McCoy, McGill finish on top

Ridge bests field

Photo for the Mirror by Tami Knopsnyder Chestnut Ridge’s Justin McCoy collects back points against Frazier’s Thayne Lawrence.

INDIANA — The team race between Chestnut Ridge and Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy was so close on Saturday night at the Southwest Regional Class 2A Tournament, every bonus point win mattered.

In fact, when Justin McCoy earned a 10-1 major decision over Frazier’s Thayne Lawrence in the 152-pound title bout, it gave the Lions an extra point in the team standings.

And when teammate Levi Hobson majored Burrell’s Austin Mele, 11-2, in the fifth-place bout, it clinched the team title for the Lions by 1.5 points, 106-104.5.

It was the second regional title for the Lions and the first since 2015. They had finished second in 2016 and 2017.

“It feels pretty darn good,” Ridge coach Greg Lazor said before hoisting the team trophy. “We’ve put a lot of work in for it and something we’ve been really striving for. Winning the Southwest Regional is a feat that doesn’t come around too often. To get it done this weekend, I’m very happy and proud of the boys.

“Hobson came through big for us. He gave up the first takedown, and then he just turned it on, wrestled his tail off to clinch the title for us. He got his first state qualification, and I couldn’t be prouder of the boy.”

After McCoy captured his second regional title, Jared McGill, a runner-up last season, captured his first title, defeating West Branch’s Derek Yingling, 11-4, at 160 in a matchup of undefeated wrestlers.

Ridge qualified four wrestlers to the PIAA Championships, which are in less than two weeks in Hershey. Joining McCoy, McGill and Hobson at states will be Austin Crouse (182), who finished sixth.

McCoy and McGill were the only area champions as Glendale freshman Brock McMillen (113) and Penn Cambria’s Derek Brown (170) finished second.

McMillen, who survived a 2-1 ultimate tiebreaker win over Burrell’s Ian Oswalt in the semifinals, suffered his third loss to Mount Union’s Josh Boozel, 4-0. All of McMillen’s losses have come to Boozel.

“It’s a little frustrating,” McMillen said. “I work to critique what’s making me lose and trying to do it better. I thought I did a little better, but it’s still not what I need to do to beat him.”

Brown ran into a buzz saw in Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick, who won his fourth regional title with a 17-0 technical fall over the Panther junior in 3:06.

Eighteen area wrestlers qualified for the PIAA Championships.

Penn Cambria advanced all four of its wrestlers – tying Ridge for the most in the area — to Hershey. Chase Proudfit (sixth, 132), Brock Talko (fifth, 138) and Jarred Stoy (fifth, 160) advanced to the state tournament. Proudfit and Stoy joined Brown in qualifying for the second time. Proudfit qualified two years ago as a freshman.

It was the third time Penn Cambria qualified four wrestlers to states and the first time since 2011.

Proudfit, Stoy and Brown were all in the semifinals. Proudfit dropped a 1-0 decision to Ellwood City’s Donavin Chambers in the semis, while Stoy was beaten by Yingling, 12-2.

“I don’t think we had a spectacular day today. We lost a couple close ones,” Penn Cambria coach Todd Niebauer said. “But I think we got that luck to go our way yesterday. Hey, all four are advancing. We get to go to the big dance, and anything can happen at states.

“What it says for our kids, our families and the program is just amazing. I’m very proud We’re scrambling for tickets and hotel rooms, so I think that’s a good problem.”

Huntingdon advanced three wrestlers in Ryder Kocik (fourth, 182), Alex Mykut (fourth, 195) and Landon Fisher (third, 220).

Fisher, a returning regional runner-up, dropped a 3-0 semifinal decision to Derry Area’s Dominic DeLuca, whom Fisher had pinned at the PIAA Duals.

Mykut was knocked into the consolation by North Star’s Hunter Tremain, 6-1, in the semifinals.

“Three guys through, and I’m really proud of them,” Huntingdon coach Jon Mykut said. “They battled all weekend long, lot of good matches, lot of good wrestling. We’ll get back to the drawing board on Monday and see if we can get guys on the (medals) stand down there too.”

Also qualifying were Everett’s Garret Cornell (third, 126), Tussey Mountain’s Brady Villa (sixth, 126), Central’s Braeden Swab (third, 138), Glendale’s Isaac Krause (sixth, 152), Portage’s Cole Sossong (third, 160) and Central Cambria’s Nate Martin (fourth, 285).

