Altoona edged out Huntingdon for the team championship of the 2008 Zeigler Chevrolet Wrestling Tournament Saturday at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse, and the heroes were a dime a dozen for the Mountain Lions.
Topping the list were tournament champions Jacob Hines at 119 pounds, Chris McCarthy at 140, Dave McCloskey at 145, and Nik Zimmerman at 160.
But also making solid contributions were Vince McCracken (125), Mitch Colombo (135), Dylan Swires (152), and K.J. Walters (189) - each of whom placed second.
Wendell Myers took third for the Mountain Lions at 112, Jesse Davis placed fourth at 215, and Shane Kovac and Bryant Ketrow added respective sixth and seventh-place finishes at 130 and 171 as Altoona won the team title with 277 points.
Huntingdon was second in the team race with 275 points, and Claysburg-Kimmel was third with 211.
"I couldn't ask for anything more from our kids,'' Altoona coach Joel Gilbert said.
Hines, who won the District 6-AAA championship at 103 last year as a freshman, pinned his way through five straight matches en route to Saturday's Zeigler title at 119. In his fifth match of the day, Hines built a 13-5 lead on Mount Union's Michael Younce before applying a pinning combination with 12 seconds left in the second period.
Hines also recorded falls in 24 seconds, 54 seconds, 66 seconds and 4:36 earlier in the day.
"I was working for the fall today, finding ways to pin,'' Hines said.
McCarthy, McCloskey and Zimmerman - all of whom were 5-0 in the tournament - each posted impressive wins of their own to clinch tournament championships in their final bouts of the day.
At 140, McCarthy wiped out a 3-0 deficit by reversing Huntingdon's Addison Yingling to his back and pinning him in 3:51. It was the fourth fall of the day for McCarthy.
At 145, McCloskey racked up a 10-0 major decision over Southern Huntingdon's Chris Nagel, who had won all of his previous four bouts.
At 160, Zimmerman carved out a 6-4 overtime decision over returning Class AA state medalist Daniel Knott of Claysburg-Kimmel.
"McCarthy had an awesome first place for us, and Zimmerman beat a returning state qualifier,'' Gilbert said. "That's a proud accomplishment. McCloskey and Zimmerman both put in a lot of hard work in the offseason, and it's paying off.''
Tyrone's two returning Class AA state medalists - junior A.J. Schopp (125) and sophomore Ronnie Garbinsky (130) - also breezed to tourney championships by logging 5-0 records.
Schopp won all of his matches by fall, including a 44-second pin of Altoona's McCracken in Schopp's final bout of the day.
"I was trying to go for falls to help get points for our team,'' said Schopp, who also logged falls in nine seconds, 31 seconds, 88 seconds, and 98 seconds Saturday.
Garbinsky pinned Southern Huntingdon's Blake Morder in 5:15 in the final bout, after overcoming defending Zeigler champ Cole Claar of Claysburg-Kimmel, 4-3 in the previous round.
"Both of them had outstanding tournaments,'' Tyrone coach Blair Packer said of the dynamic Schopp-Garbinsky duo. "Both of them moved up weight classes this year, but both are [currently] wrestling as well as I've seen them wrestle.''
Portage crowned three champions - Shawn Perich at 152, Joe Shook at 189, and Kevin Stager at 285. Perich, a returning Class AA medalist, won five matches, including three by fall. Shook posted a 5-1 decision over defending tourney champ Walters of Altoona at 189, and Stager also won five matches, including four by fall.
"We had a pretty good tournament with three champions,'' Portage coach Rob English said. "Especially, considering the quality wrestlers in this tournament.''
Claysburg-Kimmel coach Dave Marko watched a gutsy performance from his freshman James Dodson, who overcame stomach flu to win five straight bouts and the 103-pound title. The Bulldogs' Cory Aungst captured the 135-pound title with five wins - including four falls and a major decision.
"They both wrestled pretty dominant tournaments from start to finish,'' Marko said of his two champions.
Huntingdon also boasted two champions - Jesse Runk at 112 and Jason Everhart at 215. Both were 5-0. Everhart had four falls, Runk three.
"Both wrestled super all day,'' Huntingdon coach Jon Mykut said.
KEY, TEAM SCORING: 1, A-Altoona, 277; 2, HUN-Huntingdon, 275; 3, CK-Claysburg-Kimmel, 211; 4, MU-Mount Union, 197; 5, TY-Tyrone, 187; 6, P-Portage, 169; 7, SH-Southern Huntingdon, 138; 8, JV-Juniata Valley, 134; 9, BA-Bellwood-Antis, 121; 10, C-Central, 49.
(All winners of these matches are tournament champions)
103-Dodson, C-K, dec. Wilson, MU, 3-1. 112-Runk, HUN, dec. Dively, CK, 5-2. 119-Hines, A, pinned Younce, MU, 3:48. 125-Schopp, TY, pinned McCracken, A, 0:44. 130-Garbinsky, TY, pinned Morder, HUN, 5:15. 135-Aungst, CK, pinned Colombo, A, 1:55. 140-McCarthy, A, pinned Yingling, HUN, 3:51. 145-McCloskey, A, major dec. Nagel, SH, 10-0.
152-Perich, P, pinned Swires, A, 5:08. 160-Zimmerman, A, dec. Knott, CK, 6-4 OT. 171-Hicks, MU, pinned Wagner, JV, 5:25. 189-Shook, P, dec. Walters, 5-1. 215-Everhart, HUN, dec. Fortson, MU, 6-5. 285-Stager, P, pinned Sarra, HUN, 3:36.
(Listing second through eighth places)
103-2, D. Weston, TY; 4, Ornsby, JV; 5, Everetts, HUN. 112-2, Dively, CK; 3, Myers, A; 4, Wiecenburg, JV; 6, Woomer, BA; 7, McMonagle, T; 8, Sheeder, C. 119-2, Wisor, JV; 3, Younce, MU; 4, Osterhout, TY; 5, Boyd, HUN; 7, Cox, CK; 8, Adams, P. 125-2, McCracken, A; 3, Rosensteel, MU; 4, Shope, HUN; 5, Helsley, BA; 6, Dodson, CK; 7, McCrush, P. 130-2, Morder, SH; 3, C. Claar, CK; 4, Boyd, JV; 5, Mykut, HUN; 6, Kovac, A; 7, Prokop, C; 8, Noye, BA. 135-2, Colombo, A; 4, Miller, C; 5, Gutshall, HUN; 6, Hershberger, P; 7, Weaver, T. 140-2, Yingling, H; 3, Weaver, TY; 4, Foster, JV; 5, Weyandt, BA; 6, Emeigh, C; 7, Claycomb, CK. 145-3, Miller, TY; 4, Meyers, HUN; 6, T. Claar, CK; 7, Goss, JV; 8, Noel, P.
152-2, Swires, A; 3, Collier, BA; 4, J. Weston, TY; 5, Ickes, CK; 6, Marter, HUN; 8, Price, C. 160-2, Knott, CK; 3, Lutz, P; 4, McCrum, JV; 5, Detter, HUN; 6, Hardy, C. 171-2, Wagner, JV; 3, Stuller, HUN; 4, Swires, P; 5, Convery, BA; 7, Ketrow, A; 8, Ripka, TY. 189-2, Walters, A; 3, Reid, HUN; 6, Watters, BA; 7, Burkett, CK. 215-3, Parry, CK; 4, Davis, A; 5, Davis, P; 6, Brazle, BA; 7, Prokop, C. 285-2, Sarra, H; 3, Smith, BA; 5, Lackey, CK; 6, Lawrence, TY; 8, Dodson, C.