Lions on top at Thomas tourney

BEDFORD — Chestnut Ridge stands alone at the top of the team standings after the first day of the 2019 Thomas Chevrolet tournament at Bedford High School.

The host Bison are currently in sixth with 71 points.

Kai Burkett is the first of several Lions to reach the tournament semifinals scheduled to take place today back at Bedford. He will face off against Newport’s Gannon Smith after getting a pin and a technical fall in the earlier rounds.

Also alive in the consolation brackets at 106 are Central Cambria’s Zach Brandis and Tussey’s Trevor Husick, who will face each other in the consolation fourth round.

Nate Holderbaum is also still going for Chestnut Ridge. He will face off with North Star’s Jacob Blough after two pins to reach the semifinals.

Bedford’s Camden Koontz will face North Schuykill’s Danny Grigas in the consolation bracket while Cambria Heights’ Allen Simmons will battle with Kyle McCollum from Beth-Center.

The Bison do have a man alive in the semifinals, as Matthew Emerick pinned Daniel Lazer of Central Cambria and won a 3-2 decision in the quarters to get a match with Burrell’s Ian Oswalt. But Ridge’s Ross Dull will be waiting for him on the opposite side of the bracket if he can defeat Mount Pleasant’s Noah Teeters.

Central’s Ian Crouch and Tussey’s Hunter Horton may also see each other in the 120 consolations provided they win their opening matches this morning.

At 126, we’ll see an all-are asemifinal between Tussey Mountain’s Brady Villa and Ridge’s Gyphon Callihan. Both won big in their opening matches before squeaking out close decisions in the quarters.

Everett’s Evan Brennan is also still there in the consolations, where he’ll be facing Greenville’s Bruce Knauf.

At 132, all-area matches are set for both semifinals, as Everett’s Garret Cornell will try and hault Chestnut Ridge’s progress when he wrestles Trevor Weyandt, and Penn Cambria’s Chance Proudfit is going to take on Bedford’s Kaden Cassidy.

The local wrestlers at 132 still wrestling in the consolations are Central’s Brandon Holsinger, Central Cambria’s Adam Lechleitner, Tussey’s Nick Brumbaugh and Claysburg-Kimmel’s Zachary Claycomb.

Central Cambria’s Austin Washic will face A.J. Corrado of Burrell in the 138 semis after a pin in the preliminaries and a 10-0 major decision in the quarters.

In the 138 consys, Tussey’s Colton Riley will wrestle Ridge’s Luke Moore, and the winner will wrestling in the consy quarterfinals against either Cade Keithley of Claysburg or Tri-Valley’s Logan Schwalm.

Bedford’s Nathaniel Gabriel won by fall and 5-0 decision to reach the semis at 145, where Tristan Pugh of Berlin Brothersvalley awaits. Everett’s Lane Younker, C-K’s Blayde Shawley, Ridge’s Baltzer Bollman and Cambria Height’s Tyler Kirkpatrick are all still alive in the consys, with Bollman and Kirkpatrick to wrestle at the start of action today.

Macen Akers of Everett also reached the semifinals at 152 after a 6-2 decision of Central’s Logan Marko and a 9-4 decision of Burrell’s Dominic Holmes. He’ll see Trent Shultheis of Freedom Area.

Marko fell into the consolation bracket’s fourth round.

At 160, Cambria Heights fans will see Seth Link wrestling Kobe Harr of Claysburg-Kimmel. Everett’s Quinton Spade and Ridge’s Seth Holderbaum may see each other in the consolation quarterfinals if they both win to start today.

Ridge’s Jared McGill and Penn Cambria’s J.C. Smychynsky square off at 170 in the semifinals. Central Cambria’s Ethan Kubat is wrestling Austin Mowry of Northern Bedford in the consolations, and the winner may see Tussey’s Cole Weist. Cambria Heights’ Ian Eckenrode is still active today as well.

Derek Brown is in the semis for Penn Cambria against Northern Bedford’s Alex Fouse while Austin Crouse represents Chestnut Ridge taking on Mount Pleasant’s Dayton Pitzer.

Zach Weakland of Cambria Heights won by pinfall in the consolations over Tri-Valley’s Hunter Knorr to return today.

Brodie Harbaugh, Duane Knisely, and Dalton Seace are all in the semifinals in their resepctive weights for Chestnut Ridge as well.

Harbaugh will face North Star’s Hunter Tremain, Knisley gets Newport’s Ehtan Rode and Seace will wrestle Jalen Stephens from Meyersdale.