Cornell, a junior, will make his third trip to the state tournament. Martin qualified for states for the second time.

“It feels pretty,” Cornell said. “I was expecting to finish in the top four. I knew there would be a lot of tough competition and anything can happen because it is regionals. I just knew I had to work hard.”

The 152-pound bout was expected to be close considering Lawrence gave Central Cambria’s Max Murin a tough finals bout last year, but it wasn’t.

McCoy took a 2-0 lead into the second period, where he gave up an escape, took Lawrence down and almost immediately put him on his back with a turk move. McCoy led 7-1 after two periods. In the third, he received an interlocking point and scored a reversal to get the major decision — his third of the tournament.

“I was just trying to score points and be aggressive the whole time,” McCoy said. “I feel like I did that well. He’s a pretty good wrestler.”

“Lawrence is a tough little wrestler,” Lazor said. “We knew it was going to be a battle, but McCoy went out there with a game plan, executed it perfectly, wrestled hard and relentless. He had an absolutely great match.”

McCoy will now prepare to go after his second state title.

“I’m really looking forward to states,” McCoy said. “I’ve been looking forward to it since last year. I want to be a two-time state champ.”

McGill, who pinned Portage’s Cole Sossong in 2:20 in the semifinals, scored three takedowns in the first two periods and was leading Yingling, 7-3, in the third when he nailed his fourth takedown. He added a fifth takedown to hike his record to 42-0.

“I thought I wrestled well,” McGill said. “I knew if I went out and just had fun, keep scoring points, I was going to come out on top. I was just keeping the flow going. In the postseason, you don’t look at records. Anyone can beat anyone, so you just go out and wrestle your own match.”

“He dominated all week, controlled everything,” Lazor said. “He looked good on his feet, got a lot of takedowns as the week went along. To get his first gold medal here, I’m happy for him. It’s setting him up for a great state tournament, hopefully.”

McMillen and Boozel both missed on takedown opportunities in the first period. Boozel rode McMillen the entire second period, throwing in legs, although McMillen was close to a reversal at the end of the second period.

McMillen was called for an interlocking hands in the third period, which opened it up for Boozel. McMillen cut him, and Boozel took him down at the edge of the mat with 1:24 remaining. Boozel continued to ride for the rest of the period with legs.

“He’s tough on top,” McMillen said. “That spiral ride is hard to defend putting the leg in. I hope to meet him at states, get one more shot at him because he’s a senior.”

“Brock really wants to get him” Glendale coach Billy Dubler said. “He’s been working super hard, and he’s doing everything it takes. I look for him to having an outstanding state tournament.”


A–Avella; AVON–Avonworth; BE–Beaver; B–Bedford; BA–Bellwood-Antis; BENT–Bentworth; BB–Berlin Brothersvalley; BC–Beth-Center; BM–Bishop McCort; BL–Blairsville; BURG–Burgettstown; BURR–Burrell; CAL–California; CH–Cambria Heights; CW–Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic; CAR–Carlynton; C–Central; CC-Central Cambria; CV–Central Valley; CHART–Chartiers Houston; CR–Chestnut Ridge; CT–Conemaugh Township; CW–CW North Catholic; DA–Derry Area; EF–Elizabeth Forward; E–Everett; EC–Elwood City; FC–Fort Cherry; FH–Forest Hills; FRA–Frazier; FA–Freedom Area; G–Glendale; GC–Greensburg Central; HIGH–Highlands; HFH–Hope for Hyndman; H–Huntingdon; JM–Jefferson Morgan; JO–Johnstown; J–Juniata; KO–Keystone Oaks; L–Laurel; LV–Ligonier Valley; MC–Marion Center; MCG–McGuffey; M–Meyersdale; MV–Moshannon Valley; MP–Mount Pleasant; MU–Mount Union; NB–Northern Bedford; NS–North Star; PC–Penn Cambria; PV–Penns Valley; P–Portage; QV–Quaker Valley; R–Richland; RIV–Riverview; SJ–St. Joseph’s; SHA–Shade; SF–South Fayette; SH–Southern Huntingdon; SOUTH–Southmoreland; SP–South Park; SSB–South Side Beaver; SA–Summit Academy; TM–Tussey Mountain; T–Tyrone; U–United; V–Valley; W–Washington; WB–West Branch; WG–West Greene; WH–Westmont Hilltop; WS–West Shamokin; Y–Yough


