Bearcats fall to WH
TYRONE — Huntingdon and Westmont Hilltop met in the District 6 Class 2A Team Duals finals for the second straight year on Saturday afternoon at Tyrone High School.
And for the second straight year, the Hilltoppers took home the title.
Westmont pulled away from the charging Bearcats by winning four of the final five bouts to claim a 42-24 victory.
“We just gave up two many bonus points at the end of the day,” Huntingdon coach Jon Mykut said. “They have a nice team. It wasn’t for lack of effort on our part. We were just a couple guys shy.”
“We returned a lot from last year,” Westmont coach Matt Beaujon said, “but the district was as deep as I ever remembered it being. It feels good because that was a very tough district tournament to come through. We wrestled hard, and it was basically a team effort.”
Last year, Westmont beat Huntingdon, 36-33 in the finals, with the Hilltoppers opting to forfeit the last three weights.
The Bearcats advanced to the finals with a 45-28 win over Glendale, while the Hilltoppers rallied to beat Forest Hills, 39-34. The Rangers defeated the Vikings, 44-34, in the consolation finals.
Huntingdon (19-2) will host a PIAA Duals wrestle-in match at 4:45 p.m. on Monday against District 10 third-placer Greenville.
The Bearcats started off well as Roland Mills, who went 2-0 on the day, earned a 3-0 win over Zane Blackburn at 120.
“That was a big win for Roland,” Mykut said. “He’s been battling a lot of tough kids.”
Then the Hilltoppers reeled off five straight wins. Conner Polacek beat Brynen Kisiel, 8-2, at 126, and Roy Dunn followed with a 13-2 major decision over Chandler Lauer at 133.
After Noah Korenoski hit a five-point move in the first period en route to an 8-1 win over Jacob Wagner at 138, an impressive Ethan Kelly rang up a 17-1 technical fall over Briar Deline in 2:30 at 145. Hudson Holbay’s pin gave Westmont a 21-3 lead.
“Kelly is tough,” Mykut said. “Deline is a tough kid, but (Kelly) took care of business, that’s for sure.”
Huntingdon’s Andrew Finkle stopped the run at 160 with a pin of Camden Moors before the second-period buzzer sounded. At 170, Myles Baney scored a reversal with 10 seconds remaining to beat Mason Muto, 6-5.
“Finkle’s win was huge at the time,” Mykut said. “Baney has been wrestling very well.”
Bearcats 182-pounder Ryder Kocik, who had a 12-second pin against Glendale, decked Hunter Holbay in 3:51 at 182 to get the Vikings within three, 21-18.
Westmont’s Tanner Dluhos recorded a pin at 195, but Huntingdon’s Zack Peck fired back with a pin in 47 seconds, making the score 27-24.
At 285, Max Yonko threw Izzy Reed to his back and pinned him in 56 seconds.
Connor Lamantia wrapped up the team win at 106 with a 4-3 victory over Eden Wagner, and Tanner Kushner finished the night with a pin in 3:06.
Bearcats control Vikings
Huntingdon beat Glendale, 42-33, at the Juniata Duals, but the Bearcats were in control for most of the meet this time.
“I thought we wrestled well,” Mykut said. “We were able to minimize bonus points (given up) in that match for the most part, and we maximized ours. They are a good team, and coach (Billy) Dubler is doing a nice job with that group down there. It was a good match for us.”
“In some of the matches, their kids got a little more stingy than they did the last time,” Dubler said. “Our guys pinned some of their guys the last time. Our guys fought really hard, and I’m proud of them. We were in the final 4 of the district. We’ve been working for a lot of years, and we’re starting to see that now in results.”
Glendale’s Garret Misura opened with a 4-1 win over Caden Reamer at 113. After the Vikings forfeited to Mills at 120.
Kisiel and Glendale star Brock McMillen traded pins at 126 and 132, respectively. Pins by Wagner and Deline at 138 and 145, respectively, gave the Bearcats a 24-9 lead.
Glendale’s Brent Kuhn, who along with Suds Dubler, McMillen, Seth Dudurich and Cory Johnston went 2-0, rang up a 13-4 major over Draven Zook at 152. Finkle followed with the first of his two wins, recording a pin in 2:56 at 160.
Baney followed with his first of two wins – a 7-1 win over Ben Kasaback at 170. Kocik’s 12-second pin gave the Bearcats a 39-13 lead.
Dudurich outlasted Gage Peters, 13-9, at 195, and Johnston’s pin in 1:03 made the score 39-22.
After Reed’s pin in 54 seconds at 285, Glendale’s Suds Dubler finished it off with a pin in 1:42 at 106.
Altoona falls to Bellefonte
Top-seeded Bellefonte won eight of the first 10 bouts against fourth-seeded Altoona to en route to a 46-22 win over the Mountain Lions in the Class 3A semifinals.
Mifflin County, which edged Central Mountain, 28-27, in the semifinals, beat Bellefonte, 35-27, in the finals.