In the 195 consolations, Claysburg’s Cooper Lingenfelter will wrestle Northern Bedford’s Luke Welsh for an opportunity to potentially face Everett’s Logan Propst. PC’s Marcus Wirfel and Bedford’s Owen Biddle may see each other in the consy quarters if they win their first match today.

The 220 consolations still have local wrestlers Central Cambria John Croft, who may get to wrestle Northern Bedford’s Kyle Guyer, and also Everett’s Shane Clark.

In the heavyweight consolations, Tussey’s Matt Watkins, Northern Bedford’s Jay Ebersole and Cody Rocky of Everett are all still in contention.

THOMAS CHEVROLET TOURNAMENT: 1. Chestnut Ridge 144, 6. Bedford 71, 12. Everett 59, Penn Cambria 56, T15. Tussey Mountain 49, T17. Claysburg-Kimmel 48, 20. Northern Bedford 45, 22. Central Cambria 42, 24. Cambria Heights 30, 25. Central 26.

Ultimate Warrior

MORRISDALE — There will be no local champion at the Ultimate Warrior tournament this year, but there will be lots of exciting matches between area wrestlers when action resumes at West Branch High School this morning.

Hollidaysburg is the highest-ranked area squad, currently in sixth place with 57 points, while host West Branch sits in 10th with 46.

Philipsburg has six wrestlers still in action today, including at 106 where Nick Bryan is in the consolation fourth round, and if he wins he will possibly see Jaden Carlucci of Altoona. Also still wrestling at 106 is Tyrone’s Ashton Sipes.

Luke Hileman is still going in the 113 consolations, as well as P-O’s Nick Coudriet and Tyrone’s Hunter Walk, who may wrestle if they win their respective matches to start today.

The Mounties also have Austin Campbell in the consolations, and Altoona’s Damion Finnegan will also be in action today.

The Mountain Lions’s Matt Sarbo qualified for the tournament semifinals at 126, where he will face Hickory’s Carter Gill. West Branch’s Tyler Denochick is also in action in the consolations.

P-O’s lone wrestler still alive for a title, Chase Chapman at 132, will take on Zack Witner of Saint Joseph’s Academy. The winner will get the winner of Mifflin County’s Ethan Kauffman and Greater Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell

Will Berring of West Branch may get an area opponent if he makes it to the third place bout at 138, with Bellwood’s Aiden Taylor, Hollidaysburg’s Aaron Sleeth and Moshannon Valley’s Alex Richner on the opposite side of the bracket.

At 145, P-O’s Tristan Beauseigner is in the consolations, and so is Hunter Weitosh at 152 along with Bellwood’s Alex Taylor, who Weitosh may see in the consy quarters, and Hollidaysburg’s Campbell Walls.

The 152 semifinals will have Jon Dale of Moshonnon Valley against Cole Casilio of Johnsonburg.

Ethan Yingling is still going today for West Branch in the 160 consolations. He’ll face Clearfield’s Mark McGonigal. Derek Yingling is still alive for West Branch, but in the championship semifinals against Lake Lehman’s Nick Zaboski.

Hollidaysburg’s Nate Fisher, Altoona’s Colin Allmond and Tyrone’s Tommy Hicks are still alive in the 170 consolations.

Rounding out the higher weight classes, Hollidaysburg’s Mason McCready is going to wrestle Dylan Bisel of Bald Eagle in the semis at 182, and at the 195 consolations, West Branch’s Matt White and Bellwood’s Trentin Whaley may wrestle if they keep winning.

Gus Dellinger will challenge Southern Columbia’s Preston Zachman for a spot in the 220 finals, while Moshannon Valley’s Trae Kitko and Mount Union’s Jake Ryan will also battle for a championship bid.

Four other local heavyweights remain in the consolations in Altoona’s Trevor Manley, Hollidaysburg’s Sam Haines (Manley and Haines square off this morning in their respective first match) and Bellwood’s Evan Pellegrine.

ULTIMATE WARRIOR: 1. Southern Columbia 112.5, 2. Miffin County 80, 3. Saint Joseph’s 77.5, 6. Hollidaysburg 57, 10. West Branch 49, 12. Moshannon Valley 46, T13. Philipsburg-Osceola 42, 16. Clearfield 40, 21. Atloona 31.5, 26. Bellwood-Antis 25, 27. Tyrone 21.

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