Cats crush Vikings on way to semis

By Todd Irwin

HUNTINGDON — With some talented wrestlers on the roster now and more coming up through the lower levels of its program, Glendale could be a power in District 6 in the future.

But Huntingdon is the power of the present, having won four straight District 6 Duals Class 2A titles, and the 18-1 and top-seeded Bearcats pounded the ninth-seeded Vikings, 63-14, in the second match of a District 6 Duals doubleheader. The Bearcats advanced to Saturday’s semifinals at Tyrone.

The Vikings advanced to face the Bearcats by rallying to beat eighth-seeded Central, 39-37, in the first match.

The Bearcats amassed nine pins in the final 10 bouts, including three in less than 20 seconds, and Joey Bailey upset Isaac Krause, 11-6, at 152. Krause was the hero in the Central match when he pinned Logan Marko in a pivotal bout.

“Lot of pins. That’s good to see this time of the year, for sure,” Huntingdon coach Jon Mykut said. “We talked before we went out to save bonus points and go out and get after bonus points, and we definitely did that tonight. So, that’s a plus.”

“They’re really tough,” Glendale coach Billy Dubler said. “Honestly, every year they just seem to reload. I think a big reason for that is they get a lot of kids out. I’m looking at their roster and they weigh in two at a weight. But we fought them. We won three of the first four, and our big guys looked sharp.”

The Huntingdon match started with Glendale’s Garrett Misiura earning a 9-1 major decision over Cody Bilger. After a forfeit to Huntingdon’s Caden Reamer, Glendale freshman sensation Brock McMillen (31-1) and Tristan Rutter followed with technical falls by a combined score of 33-2.

“They have some good, nice, young kids there,” Mykut said. “I told them before they went out that we would have to weather the storm down below. They’re a good, young team, and they’re well-coached. They’re going to be good for years to come.”

Then the Bearcats started their pin parade.

Izac Benson built an 11-2 lead on Baine Seilhamer before using a half nelson to pin the Viking in 2:46 at 132.

Jacob Wagner followed with a 19-second pin at 138. Myles Baney went 1:48 before putting Mark Haigh away at 145.

Bailey, unranked in the Mirror rankings, and the third-ranked Krause were tied, 2-2, in the third when Bailey took Krause down to his back in the second period for five points. Krause climbed back to within two, 7-5, in the third with two nearfall points, but Bailey reversed and slipped a late headlock attempt for the win.

“Krause is a good kid,” Mykut said. “You can tell he’s big and strong for a 152-pounder, but Joey kept coming at him. It was a close match, but that five-point move by Joey put us in the lead. That was the difference.”

Second-period pins by Braedon Knode and Andrew Finkle at 160 and 170, respectively, gave the Bearcats a 39-14 lead.

Big-move Ryder Kocik brought the home crowd to its feet when he tossed Garrett Vereshack to his back immediately pinned him in 12 seconds.

“He goes out and gets after it,” Mykut said with a laugh. “That’s his bread and butter. He’d be a good Greco-Roman kid.”

Huntingdon closed out the meet with pins from Alex Mykut (195), Landon Fisher (220) and a 17-second fall from Izzy Reed (285).

The Bearcats will now get ready for Saturday at Tyrone. They will face the winner of the tonight’s first-rounder at West Branch. Fourth-seeded West Branch faces either fifth-seeded Mount Union or 12th-seeded Bishop McCort.

“It’s exciting to be in the Final Four of District 6,” Mykut said. “Anybody we wrestle up there in the semis or the second match will be a good, tough team. We have to stay focused, stay healthy and keep our eyes on the prize. We had that goal at the beginning of the year to win the district championship.”

Krause’s pin big against Dragons

Against Central, which forfeited the last three weights, the Vikings got a Misiura 10-2 major decision over Ian Crouch at 106, a pin by McMillen at 120, another technical fall from Rutter at 126 and Krause’s pin of Marko in 3:33 at 160. Krause was leading 2-0 when he bar-armed Marko for the fall.

“That was huge. That won the dual for us,” Dubler said. “That’s what you want to happen.”

Of the 10 bouts that were actually wrestled, the Scarlet Dragons actually had a 6-4 edge. They had pins from Damien Kocher (285), Malcolm Loucks (145), Braeden Swab (152) and Michael Fowkes (170). Brandon Holsinger (132) had a major decision, and Cameron Ulery (138) had a decision.

The win was the first win ever in the District Duals for the Vikings.

“It was a great win,” Dubler said. “Our community should be proud of it.”

Glendale 39, Central 37

285–D. Kocher, C, pinned Keith, 3:55; 106–Misiura, G, maj. dec. Crouch, 10-2; 113–Bowman, C, won by forfeit; 120–McMillen, G, pinned Leach, :39; 126–Rutter, G, tech. fall Daniels, 19-0, 2:31; 132–Holsinger, C, maj. dec. Seilhamer, 12-0; 138–Ulery, C, dec. Gondek, 8-2

145–Loucks, C, pinned McClellan, 2:54; 152–Swab, C, pinned Kuhn, 2:43; 160–Krause, G, pinned Marko, 3:33; 170–Fowkes, C, pinned Ulrich, 5:24; 182–Vereshack, G, won by forfeit; 195–Smith, G, won by forfeit; 220–Dudurich, G, won by forfeit.

Records: Glendale (10-10), Central (7-8)

Huntingdon 63, Glendale 14

106–Misiura, G, maj. dec. Bilger, 9-1; 113–Reamer, H, won by forfeit; 120–McMillen, G, tech. fall Mills, 16-1, 4:11; 126–Rutter, G, tech. fall Kisiel, 17-1, 4:52; 132–Benson, H, pinned Seilhamer, 2:46; 138–Wagner, H, pinned McClellan, :19; 145–Baney, H, pinned Haigh, 1:48

152–Bailey, H, dec. Krause, 11-6; 160–Knode, H, pinned Kuhn, 2:54; 170–Finkle, H, pinned Ulrich, 2:25; 182–Kocik, H, pinned Vereshack, :12; 195–Mykut, H, pinned Dudurich, 1:49; 220–Fisher, H, pinned Smith, 2:27; 285–Reed, H, pinned Keith, :17.

Records: Glendale (10-11), Huntingdon (18-1)

Referees: Bernie Chatman, John Lower