Manley, Oliver earn PJW titles
When Altoona wrestler Cole Maney reaches the high school level, he’ll come with a very impressive junior wrestling resume.
Manley captured his second straight title in the 13-14 age group at the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championships and his fifth career medal by beating Waynesburg’s Caleb Morris, 8-2, in the 87-pound finals on Saturday at the Pennsylvanis Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
Huntingdon’s Jacob Oliver rebounded from losing in the overtime tiebreaker, 5-3, in last year’s finals by capturing the 147-pound title in the 13-14 group with an 8-1 victory over Parkland’s Frank Guida.
Oliver, a three-time medalist, is the first Huntingdon wrestler to win a PJW title since Jeff Lewis won in 1986 at 100 pounds in the 11-12 group.
Both champions went 4-0 in the two-day tournament.
Manley, a four-time finalist, earned the third state title by an Altoona wrestler in the last four years. Current sophomore D.J. Hollingshead won the other gold medal.
Four other area wrestlers had to settle for second place. Chestnut Ridge’s Jared McGill and Justin McCoy placed second at 90 and 95 pounds, respectively, in the 11-12 age group. Glendale’s Brock McMillen took second at 60 in the 9-10 group, and Glendale’s Suds Dubler finished second at 60 in the 8-and-under division.
McGill, a four-time medalist who won gold last year, was pinned by Nazareth’s Sam Sasso in 1:59. McCoy, a three-time medalist and two-time finalist, dropped a 5-2 decision to Reynolds’ Cole Matthews.
McMillen, a two-time medalist, dropped a 4-2 overtime tiebreaker decision to Shaler’s Alejandro Herrera-Rondon. Dubler was beaten by REC’s Grant MacKay, 2-0, in the finals.
In all, 18 area wrestlers placed in the top eight of their respective weight classes.
In the 13-14 group, Cambria Heights’ Biggie Gill (140) and Alexander Albright (252) finished fourth, as did Moshannon Valley’s Larry Brown (132), who earned his second medal.
Heights’ Huntur Campbell (77) finished fifth and earned his second PJW medal, while Philipsburg-Osceola’s Dakota Weitoish (132) and Northern Bedford’s Lucas Kolinchak (157) placed seventh. P-O’s Cory Roach (212) took eighth.
In the 11-12 group, Bedford’s Kaden Cassidy (85) earned his third PJW medal by finishing fifth. P-O’s Brandon Anderson (135) placed seventh, while Central Cambria’s Nathan Martin (160) took eighth.
P-O’s Hunter Weitoish (75), who won a title in the 8-and-under group last year, finished seventh in the 9-10 division.
Chestnut Ridge’s Calan Bollman (55) placed sixth in the 8-and-under division.