1. Chestnut Ridge 106; 2. Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy 104.5; 3. Mount Union 75.5; 4. Burrell 73.5; 5. Derry Area 67; 6. Freedom Area 61.5; 7. Quaker Valley 58.5; 8. McGuffey 57; 9. Huntingdon 52; 10. Bishop McCort 48; 11. Penn Cambria and South Side Beaver 46; 13. West Branch 41; 14. Berlin Brothersvalley 40.5; 15. Mount Pleasant 39; 16. Glendale and Southmoreland 38; 18. Bentworth 37; 19. Juniata 33.5; 20. Ligonier Valley 33.


106–Redinger, QV, pinned Shunk, PV, 3:31; Fischer, SP, dec. Michaels, EF, 2-1; 113–Boozel, MU, dec. Kemper, BURG, 7-3; McMillen, G, dec. Oswalt, BURR, 2-1 UTB; 120–Witmer, SJ, dec. Christie, WH, 6-0; Cymmerman, DA, dec. Daubert, FH, 4-3; 126–Teasdale, JM, tech. fall Villa, TM, 15-0, 2:33; Broadway, DA, dec. Ward, FA, 1-0; 132–Miscovich, MP, dec. Powers, SJ, 6-5; Chambers, EC, dec. Proudfit, PC, 1-0; 138–Dowling, SJ, tech. fall Feltman, J, 17-1, 4:32; Beatty, MC, pinned Swab, C, 5:58; 145–Demor, SSB, dec. Courts, SJ, 4-1; Cusick, SF, dec. Griffiths, SOUTH, 5-4

152–McCoy, CR, maj. dec. Christie, BURR, 13-1; Lawrence, FRA, dec. Todaro, MU, 8-2; 160–McGill, CR, pinned Sossong, P, 2:20; Yingling, WB, maj. dec. Stoy, PC, 12-2; 170–Patrick, LV, maj. dec. Datz, SOUTH, 10-0; Brown, PC, dec. Clutter, 2-1; 182–Myers, WB, dec. Shingle, MCG, 7-5; Vargo, BENT, dec. Crouse, CR, 6-2; 195–Tremain, NS, dec. Mykut, H, 6-1; Miller, FA, maj. dec. Hockenberry, MU, 11-3; 220–Walters, BM, maj. dec. Main, WG, 12-4; DeLuca, DA, dec. Fisher, H, 3-0; 285–Jones, BM, dec. Schuffert, V, 2-1 TB; McCoy, SSB, dec. Martin, CC, 3-2.


106–Ohl, SJ, pinned Armstrong, MC, 2:40; Burkett, CR, maj. dec. George, MP, 13-3; Alberts, EC, dec. Walk, T, 10-6; Yagle, MCG, pinned Valovchik, BURR, 2:33; 113–Bruce, BL, tech. fall Lasko, V, 18-2, 3:59; N. Holderbaum, CR, dec. Malcolm, BM, 9-5; Blackburn, WH, dec. Sabedra, DA, 7-1; Huehn, CAR, dec. Bittner, MP, 1-0; 120–Dovshek, BENT, dec. Earhart, BE, 9-2; Callihan, CR, dec. C. Lee, BB, 6-0; Duschek, FA, pinned Devine, EF, 1:41; Dunn, SF, dec. Dawson, HFH, 3-1 OT; 126–Cornell, E, pinned Polacek, WH, 2:17; DuVall, SJ, pinned Sherlock, SA, 1:58; Gaul, BURR, dec. Rutter, G, 4-0; Pattison, MCG, dec. Richner, MV, 5-0; 132–Baker, DA, dec. Brown, CR, 6-4; Schultheis, FA, dec. Agnew, JM, 8-3; Belcher, BB, dec. Benson, H, 7-5; Corrado, BURR, dec. Kazalas, QV, 4-2; 138–Pugh, BB, maj. dec. Brinsky, SF, 12-3; Pail, FA, dec. Stewart, DA, 5-1 OT; Awes, BURR, dec. Miller, CR, 5-3; Talko, PC, maj. dec. Ferraro, CW, 12-0; 145–Caldwell, LV, maj. dec. Jellison, DA, 15-2; A. Lee, BB, pinned Melnyk, CAR, 2:30; Akers, E, dec. Kirkpatrick, CH, 14-7; Dorian, WH, maj. dec. Barr, MCG, 9-0

