There are good first days at the District 6 Class AA Tournament, and then there are the great openers that Huntingdon turned in on Friday at the AAHS Fieldhouse.
Highlighted by Nathan Russell's 100th win in the second round, the Bearcats pushed 10 of its 13 wrestlers into the semifinals and have the team lead by 29 points going into today's action as they attempt to win their first team title.
In addition to Russell, Huntingdon's Collin Glorioso (113), Tyler Scott (120), Devon Green (132), Jacob Oliver (145), Jon Wagner (152), Eric Lynn (160), Logan Fisher (170), Matt Norris (182) and Mitchell Lauer (195) advanced to the semis.
"I can't be more happier," Bearcats coach Jon Mykut said. "Our guys wrestled really well all day long. Ten in the semis is pretty impressive for us. That just shows the kids we have, and now we've got to pick it up tomorrow and keep it going. The goal is to get as many guys through to regionals as we can, and how we try to do that is wrestle the same way we have all year long. Wrestle physical and a full 6 minutes, and that's what we did today."
"We're doing well. I'm proud of my teammates," Russell said. "We wrestled hard all season in the wrestling room, and it shows here."
Russell wasn't the only one to reach 100 wins. Cambria Heights' Joe Davis earned his with a tough 3-2 win over Central's Ethan Kennedy in the quarters, and in the same round, Mount Union's Dylan Smith reached the plateau with a 3-1 win over Penn Cambria's Jake Driskel.
Davis' win was part of a pretty good night for the Highlanders as Levi Niebauer (160), Dalton Waksmunski (170) and Aaron Gill (285) made the semis. While a No. 2 seed did fall in the second round at 132 when Mount Union's Robbie Steel pinned PC's Zach Stevens in 1:55, Waksmunski's 8-4 win over Bellwood-Antis' Nick Torsell, the Mirror's top-ranked 17-pounder, in the quarters, was arguably the biggest win of the day.
It was a very good day, actually, for area wrestlers as 26 from the Mirror coverage area advanced to the semis.
Central Cambria moved Max Murin (106), Ian Ostrowski (113) and Tom Opdenhoff (126) into the semifinals. Penn Cambria's Nolan Link (106), John Wilkinson (220), Tyrone's Jason Schopp (138) and Jared Beckwith (195), Central's Brock Biddle (113) and Nick Hoenstine (138), Moshannon Valley's Kent Stewart (182) and Jack Bunnell (285) and Glendale's Jon Rojas (132) also reached the semis.
The top-seeded Russell didn't spend too much time on the mat, getting a pin in 1:05 in his first bout for his 100th and then pinning Portage's Chase Fox in 56 seconds in the quarters to earn a semifinal berth against one of the favorites, Marion Center's Brandon Heberling, who had pinned his way through.
"It felt great," Russell said. "That was the goal at the beginning of the year, and it felt good to get it at districts in the first round. I think I'm wrestling pretty good so far, but the tournament is not over. I have a tough one in the next one. My goal is to win districts, so I've got two more to win. I'm looking forward to it, but I've got to show up."
"Getting that 100th win in the first match is a credit to him. He's worked very hard in the offseason," Mykut said. "I know he's got a tough match in the semis, but he's looking forward to it."
Davis started his march through the rock-solid 126-pound weight class - eight of top guys have 18 wins and top four are regional qualifiers - with a pin and then made a first-period takedown and third-period escape stand in another close win over Kennedy. When the final second expired, 100-win signs popped up in the Heights cheering section.
Davis will face another area guy in the semis in Opdenhoff, who advanced with a 6-0 win over Penns Valley's Jared Hurd.
"That was about the match we expected with Kennedy because that's pretty much how it went during the regular season," Heights coach Mike Eckenrode said. "One hundred wins is good no matter how you get them. As far as the semis, it doesn't get any easier."
Waksmunski and Torsell were tied, 2-2, in the second when Waksmunski notched a takedown. He added an escape and a takedown in the third, and Torsell, who suffered a controversial loss in last year's consolations to get eliminated, responded with a reversal before Waksmunski escaped to set the final score.
