Wrestling

Reliving the scholastic year’s best moments

The 2018-2019 scholastic sports season has come to a close, and plenty of memories made in communities across the Mirror’s coverage area will live on forever. Selecting just the top 10 moments was challenging, as seven PIAA state champions made the list, but none of those earned the top ...

Ridge hires Deputy as new coach

Josh Deputy has been an assistant wrestling coach for 17 years, including 11 years at his alma mater, Bedford, and the last six years under Greg Lazor at Chestnut Ridge. Now he’s taking over a Chestnut Ridge program that Lazor turned into a state power. The 36-year-old Deputy, a 2000 ...

2018-19 Mirror wrestling all-stars

It was a banner 2018-19 for many wrestlers and some teams in the Mirror coverage area, particularly for Glendale sophomore Brock McMillen and Chestnut Ridge senior Jared McGill. It was a golden year for McMillen and McGill. Spurred on by hard losses in the previous year’s PIAA Class 2A ...

McMillen, McGill each live up to expectations

Glendale 126-pound sophomore Brock McMillen and Chestnut Ridge 170-pound senior Jared McGill were expected to win state titles this season. McMillen was a returning state runner-up, and McGill was a three-time state placewinner who was very motivated after suffering a shocking loss in the ...

Lazor continues dominance with Chestnut Ridge program

While it has become expected that the Chestnut Ridge wrestling program will turn in great years under coach Greg Lazor, this year might have been his best coaching performance. Wrestling without Justin McCoy, the program’s career leader in wins, and with four freshmen in the starting ...

Ridge wrestling coach Lazor announces resignation

Greg Lazor has turned the Chestnut Ridge wrestling program into a state power since he became the head coach 11 seasons ago. On Monday, Lazor, who has been named the Altoona Mirror’s Coach of the Year six times, including the 2018-19 season, stunningly announced his resignation ...

ICC stars selected

Many area athletes were recognized recently when the Inter-County Conference released its all-star teams for the 2018-19 winter sports season. In boys basketball, Juniata Valley’s Quinn Zinbobile and Cameron Collins, along with Bellwood-Antis’ Nathan Wolfe and Mason Yingling, as well as ...

Mirror wrestling rankings

106 POUNDS 1. Kai Burkett Chestnut Ridge So 35-6 2. Suds Dubler Glendale Fr 41-4 3. Luke Hileman Altoona Fr 29-13 4. Zach Brandis Central Cambria Jr 24-12 5. Nick Bryan Philipsburg-Osceola Jr 23-14 Ones to watch: Ashton Sipes, Ty; Trevor Husick, TM; Jaxon Matthews, Cent 113 ...

Wrestling leaders

WINS 1. McMillen Glen 43-1 2. Johnston Glen 43-7 3. Sossong Port 42-8 4. Dubler Glen 41-4 5. McGill CR 40-0 6. Brown PC 38-5 7. Cassidy Bed 36-2 8. Sarbo Alt 36-5 9. Cornell Ever 36-6 10. Burkett CR 35-6 PINS 1. Cornell Ever 25 Dubler Glen 25 3. ...

Title a great finish for Ridge’s McGill

HERSHEY — When Chestnut Ridge’s Jared McGill beat McGuffey’s Christian Clutter, 8-2, in the 170-pound finals of the PIAA Class 2A Championships, it marked the end of an outstanding career. The only thing missing on his wrestling resume was a state title. He finally added that to his ...

Hillegas, Chlebove should have been a finals match

The most anticipated bout of the state tournament was the Class 3A 132-pound semifinal bout between North Hills two-time state champion Sam Hillegas and Northampton two-time state champion Julian Chlebove. Why were two-time state champions meeting in the semifinals when they could have ...

McMillen, McGill earn PIAA gold

HERSHEY — Glendale has had a number of pretty good wrestlers over the years, including Tom Ross and Brock McMillen, both of whom finished second at the PIAA Class 2A Championships in 1986 and 2018, respectively. The Vikings had never produced a state champion. But McMillen changed that on ...

Cassidy, Brown return home with bronze medals

HERSHEY — Coming off of a dominant Southwest Regional Tournament title, Bedford’s Kaden Cassidy was one of the favorites to win the 132-pound title at the PIAA Class 2A Championships. But when he suffered a 3-2 loss in the semifinals on Friday night to Saucon Valley’s eventual champion ...

Going for the gold: McGill, McMillen advance to finals

HERSHEY — When he gave up the opening takedown in his Friday night semifinal against Valley’s Noah Hutcherson, Chestnut Ridge’s Jared McGill didn’t think about last year’s PIAA Class 2A Championships. He didn’t think about when he gave up an early five-point move to Port ...

Area’s Class 3A wrestlers have tough day

HERSHEY — Nothing is a given at the PIAA Championships. It’s why the tournament is regarded as the toughest tournament in the nation and why college coaches flock to it. Three top-ranked Class 3A wrestlers lost on Friday at the Giant Center, and many more returning medal winners didn’t ...

Hot start for Ridge wrestler

By Todd Irwin tirwin@altoonamirror.com HERSHEY — Chestnut Ridge’s Nate Holderbaum saw his opportunity quickly at the start of the second period against East Pennsboro’s Adam Jacob. Down 2-0 entering the second period of his preliminary bout at the PIAA Class 2A Championships on ...

Sarbo advances to 3A quarters

By Todd Irwin tirwin@altoonamirror.com HERSHEY — Altoona sophomore Matt Sarbo had a much better start to this year’s state tournament than he did in last year’s PIAA Class 3A Championships. Sarbo was dominant on his feet and from the top position in a 20-7 thumping of West Chester ...

4 from Blair are set to go

By Todd Irwin tirwin@altoonamirror.com They have gone to the extra workouts, experienced the highs and lows of the wrestling season and have made it to the PIAA Class 3A Championships. The four area wrestlers, including two from Altoona and two from Hollidaysburg, are few in numbers, but ...

Todd Irwin’s 3A state picks

The following are Mirror wrestling writer Todd Irwin’s picks for this weekend’s PIAA 3A state wrestling tournament in Hershey: 106 POUNDS: Finalists: Aiden Lewis, Cedar Cliff vs. Dylan Chappell, Seneca Valley. Champion: Chappell. Comment: Mifflin County’s Nic Allison could meet Chappell ...