152–Krause, G, dec. Rothrock, SJ, 10-4; Dohl, QV, pinned Weinell, DA, :52; Law, FH, won by forfeit over Fouse, NB; Wileman, J, pinned Hirt, SF, 2:23; 160–Heister, J, pinned Allebach, PV, 5:46 OT; Gordon, CV, won by forfeit over T. Guyer, NB; Gates, BURR, pinned Dull, B, 3:44; Dale, MV, tech. fall West, A, 16-1, 2:02; 170–Henigin, BL, dec. Mowry, NB, 9-3; Hobson, CR, pinned Marcozzi, BM, :37; Mele, BURR, dec. Felker, PV, 6-2; Walley, EC, dec. Hutcherson, V, 6-1; 182–Gett, MC, dec. Broadwater, M, 4-1; Kocik, H, maj. dec. Gabel, J, 14-2; Sheeler, NS, dec. Feroce, BURR, 9-4; Magin, QV, maj. dec. Helfrick, MU, 10-2; 195–Lough, MCG, dec. Charlesworth, MP, 3-1 OT; Knisely, CR, pinned Lemin, TM, 4:59; Stine, SA, dec. Baker, BC, 7-1; Miller, FA, dec. Walker, SF, 1-0; 220–Ryan, MU, pinned Fadeley, QV, 1:43; Elgin, FH, dec. Augustine, NS, 7-2; Mauro, SOUTH, maj. dec. Johnston, G, 9-0; Croft, CC, dec. Lopez, BENT, 3-2 TB; 285–Caragein, KO, dec. Franklin, SF, 1-0; Winfield, SH, dec. White, BC, 3-1; Miles, L, dec. Reed, H, 13-6; Vokes, MP, dec. Shaw, WB, 1-0.


106–Ohl, SJ, pinned Burkett, CR, :49; Yagle, MCG, dec. Alberts, EC, 12-6; 113–Bruce, BL, maj. dec. N. Holderbaum, CR, 9-1; Huehn, CAR, dec. Blackburn, WH, 5-2; 120–Dovshek, BENT, dec. Callihan, CR, 5-4; Duschek, FA, dec. Dunn, SF, 1-0; 126–Cornell, E, dec. DuVall, SJ, 7-0; Pattison, MCG, pinned Gaul, BURR, 4:56; 132–Schultheis, FA, dec. Baker, DA, 7-4; Corrado, BURR, dec. Belcher, BB, 3-1; 138–Pugh, BB, pinned Pail, FA, 1:49; Talko, PC, dec. Awes, BURR, 3-2; 145–A. Lee, BB, pinned Caldwell, LV, 4:08; Dorian, WH, dec. Akers, E, 2-1

152–Krause, G, pinned Dohl, QV, 2:18; Wileman, J, dec. Law, FH, 4-2; 160–Gordon, CV, dec. Heister, J, 4-1; Gates, BURR, pinned Dale, MV, 3:40; 170–Hobson, CR, dec. Henigin, BL, 9-6; Mele, BURR, dec. Walley, EC, 4-2; 182–Kocik, H, won by injury default over Gett, MC, :13; Magin, QV, pinned Sheeler, NS, :57; 195–Lough, MCG, pinned Knisely, CR, 6:30 TB; Stine, SA, dec. Miller, FA, 4-0; 220–Ryan, MU, maj. dec. Elgin, FH, 13-4; Mauro, SOUTH, dec. Croft, CC, 1-0; 285–Winfield, SH, dec. Caragein, KO, 3-0; Vokes, MP, dec. Miles, L, 7-2 TB.


