MV’s Dale takes home title at 152
By Brian Carson
For the Mirror
ALLPORT — After two years of disappointment in the finals of the Ultimate Warrior Tournament, Moshannon Valley’s Jon Dale finally won his championship.
Dale captured the 152-pound title with a 5-0 win over Jacob Trumblower of Lake Lehman to lead the area contingent that brought home 19 medals over the two-day war of attrition.
Philipsburg-Osceola, Hollidaysburg and Bellwood-Antis each had four reach the podium, Altoona had three and Moshannon Valley and Tyrone had two.
Dale (21-4) scored a takedown in the first and an escape and takedown in the second. The Black Knight senior rode out Trumblower in the third for the win, his first Warrior title after two straight runner-up appearances.
“Not knowing the opponent was a big deal. I lost the last two years to (Derek) Yingling. Just knowing I didn’t have to wrestle the same guy made a big difference for me,” Dale said. “I tried to be more defensive on my feet. I was trying new stuff like funk rolls. I’m trying to score more and get the most out of this opportunity. I never won a tournament like this. It’s a big change for me. It feels amazing.”
Altoona’s Matt Sarbo (126), Philipsburg-Osceola’s Chase Chapman and Hollidaysburg’s Mike McCready (182) made it to the finals but came up short in their bid for a championship.
Sarbo dropped an 11-8 decision to Anthony Glasl of Brockway. Glasl collected four takedowns and three escapes while the Mountain Lion junior scored on three reversals and two escapes. Also placing for Altoona was Luke Hileman (sixth at 113) and Damion Finnegan (seventh at 120).
“We brought a lot of sophomores into the tournament. It didn’t turn out exactly the way we wanted it to. Overall, there’s a lot to learn and take back to the room,” Altoona coach Joel Gilbert said. “This is a good tournament to get better and be ready for the postseason. Glasl is tough. He’s a two-time state qualifier who has placed before. He’s been around the block. He was able to get to his leg attacks before we could get to our leg attacks and that was the difference in the match. Matt will learn from this.”
Chapman, who pulled off the upset of the tourney in the semifinals when he beat Zack Witmer of St. Joseph’s 3-2, ran into a buzzsaw in Greater Latrobe’s Gabe Willochell. The Wildcat junior scored off a Peterson, a cradle and every other way imaginable in a 16-2 major over the Mountie.
“Chase had a good tournament. I’m very proud of him. He’s got the ability to achieve greatness in this sport if he puts his mind to it,” Philipsburg-Osceola coach Brad Pataky said. “He can beat anybody at any given moment. One thing this tournament is going to help him with is confidence. It shows he can wrestle with the best and beat the best.”
Hunter Weitoish finished fourth at 145, Nick Bryan was fifth at 106 and Nick Coudriet placed seventh at 113 for the P-O.
“This tournament is great. We look forward to it every year. One of the things you’ll get in this kind of a tournament, you’re basically wrestling a big district tournament,” Pataky said. “A lot of District 6 teams are here and physically and mentally, you are preparing yourself for a district tournament. This tournament is great preparation for the postseason.”
McCready couldn’t break the defense of Brockway’s Garrett McClintick in a 3-0 loss in the finals. McClintick had an escape and takedown in the third to upset the Golden Tiger senior.
Mason’s doing good things preparing for districts. We like to go out and score points and some guys don’t. He didn’t get to his scoring opportunities. We have to work on a couple things as far as finishing goes,” Hollidaysburg coach Christian Harr said.
In addition to McCready, Gus Dellinger (220) took third, Campbell Walls (152) was sixth and Sam Haines (285) took eighth.
“We started the day with eight guys and we didn’t start out too crazy hot but we turned it on and had two semifinalists,” Harr said. “It feels good. The team is moving in the right direction and this gets us ready for districts. This is one of our better tournaments we go to all season. It is a must for our late season growth. We are building guys the right way. Now it’s time to prepare for the postseason.”
Bellwood-Antis had place winners in Evan Pellegrine (fourth at 285), Tristin Whaley (sixth at 195) andAiden and Alex Taylor, eighth at 138 and 152 respectively. Hunter Walk took fifth at 113 and Tommy Hicks was eighth at 170 to lead Tyrone. In addition to Dale’s championship, the Black Knights had heavyweight Trae Kitko place fifth.
Southern Columbia won the team title with P-O finishing tenth. Mifflin County’s Trey Kibe, champion at 160, won the outstanding wrestler award.