Win puts Lions in quarters

From Mirror reports

HERSHEY — Chestnut Ridge broke open a tight dual meet with Freedom Area by winning the last six bouts, including four by fall, to win, 51-21, in the first round of the PIAA Duals on Thursday afternoon at the Giant Center.

With the win, the District 5 champion Lions improved to 13-0 and advanced to the quarterfinals, where they’ll face District 3 champion Hamburg at noon today. Hamburg defeated District 10 third-placer Greenville, 36-34. Greenville beat Huntingdon on Monday to reach Hershey.

“I thought they really wrestled well,” Ridge coach Greg Lazor said. “I thought our young guys really battled some of their good kids right off the bat and took a little momentum from them.”

It was Lazor’s 200th win in his 11 years as Ridge’s coach. He has a career record of 200-47.

“I didn’t know that,” Lazor said. “It’s a good credit to the boys and assistant coaches and the effort that they put it in to keep this ball rolling.”

Freedom Area held a 21-18 lead after the first eight bouts. Trevor Weyandt (132), Seth Holderbaum (160) and Jared McGill (170) had pins for the Lions in the first half of the dual meet. Weyandt’s pin came in 3:30, while Holderbaum had a fall in 1:25, and McGill needed only 38 seconds to hike his record to 26-0.

Then it was all Ridge.

Austin Crouse (195), Duane Knisely (220), Dalton Seace (285) and Ross Dull (120) racked up falls. Crouse’s fall came in 2:44, and Knisely followed with a pin in 47 seconds. Seace’s pin in 4:32 made the score 36-21. Dull’s fall in 1:31 closed out the meet.

Nathan Holderbaum (113) earned a 6-2 decision over Timmy Cafrelli, and Kai Burkett (106) won by forfeit.

If the Lions beat Hamburg, they’ll wrestle again at 8 tonight in the semifinals against either Brookville or Southern Columbia. Southern Columbia handed Ridge its lone loss in the PIAA Duals last year in the semifinals before the Lions took third place.

“They’re very solid throughout the lineup,” Lazor said of Hamburg. “In the middle, they have some strength where we’re young, so our guys have to keep battling.”

126–Ward, FA, dec. Callihan, 7-5; 132–Weyandt, CR, pinned Young, 3:30; 138–Duschek, FA, dec. L. Moore, 6-4; 145–Pail, FA, dec. Bollman, 9-5; 152–Schultheis, FA, pinned D. Moore, 3:23; 160–S. Holderbaum, CR, pinned Wolfe, 1:25; 170–McGill, CR, pinned T. Kalamacz, :38

182–Miller, FA, pinned McVicker, 1:55; 195–Crouse, CR, pinned A. Kalamacz, 2:44; 220–Knisely, CR, pinned N. Wolfe, :47; 285–Seace, CR, pinned Franco, 4:32; 106–Burkett, CR, won by forfeit; 113–N. Holderbaum, CR, dec. Cafrelli, 6-2; 120–Dull, CR, pinned Ackerman, 1:31.

Records: Chestnut Ridge (13-0)

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