106–Ohl, SJ, dec. Shunk, PV, 4-2; Michaels, EF, pinned Yagle, MCG, 2:59; 113–Bruce, BL, dec. Kemper, BURG, 6-1; Oswalt, BURR, dec. Huehn, CAR, 4-2; 120–Christie, WH, dec. Dovshek, BENT, 8-3; Daubert, FH, dec. Duschek, FA, 4-2; 126–Cornell, E, pinned Villa, TM, 3:32; Pattison, MCG, dec. Ward, FA, 6-1; 132–Powers, SJ, dec. Schultheis, FA, 5-2; Corrado, BURR, dec. Proudfit, PC, 3-0; 138–Pugh, BB, pinned Feltman, J, 4:35; Swab, C, dec. Talko, PC, 2-1 TB; 145–A. Lee, BB, dec. Courts, SJ, 3-1; Griffiths, SOUTH, dec. Dorian, WH, 2-0

152–Christie, BURR, maj. dec. Krause, G, 9-0; Wileman, J, dec. Todaro, MU, 6-3; 160–Sossong, P, pinned Gordon, CV, :48; Gates, BURR, dec. Stoy, PC, 6-3; 170–Datz, SOUTH, dec. Hobson, CR, 8-4; Clutter, MCG, dec. Mele, BURR, 6-2; 182–Kocik, H, pinned Shingle, MCG, 3:38; Magin, QV, dec. Crouse, CR, 5-3; 195–Mykut, H, dec. Lough, MCG, 4-2; Hockenberry, MU, pinned Stine, SA, 4:35; 220–Ryan, MU, pinned Main, WG, 3:59; Fisher, H, pinned Mauro, SOUTH, 3:47; 285–Schuffert, V, dec. Winfield, SH, 5-0; Martin, CC, pinned Vokes, MP, 2:15.


106–Shunk, PV, won by injury default over Yagle, MCG; 113–Kemper, BURG, dec. Huehn. CAR, 5-3; 120–Dovshek, BENT, dec. Duschek, FA, 3-2; 126–Ward, FA, tech. fall Villa, TM, 16-1, 3:28; 132–Schultheis, FA, dec. Proudfit, PC, 9-2; 138–Talko, PC, dec. Feltman, J, 6-2; 145–Courts, SJ, dec. Dorian, WH, 2-1

152–Todaro, MU, dec. Krause, G, 7-2; 160–Stoy, PC, dec. Gordon, CV, 6-5; 170–Hobson, CR, maj. dec. Mele, BURR, 11-2; 182–Shingle, MCG, dec. Crouse, CR, 9-7 OT; 195–Stine, SA, dec. Lough, MCG, 3-1; 220–Main, WG, tech. fall Mauro, SOUTH, 16-0, 3:23; 285–Vokes, MP, dec. Winfield, SH, 2-1.


106–Ohl, SJ, dec. Michaels, EF, 12-9; 113–Oswalt, BURR, dec. Bruce, BL, 6-1; 120–Christie, WH, dec. Daubert, FH, 8-2; 126–Cornell, E, dec. Pattison, MCG, 4-2; 132–Powers, SJ, dec. Corrado, BURR, 4-3; 138–Swab, C, maj. dec. Pugh, BB, 11-3; 145–Griffiths, SOUTH, dec. A. Lee, BB, 6-3

152–Wileman, J, dec. Christie, BURR< 2-1; 160--Sossong, P, dec. Gates, BURR, 1-0; 170--Datz, SOUTH, dec. Clutter, MCG, 1-0; 182--Magin, QV, tech. fall Kocik, H, 19-1, 5:00; 195--Hockenberry, MU, dec. Mykut, H, 5-2; 220--Fisher, H, dec. Ryan, MU, 5-2; 285--Schuffert, V, dec. Martin, CC, 3-0. CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS 106--Redinger, QV, dec. Fischer, SP, 2-0; 113--Boozel, MU, dec. McMillen, G, 4-0; 120--Witmer, SJ, dec. Cymmerman, DA, 9-5; 126--Teasdale, JM, dec. Broadway, DA, 11-4; 132--Miscovich, MP, dec. Chambers, EC, 6-3; 138--Dowling, SJ, tech. fall Beatty, MC, 16-1, 2:29; 145--Demor, SSB, dec. Cusick, SF, 3-2 152--McCoy, CR, maj. dec. Lawrence, FRA, 10-1; 160--McGill, CR, dec. Yingling, WB, 11-4; 170--Patrick, LV, tech. fall Brown, PC, 17-0, 3:06; 182--Vargo, BENT, dec. Myers, WB, 5-2; 195--Miller, FA, won by injury default over Tremain, NS; 220--Walters, BM, dec. DeLuca, DA, 5-3; 285--McCoy, SSB, dec. Jones, BM, 3-1 OT.