Greenville eliminates Bearcats

HUNTINGDON — The Huntingdon wrestling team prides itself in not giving up pins or bonus points.

District 10 third-placer Greenville, though, recorded five pins against the Bearcats in a preliminary round match for the PIAA Dual Meet Championships on Monday at Bearcat Gymnasium.

The District 6 runner-up Bearcats were still within five points going into the last two bouts thanks to three pins and gutsy two-point wins by Myles Baney (160), Ryder Kocik (182) and Eden Wagner (106).

But Riley Kneeland edged Huntingdon’s Caden Reamer, 7-4, at 113 in the next-to-last bout, and Trojans stopped the Bearcats’ march to Hershey, 35-33.

“They just got more bonus points, and they have some studs,” Huntingdon coach Jon Mykut said. “We just couldn’t match up with their studs. Our guys fought and fought and fought. I knew were a little behind the 8-ball in terms of what we had and what they had, but our guys never quit. I’m proud of them.”

“It was a nice win for us, for sure,” Greenville coach John Reynolds said. “Coach Mykut is a class act. I know him through the coaches association. I have a lot of respect for him and what he did with this team this year. We’re lucky to get out of here with a win.”

The Bearcats finished the dual meet season with a 20-3 record. The Trojans (21-4) face District 3 champion Hamburg at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey.

The Bearcats started off well as Brynen Kisiel pinned Caleb Springer in 4:46 at 126.

The teams had two pins apiece in the next four bouts. After Greenville’s Bryce Knauf’s 59-second pin at 132, Huntingdon’s Jacob Wagner and Briar Deline needed only 39 seconds and 28 seconds, respectively, to record falls. Greenville’s Mason Karpinski (28-2) followed with a pin in 2:32 at 152.

Baney and Cole Karpinski were in a scoreless bout until Baney notched a reversal with 3 seconds left in the second period. Baney rode Karpinski the entire third period to win, 2-0, and give the Bearcats a 21-12 lead.

“Myles has been wrestling great all year-long,” Mykut said. “He wrestled a tough Karpinski kid for them. We knew we needed that one coming in, and he was able to score it for us. It was a good win for him.”

After Brady Gentile’s pin of Andrew Finkle in 4:30 at 170, Kocik held a 10-5 lead over Wasim McClinton after two periods.

In the third, McClinton scored a takedown and two nearfall points to climb to within one, 10-9. He released Kocik, but the Bearcat took him down. McClinton escaped and took Kocik down to get to within one again, 13-12. He gave up another escape, but Kocik avoided more danger to win, 14-12.

“He wrestled that kid last year in the dual meet and lost by major decision,” Mykut said. “McClinton is a pretty solid kid, and he was able to flip the table on him tonight.”

Pins by Barrett Gentile and Jacob McMaster (28-0) at 195 and 220, respectively, gave the Trojans a 30-24 lead.

In a heated 285-pound bout, Greenville’s Max Wills took a 12-3 lead over Izzy Reed into the third period. Reed, though, took him down in the third, and when Wills took an injury timeout with 39 seconds left, the Huntingdon crowd booed.

Reed received a late stalling point to set the final score, 12-6. Referee Bernie Chatman deducted a team point from the Trojans for Wills’ reaction to the crowd’s boos after time elapsed. The Trojans led, 32-24.

In a tight bout at 106, Blake Knauf held a 5-4 lead over Eden Wagner until Wagner escaped with 37 seconds left. The bout appeared to be going to overtime, but Wagner scored a takedown with a second left on the clock to win, 7-5.

“He’s scrappy,” Mykut said of Wagner. “When we needed it, he was able to step up. That’s a big win for a freshman.”

Reamer trailed Kneeland 2-1 and 4-3 in the first two periods. Reamer released Kneeland in the third, but Kneeland took him down with 32 seconds left. Reamer escaped with 10 seconds left, but Kneeland held on for the deciding win.

Holding an eight-point lead, the Trojans opted to forfeit to Roland Mills (26-8) in the final bout.

“Nobody would have ever envisioned we’d be sitting where we are right now in the state bracket and finishing second in District 6,” Mykut said. “We graduated six seniors last year, and five of those six had 20-plus wins. For us to be able to lose almost half of a lineup, and come out and do what we did is a credit to my kids and my coaches. I’m super proud of them.”

126–Kisiel, H, pinned Springer, 4:46; 132–Br. Knauf, G, pinned Lauer, :59; 138–J. Wagner, H, pinned Rainey, :39; 145–Deline, H, pinned Moore, :28; 152–M. Karpinski, pinned Zook, 2:32; 160–Baney, H, dec. C. Karpinski, 2-0; 170–Br. Gentile, G, pinned Finkle, 4:30

182–Kocik, H, dec. McClinton, 14-12; 195–Ba. Gentile, G, pinned Peters, 1:10; 220–McMaster, G, pinned Peck, :23; *285–Wills, G, dec. Reed, 12-6; 106–E. Wagner, H, dec. Bl. Knauf, 7-5; 113–Kneeland, G, dec. Reamer, 7-4; 120–Mills, H, won by forfeit.

*Team point deducted from Greenville after 285 for unsportsmanlike conduct

Records: Greenville (21-4), Huntingdon (20-3)

Referees: Gary Barger, Bernie Chatman