Wrestling

DeSanto-Lee match was roof-rattling bout for the ages

There were two championship finals bouts in the Class 2A and Class 3A state tournaments that had the crowd buzzing well after they ended, and one rattled the roof because of the crowd reaction. I thought nothing could beat the intensity, drama and crowd noise of the Class 2A 138-pound finals ...

Gill puts competition in proper perspective

HERSHEY — Canon-McMillan’s Brendan Furman, who went on to win the 285-pound title at the PIAA Class 3A Championships, had just pinned Hollidaysburg’s Hunter Gill in 40 seconds in the quarterfinals. Most wrestlers obey an unwritten tournament sportsmanship tradition by shaking the hands ...

Final wrestling leaders

WINS 1. Oliver Hunt 44-1 2. McCoy CR 43-3 3. McGill CR 43-7 4. Murin CC 40-0 5. Brown MV 39-3 6. Biddle Cent 39-6 7. Baney Hunt 39-6 8. Deremer CR 35-8 9. Brown PC 34-12 10. Fisher Hunt 34-13 PINS 1. Oliver Hunt 26 Biddle Cent 26 3. Murin CC 25 4. ...

Mirror final wrestling rankings

106 POUNDS 1. Allen Simmons Cambria Heights So 33-10 2. Caleb Holderbaum Chestnut Ridge Jr 22-11 3. Hunter Dively Claysburg-Kimmel So 21-7 4. Chase Chapman Philipsburg-Osceola Fr 21-14 5. Micah DeLattre Moshannon Valley So 17-8 Ones to watch: Joey Dignan, PC; Roland Mills, Hunt; ...

Murin, McCoy, Oliver capture PIAA gold

HERSHEY — Central Cambria’s Max Murin, Chestnut Ridge’s Justin McCoy and Huntingdon’s Jacob Oliver all trailed at one point in their title bouts at the PIAA Class 2A Championships on Saturday afternoon. They just didn’t let their respective outcomes stay that way. All three ...

Lions’ Manley entices opponent into loss en route to semifinals

By Todd Irwin For the Mirror HERSHEY — Altoona’s Cole Manley was having trouble getting any offense going against Bethlehem Catholic’s Jarred Papcsy in their 132-pound PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal on Friday afternoon at the Giant Center. So, down 1-0, he tried something different on the ...

Three area top seeds will wrestle in finals today

By Todd Irwin For the Mirror HERSHEY — Central Cambria’s Max Murin, Chestnut Ridge’s Justin McCoy and Huntingdon’s Jacob Oliver have been ranked No. 1 at their weights for most of the season. Today, they’re a little closer to becoming the ultimate No. 1 wrestler at their ...

Three shine on first day

By Todd Irwin For the Mirror HERSHEY – Altoona’s Cole Manley debuted this season in January by moving up to 138 to wrestle Hollidaysburg’s Nathan Swartz after rehabbing his surgically-repaired shoulder. On the opening day of the PIAA Class 3A Championships at the Giant Center in ...

Ridge, Bearcats off to strong starts

HERSHEY — Both Chestnut Ridge and Huntingdon went 3-for-3 with a combined three pins, a technical fall, major decision and decision on the first day of the PIAA Class 2A Championships on Friday at Hershey’s Giant Center. Ridge’s top-ranked Justin McCoy (145), Morgan Deremer (160) and ...

Three area top seeds begin quest

By Todd Irwin For the Mirror Central Cambria’s Max Murin (138), Chestnut Ridge’s Justin McCoy (145) and Huntingdon returning state champion Jacob Oliver (170) are all ranked No. 1 at their weights going into the PIAAA Class 2A Championships. Moshannon Valley’s second-ranked Larry ...

PIAA Class 2A wrestling predictions

Todd Irwin’s annual predictions for the upcoming PIAA wrestling tournament: 106 POUNDS: Finalists: Beau Bayless, Reynolds vs. Josh Boozel, Mount Union. Champion: Bayless. Comment: Tempted to go with a District 6 and SW Regional rematch between Bishop McCort freshman and Bedford native Kaden ...

Manley getting his last shot to add to his Altoona history

By Todd Irwin For the Mirror Altoona coach Joel Gilbert found star 132-pound senior Cole Manley doing back flips in the wrestling room before the Northwest Regional Tournament started. It didn’t exactly make Gilbert’s day to see that, but Manley was excited and ready to go. The PIAA ...

PIAA 3A wrestling predictions

Todd Irwin’s annual predictions for the upcoming PIAA wrestling tournament. 106 POUNDS: Finalists: Doug Zapf, Downingtown West vs. Darren Miller, Kiski Area. Champion: Zapf. Comment: DuBois freshman star Trenton Donahue could meet up with Miller in semis. 113 POUNDS: Finalists: Louis ...

CC’s Murin full of confidence heading to states

After his 3-2 loss to Athens’ Brian Courtney in the 126-pound final at the PIAA Class 2A Championships last year, Central Cambria’s Max Murin sat dejectedly against a wall in a hallway. A returning state champion, his dream of being a three-time state champ was dashed. He had his chance ...

Pfahler will be remembered for great state tourney

I was shocked and in disbelief on Thursday night when I saw a Facebook status that former Chestnut Ridge wrestler Gary Pfahler had died. It couldn’t be true, I thought. He was so young. In 2008, I had covered him as he shocked so many by beating Burrell’s returning state champion, ...

Mirror wrestling rankings

106 POUNDS 1. Allen Simmons Cambria Heights So 33-8 2. Caleb Holderbaum Chestnut Ridge Jr 22-11 3. Hunter Dively Claysburg-Kimmel So 21-7 4. Chase Chapman Philipsburg-Osceola Fr 21-14 5. Micah DeLattre Moshannon Valley So 17-8 Ones to watch: Joey Dignan, PC; Roland Mills, Hunt; ...

Wrestling leaders

WINS 1. Oliver Hunt 40-1 2. McCoy CR 39-3 3. McGill CR 39-5 4. Murin CC 36-0 5. Brown MV 36-1 6. Biddle Cent 35-4 7. Baney Hunt 34-5 8. Deremer CR 34-6 9. McClellan Alt 33-5 10. Simmons CH 33-8 PINS 1. Oliver Hunt 24 2. Biddle Cent 23 3. Murin CC 22 4. ...

Mountain Lions, Tigers strong on day 1

By Todd Irwin For the Mirror It was a pretty good opening night for 10 of the 15 area wrestlers in the Northwest Regional Class 3A Tournament on Friday at the AAHA Fieldhouse. Altoona advanced five of its seven regional qualifiers into the semifinals, including 160-pounder Hunter ...

Chestnut Ridge wrestling legend dead at 26

By Todd Irwin For the Mirror Gary Pfahler became a trailblazer when he wrestled at Chestnut Ridge, becoming the school’s first state champion in any sport in 2008 and earning Bedford County’s first state title in 25 years. Pfahler, named the Mirror’s Wrestler of the Year in ...

Lions, Tigers combine for 12 at regionals

By Todd Irwin For the Mirror For a few of the 15 area wrestlers, this weekend’s Northwest Regional Class 3A Tournament at the AAHS Fieldhouse will serve as a launching pad for next week’s PIAA Championships. For others, they’ll have to be on top of their game to grab one of the ...