Fresh Chestnut Ridge rolls Black Panthers

LOYSBURG — With a little more than a week off since completing a rugged December schedule, Chestnut Ridge looked rested, aggressive and ready for January against Northern Bedford on Friday night.

The Lions, who hadn’t wrestled since finishing 14th in the prestigious Powerade Tournament on Dec. 29-30, recorded seven pins in 2:51 or shorter, held an 18-4 advantage in takedowns and rolled to a 58-13 win at a packed Northern Bedford gymnasium.

“We’ve been working on top a lot in the last few weeks,” Ridge coach Greg Lazor said. “We didn’t start off the season doing well on the mat, in our opinion, but at Powerade, we had quite a few bonus matches. We had more bonus victories than normal victories. I’m glad we’re still getting those (takedowns), but I want them to score on the mat as well.”

“I think we wrestled OK,” Northern coach Brian Dutchcot said. “We still don’t have that aggressive style that Chestnut Ridge has. I’m looking for these guys to go out there and wrestle aggressively, much like their opponents did tonight.”

Caleb Holderbaum jumpstarted the Lions (4-0), ranked No. 1 in the first Mirror rankings, by pinning Eyziak Cottle in 36 seconds.

In an anticipated 113-pound bout, Ridge senior Dylan Williams, No. 1 in the rankings, defeated third-ranked freshman Ian Sherlock, 11-3. Williams dominated on his feet, scoring five takedowns, including one with a second left to get the major decision.

“I thought he wrestled aggressively,” Lazor said. “I thought he scored a lot of points. I’ve been trying to get him to turn the motor on. He lets matches stay close sometimes. I thought he went after him well and scored a lot of takedowns.”

After Ridge’s Jake Harris moved up to 120 and won by forfeit, Northern Bedford returning state qualifier and top-ranked 126-pounder Zach Clark got a challenge from Seth Harbaugh. Clark fought off two takedown attempts in the first two periods and took a 1-0 lead into the third. But Clark (10-0) five nearfall points with a tough ride in the final period for a 6-0 win.

“We knew it was going to be a close one,” Dutchcot said. “It always is between those two. Zach feels real confident once he knows what he needs to do in the third, and he went to work.”

At 132, Northern’s Alex Fouse was up 4-1 on Ty Claycomb late in the third when he reversed Claycomb to his back for a five-point move right before the buzzer and a 9-1 major decision. Ridge led, 16-7, over the Black Panthers (2-4), but the Lions posted five pins in the next six bouts for a 49-7 lead.

Ridge 138-pounder Scott Miller held a 6-0 lead on Tristin Guyer before getting the fall in 2:51. Two-time state placewinner top-ranked Justin McCoy (10-2) took Carter Replogle down three times before pinning him in 1:50.

Northern’s Chase Eller was leading Levi Hobson, 3-2, at 152, but Hobson reversed Eller to his back and pinned him in 1:18.

At 160, Ridge returning state placer and top-ranked Morgan Deremer, hampered by a possible bursa sac injury in his wrapped leg, took Austin Mowry down twice in a 7-0 win.

“That was his first match since the Powerade,” Lazor said, “and we were wondering how it would work. I haven’t talked to him about it yet, to be honest, but he looked a little conservative with it.”

Ridge 170-pounder Jared McGill scored eight nearfall points and was leading Alex Kichman, 14-1, when he got the fall in 2:33. Teammate Phillip Dull followed with a pin of Jay Ebersole in 1:22, but the Dull suffered an apparent shoulder injury during the fall.

“I haven’t talked to him either,” Lazor said. “We’ll get the injury report when we go to the locker room, I guess. We have two starters out this week, and we had a bunch of guys out with the flu. So, I’m hoping it hits us early and we’re healthy late.”

Northern’s Zach Price stopped the run with a pin of Kyle Nichols in 3:13 at 195.

Ridge freshman Duane Knisely took Kyle Guyer down with 17.3 seconds left in overtime to win, 2-0. Teammate Dalton Seace finished the meet with a pin of Colton Koontz in 1:27.

106–Holderbaum, CR, pinned Cottle, :36; 113–Williams, CR, maj. dec. Sherlock, 11-3; 120–Harris, CR, won by forfeit; 126–Clark, NB, dec. Harbaugh, 6-0; 132–Fouse, NB, maj. dec. Claycomb, 9-1; 138–Miller, CR, pinned T. Guyer, 2:51; 145–McCoy, CR, pinned Replogle, 1:50.

152–Hobson, CR, pinned Eller, 1:18; 160–Deremer, CR, dec. Mowry, 7-0; 170–McGill, CR, pinned Kichman, 2:33; 182–Dull, CR, pinned Ebersole, 1:22; 195–Price, NB, pinned Nichols, 3:13; 220–Knisely, CR, dec. K. Guyer, 2-0 OT; 285–Seace, CR, pinned Koontz, 1:27.

Records: Chestnut Ridge (4-0); Northern Bedford (2-4).

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