Wrestling

Suds, McMillen, Johnston all prevail in the finals for the Vikings

Glendale freshman Suds Dubler was still a few years from being born the last time his program had a District 6 Class 2A champion — Thad Francisco in 2001. Dubler became the Vikings’ first district champion in 18 years when he beat Forest Hills’ Easton Toth, 6-0, in the 106-pound finals ...

McGill gets No. 4; Ridge rules again

JOHNSTOWN — The story line for the 2019 District 5 Wrestling Tournament was a redundant but very enjoyable one for the Chestnut Ridge wrestling team, its head coach Greg Lazor, and its star senior 170-pounder Jared McGill, Saturday night at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s Sports ...

On to the semis: Simmons among 20 from area to keep title hopes alive

Cambria Heights’ Allen Simmons qualified for the PIAA Class 2A Championships two years ago as a sophomore, but he didn’t even go out for wrestling at the beginning of this season because of “personal issues.” Simmons has been working to catch up with his conditioning and wrestling ...

McGill sets sights on fourth D5 crown

Chestnut Ridge’s Jared McGill and Justin McCoy were always a tremendous 1-2 punch in the Lions’ lineup. McCoy, now a freshman at Virginia, became the third Ridge wrestler in program history to win four District 5 titles. A year later, McGill is a heavy favorite to join his former ...

Todd Irwin’s District 5 tourney picks

The following are Mirror wrestling writer Todd Irwin’s picks for today’s District 5 wrestling tournament at Pitt-Johnstown: 106 POUNDS: Finalists: Kai Burkett, Chestnut Ridge vs. Gabe Latuch, Berlin Brothersvalley. Champion: Burkett. Comment: Burkett rolls to his second title. Tussey’s ...

2A field in need of finals success

By Todd Irwin tirwin@altoonamirror.com It was a rough final night of the District 6 Class 2A Tournament for area wrestlers last season as they went a collective 0-for-8 in the finals. That figures to change in this year’s 27-team tournament at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse, ...

Glendale’s program has a chance for terrific weekend

The following is a list of how I see the District 6 2A Wrestling Tournament turning out this weekend. 106 POUNDS: Finalists: Suds Dubler, Glendale vs. Bryce Beatty, Mount Union. Champion: Dubler. Comment: Dubler becomes Glendale’s first District 6 champion in 18 years. 113 POUNDS: ...

Glendale gets three top seeds

Four area wrestlers, including three from Glendale, were named No. 1 seeds for the District 6 Class 2A Tournament at the seeding meeting on Tuesday night at the Tyrone Middle School. Glendale’s Suds Dubler (106), returning state runner-up Brock McMillen (126) and Cory Johnston (220) were ...

Clarion ‘a good fit’ for Brown

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com Derek Brown is a country boy at heart, with a passion for fishing. “I like to put a worm on a hook and cast it out, and whatever I can catch, I release,’’ Brown said. “Fishing is a great escape.’’ Brown who has won 119 matches ...

Mo Valley’s Dale so ready for postseason

Moshannon Valley’s Jon Dale has wrestled in the District 6 Class 2A Tournament three previous years and has placed there twice. A talented athlete who was one of the top running backs in the area this past football season and was a state qualifier as a sophomore, Dale is one of the ...

PIAA’s deal with Flo Wrestling bad news for TV watchers

If you turned to PCN on Saturday to watch the championship finals of the PIAA Dual Meet Championships, you were out of luck. Flo Wrestling was the only provider carrying the finals, as well as many of the other matches during the three-day tournament. That means the only way you could have ...

Mirror wrestling rankings

106 POUNDS 1. Kai Burkett Chestnut Ridge So 27-3 2. Suds Dubler Glendale Fr 31-1 3. Zach Brandis Central Cambria Jr 20-8 4. Ashton Sipes Tyrone Fr 11-7 5. Nick Bryan Philipsburg-Osceola Jr 20-9 Ones to watch: Trevor Husick, TM; Jordan Carlucci, Alt; Jaxon Matthews, Cent 113 ...

Wrestling leaders

WINS 1. Dubler Glen 26-1 McMillen Glen 26-1 3. Johnston Glen 26-2 4. Brown PC 26-3 5. Croft CC 26-7 6. McGill CR 25-0 7. Cassidy Bed 25-1 Cornell Ever 25-1 9. Smychynsky PC 25-4 10. Mills Hunt 25-8 PINS 1. Seace CR 17 Cornell Ever 17 ...

Ridge places third

HERSHEY — Chestnut Ridge coach Greg Lazor wasn’t exactly sure how his young team would respond before making the trip to the Giant Center for the PIAA Class 2A Duals. The Lions, though, responded very well, finishing in third place for the second year in a row. After losing to Southern ...

Altoona picks up three victories at Clearfield event

CLEARFIELD — The Altoona and Glendale wrestling teams both competed at the Clearfield Bison Duals on Saturday where the Mountain Lions went 3-2 while the Vikings finished up at 2-2 in high school action. Altoona beat Benton (47-28), Bradford (60-16) and James M. Coughlin (46-31) while ...

Lions knocked into consys at Hershey

HERSHEY – Chestnut Ridge came up three points short of reaching the PIAA Class 2A Duals finals for the second year in a row And it was Southern Columbia stopping them again. After a feisty start by Ridge, the Tigers, ranked second by PA Power Wrestling, recorded four pins in the last ...

Central coach hits milestone at duals event

MARION CENTER — The Central wrestling team went 4-0 on Friday night at the Marion Center Duals, which gave head coach Dave Marko his 300th victory of his career in high school action. One of Central’s wins was 45-33 over Claysburg-Kimmel. The Dragons also beat Portage, 66-12. They also ...

Mounties hold on to defeat Tigers

By Todd Irwin tirwin@altoonamirror.com PHILIPSBURG – The dual meet between Philipsburg-Osceola and Hollidaysburg was so tight those in attendance started trying to figure out what the tiebreaker criteria would decide the match. When Hollidaysburg’s Andrew Simpson put P-O’s Aaron ...

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 ...

Central tops Bellwood

MARTINSBURG — Central fell behind 18-0 but came back to beat Bellwood-Antis, 48-36, in high school wrestling on Thursday. Alex Bowman, Ian Crouch, Brandon Holsinger, Logan Marko and Michael Fowkes earned falls for the Scarlet Dragons, who also won three matches by forfeit. Bellwood ...