Wrestling

Unknowns step into spotlight for Glendale in victory

By Todd Irwin tirwin@altoonamirror.com FLINTON — The Glendale wrestling team not only gets big contributions from its stars, including returning state runner-up Brock McMillen, it also gets key wins from the unheralded guys. Two of the unheralded Vikings — Baine Seilhamer and Ethan ...

PC’s Brown savors state medal after tough loss

Penn Cambria’s Derek Brown was in awe of his first state tournament as a sophomore, but he nearly created some shock and awe in his second PIAA Class 2A Championships as a junior. He made it to the 170-pound semifinals, where he dropped a 15-9 heartbreaking decision to Susquehanna ...

Niebauer’s move to CC as coach was inevitable

Matt Niebauer was with his brother, Todd, as an assistant coach at Penn Cambria so long he lost track of how long he was there. Through most of Todd’s 16 previous years as head coach, Matt was there in dual meets, regular season tournaments and postseason tournaments. But in the spring, ...

Mirror wrestling rankings

106 POUNDS 1. Kai Burkett Chestnut Ridge So 15-3 2. Suds Dubler Glendale Fr 17-1 3. Nick Bryan Philipsburg-Osceola Jr 12-6 4. Zach Brandis Central Cambria Jr 16-5 5. Trevor Husick Tussey Mountain Fr 16-3 Ones to watch: Jordan Carlucci, Alt; Jaxon Matthews, Cent; Eden Wagner, ...

Wrestling leaders

WINS 1. Mills Hunt 23-6 2. Col. Sossong Port 22-3 3. Brown PC 21-2 4. Croft CC 21-4 5. Kocik Hunt 21-9 6. Sarbo Alt 20-1 7. Cornell Ever 19-0 8. Smychynsky PC 19-3 9. Hileman Alt 19-4 10. C. Proudfit PC 19-5 PINS 1. Reed Hunt 15 2. Seace CR 14 Deline Hunt 14 ...

Family mat-ters: Niebauer brothers go head to head

EBENSBURG — Matt Niebauer assisted his brother, Todd Niebauer, for many years at Penn Cambria, coaching many wrestlers, including some of the current Panthers. Matt, though, became the head coach at Central Cambria in the offseason after the departure of Bob Nikolishen. So, it was kind of ...

Vikings knock off Bellwood

FLINTON — When the pre-match weight draw came up at 106, it was not only an old-school start to Glendale’s home dual meet against Bellwood-Antis, but it also meant starting in the meat of the Viking lineup. The Vikings made the most out of that start, picking up bonus points in the first ...

P-O picks up plenty of bonus points in victory

aMARTINSBURG — Thanks to pins from Tristan Beauseigneur (160), Parker Moore (182), Dylan Yastro (195), Tyler Anderson (220), Nick Coudriet (113) and Alex Dunkleberger (138), Philipsburg-Osceola defeated Central, 60-15, Thursday night in high school wrestling action. The Scarlet Dragons ...

A host of Vikings propel Glendale to 11-1 record

THREE SPRINGS — The Glendale wrestling team improved to 11-1 Tuesday night, thanks to a 50-24 victory at Southern Huntingdon in high school action. The Vikings got falls from Suds Dubler (113), Garret Misiura (120), Brock McMillen (132), Cameron Fyock (160) and Cory Johnston (220). 113: ...

Lightweights lead Altoona past rivals

By Todd Irwin tirwin@altoonamirror.com HOLLIDAYSBURG — Hollidaysburg held a one-point lead over Altoona after the 285-pound bout on the Golden Tigers’ senior night. But the Mountain Lions’ strong lightweights made sure there wasn’t going to be an upset by their rivals. The Lions ...

Confidence booster: State medal pushes Hollidaysburg’s McCready to improve

No Hollidaysburg wrestler had placed at the PIAA Class 3A Championships since Brian Shaw in 2006. And when Mason McCready suffered a somewhat controversial ultimate tiebreaker loss to Cedar Cliff’s Donovon Ball in the first round of the state tournament, he was in jeopardy of not placing ...

PSU wrestlers should take majority of blame for lackluster effort

I’m so accustomed to seeing the Penn State wrestling team blow away opponents that it feels weird when the Nittany Lions don’t perform up to par. It was like that on Sunday when the top-ranked Lions didn’t blow away Wisconsin at Rec Hall. In fact, the Badgers held a 13-9 lead going into ...

Panthers finish 2-3 at South Side Duals

HOOKSTOWN — Penn Cambria went 2-3 in the South Side Beaver Duals at South Side Area High School in high school wrestling on Saturday. Penn Cambria beat Elwood City, 60-21, and Laurel, 42-39, but fell to Butler, 54-21, Cambridge Springs, 60-22, and Jamestown, 46-36. In the win over Elwood ...

Altoona rallies for big win

Altoona Area High School wrestler Andrew Beach had his 15 minutes of fame Thursday night. Actually, make that six minutes. Beach scored a 9-3 decision over Philipsburg-Osceola’s Quinten Moslak at 145 pounds to seal the Mountain Lions’ 34-30 victory over the Mounties at the AAHS ...

Black Knights show more toughness in win over NB

By Todd Irwin tirwin@altoonamirror.com HOUTZDALE — After his team gave up eight pins against Everett on Tuesday night, Moshannon Valley coach Thad Walstrom spent 20 minutes before Wednesday night’s practice talking about what went wrong. What was his message? “We need to get ...

Tigers pick up win No. 2 against Tyrone

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg wrestling team picked up its second dual-meet win of the season Thursday night, thanks to a 54-27 victory over Tyrone in high school action. The Golden Tigers (2-6) got pins from Campbell Walls (160), Mace McCready (195) and Sam Haines (285). Tyrone ...

Sarbo’s win key to Lions’ victory

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com After placing seventh in the PIAA Class 3A wrestling tournament at 106 pounds last season as a freshman, Altoona Area High School’s Matt Sarbo is approaching this season with a laser focus. Sarbo has a PIAA gold medal in his cross ...

Bearcats take down Mtn. Lions

HUNTINGDON — The dual meet between Altoona and Huntingdon started at the best possible position for the Mountain Lions — at 106 pounds. Altoona’s talented lightweights figured to give the Lions a nice lead going into the last half of the lineup. That’s exactly what they did, winning ...

Unbeaten Chestnut Ridge downs Heights, Richland

NEW PARIS — Chestnut Ridge defeated Cambria Heights, 57-18, and Richland, 69-6, in a tri-meet in high school wrestling on Tuesday. Jared McGill, Duane Knisely, Dalton Seace, Kai Burkett, Ross Dull and Gryphon Callihan recorded falls for Ridge against Heights. Tyler Kirkpatrick had a fall ...

My dad’s love of wrestling led to my passion for sport

Sometimes I’m asked why I enjoy covering wrestling so much. My answer is I get my love of the sport from my dad, Jack. My dad loved going to high school wrestling matches in his younger days, watching high school and college wrestling on TV when his physical limitations prevented him from ...