The Mountain Lions (7-6) started off well as Matt Sarbo (126) recorded a fall in 1:07 at 126, and Jordan Weaver beat Alex Coppolo, 11-4, at 132.
Then Bellefonte’s Ryan Smith beat Corey McClellan, 8-2, at 138. The Red Raiders reeled off four straight pins by Cole Stewart (145), Ethan Richner (152), Logan Simpson (160) and Kyle Myers (170).
Andrew Howe edged Altoona’s Colin Allmond, 10-8, at 182, and Bellefonte’s Ethan Rossman and Max Barrier recorded pins at 195 and 220, respectively, with Altoona’s Nate Simmers out of the lineup with an injury.
Trevor Manley stopped the run with a pin in 1:09 at 285. Altoona’s Jordan Carlucci followed with a 3-1 win over Aidan O’Shea at 106. Luke Hileman rang up a 19-6 major decision over Aaron Little at 113. Bellefonte’s Lane Aikey finished it off with a 10-1 win over Damion Finnegan at 120.
HUNTINGDON 45, GLENDALE 28
113–Misiura, G, dec. Reamer, 4-1; 120–Mills, H, won by forfeit; 126–Kisiel, H, pinned Duclo, 1:33; 132–McMillen, G, pinned Lauer, 1:59; 138–J. Wagner, H, pinned Cavalet, 1:03; 145–Deline, H, pinned Seilhamer, 4:46; 152–Kuhn, G, maj. dec. Zook, 13-4
160–Finkle, H, pinned Fyock, 2:56; 170–Baney, H, dec. Kasaback, 7-1; 182–Kocik, H, pinned Bloom, :12; 195–Dudurich, G, dec. Peters, 13-9; 220–Johnston, G, pinned Peck, 1:03; 285–Reed, H, pinned Jasper, :54; 106–Dubler, G, pinned E. Wagner, 1:42.
Records: Glendale (14-2); Huntingdon (19-1)
Referees: Gary Barger, Larry Guenot
WESTMONT HILLTOP 42, HUNTINGDON 24
120–Mills, H, dec. Blackburn, 3-0; 126–Polacek, WH, dec. Kisiel, 8-2; 132–Dunn, WH, maj. dec. Lauer, 13-2; 138–Korenoski, WH, dec. J. Wagner, 8-1; 145–Kelly, WH, tech. fall Deline, 17-1, 2:30; 152–Hud. Holbay, WH, pinned Zook, 3:02; 160–Finkle, H, pinned Moors, 3:59
170–Baney, H, dec. Muto, 6-5; 182–Kocik, H, pinned Hun. Holbay, 3:51; 195–Dluhos, WH, pinned Peters, 1:57; 220–Peck, H, pinned Gresh, :47; 285–Yonko, WH, pinned Reed, :56; 106–Lamantia, WH, dec. E. Wagner, 4-3; 113–Kushner, WH, pinned Reamer, 3:06.
Records: Westmont Hilltop (13-1), Huntingdon (19-2)
Referees: John Edgel, Dick Wood
FOREST HILLS 44, GLENDALE 34
120–Noon, FH, pinned Duclo, 2:19; 126–McMillen, G, tech. fall Connor, 17-2, 3:55; 132–Daubert, FH, pinned Cavalet, :44; 138–Templeton, FH, won by forfeit; 145–Gibson, FH, pinned Seilhamer, 1:08; 152–Krug, FH, tech. fall Fyock, 16-1, 5:50; 160–Kuhn, G, pinned Weyandt, 3:26
170–Latshaw, FH, maj. dec. Kasaback, 11-0; 182–Miller, FH, pinned Bloom, :49; 195–Dudurich, G, pinned Rodgers, 3:35; 220–Johnston, G, pinned Hribar, :38; 285–Jasper, G, pinned Blough, :55; 106–Dubler, G, pinned Toth, 2:51; 113–Arrington, FH, tech. fall Misiura, 20-4, 5:58.
Records: Forest Hills (16-3), Glendale (14-3)
Referees: Gary Barger, Larry Guenot
CLASS 3A SEMIFINALS
BELLEFONTE 46, ALTOONA 22
126–Sarbo, A, pinned Bossert, 1:07; 132–J. Wagner, A, dec. Coppolo, 11-4; 138–Smith, B, dec. McClellan, 8-2; 145–Stewart, B, pinned Beach, 1:00; 152–Richner, B, pinned G. Wagner, 1:10; 160–Simpson, B, pinned Freet, :39; 170–Myers, B, pinned Zerbee, 1:28
182–Howe, B, dec. Allmond, 10-8; 195–Rossman, B, pinned Keirn, 3:21; 220–Barrier, B, pinned Walker, :50; 285–Manley, A, pinned Orndorf, 1:09; 106–Carlucci, A, dec. O’Shea, 3-1; 113–Hileman, A, maj. dec. Little, 19-6; 120–Aikey, B, maj. dec. Finnegan, 10-1.
Records: Bellefonte (16-3); Altoona (7-6)