Unknowns step into spotlight for Glendale in victory
By Todd Irwin
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 Cavalet — played major roles against Northern Bedford on Tuesday night.
Seilhamer, a sophomore, rallied to pin Case Donaldson in the first bout, and Cavalet, a freshman, came through with a first-period fall in the next-to-last bout to spark the Vikings to a 53-27 win on senior night at Kitko Gymnasium.
With the win, the Vikings, ranked third by the Mirror, hiked their record to 13-1.
“We know what we have,” Glendale coach Billy Dubler said. “But the guys like Ethan Cavalet and Baine Seilhamer, who aren’t on that level yet, when they can come out and get pins for us, man, is that huge. That’s the reason why we’re 13-1.”
“They’ve got a good team,” Northern Bedford coach Brian Dutchcot said. “They’re definitely very aggressive, will come after you and are in your face the whole time. They wrestled really well.”
Donaldson came out on fire against Seilhamer at 145, scoring two sets of nearfall points in the first period to take an 8-0 lead. In the second period, though, Seilhamer reversed, scored two nearfall points and put Donaldson on his back again.
When referee Kevin Detwiler slapped the mat at 3:31, the Glendale crowd and bench erupted in celebration.
“Baine is in great condition,” Dubler said. “We work really hard at practice, and if he runs the mile, he’s under five minutes and 30 seconds. He’s like a real cardio machine. He ended up gassing that guy out just because of his effort. You could just see the confidence grow with Baine. My hat’s off to Baine.”
Brent Kuhn and Ben Kasaback were the only Glendale seniors recognized on senior night. Kuhn recorded a 22-second pin at 152.
Northern Bedford’s Colby Imler followed with a pin in 1:03 at 160, and Panther 170-pounder Austin Mowry had a fall in 21 seconds. Northern’s Alex Fouse won by forfeit at 182.
At 195, Glendale’s Seth Dudurich (18-3) stopped the Panthers’ run with a fall in 1:59.
Glendale 220-pounder Cory Johnston (18-2) racked up nine takedowns in a physical 22-7 technical fall over Jay Ebersole, giving the Vikings a 23-18 lead.
Northern’s Kyle Guyer, who weighed in at 222 pounds, pulled off a comeback pin of his own against Kyle Jasper at 285. Jasper led 5-0 after the first period and 11-5 after the second. In the third, though, Guyer took Jasper down and later put him on his back. Guyer got the fall in 5:48.
“I know we gave up the size advantage on that one,” Dutchcot said, “but he still battled through, continued to believe in his shot and he got the one at the end to get on top and get the pin.”
The Panthers (7-8) led, 24-23, but that lead evaporated in a hurry when Glendale’s Winter Storm (106), 18-1 Suds Dubler (113) and Evan Duclo (120) won by forfeit.
McMillen (18-1) was on and off the mat quickly after a pin in 40 seconds at 126.
Cavalet earned his second straight win on the mat when he pinned Eyziak Cottle in 1:04 at 132.
“Once he got his bearings about him, he got an escape with a gramby roll,” Dubler said. “He got the takedown, locked his cradle up and finished the deal.”
In the most anticipated bout of the night, Northern’s Ian Sherlock, ranked No. 1 by the Mirror, edged third-ranked Tristan Rutter, 2-0, at 138. Sherlock (16-3) scored a takedown in the first period, and he used a funk roll to defend multiple Rutter shots and to get out of scrambles in the second period.
Rutter (18-4) rode Sherlock the entire third, but he couldn’t get the turn for back points.
“There was a lot of scrambling going on in that one,” Dutchcot said. “There were some real good shots by Rutter, and Ian countered them pretty well with some funk and some of the scrambling.”
“He has a history with that kid,” Dubler said. “Those guys have been wrestling each other since they were in elementary and junior high school, so they know each other’s styles pretty well. We’ve just got to figure a way to finish that takedown. I think they’ll run into each other at IUP (at the Southwest Regional), and that’s a match he’s going to have to win to punch his ticket to Hershey.”
145–Seilhamer, G, pinned Donaldson, 3:31; 152–Kuhn, G, pinned Clark, :22; 160–Imler, NB, pinned Fyock, 1:03; 170–Mowry, NB, pinned Bloom, :21; 182–Fouse, NB, won by forfeit; 195–Dudurich, G, pinned Welsh, 1:59; 220–Johnston, G, tech. fall Ebersole, 22-7, 5:43
285–Guyer, NB, pinned Jasper, 5:48; 106–Storm, G, won by forfeit; 113–Dubler, G, won by forfeit; 120–Duclo, G, won by forfeit; 126–McMillen, G, pinned Heck, :40; 132–Cavalet, G, pinned Cottle, 1:04; 138–Sherlock, NB, dec. Rutter, 2-0.
Records: Northern Bedford (7-8), Glendale (13-1)
Referee: Kevin Detwiler