Freshman comes through in the clutch for Vikings

By Todd Irwin

FLINTON — With Tristan Rutter out of the lineup with a broken leg he sustained at the Fred Bell Tournament, Glendale coach Billy Dubler figured he needed to gamble a little bit against West Branch in their District 6 Duals Class 2A quarterfinal.

The gamble was moving his 23-1 son, Suds Dubler, up two weight classes to 120 pounds.

“I was kind of nervous at first,” Suds Dubler said, “but after I started wrestling I didn’t feel nervous anymore. I went out wrestled and did my thing.”

He certainly did. The freshman star rang up a 16-0 technical fall in 5:28 over Hudson Pase. His five-point win and returning state runner-up Brock McMillen’s technical fall up one weight class at 132 helped the Vikings, who wore #rutterstrong T-shirts in support of Rutter, earn a 40-39 victory on Tuesday night at Kitko Gymnasium.

“Some gambles paid off, I guess,” Billy Dubler said. “I know Suds feels sky-high. We tried to put it in the hands of our stars, and it worked out. Brock and Suds both moved up and got tech falls.”

The win also gave the Vikings the Inter-County Conference championship.

The fifth-seeded Warriors (13-3) opened the night with a 62-16 win over Marion Center.

Glendale’s Brent Kuhn opened the nightcap with a 13-second pin at 152. That was followed by first-period pins by Josh Cantolina and Ethan Yingling at 160 and 170, respectively.

When Derek Yingling, ranked second by PA Power Wrestling at 182, and Ben Kasaback took the mat at 182, Dubler chose to injury default to Yingling. Referee Dick Wood blew the whistle to start it, stopped the bout after a second ran off the clock and raised Yingling’s hand.

“My guy has a baseball scholarship (to Point Park), and I can’t be getting him hurt against one of the best wrestlers in the state,” Coach Dubler sald.

It was the first of Dubler’s moves that irked West Branch coach Jason Bainey. What really set Bainey off was when the 14-1 Vikings, holding a 13-point lead, 40-27, going into the last two weights, forfeited to Will Herring and Tyce Cantolina. Ethan Cavalet and Baine Seilhamer were weighed in at those weights.

“Mathematically, it was won, so why do it?” Coach Dubler said. “I had a freshman and a sophomore going against a senior and a sophomore, and Herring is really good. My 145-pounder has lost team points this year, so if Herring goes out there and beats him up, and my guy loses his cool, we lose the dual.”

The post-match handshake was icier than Glendale Lake, and the coaches didn’t talk to each other afterward.

“I told the kids good luck, but at the end of the day, I think it’s just poor sportsmanship on their coaching staff,” Bainey said. “These kids train hard and want to wrestle. I sent my kids out there versus Dubler. I sent my kids out there versus McMillen.

“I sent my kids out there versus their hammers. Why can’t he send his kids out there versus mine. It’s not fair to my kids who train all the time. These people are paying 6, 8, 10 dollars to come in and watch wrestling, and we’re not wrestling. I want my kids to wrestle. I want them to get better for the postseason, and it will show at the end of the year.”

Asked about the “poor sportsmanship” comment, Dubler said, “He’s done that to me in the past, so I don’t know what he’s complaining about. It’s poor sportsmanship when he doesn’t shake my hand when we’re going through the line shaking hands. He’s happy when he’s on top, but whenever it goes the other way, he wants to say I’m being a poor sport. Well, not shaking hands after the dual is poor sportsmanship.”

The only close bout was at 285, where West Branch’s Jake Shaw outlasted Kyle Jasper, 2-1, in the tiebreaker.

“Kyle Jasper going overtime with Shaw was huge for the team and huge for him,” Coach Dubler said, “because he’s been right there with all the best heavyweights. If Kyle gets pinned there, we lose.”

Glendale’s Winter Storm took the forfeit win at 106, and teammate Garret Misiura recorded a 21-second pin at 113. Using a tight bar-arm, Suds Dubler rang up 11 nearfall points in the technical fall.

“When he gets on top of you, holy cow,” Coach Dubler said. “I wouldn’t want to be on the bottom, and I’m 200-plus pounds.”

After West Branch’s Tyler Denochick won by forfeit at 126, McMillen rolled to a 19-3 technical fall over Hayes Jones at 132.

The Vikings will now get ready for Saturday’s 1 p.m. semifinal at Tyrone. They’ll likely face top-seeded Huntingdon. The Bearcats’ first-rounder has been moved from tonight to Friday. Bald Eagle Area wrestles Richland at 3 p.m., and the winner faces Huntingdon 30 minutes later.

“I’m excited,” Billy Dubler said. “I think we can win seven bouts against Huntingdon. It’s not going to be easy, but we’re going to give them heck.”

152–Kuhn, G, pinned Kindelberger, :13; 160–J. Cantolina, WB, pinned Fyock, 1;14; 170–E. Yingling, WB, pinned Bloom, :52; 182–D. Yingling, WB, won by injury default over Kasaback, :01; 195–Dudurich, G, pinned White, :41; 220–Johnston, G, pinned Milliron, 1:18; 285–Shaw, WB, dec. Jasper, 2-1 TB

106–Storm, G, won by forfeit; 113–Misiura, G, pinned Johnson, :21; 120–Dubler, G, tech. fall Pase, 16-0, 5:28; 126–Denochick, WB, pinned Duclo, :23; 132–McMillen, G, tech. fall Jones, 19-3, 5:27; 138–Herring, WB, won by forfeit; 145–T. Cantolina, WB, won by forfeit.

Records: West Branch (13-3), Glendale (14-1)

Referees: Bruce Haselrig and Dick Wood