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Glendale triumphs: Johnston helps Vikings win title

Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Glendale’s Suds Dubler (blue) lost in the finals to Forest Hills’ Jackson Arrington at 126 pounds.

Glendale’s Cory Johnston finally cracked the code on how to beat Mount Union returning state runner-up Jake Ryan.

And the Vikings made history again in the District 6 Class 2A Tournament.

Johnston, who suffered two one-point losses to Ryan during the regular season, got some revenge beating Ryan, 5-4, to repeat as the 220-pound champion.

“It feels great,” Johnston said. “It’s what we’ve been working for. I just talked about it in the paper, and I finally got what we wanted.”

Glendale had two champs Saturday night at the AAHS Fieldhouse, with returning state champ Brock McMillen winning his second title via forfeit. The Vikings also had runners-up in Suds Dubler at 126 and Seth Dudurich at 195.

The Vikings, who had three champions for the first time in tournament history last year, made history by capturing the District 6 team title for the first time by 11 points, 175.5-164.5, over Bald Eagle Area. Billy Dubler became the first Glendale coach to be voted District 6 Coach of the Year.

“It’s awesome,” Coach Dubler said. “I’m so happy. These kids worked so hard. Oh my gosh, I can’t even describe it. This is one of the best days of life.”

Huntingdon finished third with 158.5 points, a champion in Roland Mills at 120 and a runner-up in Myles Baney at 182.

Mills earned a 2-1 decision over Bald Eagle Area’s Cooper Gilham in the finals, while Baney was pinned by Penns Valley’s Andrew Sharer in 3:03.

Central’s Jaxon Matthews (106), Tyrone’s Hunter Walk (113), Philipsburg-Osceola’s Hunter Weitoish (160) and Bellwood-Antis’ Evan Pellegrine (285) also had to settle for second place.

Billy Dubler told the Mirror earlier in the week that Johnston hadn’t been able to “crack the code” against Ryan. Johnston cracked it early in the latest bout, taking Ryan down for the first time in the first period.

“I knew he was going to come firing at me, always does,” Johnston said. “I knew if I could keep my pace and attack some that he’d have to make a mistake somewhere. I capitalized on two of his mistakes and got two takedowns.

Up 3-1 in the second, Johnston took him down again when he slipped out of a Ryan throw attempt to go up 5-1.

It got closer, though, as Ryan escaped in the second and in the third. Ryan got more offensive as the clock ran down, and Johnston gave up a stalling point with 32 seconds left.

“The third period took forever. I thought it was like five minutes long,” Johnston said. “It was just dragging on and on. I just kept trying to stay in the match.”

Johnston avoided any more danger the rest of the way. When time expired, Johnston pumped his fists as the Glendale crowd erupted in celebration. His teammates hugged Johnston after he walked off the mat.

“We cracked the code,” Billy Dubler said with a laugh. “We had a gameplan and Cory followed it to a T. I see two more battles with Ryan coming down the road. It’s not over by any means, but this is a great start for the postseason.”

McMillen, who beat Marion Center’s Hunter Armstrong, 6-4, in the semifinals, didn’t have to break a sweat. His hand was raised and he ran off the mat into the hallway.

“I’m not happy about it, but I’m moving on,” McMillen said. “That’s all that matters.”

Mills pinned his way to the finals, including a 5:54 fall over Central’s Ian Crouch in the semifinals. Mills and Gilham went through a scoreless first period, but Mills scored a key reversal in the second period.

Gilham escaped and chose down for the final period. Mills, though, rode tough the entire third period and finished the bout on top to claim the district title.

“It feels pretty good to have a first-place medal,” Mills said. “I wrestled pretty well in the tournament.”

“Mills has wrestled great all year,” Huntingdon coach Jon Mykut said. “He started right after the season last year, and he just worked his tail off. I’m just very proud of him.”

Weitoish and Dudurich suffered heartbreaking losses after holding leads for much of their finals bouts.

Weitoish held a 7-2 on St. Joseph’s Keegan Rothrock until Rothrock hit a cement mixer for five points late in the bout to tie the score and send it into overtime. Rothrock took him down in OT to win, 9-7.

“It’s one of those situations where you have to wrestle the entire six minutes,” P-O coach Brad Pataky said. “Up until that point, he wrestled a solid match.”

Dudurich took a 5-1 lead into the third period, but Westmont Hilltop’s Tanner Dluhos reversed him to his back and pinned him in 4:43.

“That was heartbreaking,’ Billy Dubler said. “It was just one of those things where he got into bad position for one second.”

Suds Dubler dropped a 5-1 decision to Forest Hills’ returning state champ Jackson Arrington. Dubler held a 1-0 in the second, but Arrington took him down in the period, and he got another takedown in the third.

“I thought I did pretty good,” Suds Dubler said. “I was actually beating a returning state champ at one point.”

Walk dropped a 4-0 decision to Forest Hill’s Easton Toth. BEA’s Coen Bainey pinned Matthews in 19 seconds. Marion Center’s Marvin Beatty pinned Pellegrine in 2:25.

Glendale had other regional qualifiers who placed in the top six at their weight class in Kyle Jasper (fourth, 285), Tristan Rutter (fifth, 145) and Zeke Dubler (fifth, 113). Jasper lifted Billy Dubler after he was announced as Coach of the Year.

The Southwest Regional Tournament begins Friday at IUP.

Huntingdon advanced six wrestlers, including Landon Dunsmore (fourth, 106), Gage Peters (fourth, 170), Zack Peck (fourth, 195) and Caden Reamer (sixth, 126).