"That was huge," Eckenrode said. "I don't think he's wrestled as well as he did against that Torsell kid. I would say that may have been Waksmunski's best match of the year. He finished his stuff, he was quick, aggressive and did a heck of a job."
Fisher provided excitement when he followed his first-round pin with a pin of Blairsville's Nick Pecze in 1:13, using a splade for the fall.
"Fisher is just one of those guys who is very good with his hips and has a funky style," Mykut said. "He hooked up a splade on a head, inside single and you can never count him out of a match. I've seen that from him a couple times this year. That's just the way he wrestles."
Notes: Today's wrestling begins at 10:30 a.m. with the fourth round of consolations. The semifinals and fifth round of consys follow at noon. The consy finals are at 5:30, and the championhip finals are at 6:45. ... The Hall of Fame ceremony will precede the finals. ... Torsell got a bye in his consy bout.
DISTRICT 6 CLASS AA TOURNAMENT
KEY, TEAM STANDINGS
1. H-Huntingdon 118.5; 2. MU-Mount Union 89; 3. WB-West Branch 83; 4. LV-Ligonier Valley 73.5; 5. CH-Cambria Heights 67; 6. PV-Penns Valley 66; 7. MV-Moshannon Valley 63.5; 8. CC-Central Cambria 59; 9. MC-Marion Center 57.5; 10. FH-Forest Hills and J-Juniata 55.5; 12. T-Tyrone 51; 13. C-Central 50; 14. B-Blairsville 45.5; 15. G-Glendale 44; 16. R-Richland 43.5; 17. U-United 43; 18-Westmont Hilltop 40; 19. PC-Penn Cambria 39.5; 20. BA-Bellwood-Antis 28.5; 21. CK-Claysburg-Kimmel 28; 22. JV-Juniata Valley 25; 23. NC-Northern Cambria 19; 24. P-Portage 15; 25. SH-Southern Huntingdon 9; 26. SJ-St. Joseph's 8.
106-C. Weinell, B, dec. Mountain, 10-7; Yearick, PV, pinned Kline, H, 2:30; C. Walls, U, dec. Rosemas, WH, 2-0. 120-Lewis, J, dec. Davis, NC, 11-4; Bryan, MV, pinned Alley, T, 1:34; Kish, CC, pinned Park, SH, 3:59; Carr, B, pinned Zabinsky, CH, 3:42; Matson, LV, maj. dec. L. Walls, U, 11-0; 126-Krupa, MV, pinned Cornman, FH, 3:33; Jarvis, U, pinned Ritchey, CK, 1:29; 132-Mical, WH, dec. Kristofits, WB, 5-3; C. Hypes, CK, pinned Walker, U, 2:18; Lutz, P, dec. Ehrenzeller, J, 4-0; Brendle, MC, pinned J. Weinell, B, 1:48; Gould, FH, pinned B. Mezzello, CH, 2:27; Steel, MU, pinned Makin, CC, 2:34; 138-Quick, WB, pinned Patton, 1:33; Emel, SJ, pinned Gaston, NC, :21; Feltman, J, dec. Bierly, PV, 7-2; Verhovsek, R, dec. Bracken, U, 10-8; Pennington, CC, pinned Cermansky, WH, 3:22; Coyle, LV, pinned Waite, BA, 3:31; Tress, MU, maj. dec. Dunmore, CK, 19-5.
145-Au. Gill, CH, dec. Ingalls, U, 3-2; Snyder, T, pinned Mauk, LV, 3:49; Carper, PV, dec. S. Walter, CK, 7-3; Claar, BA, pinned LaMantia, B, 2:51; Barbera, WH, pinned Husar, P, 3:17; Long, MU, pinned Jenkins, G, :26; Kirsch, CC, dec. Love, SH, 5-0; 152-Estep, MU, pinned George, U, 5:03; Smeal, WB, pinned Kruise, MV, 1:48; Singer, JV, pinned Geibig, WH, 1:26; Farias, T, dec. Bednar, CC, 4-2 OT; Harteis, FH, pinned Custer-Sell, CK, 1:35; Legros, CH, pinned Prenni, MC, :22; 160-Croyle, LV, pinned Shugars, FH, 2:23; Stewart, G, pinned C. Knisely, BA, 5:19; Mikitko, NC, maj. dec. Henry, R, 15-6; Damon, T, dec. Thompson, CC, 15-11; Feathers, CK, pinned D. Houck, JV, :51; Lenhardt, B, dec. Griffin, WH, 6-2; C. Hamilton, MV, pinned Carowick, SH, 3:35; 170-Kline, CC, pinned Custer, FH, 2:29; Young, U, pinned McCabe, P, 2:36; H. Houck, JV, pinned Myers, G, 1:05; C. Stewart, MV, pinned Heidel, MU, 5:47; Reese, T, pinned Evans, P, :51.
