Chestnut Ridge cruises to title
NEW PARIS — When it comes to wrestling in District 5 this season, it’s Chesnut Ridge then everyone else.
The Lions are simply on another level.
Top-seeded Ridge rolled to its sixth straight District 5 Class AA dual meet tournament title Saturday, knocking off No. 5 Northern Bedford 67-12 in the semifinals before steamrolling second-seeded North Star 63-12 in the championship match.
Lions coach Greg Lazor was asked after the awards ceremony if winning all these district titles ever gets old.
“No, not at all,” Lazor said. “Every one is a little bit sweeter than before. We’re making a streak of it. It’s up to six now. It’s fun. It’s very enjoyable.”
Chestnut Ridge now advances to the PIAA Class AA Team Championships and will open against the District 7 runner-up when the tournament gets underway Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey. The Lions have represented the district well in recent years. Ridge earned runner-up honors in 2015 and finished fourth in 2013.
“The expectation right now is, A, we have to get healthy,” Lazor said. “We had a couple kids out of the lineup. Our two upper weights are sick this weekend. They wrestled one match apiece. Our expectation is to go down there and wrestle our best and do what we can. Do we think we can get a medal? Absolutely. That’s our goal down there, but it’s tough down there. It’s going to be a grind.”
North Star coach Tom Rosa said he was impressed with the Lions’ performance on Saturday.
“They’re just solid, up and down the lineup,” Rosa said. “We have a pretty good team this year, but (Chestnut Ridge) is just on a different level. There’s a reason they’re (ranked) No. 2 or 3 in the state right now. I think they’re going to go and do some really good things next weekend in Hershey.”
The Cougars advanced to the championship match with a hard-fought 40-33 win over Berlin in the semifinals.
“They match up well with us,” Rosa said of the Mountaineers. “It was back and forth. We knew it was going to be a tough one. Berlin is a tough team. We knew we had to get one or two key matches. Luckily, we did.”
The reward, however, was facing Ridge and settling for runner-up honors for the second year in a row.
“We just have to get some guys rested up and healthy right now,” Rosa said. “We’re hurting. We have some guys who are banged up. It’s not going to change the outcome of the Chestnut Ridge match, but we just need to heal up these next couple weeks and be ready to go.”
Chestnut Ridge 63, North Star 12
106–Kai Burkett, Chestnut Ridge, pinned, Eli Brougher, North Star, 3:12; 113–Nathan Holderbaum, Chestnut Ridge, won by decision against, Jacob Blough, North Star, 3-2; 120–Gryphon Callihan, Chestnut Ridge, won by forfeit; 126–Seth Harbaugh, Chestnut Ridge, won by decision against, Keaton Furry, North Star, 6-1; 132–Cody Brown, Chestnut Ridge, won by forfeit; 138–Scott Miller, Chestnut Ridge, won by decision against, Logan Lisbon, North Star, 7-0; 145–Ty Claycomb, Chestnut Ridge, pinned, Riley Vinisky, North Star, 0:56
152–Justin McCoy, Chestnut Ridge, pinned, Colby Vinisky, North Star, 2:37; 160–Jared McGill, Chestnut Ridge, pinned, Travis Shaffer, North Star, 2:10; 170–Levi Hobson, Chestnut Ridge, pinned, Garett Stephenson, North Star, 1:08; 182–Austin Crouse, Chestnut Ridge, pinned, Levi Sheeler, North Star, 1:17; 195–Hunter Tremain, North Star, won by forfeit; 220–Mason Augustine, North Star, pinned, Noah Smith, Chestnut Ridge, 0:50; 285–Dalton Seace, Chestnut Ridge, pinned, Noah Livingston, North Star, 1:17
Chestnut Ridge 67,
Northern Bedford 12
285–Kyle Guyer, Northern Bedford, pinned, Wyatt Maxwell, Chestnut Ridge, 3:35; 106–Kai Burkett, Chestnut Ridge, won by forfeit; 113–Nathan Holderbaum, Chestnut Ridge, pinned, Lucas Heck, Northern Bedford, 1:14; 120–Gryphon Callihan, Chestnut Ridge, pinned, Eyziak Cottle, Northern Bedford, 0:38; 126–Seth Harbaugh, Chestnut Ridge, won by forfeit; 132–Cody Brown, Chestnut Ridge, won by forfeit; 138–Scott Miller, Chestnut Ridge, won by major decision against, Brady Clark, Northern Bedford, 13-2
145–Chase Eller, Northern Bedford, pinned, Ty Claycomb, Chestnut Ridge, 1:21; 152–Justin McCoy, Chestnut Ridge, pinned, Alex Kichman, Northern Bedford, 0:41; 160–Brodie Harbaugh, Chestnut Ridge, pinned, Kyler States, Northern Bedford, 1:35; 170–Jared McGill, Chestnut Ridge, won by technical fall against, Austin Mowry, Northern Bedford, 18-1, 3:47; 182–Levi Hobson, Chestnut Ridge, pinned, Tyler Wirth, Northern Bedford, 3:19; 195–Austin Crouse, Chestnut Ridge, pinned, Luke Welsh, Northern Bedford, 1:51; 220–Duane Knisely, Chestnut Ridge, won by major decision against, Jay Ebersole, Northern Bedford, 9-0.