Early pins point Lions to victory

Altoona-State College has developed into one of the area’s best high school sports rivalries over the years and, anytime the Mountain Lions are victorious over the Little Lions, it’s considered a good night.

Just ask Altoona wrestling coach Joel Gilbert, whose Mountain Lion grapplers held off State, 42-36, Tuesday night at the Altoona Area Junior High School gym.

“It’s always special to win over a program like State College,” Gilbert said. “They have a very historic program, a lot of great wrestlers every year, and, to beat them is always a feather in our cap.

“I’m real happy with tonight’s performance.”

Gilbert said the Mountain Lions wrestled tough Tuesday.

“We had some tough matches against some good wrestlers and, for the most part, our guys went out and did the job and got the win,” Gilbert said.

The match started with the 195-pound bout and Altoona bolted to an 18-0 lead when Mante Barnes (195), Jacob Scheinberg (220) and Austin Rosenberry (285) all pinned their opponents.

“We have a nice group of kids at the upper weights,” Gilbert said. “Jake Scheinberg is only a sophomore and he did the job, along with Austin Rosenberry and Mante Barnes, both seniors.

“Those three guys are nice to have, and they gave us a boost tonight.”

D.J. Hollingshead (132) and T. J. Brandt (138) continued their solid seasons with victories, too. Hollingshead notched a 13-3 major and Brandt followed with a pin at 3:14.

“Those two guys are as good as anyone in the state, without a doubt,” Gilbert said. “They’re tough wrestlers.”

SC coach Chad Dubin said, without hesitation, that a forfeit at 113 pounds was the difference in the outcome of the match.

“We lost at the scales,” Dubin said. “It was a tough battle, and we just barely lost.”

Altoona junior Dan Querry was awarded the forfeit at 113, and the six points gave Altoona a 24-6 lead.

“We had a kid who didn’t make weight,” Dubin said. “Other than that, I thought everybody wrestled pretty consistently. There were a couple guys who probably shouldn’t have given up bonus points – they might not have been expecting or favored to win – but they could have fought a little harder.

“Not giving up bonus points could have made a difference.”

The SC coach was referring to bouts at 132 and 170. Altoona’s Hollingshead recorded a major decision at 132 and Markief Knode won by technical fall, 15-0, in 2:52 at 170.

State took its first and only lead of the night, 36-34, when Alexander Stover pinned Phil Dillen at 160 pounds. Knode’s tech fall reclaimed the lead for Altoona, and sophomore Trent Kephart sealed the deal for the Mountain Lions with an 8-2 win in the final bout of the night at 182.

“Overall, I thought the match went the way I thought it would go,” Gilbert said. “Trent Kephart gutted one out at the end – an 8-2 decision – and I was real happy with him.”

195-Barnes, A, pinned Levis, 1:28; 220-J. Scheinberg, A, pinned Alvarez, 3:40; 285-Rosenberry, A, pinned Kusmierz, :58; 106-Catral, SC, pinned Bryan, 2:54; 113-Querry, A, won by forfeit; 120-Sills, SC, won by forfeit; 126-Haun, SC, won by forfeit.

132-Hollingshead, A, maj. dec. Kauffman, 13-3; 138-Brandt, A, pinned Holden, 3:14; 145-Horner, SC, pinned Rodgers, 2:23; 152-Price, SC, pinned N. Scheinberg, 3:21; 160-Stover, SC, pinned Dillen, 2:23; 170-Knode, A, tech. fall Fremberg, 15-0, 2:52; 182-Kephart, A, dec. Vandervort, 8-2.

Official-Bruce Haselrig.

Records: State College (3-10); Altoona (3-4).