinned Logan Gallagher, :41.
195-Mitchell Lauer, H, pinned Drake Leech, :47.
220-Don Shovestull, WH, pinned Tyler Wholaver, 3:42.
285-Dalton Kocik, H, pinned Christian Roman, 2:47.
106-Collin Glorioso, H, dec. Drake Dorian, 7-0.
113-Jacob Dubbs, H, dec. Dan Yoster, 2-1.
120-Matt Wilson, H, pinned Logan Blackburn, 2:52.
126-Devon Green, H, maj. dec. Steven Zipf, 16-3.
132-Mike Walsh, WH, pinned Matthew Grubb, :54.
Records: Huntingdon 11-2; Westmont Hilltop 8-3.
Analysis: I did quick phone interview with Westmont coach Matt Beaujon (while sitting in the Sheetz parking lot in Meyersdale) to get his take on the matches. Todd Irwin of the Altoona Mirror was there for both matches. You can read his story here.
I'm still amazed at Westmont has been able to do this season. I wouldn't expect more than three or four regional qualifiers from the squad, yet they finished among the top eight in the district and, with a few breaks, could have thrown a real scare into Huntingdon. Logan Blackburn getting pinned in a spladle at 120 was probably at least a 9-point swing. Judging by scores alone, the 145 and 113 matches could have gone Westmont's way but didn't. If the Hilltoppers win those three matches it's a 37-31 Huntingdon victory. I never would have guessed at the beginning of the year that Westmont would have any chance of keeping this close.
I was surprised that Devon Green beat Steven Zipf 16-3 at 126 pounds.I would have guessed it would be closer.
The first match was total domination for Westmont, as Claysburg was without Josh Brown. I don't know much about the rest of the Bulldogs' lineup.

Penns Valley 52, Penn Cambria 25
152-Cole Confer, PV, maj. dec. Jacob Driskel, 13-2.
160-Jacob Hurley, PV, pinned Corey Hurley, 1:34.
170-Andrew Hurd, PV, pinned Matt Wyland, 3:14.
182-Mike Rogers, PV, pinned Matthew Smith, 1:01.
195-Maverick Swartz, PV, pinned Henry Schlosser, :39.
220-Seth McLendon, PC, maj. dec. Mike Mundt, 13-4.
285-Jon Wilkinson, PC, pinned Mike Confer, 1:09.
106-Isaac Bierly, PV, forfeit.
113-Curtis Decker, PV, pinned Zach Stevens, :55.
120-Kolton Confer, PV, pinned Ryan Biter, 3:10.
126-Austin Farabaugh, PC, forfeit.
132-Dominic Farabaugh, PC, dec. Matt Hosterman, 6-0.
138-Michael Eckenrode, PC, pinned Dalton Zerbe, 3:50.
Records: Penns Valley 16-3; Penn Cambria 11-8. 

Analysis: Penns Valley went on to beat Juniata in the quarterfinals, so Penn Cambria's loss doesn't look too bad. The Panthers are pretty inexperienced, but coach Todd Niebauer got victories out of some of his better wrestlers. Seth McLendon and Michael Eckenrode are two of his most dependable guys. Niebauer told me (during a phone interview from that same Sheetz parking lot) that he was impressed with Jon Wilkinson's pin at 285 pounds. The Centre Daily Times didn't send a writer to Mifflintown for the meet, but they did post a short story, though most of it focuses on Penns Valley's victory over Juniata.

Regular season
Meyersdale 34, Berlin Brothersvalley 30145-Seth Deist, M, dec. Eric Darr, 2-1.
152-Blake Miller, BB, dec. David Stanton, 9-5. T 3-3
160-Bryce Fochtman, BB, pinned Austin Imler, 2:35. BB 9-3
170-Tim Hines, M, dec. Trevor Moore, 10-7.
182-Billy Dunbar, M, pinned Shane Pepper, 1:15.
195-Gavin Berkley, M, forfeit.
220-Anthony Collins, BB, forfeit.
285-Mitchell Walker, BB, forfeit.
106-Trevor Thomas, M, pinned Emil Kiesnowski, 3:02.
113-Billy Charlton, M, pinned Tommy DeArmitt, 1:56.
120-Joe Swank, BB, dec. Brady McKenzie, 7-0.
126-Collin Day, M, maj. dec. E.J. Custer, 15-5. M 34-24
132-Chris Miller, BB, dec. Tanner Hetrick, 5-3.
138-Braden Fochtman, BB, dec. Hunter Lantz, 5-3.
Records: Meyersdale 9-3; Berlin Brothersvalley 11-2.

