Ridge’s Moore pins way to 160 title

BEDFORD – Chestnut Ridge’s Daniel Moore came into the Thomas Chevrolet Tournament as the fifth seed at 160 pounds.

So much for seeding.

All Moore did was pin his way through the tournament, including pinning the fourth seed, the top seed in Meyersdale’s Austin Broadwater in 5:00 in the semifinals and the second seed in Claysburg-Kimmel’s Kobe Harr in 4:06 in the finals.

“That surprised me a lot,” Moore said.

Moore’s performance was part of an outstanding overall weekend for the Lions, who claimed their sixth straight Thomas team title by 61 points, 286.5-225.5, over Burrell and had five champions and a runner-up Saturday night at Bedford’s packed gym.

“I think the boys wrestled awesome,” Ridge first-year coach Josh Deputy said. “You never think going into the weekend that you’re going to get all 14 guys moving on to the next day, and they did that. Then we had a big semifinal round. They exceeded my expectations in the finals. I’m super proud of them.”

Calan Bollman (106), Nathan Holderbaum (120), Ross Dull (126) and Duane Knisely (220) claimed titles. Seth Holderbaum (182) finished second.

Overall, the Lions had 12 placewinners in the tournament.

Ridge’s Kai Burkett, who had won two Thomas titles, finished third at 113. The top-seeded Burkett was stopped in the semifinals by Northern Garrett’s Jacob Brenneman, 8-2.

Ridge had other placers in Kaleb Miller (third, 132), Gryphon Callihan (fourth, 145), Luke Moore (fourth, 152), Trevor Weyandt (fifth, 138) and Dom Claar (eighth, 195).

Bedford’s Kaden Cassidy won his second tournament title with a 3-2 win over Freedom Area’s Kenny Duschek at 138. Cambria Heights’ Ian Eckenrode won the 182-pound title by beating Seth Holderbaum, 4-2. Huntingdon’s Myles Baney (170) finished in second place.

Harr, who had two major decisions and a pin, actually led Moore, 1-0, going into the third period, but Moore immediately hit a gramby roll, caught Harr (11-1) in a headlock and pinned him 6 seconds into the period. The Ridge section erupted in celebration.

“Oh yeah, I’m very surprised,” Moore said of the pin. “I thought I was just going to roll through and he was going to get back on top. But when I caught that I was like ‘Yeah, let’s get it.'”

“I’ve been telling people for months that the Moore boys are so close, and they want to be good,” Deputy said. “Daniel had his day today. He pinned his way through the tournament, and that was awesome. I hope that springboards him into the postseason.”

Bollman, the top-seeded freshman, pinned his way to the finals and then defeated North Star’s Nathan Pelesky, 8-1, for the title. Bollman notched two takedowns and two reversals.

“I knew I’d have some competition, especially Pelesky,” Bollman said. “All week, I did pretty good cutting weight in practice. I made sure I pushed myself to the limit, and I came out on top.”

Nathan Holderbaum, who moved up to 120 when Burkett recently dropped to 113, went 4-0, including a thrilling 7-5 overtime win over Beth-Center’s Kyle McCollum in the finals.

“The kid is tough,” Holderbaum said. “We both are kind of the same. We both like to be on our feet, liked to scrap around. With this being my last year, I knew I had to gut it out no matter what it took.”

McCollum took Holderbaum down with 18 seconds left in the bout to take a 5-4 lead, but the Ridge senior immediately escaped to tie the score and send the bout into OT. Holderbaum got the takedown with 36 seconds left in OT to win.

Dull’s bout with Mt. Pleasant’s top-seeded Damian George was anything but dull. George led 6-4 after the first period and 8-7 after the second. He escaped in the third to take a 9-7 lead, but Dull reversed to tie the score. He released George with 36 seconds left, and he finally nailed the takedown with 13 seconds left to win, 11-10.

Cassidy (23-0), who had been winning by technical fall in most of his bouts, only had one tech fall to go with a pin and two decisions. In the finals, he scored a first-period takedown, escaped in the second and rode Duschek for 1:58 of the final period before Duschek scored a reversal.

“I didn’t feel my best,” Cassidy said. “I think I could have wrestled a lot better. I was trying to score points with the tilt (before the reversal) but it is what it is.”

Seth Holderbaum took a 2-1 lead over Eckenrode into the third period, but Eckenrode escaped, scored a takedown and rode him the rest of the way for the title.

Knisely, who reached 100 career wins on Friday, avenged a loss to Rode from last season in winning the title. They were tied, 1-1, on Saturday Knisely took notched a takedown with 34 seconds remaining. Rode escaped late, but Knisely avoided any more danger.

“That was big confidence-wise for him,” Deputy said. “I’ve been talking to Duane a lot about just worrying about himself and not worrying about anything else. Since the loss at the Brookville Duals, he’s re-energized.”

Baney reached the finals with an overtime win, but he ran into a buzz saw in Freedom Area’s top-seeded Trent Schulteis, who rolled to an 18-3 technical fall in 4:36.

Sixth-place Huntingdon had other placers in Roland Millers (third, 126), Briar Deline (third, 160), Gage Peters (fifth, 182) and Zack Peck (sixth, 195).

Ninth-place Bedford had other placers in Ashton Dull (fifth, 195), Jacob Dawson (sixth, 132), Cooper Lingenfelter (sixth, 182) and Camden Koontz (seventh, 126).

Everett had four placewinners in Logan Propst (fourth, 220), Lane Younker (seventh, 138), Cody Rock (seventh, 195) and Sid Grove (eighth, 145).

Northern Bedford had placewinners in Ian Sherlock (fourth, 138), Colby Imler (sixth, 170) and Reyan Imler (seventh, 106). Tussey Mountain’s placers were Matt Watkins (third, 285), Hunter Horton (fifth, 126) and Chad Weist (eighth, 120).