106-Murin, CC, pinned C. Weinell, B, 1:31;McCall, FH, maj. dec. Wright, NC, 18-4; Chavez, LV, pinned Patterson, SH, 3:54; D. Hamilton, MV, dec. C. Hunter, T, 3-0; Link, PC, tech. fall Yearick, PV, 16-0, 5:42; Zapach, MC, maj. dec. Stidfole, MU, 12-0; Miller, J, dec. J. Musselman, CK, 7-4; Couteret, WB, pinned C. Walls, U, 1:24; 113-Dodson, CK, pinned Cheripka, G, 3:28; Ostrowski, CC, pinned Vanish, MV, :48; Sankey, WB, pinned Walters, J, 2:26; Blackburn, WH, maj. dec. Dautlick, CH, 12-0; Keiper, FH, pinned N. Walls, U, 5:17; Hicks, MC, pinned Cunningham, B, 2:41; Bro. Biddle, C, pinned K. Confer, PV, 3:29; 120-Law, FH, tech. fall Lewis, J, 16-0, 1:59; Dorian, WH, pinned Kern, JV, 1:52; Rouser, R, tech. fall Bryan, MV, 16-0, 4:00; Decker, PV, maj. dec. Kish, CC, 9-0; Scott, H, tech. fall Carr, B, 16-0, 3:18; Parks, WB, dec. Wiles, MC, 6-5; Sacolic, G, maj. dec. D. Walter, CK, 12-3; Moist, MU, pinned Matson, LV, :14; 126-George, R, tech. fall Krupa, MV, 15-0, 3:02; Gilson, J, dec. Cornetto, MC, 6-2; Wilson, H, maj. dec. Johnson, G, 8-0; Boozel, MU, pinned Yost, WH, 5:19; Opdenhoff, CC, pinned Jarvis, U, :29; Hurd, PV, dec. Caldwell, LV, 1-0; Kennedy, C, dec. Brown, WB, 8-3; Davis, CH, pinned Ratosky, P, 1:38; 132-Green, H, pinned Mical, WH, 1:18; J. Confer, PV, pinned Bry. Biddle, C, 5:53; Rojas, G, maj. dec. C. Hypes, CK, 15-2; A. Hunter, T, dec. Lutz, P, 7-0; Clark, LV, pinned Brendle, MC, :14; Bloom, MV, dec. Whitsel, SH, 5-0; Gould, FH, won by injury default over Jo. Wilson, BA, 4:47; Steel, MU, pinned Stevens, PC, 1:55; 138-Russell, H, pinned Myers, PC, 1:03; Fox, P, maj. dec. Quick, WB, 11-0; Emel, SJ, pinned Wagner, JV, 3:25; Heberling, MC, pinned Feltman, J, 3:12; Schopp, T, tech. fall Verhovsek, R, 16-0, 5:31; Thomas, MV, pinned Pennington, CC, 3:19; Croyle, LV, tech. fall Hughes, G, 19-4, 4:32; Hoenstine, C, pinned Tress, MU, 1:43; 145-Oliver, H, maj. dec. Au. Gill, CH, 9-1; Troutman, JV, dec. Kellison, J, 10-4; Ohler, MV, tech. fall Snyder, T, 16-0, 5:30; Templeton, FH, pinned Carper, PV, 5:47; Bumbarger, WB, pinned Claar, BA, :36; Stewart, MC, dec. Barbera, WH, 6-1; Long, MU, dec. Eckenrode, PC, 6-4; Naglic, R, pinned Kirsch, CC, 3:22.
