Golden Tigers get six pins in home victory

HOLLIDAYSBURG — It was the second period of the 160-pound bout, and things were looking bleak for Hollidaysburg’s Nate Fisher. He was losing 6-0 to Penns Valley’s Abraham Allebach after getting taken down for a second time.

Fisher, a junior, wasn’t panicking, though.

“I got scored on a couple times, and I just kept my composure,” Fisher said. “I really was trying to keep the score out of my head, acting like it was 0-0 and go for my stuff.”

Fisher rallied furiously in the second period with a reversal and three nearfall points, and then he put Allebach on his back again. This time, he got the fall in 3:28.

Fisher’s fall in the third bout of the night ultimately came up big in the end for the now 2-4 Golden Tigers, who had six pins in a 42-32 win on Thursday night in their home debut that took just 40 minutes to complete.

“That was the match,” Hollidaysburg coach Christian Harr said. “That was a big, big win for Fish because that kid is solid. He has resilience. He’s been there a couple times already this year, and he’s come back in big matches like that, I wasn’t worried about him.”

“I think that really let our team jump off to a great start,” Fisher said, “and then we started getting more pins and points.”

“I think that was one where we pretty much had bonus points for us,” Penns Valley coach Joel Brinker said, “and then to see that happen, it’s just not what we want to see happen. That was a turning point, for sure.”

Hollidaysburg’s Nathan Swartz, the Mirror’s top-ranked 145-pounder, opened the meet at 138 with a 39-second pin.

Neither team had a 145-pounder, and PV’s Zach Royer won by forfeit at 152, setting the stage for the pivotal bout at 160.

Allebach and Fisher were in the Panther Holiday Classic, where Allebach took fifth, but they never wrestled. Allebach started the bout with a takedown, and then he scored two nearfall points for a 4-0 lead going into the second period.

Allebach added his second takedown, and he appeared headed toward bonus points. Fisher, though, scored the reversal and put Allebach on his back for three nearfall points. Still down 6-5, Fisher slipped in a half nelson and rolled Allebach to his back. When referee Doug Fogel slapped the mat, the Tiger bench was happy.

“I know what I want to do on top,” Fisher said. “Once I got that going, I tired him out if felt like and I got the six.”

After PV’s Carter Felker recorded a fall at 170, Hollidaysburg’s Mason McCready, ranked No. 1 by the Mirror at 182, used a low-leg cradle to pin Isaac Spotts in 1:49. That gave the Tigers an 18-12 lead.

Tiger 195-pounder Gus Dellinger needed only 12 seconds to record a pin and build on the Tigers’ lead.

At 220, Hollidaysburg sophomore Devon Datres was 0-5 coming into the night, but he built a 3-0 lead on Carl Mundt before getting the fall in 3:41, giving the Tigers a 30-12 lead.

“That’s his first win since last year,” Harr said, “and it couldn’t have come at a better time. He’s been kind of feeling down in the dumps wrestling up with the big boys now in high school, so that was a huge win for him.”

Penns Valley’s Dillon Covalt moved up to 285 and earned a 4-1 win over Sam Haines, who was filling in for the ill Trevor Mitchell. It was the only bout that went the distance.

“We thought Covalt would get some bonus points,” Brinker said, “but I think the size difference prevented him from getting any bonus points.”

Brinker moved his 106-pounder, Justin Darlington, up a weight, giving a forfeit to Colin Smilnak and getting a forfeit at 113.

After PV’s Baylor Shunk’s 16-1 technical fall over Andrew Simpson at 120, Hollidaysburg’s Cody Dively secured the team win with a 49-second pin of Haden Stamm at 126.

“Cody went out there and wrestled like Cody,” Harr said. “He didn’t waste any time, and he got it done.”

The meet ended with PV’s Clayton Royer getting a fall at 132.

“That’s awesome,” Harr said of the team win. “We changed a couple things since last Saturday up at (the Bald Eagle Area Duals), worked on a little bit more intensity in practice. They went out there with a little bit more fire tonight, so it was good.”

138–Swartz, H, pinned Martin, :39; 145–No bout; 152–Z. Royer, PV, won by forfeit; 160–Fisher, H, pinned Allebach, 3:28; 170–Felker, PV, pinned Baranik, :47; 182–McCready, H, pinned Spotts, 1:49; 195–Dellinger, H, pinned Packer, :12

220–Datres, H, pinned Mundt, 3:41; 285–Covalt, PV, dec. Haines, 4-1; 106–Smilnak, H, won by forfeit; 113–Darlington, PV, won by forfeit; 120–Shunk, PV, tech. fall Simpson, 16-1, 4:55; 126–Dively, H, pinned Stamm, :49; 132–C. Royer, PV, pinned Bridenbaugh, 5:05.

Records: Penns Valley (3-7), Hollidaysburg (2-4)

Referee: Doug Fogel