Wrestling

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 ...

PIAA Northwest 3A wrestling predictions

Todd Irwin’s annual predictions for the upcoming regional wrestling tournament. 106 POUNDS: Finalists: Andrew Brest, General McLane vs. Trenton Donahue, DuBois. Champion: Donahue. Comment: Bellefonte’s Cole Stewart and Mifflin County’s Christian Fisher could make it a District 6 rematch ...

MV’s Brown gives it all he has to win regionals

Moshannon Valley’s Larry Brown won the 160-pound weight class at the Southwest Regional Class 2A Tournament. It was arguably the deepest weight at the tournament. And you hear in his voice and in his demeanor after he came down off of the medals stand at Ed Fry Arena that the second-ranked ...

Ridge’s Williams makes up for past disappointments

Chestnut Ridge 113-pound senior Dylan Williams entered the Southwest Regional Class 2A Tournament with hardly any fanfare. He was coming off of a second-place finish at the District 5 Tournament, had bad memories of the “blood rounds” of past regional tournaments, had never qualified for ...

Mirror 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. Simmons CH 33-8 10. Brown PC 33-10 PINS 1. Oliver Hunt 24 2. Biddle Cent 23 3. Murin CC 22 4. ...

Quartet of Lions win titles; Manley gets fourth crown

Four was the magic number for the Altoona Area High School wrestling team at the District 6-3A tournament Saturday night. Senior 132-pounder Cole Manley became just the second wrestler in school history to win four D6 3A championships, and Manley was one of four individual champions that the ...

CC’s Murin dominates another regional

Williams, McCoy, Brown, Oliver win, too By Todd Irwin For the Mirror INDIANA — Central Cambria’s Max Murin accomplished a feat not many wrestlers in the history of the Southwest Regional Class 2A Tournament have been able to do — win four titles. Murin earned his fourth title with ...

Ridge second after day one

INDIANA — Chestnut Ridge started off a little bit slow in the first session on the opening day of the Southwest Regional Class 2A Tournament, but the Lions picked it up from there. Ridge advanced four, and nearly a fifth, into the semifinals on Friday in the Ed Frey Arena at the Kovalchick ...

Mtn. Lions looking for strong showing

Altoona has been knocking on the door leading to the District 6 Class 3A Tournament team leaders the last couple of years. Two years ago, the Mountain Lions had an historic day, crowning four champions out of five finalists — the most titles by an Altoona team since 1981 — finished fourth ...

Chestnut Ridge hoping for repeat success at regional event

By Todd Irwin For the Mirror The last time Chestnut Ridge advanced a school-record 11 wrestlers to the Southwest Regional Tournament was two years ago. The Lions won the regional team title for the first time in school history. Ridge is again taking 11 wrestlers to the regional ...

PIAA Southwest 2A wrestling predictions

Todd Irwin’s annual predictions for the upcoming regional wrestling tournament. 106 POUNDS: Finalists: Kaden Cassidy, Bishop McCort vs. Josh Boozel, Mount Union. Champion: Boozel. Comment: Boozel got pretty physical with Cassidy at districts in a loss. I think Boozel avenges the loss. 113 ...

By Todd Irwin For the Mirror TYRONE — Four Altoona wrestlers, including three-time District 6 champion Cole Manley, and one from Hollidaysburg were tabbed No. 1 seeds for the District 6 Class 3A Tournament at the seeding meeting Tuesday night at Tyrone High School. Joining Manley, who ...

Flo Wrestling fails miserably with huge match

College wrestling fans like me were all set to watch the Penn State-Oklahoma State match in the NWCA Dual Championship Series title match on Flo Wrestling on Sunday, but this is the message we got: “500 INTERNAL SERVER ERROR’’ Bummer, something has gone wrong. “Sorry for the ...

Healthy Manley ready for run at state title

Altoona’s Cole Manley was wrestling at the NHSCA Virginia Beach National Duals in May, and he was on his game, beating nationally ranked wrestlers, including second-ranked Austin Gomez, a two-time Illinois state champion and Iowa State recruit. But in the second period of his bout against ...

CC’s Murin dominant in winning again

Central Cambria’s Max Murin was dominant in winning his fourth District 6 Class 2A title on Saturday night at the AAHS Fieldhouse. How dominant? We’ll let his coach, Bob Nikolishen, always one to come up with unique comment, put his performance into words: “Max was a steel ...

Chestnut Ridge wins sixth straight crown

JOHNSTOWN — The beat goes on for the Chestnut Ridge High School Lions wrestling program. No pun intended, but the Lions earned the lion’s share of laurels at the District 5 wrestling championships held Saturday at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s Sports Complex. Chestnut ...

22 find route to advance: MV’s Stewart part of good day for area

By Todd Irwin For the Mirror Moshannon Valley 195-pounder Clayton Stewart was nicknamed “Bolt” by a former football coach because he couldn’t get the lock off of his seventh grade locker, and the bolt had to be cut off. Stewart certainly found the combination for an upset on the ...

District 5 Class 2A wrestling predictions

Todd Irwin’s annual predictions for the district wrestling tournament 106 POUNDS: Finalists: Caleb Holderbaum, Chestnut Ridge vs. Eli Brougher, North Star. Champion: Holderbaum. Comment: Holderbaum just beat Brougher, 7-1, in the District 5 Duals. 113 POUNDS: Finalists: Garret Cornell, ...