152-Doak, B, pinned Estep, MU, 2:47; Hommer, G, pinned Neiderhiser, LV, 1:17; Benner, J, dec. Smeal, WB, 10-4; Mock, C, pinned Singer, JV, 2:40; Wagner, H, pinned Farias, T, 1:02; Je. Wilson, BA, tech. fall Harteis, FH, 17-2, 4:55; D. Farabaugh, PC, dec. Yahner, NC, 9-5; Decker, PV, maj. dec. Legros, CH, 12-1; 160-Beitz, J, pinned Croyle, LV, 3:09; Green, WB, maj. dec. Mack, U, 11-2; Driskel, PC, pinned Stewart, G, 1:30; D. Smith, MU, dec. Mikitko, NC, 3-0; Lynn, H, pinned Damon, T, 4:42; Crook, MC, pinned Feathers, CK, 2:26; Hurd, PV, dec. Lenhardt, B, 8-5; Niebauer, CH, pinned C. Hamilton, MV, 1:45; 170-Pecora, R, pinned Kline, CC, 1:13; Hammel, CK, maj. dec. Myers, WB, 20-10; Waksmunski, CH, dec. Wyland, PC, 7-3; Torsell, BA, pinned Young, U, 1:39; Fisher, H, pinned H. Houck, JV, 1:20; Pecze, B, dec. Burket, C, 9-6; Trottier, LV, pinned Parks, SH, 3:04; Hazel, PV, pinned C. Stewart, MV, 1:48; 182-Thompson, B, pinned Reese, T, :13; Ponder, C, dec. B. Knisely, BA, 2-1; Thoms, PV, dec. Pearce, WB, 8-1; K. Stewart, MV, pinned J. Hypes, Ck, 2:47; Foster, J, pinned Hamilton, G, 1:10; Link, CH, pinned Brewer, MC, :28; Barron, WH, won by forfeit over Kylor, MU; Norris, H, pinned Johns, NC, :23; 195-T. Mezzello, CH, dec. Herrington, SH, 11;6; Lauer, H, pinned Johnson, PV, 1:01; Frontino, NC, pinned Simmers, G, 1:07; Oliver, U, pinned Buck, WH, 1:53; McDowell, WB, pinned Cribbs, MC, 1:05; Treaster, J, pinned Elder, CK, 2:41; 220-Sbeitan, WH, pinned Morningstar, H, 3:55; Carlheim, G, pinned O. Musselman, CK, :45; Stapleton, MU, pinned Smith, NC, :32; McLendon, U, pinned Cramer, MV, 3:20; Marsh, LV, pinned Branick, CC, 3:51; Smith, B, dec. Collins, SH, 6-1; Wilkinson, PC, pinned Righter, J, 2:33; 285-Shafron, LV, pinned Cunkleman, B, 4:18; Deitman, U, pinned Kline, FH, :21; Bunnell, MV, pinned Nagle, BA, :21; Selepack, WB, pinned Fultz, J, :11; Ness, G, pinned Riggle, P, 2:29; Heuston, C, pinned Winfield, SH, 3:42.
