Mtn. Lions feel at home in win

Photo for the Mirror by Chuck Meyers Altoona freshman Alex Yost gets the pin on Hollidaysburg’s Carter Schultz in the 170-pound match on Tuesday.

The Altoona Area High School wrestlers made their first home appearance of the season Tuesday and cruised past a depleted Hollidaysburg squad, 62-15, at the AAHS Fieldhouse.

Coach Joel Gilbert’s Mountain Lions needed only 50 minutes to dispatch the Golden Tigers.

“It’s nice to come home,” said Gilbert, now in his 13th year leading the Lions. “Our kids wrestle well here.

“It was a nice crowd, a nice environment and we put a decent show on tonight,” Gilbert said.

The Lions recorded three pins, two technical falls and one major decision. They also benefited from four Hollidaysburg forfeits.

“(Hollidaysburg) had some illnesses, some guys out,” Gilbert offered. “They wrestled over the weekend and it’s tough to come back after that, especially for a rivalry.”

Gilbert said he was a bit surprised the Tigers forfeited four bouts.

“I didn’t expect it,” he said, “but it happens sometime. It’s happened to us.”

Altoona falls were posted by juniors Damion Finnegan (126) and Collin Allmond (182) and freshman Alex Yost (170). Matt Sarbo (138) and Adam Zerbee (152) notched the tech falls and Caleb Fasick (120) posted a 13-5 major decision to open the match.

“Zerbee looked really good,” Gilbert said. “Sarbo and Finnegan, too. And, for being out for awhile, Fasick looked really good. He’s been sick, but we finally got him back and moved him up to 120 tonight.”

Hollidaysburg highlights were falls by Nick Burkey (145) and Aaron Sleeth (160). The Golden Tigers also received a decision from Garidan Bridenbaugh (132).

“We got the injury bug over the weekend,” Hollidaysburg coach Christian Harr said. “We had four different guys out — one with the flu, one with a collarbone and one with an elbow. We also have one with a broken hand.

“So, we’ve got some guys out, but that’s how the cookie crumbles,” Harr continued. “Whenever we’re outgunned, we’re outgunned.”

The Lions participate in the Clearfield duals Saturday before returning home to face DuBois (Jan. 20) and Huntingdon (Jan. 23).

“We’re looking to improve,” Gilbert said of the Mountain Lions. “District 6 is tough this year — triple-A is loaded — and we’re looking to improve and get better.”

Hollidaysburg hosts DuBois on Thursday.

“You can’t complain when you look at the effort,” Harr offered. “As far as experience, we don’t have much, but we do have heart and that’s what we focus on when we go out to compete.”

120–Fasick, A, major dec. Praul, 13-5; 126–Finnegan, A, pinned Turiano, 2:57; 132–Bridenbaugh, H, dec. Boutiller, 3-0; 138–Sarbo tech fall Eppihimer, 20-5; 145–Burkey, H, pinned Carothers, :57; 152–Zerbee, A, tech fall Adorno, 18-1; 160–Sleeth, H, pinned Beach, 2:54.

170–Yost, A, pinned Schultz, 1:21; 182–Allmond, A, pinned Weyant, 3:00; 195–Keirn, A, won by forfeit; 220–Boose, A, pinned Weir, :46; 285–Manley, A, won by forfeit; 106–Wisor, A, won by forfeit; 113–Carlucci, A, won by forfeit.

Official: John Edgell.

Records: Hollidaysburg (1-8); Altoona (3-4).