Central had a trio of placers in Ian Crouch (fifth, 120), Jaxon Matthews (sixth, 106) and Ethan Eicher (seventh, 182). Penn Cambria had three eighth-placers in Jacob Davis (182), Austin Wagner (220) and Jared Berkheimer (285).

Claysburg-Kimmel had a couple other medalists in Cole Claycomb (fifth, 132) and Cade Keithley (eighth, 138).

Cambria Heights had other medalists in eighth-placers Isaac Westrick (126) and Zach Weakland (170). Central Cambria’s Ethan Kubat (182) finished fourth.


1. CR–Chestnut Ridge 286.5; 2. BURR–Burrell 225.5; 3. BBV–Berlin Brothersvalley 158.5; 4. N–Newport 156.5; 5. G–Greenville 136.5; 6. H–Huntingdon 135; 7–North Star 132.5; 8. BC–Beth-Center 123; 9. B–Bedford 115; 10. A–Athens 106; 11. MP–Mt. Pleasant 81.5; 12. NB–Northern Bedford 80.5; 13. FA–Freedom Area 77.5; 14. M–Meyersdale 76; 15. TM–Tussey Mountain and NG–Northern Garrett 75; 17. CH–Cambria Heights 60; 18. NOS–North Schuylkill 59.5; 19. C–Central and E–Everett 59; 21. S–Somerset 51; 22. CK–Claysburg-Kimmel 49; 23. CC–Central Cambria 47.5; 24. PC–Penn Cambria 45; 25. TV–Tri-Valley 44.5; 26. NEB–Northeast Bradford 44; 27. JM–Jefferson Morgan 26; 28. SH–Southern Huntingdon 25; 29. CT–Conemaugh Township 11.

Championship Finals

106–Bollman, CR, dec. Pelesky, NS, 8-1; 113–Bradley, A, dec. Brenneman, NG, 8-4; 120–N. Holderbaum, CR, dec. McCollum, BC, 7-5 OT; 126–Dull, CR, dec. George, MP, 11-10; 132–Oswalt, BURR, maj. dec. Berish, BC, 11-3; 138–Cassidy, B, dec. Duschek, FA, 3-2; 145–Pugh, BBV, pinned Gonzalez, N, 4:57.

152–Corrado, BURR, pinned Sepanick, NS, :43; 160–D. Moore, CR, pinned Harr, CK, 4:06; 170–Schultheis, FA, tech. fall Baney, H, 18-3, 4:36; 182–Eckenrode, CH, dec. S. Holderbaum, CR, 4-2; 195–Feroce, BURR, maj. dec. Pernaselli, A, 9-1; 220–Knisely, CR, dec. Rode, N, 3-2; 285–Stephens, M, pinned Brown, NEB, :35.

Third Place

106–Ferra, BURR, pinned Koehler, G, 2:38; 113–Ka. Burkett, CR, maj. dec. Smith, N, 14-0; 120–Salerno, BURR, dec. Riley, G, 3-0; 126–Mills, H, dec. Valovchik, BURR, 8-3; 132–Miller, CR, pinned Kauffman, N, 1:50; 138–Coddington, BBV, dec. Sherlock, NB, 3-0; 145–Hemminger, S, dec. Callihan, CR, 3-1.

152–Lee, BBV, dec. L. Moore, CR, 5-3; 160–Deline, H, pinned Wilhelm, NG, 1:38; 170–Karpinski, G, pinned Scheib, TV, 3:41; 182–Clark, BURR, dec. Kubat, CC, 2-1; 195–Salyers, NS, dec. Most, BBV, 6-5- 220–Boburchak, BBV, dec. Propst, E, 6-3; 285–Watkins, TM, dec. Braund, A, 7-3.

Fifth Place

106–Hoenstein, NG, dec. Matthews, C, 7-3; 113– Knauf, G, dec. Schulteis, FA, 8-7; 120–Crouch, C, pinned Fink, NG, :52; 126–Koontz, B, pinned Westrick, CC, :44; 132–Claycomb, CK, dec. Dawson, B, 4-1; 138–Weyandt, CR, dec. Gribus, MP, 5-0; 145–Pettit, BC, dec. Slahtovsky, BURR, 5-3.

152–Davis, N, maj. dec. Stafursky, A, 11-1; 160–Linderman, BURR, dec. Broadwater, M,5-2; 170–Huggins, N, pinned C. Imler, NB, 3:49; 182–Peters, H, dec. Lingenfelter, B, 12-5; 195–Dull, B, maj. dec. Peck. H, 10-2; 220–Most, M, dec. Gentile, G, 8-1; 285–Difrischia, G, dec. Vessels, JM, 7-4.

Seventh Place

106–R. Imler, NB, dec. Ulderich, BBV, 6-3; 113–Geibig, MP, dec. Szymankal, BURR, 1-0; 120–Grigas, NOS, dec. Weist, TM, 12-6; 126–Horton, TM, dec. Brougher, NS, 6-4 OT; 132–Gentile, G, dec. Shaulis, MP, 10-5 OT; 138–L. Younker, E, dec. Keithley, CK, 6-2; 145–Furry, NS, dec. Grove, E, 6-0.

152–Campbell, SH, pinned Lenhardt, G, 2:10; 160–Brewer, MP, pinned Lange, BC, :32; 170–West, A, dec. Weakland, CH, 6-4; 182–Eicher, C, dec. Davis, PC, 8-4; 195–Rock, E, pinned Claar, CR, 2:19; 220–Wolfe, JM, dec. Wagner, PC, 3-2; 285–Vogt, S, won by forfeit over Berkheimer, PC.


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