Second Round Consolations
106-C. Walls, U, dec. Mountain, C, 7-1; C. Hunter, T, pinned Kline, H, 1:42; C. Weinell, B, pinned Rosemas, WH, 2:43; 120-Matson, LV, pinned Davis, NC, 4:24; Wiles, MC, pinned Alley, T, :36; Carr, B, dec. Park, SH, 5-2; Kish, CC, pinned Zabinski, CH, 1:29; Lewis, J, tech. fall L. Walls, U, 21-6, 4;26; 126-Ratosky, P, pinned Cornman, FH, 1:42; Yost, WH, pinned Ritchey, CK, 2:13; 132-Stevens, PC, maj. dec. Kristofits, WB, 9-0; Whitsel, SH, dec. Walker, U, 4-2; Brendle, MC, pinned Ehrenzeller, J, 3:52; Lutz, P, maj. dec. J. Weinell, B, 11-3; Bry. Biddle, C, pinned B. Mezzello, CH, 2:45; Mical, WH, dec. Makin, CC, 3-2; 138-Hughes, G, pinned Patton, SH, 1:11; Pennington, CC, pinned Gaston, NC, 3:50; Verhovsek, R, dec. Bierly, PV, 9-4; Bracken, U, pinned Feltman, J, 3:42; Wagner, JV, pinned Cernansky, WH, :53; Quick, WB, pinned Waite, BA, 2:47; Dunmore, CK, dec. Myers, PC, 6-4;
145-Ingalls, U, pinned Kirsch, CC, 5:30; Barbera, WH, dec. Mauk, LV, 7-0; Claar, BA, dec. S. Walter, CK, 5-0; Carper, PV, pinned LaMantia, B, 2:29; Snyder, T, maj. dec. Husar, P, 15-4; Kellison, J, pinned Jenkins, G, 1:24; Au. Gill, CH, pinned Love, SH, 1:46; 152-Legros, CH, pinned Moist, U, 1:50; Harteis, FH, pinned Kruise, MV, 3:22; Farias, T, pinned Geibig, WH, 4:39; Bednar, CC, dec. Singer, JV, 9-3; Smeal, WB, pinned Custer-Sell, CK, 1:19; Estep, MU, pinned Prenni, MC, 1:34; 160-C. Hamilton, MV, pinned Shugars, FH, 2:19; Feathers, CK, pinned C. Knisely, BA, 4:35; Damon, T, maj. dec. Henry, R, 15-5; Thompson, CC, dec. Mikitko, NC, 17-13; Stewart, G, pinned D. Houck, JV, :33; Mack, U, pinned Griffin, WH, 2:33; Croyle, LV, won by forfeit over Carowick, SH; 170-C. Stewart, MV, pinned Custer, FH, 4:00; H. Houck, JV, pinned McCabe, P, 2:53; Young, U, pinned Myers, G, :49; Kline, CC, won by forfeit over Heidel, MU; 182-Johns, NC, pinned Evans, P, :55
106-Murin, CC, maj. dec. McCall, FH, 12-0; Chavez, LV, dec. D. Hamilton, MV, 9-5; Link, PC, pinned Zapach, MC, 3:08; Couteret, WB, maj. dec. Miller, J, 14-2; 113-Glorioso, H, pinned Dodson, CK, 2:34; Decker, PV, pinned Rouser, R, 3:04; Scott, H, tech. fall Parks, WB, 16-1, 3:55; Moist, MU, maj. dec. Sacolic, G, 10-0; 126-George, R, dec. Gilson, J, 7-0; Boozel, MU, dec. Wilson, H, 4-2; Opdenhoff, CC, dec. Hurd, PV, 6-0; Davis, CH, dec. Kennedy, CH, 3-2; 132-Green, H, dec. J. Confer, PV, 10-5; Rojas, G, dec. A. Hunter, T, 5-3; Clark, LV, maj. dec. Bloom, MV, 11-2; Gould, FH, dec. Steel, MU, 10-3; 138-Russell, H, pinned Fox, P, :56; Heberling, MC, pinned Emel, SJ, 2:20; Schopp, T, tech. fall Thomas, MV, 16-0, 4:51; Hoenstine, C, dec. Croyle, LV, 14-10; 145-Oliver, H, tech. fall Troutman, JV, 16-1, 5:00; Templeton, FH, pinned Ohler, MV, 5:04; Stewart, MC, dec. Bumbarger, WB, 5-0; Naglic, R, dec. Long, MU, 4-0.
