Wrestling

Condo leaves behind giant legacy in Philipsburg

Dick Condo was one of the most friendly, easy-going, humble and unassuming guys you could find near a wrestling mat or anywhere for that matter. I always expected to see him when I showed up at Philipsburg-Osceola High School for a wrestling match or a practice. He’d be there handing out ...

Lock Haven leaves impression on McClellan

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com Lock Haven University senior Ronnie Perry provided one of the most thrilling stories in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Cleveland this past March by taking second place at 149 pounds. Perry — a seventh-place finisher in the ...

Swartz gets his shot with D-1 program

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com By any measure, Nathan Swartz enjoyed an outstanding wrestling career at Hollidaysburg Area High School. Swartz logged a 97-43 career record in four years, with 53 true falls. He was a District 6 Class 3A champion at 138 pounds as a junior, and ...

Nominations sought for Mirror awards

The Mirror is seeking nominations for special awards to be presented at its 13th annual Athlete of the Year banquet on Monday, May 21. Area high schools are invited to submit nominations for the Ron Rickens Sportsmanship Awards, the Dean Rossi Leadership Award and the Erin (Johnson) Kelly ...

2017-18 Mirror wrestling all-stars

It was a memorable 2017-18 season for Chestnut Ridge senior Justin McCoy, Altoona senior Parker McClellan and Glendale freshman sensation Brock McMillen. And not just because their last names begin with “Mc.” They all made it to the state finals, but they came up one win shy of ...

McCoy, McClellan cap banner careers

Chestnut Ridge’s Justin McCoy’s run to the 152-pound finals of the PIAA Class 2A Championships was predictable, dominating opponents the way a returning state champion should. His shocking 8-1 loss to Frazier’s Thayne Lawrence, whom he had majored, 10-1, at the Southwest Regional, was ...

Lazor keeps Ridge program at high level

Chestnut Ridge Greg Lazor has turned the Chestnut Ridge wrestling program into a state power. The current run the Lions are one can be characterized as a dynasty. Lazor has been coaching at Ridge for 10 years, and he’s led the Lions to a 187-47 record, seven straight District 5 Tournament ...

Pennsylvania dominates Border Brawl with 13 W’s

JOHNSTOWN — Team Pennsylvania won 13 of 18 bouts, including both head-to-head matches between state champions, in a 51-18 victory over Team Maryland/West Virginia in the Border Brawl Mason-Dixon Wrestling Classic at Richland High School on Sunday. Chestnut Ridge’s Justin McCoy was named ...

Area stars to wrestle

JOHNSTOWN — The third annual Border Brawl Mason-Dixon Wrestling Classic, which will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Richland High School in Johnstown, features four wrestlers from Chestnut Ridge High School, two from Penn Cambria and one from Portage. In all, 11 Pennsylvania school districts ...

Silver lining: Altoona’s McClellan drops title match, 7-5

HERSHEY — Some raised their eyebrows when Altoona’s Parker McClellan moved up to 220 pounds late in the season. The move nearly put him at the top of the medals podium at the PIAA Class 3A Championships on Saturday night at the Giant Center. McClellan, a senior in his second state ...

McCoy upset in 2A final

HERSHEY — Chestnut Ridge senior 152-pounder Justin McCoy walked slowly to his corner and shared a long embrace with coach Greg Lazor. This one hurt. McCoy, a 2017 state champion, suffered a shocking 8-1 loss to Frazier sophomore Thayne Lawrence in the PIAA Class 2A Championships Saturday ...

McMillen, McCoy move into today’s 2A finals

HERSHEY — At least three bouts in the PIAA Class 2A Championships sent shockwaves throughout on Friday at the Giant Center. And they involved area wrestlers. On Friday night, Glendale freshman Brock McMillen provided a shocker with a 3-1 overtime win over Reynolds’ returning state ...

Altoona’s McClellan advances to 3A semis

HERSHEY — Altoona senior Parker McClellan will be standing on the medals podium on Saturday night at the Giant Center. It’s just a matter now of how high on the podium he’ll be. McClellan reached today’s 9 a.m. PIAA Class 3A Championships semifinals by defeating Pocono Mountain ...

McClellan uses recent loss to help

HERSHEY — If last week’s 9-3 loss to Selinsgrove’s Nate Schon in the Northwest Regional Tournament finals did anything for Altoona’s Parker McClellan, it showed him what he had to work on. Whatever he worked on seemed on point in his first bout at the PIAA Class 3A Championships on ...

PIAA Class 3A wrestling predictions

106 POUNDS: Finalists: Kurtis Phipps, Norwin vs. Kyle Waterman, Council Rock South. Champion: Phipps. Comment: Altoona’s Matt Sarbo could stop Waterman’s run to the finals in the semifinals. Sarbo is wrestling well enough to do it. 113 POUNDS: Finalists: Ryan Sullivan, Shaler Area vs. ...

PIAA Class 2A predictions

106 POUNDS: Finalists: Gary Steen, Reynolds vs. Conner Redinger, Quaker Valley. Champion: Steen. Comment: Could be an interesting quarterfinal between Steen and Saint Joseph’s pinner Amonn Ohl. 113 POUNDS: Finalists: Beau Bayless, Reynolds vs. Josh Boozel, Mount Union. Champion: Bayless. ...

Wrestling leaders

WINS 1. McGill CR 42-0 2. McCoy CR 42-1 3. Fisher Hunt 41-5 4. McMillen Glen 38-3 5. Hobson CR 37-7 6. Benson Hunt 36-8 Col. Sossong Port 36-8 8. L. Shaffer Port 35-10 9. Cornell Ever 34-3 10. Brown PC 34-6 PINS 1. McCoy CR 26 2. Fisher Hunt 24 3. McGill CR 21 ...

Mirror wrestling rankings

106 POUNDS 1. Matt Sarbo Altoona Fr 30-5 2. Kai Burkett Chestnut Ridge Fr 31-9 3. Hunter Walk Tyrone Fr 23-14 4. Garrett Misiura Glendale Fr 21-13 5. Ian Crouch Central Fr 18-17 Ones to watch: Nick Bryan, P-O; Hunter Horton, TM; Greg Edwards, Bed 113 POUNDS 1. Brock ...

Sarbo captures NW title

Altoona freshman 106-pounder Matt Sarbo says he doesn’t pay attention to state rankings. He certainly didn’t appear to give a hoot about General McLane’s Andrew Brest’s No. 3 ranking by PA Power Wrestling in the Northwest Regional Class 3A tournament finals on Saturday night at the ...

P-O, Altoona start strong

It was a very good first day for Philipsburg-Osceola and Altoona at the Northwest Regional Class 3A Tournament on Friday night at the AAHS Fieldhouse. The Mounties advanced six wrestlers to today’s noon semifinals, while the Mountain Lions pushed four into the semis, including District 6 ...