Analysis: I covered this one for The Tribune-Democrat, so you can read what I felt was the key match in this one there. I also took photos, which didn't make the paper, but you can see pictures of each match here.
Meyersdale did almost everything right here to get the No. 3 seed in District 5. From David Stanton staying on his feet against Blake Miller (and off his back) to Collin Day getting a major to Brady McKenzie avoiding one.
The dual could have been different if Eric Darr had gotten the late takedown that he was close to in his opening match with Seth Deist.
Berlin was hurt by the loss of 195-pounder Stew Trulick, who was on the bench in street clothes. Coach Jason Cornell said he was still dealing with an injury from the Thomas tournament. He wouldn't say what the injury was, but there was a big bandage on Trulick's forehead.
Meyersdale knows all about injuries, as coach Chadd Sines has been without upper weights Ty Smith and Justin Dunmeyer all season.
Chris Miller needed a late score to beat Tanner Hetrick at 132.

North Star 42, Somerset 25
160-Landon Lohr, S, maj. dec. Austin Connor, 12-4.
170-Thomas Miller, NS, dec. Thomas Hocket, 5-1.
182-Hunter Connor, NS, dec. Logan Eller, 9-8.
195-Kevin Horner, NS, forfeit.
220-Levi Albright, NS, forfeit.
285-Brady Vinisky, NS, forfeit.
106-Lenny Beeman, NS, pinned Kat Luteri, 2:55.
113-Garret Foster, NS, forfeit.
120-Tayte Mostoller, NS, maj. dec. Tyler Walker, 10-0.
126-Damian Jano, S, pinned Colton Gennett, 1:14.
132-Jon Fabian, S, pinned Michael Baker, 1:02.
138-Tevin Mostoller, NS, tech. fall Daniel Talley, 15-0 (5:33).
145-Mike Laue, S, dec. Luke Lepley, 4-0.
152-Corey Fritch, NS, dec. Kody Williams, 7-5 (SV).
Records: North Star 8-5; Somerset 8-8.

Analysis: Somerset needed a victory here to make the District 5 Duals, but the shorthanded Golden Eagles couldn't make it happen. Jeff Maurer covered it for the Daily American. You can read his story here. The big news was that Jake Nickelson injured his shoulder in practice and missed the match. Coach Brian Barron told Maurer that he hopes to have him back for the individual postseason.
Of the matches that were wrestled, there were no major shockers, but the final bout was the biggest surprise to me, as Corey Fritch needed overtime to beat Kody Williams.

Chestnut Ridge 78, Tussey Mountain 6
220-Brad Winegardner, CR, forfeit.
285-Austin Buttry, CR, forfeit.
106-Aaron Burkett, CR, forfeit.
113-Sam Shank, CR, forfeit.
120-Derrick Claar, CR, pinned Dylan Park, 4:15.
126-Trent Crouse, CR, forfeit.
132-Colby Hillegass, CR, pinned Fredric Wiemert, 4:42.
138-Jerimiah Zimmerman, CR, pinned Matthew Duvall, 1:09.
145-Lance Barnett, TM, pinned Dustin Bence, 1:40.
152-Kyle Winegardner, CR, pinned Tyler Husick, 2:59.
160-Conner Buttry, CR, pinned Wyatt Brumbaugh, 3:22.
170-Teddy Albright, CR, pinned Skyler Brumbaugh, :30.
182-Tyler Dibert, CR, pinned Bryant Nichols, 1:33.
195-Dan Albright, pinned Shad Brumbaugh, 1:31.
Records: Chestnut Ridge 20-1; Tussey Mountain 9-10.
Analysis: The anticipated rematch at heavyweight never materialized. A BleacherCoaches post says that Tussey Mountain 285-pounder Mitchell Hall missed the match due to illness. I don't know much about Tussey Mountain, having only seen a few of their wrestlers at Bedford last weekend. I would have guessed that Shad Brumbaugh was the Titans' second-best wrestler, but he got pinned by Dan Albright at 195.  

Final District 5 team standings

These are the official final standings for District 5. The top seven make the tournament.

1 Chestnut Ridge 9 0 54 6.000
2 Bedford 10 1 61 5.545
3 Meyersdale 6 1 36 5.143
4 Berlin 6 2 36 4.500
5 North Star 6 3 36 4.000
6 Northern Bedford 9 5 54 3.857
7 Hope for Hyndman 4 4 24 3.000
8 Somerset 5 6 31 2.818
9 Tussey Mountain 5 7 30 2.500
10 Conemaugh Twp. 3 5 18 2.250
11 Shade 0 7 0 0.000
11 Everett 0 12 0 0.000

Thursday pairings (matches and locations by me, not official)

1. Chestnut Ridge, bye

5. North Star at 4. Berlin Brothersvalley

6. Northern Bedford at 3. Meyersdale

7. HOPE for Hyndman at Bedford