152-Doak, B, tech. fall Hommer, G, 17-2, 3:06; Benner, J, dec. Mock, C, 9-2; Wagner, H, dec. Wilson, BA, 9-4; Decker, PV, dec. Farabaugh, PC, 9-3; 160-Beitz, J, pinned Green, WB, 1:47; Smith, MU, dec. Driskel, PC, 3-1; Lynn, H, dec. Crook, MC, 2-1; Niebauer, CH, dec. Hurd, PV, 3-2; 170-Pecora, R, tech. fall Hammell, CK, 16-0, 3:51; Waksmunski, CH, dec. Torsell, BA, 8-4; Fisher, H, pinned Pecze, B, 1:13; Hezel, PV, pinned Trottier, LV, 5:24; 182-Thompson, B, pinned Ponder, C, 1:56; K. Stewart, MV, pinned Thoms, PV, 4:45; Foster, J, dec. Link, CH, 12-7; Norris, H, dec. Barron, WH, 7-0; 195-Beckwith, T, pinned T. Mezzello, CH, :37; Lauer, H, pinned Frontino, NC, 3:39; Oliver, U, pinned McDowell, WB, 1:49; Kyle, MU, pinned Treaster, J, :44; 220-Maines, WB, pinned Sbeitan, WH, 2:58; Stapleton, MU, pinned Carlheim, G, 5:45; Marsh, LV, dec. McLendon, U, 4-3; Wilkinson, PC, dec. Smith, B, 9-3; 285-Smith, MU, pinned Shafron, LV, :43; Bunnell, MV, dec. Deitman, U, 8-4; Selepack, WB, pinned Ness, G, 2:26; Aa. Gill, CH, pinned Heuston, C, 1;26.
Third Round Consolations
106-C. Walls, U, dec. J. Musselman, CK, 7-4; Stidfole, MU, pinned Yearick, PC, 2:36; C. Hunter, T, pinned Patterson, SH, 4:26; Wright, NC, maj. dec. C. Weinell, B, 13-3; 113-Walters, J, dec. Vanish, MV, 9-8; Dautlick, CH, dec. Walls, U, 4-3; K. Confer, PV, pinned Cunningham, B, 1:28; 120-D. Walter, CK, pinned Matson, LV, 3:38; Wiles, MC, pinned Carr, B, :56; Kish, CC, dec. Bryan, MV, 9-2; Kern, JV, pinned Lewis, J, 3:13; 126-Brown, WBm dec. Ratosky, P, 11-6; Caldwell, LV, pinned Jarvis, U, 2:14; Yost, WH, dec. Johnson, G, 7-3; Cornetto, MC, tech. fall Krupa, MV, 18-2, 4:50; 132-Jo. Wilson, BA, pinned Stevens, PC, 1:54; Whitsel, SH, pinned Brendle, MC, 2:58; C. Hypes, CK, dec. Lutz, P, 5-3; Bry. Biddle, C, pinned Mical, WH, 2:36; 138-Hughes, G, maj. dec. Tress, MU, 12-2; Verhovsek, R, dec. Pennington, CC, 2-1; Wagner, JV, pinned Bracken, U, 2:14; Quick, WB, maj. dec. Dunmore, CK, 9-0; 145-Eckenrode, PC, dec. Ingalls, U, 9-4; Claar, BA, dec. Barbera, WH, 7-3; Snyder, T, dec. Carper, PV, 8-5; Au. Gill, CH, pinned Kellison, J, 2:29.
152-Legros, CH, pinned Yahner, NC, 2:59; Harteis, FH, pinned Farias, T, :33; Smeal, WB, pinned Bednar, CC, 1:45; Neiderhiser, LV, pinned Estep, 2:59; 160-Lenhardt, B, dec. C. Hamilton, MV, 14-7; Feathers, CK, dec. Damon, T, 3-1; Stewart, G, pinned Thompson, CC, 1:48; Croyle, LV, pinned Mack, U, 2:39; 170-Parks, SH, dec. C. Stewart, MV, 6-1; Burket, C, pinned H. Houck, JV, 2:28; Wyland, PC, pinned Young, U, ;23; Myers, WB, maj. dec. Kline, CC, 10-2; 182-Johns, NC, won by forfeit over Kylor, MU; Brewer, MC, pinned Hamilton, G, :23; Pearce, WB, pinned J. Hypes, CK, :32; B. Knisely, BA, pinned Reese, T, :37; 195-Johnson, PV, dec. Simmers, G, 3-2; Buck, WH, pinned Cribbs, MC, :51; 220-Smith, NC, pinned O. Musselman, CK, 2:24; Branick, CC, dec. Cramer, MV, 5-2; Collins, SH, pinned Righter, J, 3:34; 285-Riggle, P, pinned Fultz, J, 1:43.