Lions pin their way into second round of tournament

From Mirror reports

HERSHEY — District 5 champion Chestnut Ridge piled up seven pins and two major decisions to throttle District 7 runner-up Burgettstown, 56-12, in the first round of the PIAA Dual Meet Championships Thursday afternoon at Hershey’s Giant Center.

Daniel Moore (160), Trey Maxwell (195), Duane Knisely (220), Kai Burkett (113), Ross Dull (126), Kaleb Miller (132) and Gryphon Callihan (145) recorded pins for the Lions in their eighth straight Duals appearance.

Calan Bollman (106) and Trevor Weyandt (138) won by major decision.

“We battled,” Ridge coach Josh Deputy said. “Obviously getting that first match under your belt at state duals is a good thing. We’ve been preaching those bonus points all year-long, and it’s starting to show. We’ve gotten a lot of falls this year.”

Ridge (15-1), which has placed third in Hershey the last two years, will wrestle in today’s noon quarterfinals against Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference rival Westmont Hilltop. The Hilltoppers, who finished second in District 6, advanced with a 38-30 victory over Hamburg.

The Lions eked out a 34-33 win over the Hilltoppers on Jan. 21 at home.

“I expect the same fight out of Westmont,” Deputy said. “I know they’re going to bring their best. I’ve been telling the boys all year you’re getting everyone’s best. Everyone wants a shot at you. We’ve got to be on our A game tomorrow, and I expect us to be.”

If Ridge wins that match, it will face either Brookville or Southern Columbia in the semifinals, which are set for 8 tonight. Brookville advanced with a 42-33 win over Tunkhannock, while Southern Columbia beat Corry, 55-21.

Burgettstown won two of the first three weights, with Moore’s pin separating losses by decision at 152 and 170, respectively.

After Seth Holderbaum’s 6-0 win over Turner Lehman at 182, Maxwell, in his third bout of the season, won by fall in 2:26. Knisely (29-3) needed only 31 seconds for his fall.

Burgettstown’s Riley Kemper (21-1) won by fall at 285 for his team’s last win.

Bollman (26-3) rolled to a 10-1 win over Shane Ilgenfritz, and Burkett (27-4) won by fall in 34 seconds. Nathan Holderbaum, ranked 16th by PA Power Wrestling, edged 21st ranked Joey Sentipal, 5-3, at 120.

“He did well,” Deputy said of Holderbaum. “Nathan wrestled him at Super 32 last year, so we were ready for that match.”

Dull (29-6) followed with a pin in 5:07. Kaleb Miller needed only 1:11 for his pin. Weyandt dominated in a 12-0 major decision. Callihan closed the meet with a fall in 5:20.

152–S. Kemper, B, dec. L. Moore, 2-0; 160–D. Moore, CR, pinned Loudin; 170–Slovick, B, dec. B. Bollman, 6-2; 182–S. Holderbaum, CR, dec. Lehman, 6-0; 195–Maxwell, CR, pinned Suica, 2:26; 220–Knisely, CR, pinned Cody, :31; 285–R. Kemper, B, pinned Smith.

106–C. Bollman, CR, maj. dec. Ilgenfritz, 10-1; 113–Ka. Burkett, CR, pinned Snatchko, :34; 120–N. Holderbaum, CR, dec. Sentipal, 5-3; 126–Dull, CR, pinned Guiddy, 5:07; 132–Miller, CR, pinned Lancos, 1:11; 138–Weyandt, CR, maj. dec. Noyes, 12-0; 145–Callihan, CR, pinned Green, 5:20.

Records: Chestnut Ridge (15-1)