P-O had five other regional qualifiers in Chase Chapman (third, 138), Parker Moore (third, 195), Nick Bryan (sixth, 120), Austin Foster (sixth, 145) and Tyler Anderson (sixth, 220).

Tyrone had five regional qualifiers, including Korry Walls (third, 106), Alex Weaver (third, 170), Ashton Sipes (fourth, 120) and Zack Lash (sixth, 182). Bellwood-Antis also advanced Aiden Taylor (fourth, 152), Alex Taylor (fifth, 160) and Dominic Caracciolo (fifth, 195).

Cambria Heights’ Ian Eckenrode (third, 182) and Zach Weakland (fifth, 170) advanced, as did Claysburg-Kimmel’s Kobe Harr (fourth, 160) and Cade Keithley (fifth, 138). Penn Cambria had a couple qualifiers in Austin Wagner (fifth, 220) and Jake Davis (sixth, 170).

Central’s Ian Crouch (third, 120) and Central Cambria’s Zach Brandis (sixth, 113) also advanced.

DISTRICT 6 CLASS 2A TOURNAMENT

KEY, TEAM STANDINGS

1. G–Glendale 175.5; 2. BEA–Bald Eagle Area 164.5; 3. H–Huntingdon 158.5; 4. FH–Forest Hills 155.5; 5. PV–Penns Valley 150.5; 6. WH–Westmont Hilltop 149; 7. PO–Philipsburg-Osceola 145; 8. SJ–St. Joseph’s Catholiic Academy 136; 9. T–Tyrone 111; 10. MC–Marion Center 106.5; 11. BA–Bellwood-Antis 97.5; 12. R–Richland 95; 13. MU–Mount Union 81.5; 14. WB–West Branch 73.5; 15. C–Central 72.5; 16. CC–Central Cambria 58.5; 17. LV–Ligonier Valley 56; 18. CH–Cambria Heights 55; 19. CK–Claysburg-Kimmel 49; 20. PC–Penn Cambria 48; 21. B–Blairsville 30; 22. U–United 28; 23. SH–Southern Huntingdon 24; 24. BM–Bishop McCort 22; 25. MV–Moshannon Valley 18; 26. JV–Juniata Valley 13.

QUARTERFINALS

106–Bainey, BEA, pinned Sallurday, WB, :59; K. Walls, T, dec. Dunsmore, H, 4-2; Matthews, C, pinned Martyak, FH, 4:36; Harbert, LV, tech. fall Price, MU, 18-2, 4:14; 113–Walk, T, pinned Cornetto, MC, 1:51; Z. Dubler, G, tech. fall Pifer, BEA, 20-1, 4:50; Toth, FH, maj. dec. Coudriet, PO, 8-0; Brandis, CC, dec. Beatty, MU, 3-2; 120–Gilham, BEA, maj. dec. Syfert, R, 9-1; Sipes, T, dec. Kushner, WH, 3-1 OT; Crouch, C, dec. Ball, MV, 10-3; Mills, H, pinned Dipaola, FH, 3:56; 126–Arrington, FH, pinned Reamer, H, :55; Stewart, MC, tech. fall Westrick, CH, 15-0, 2:14; Polacek, WH, dec. D. Lazer, CC, 5-3; S. Dubler, G, maj. dec. Long, PV, 12-0; 132–McMillen, G, maj. dec. G. Dunkelberger, PO, 14-1; Armstrong, MC, pinned Dunn, WH, 4:56; Teeter, FH, maj. dec. Claycomb, CK, 13-0; Ohl, SJ, maj. dec. Harbert, LV, 12-4; 138–Witmer, SJ, tech. fall Keithley, CK, 15-0, 5:25; Mangus, R, dec. Blackburn, WH, 5-0; Chapman, PO, maj. dec. Flinn, FH, 11-2; Royer, PV, tech. fall McCullough, CC, 17-2, 5:46; 145–Gibson, FH, pinned Lechleitner, CC, 1:34; Korenoski, WH, dec. Rutter, G, 6-4 OT; Warshel, R, maj. dec. Foster, PO, 11-1; McClenahan, BEA, tech. fall Kovac, CH, 21-6, 4:43.

152–Dowling, SJ, tech. fall Campbell, SH, 16-0, 2:17; Weyandt, FH, maj. dec. Ai. Taylor, BA, 9-0; Hud. Holbay, WH, dec. Herring, WB, 7-1; DuVall, PV, pinned Koleno, BEA, 2:58; 160–Rothrock, SJ, dec. Miller, LV, 4-0; Harr, CK, dec. Al. Taylor, BA, 7-1; Marcozzi, BM, dec. Deline, H, 9-2; Weitoish, PO, pinned Foltz, BEA, 5:42; 170–Stoltzfus, SJ, pinned Peters, H, 5:23; Weaver, T, pinned Cantolina, WB, 5:18; Weakland, CH, dec. Wolfe, PV, 7-1; Sabol, R, won by injury default over Davis, PC; 182–Baney, H, pinned Lash, T, 3:09; Muto, WH, dec. Lichtenfels, BM, 2-1; Sharer, PV, pinned Yingling, WB, 3:05; Eckenrode, CH, dec. Kubat, CC, 8-6; 195–Dluhos, WH, pinned Honan, MV, :59; Peck, H, pinned Caracciolo, BA, 1:32; Dudurich, G, pinned Pyles, SH, 1:59; Moore, PO, pinned Arnold, MU, 5:27; 220–Ryan, MU, pinned Wagner, PC, 1:02; Anderson, PO, pinned Brungart, PV, 5:28; Close, BEA, pinned Jennings, BA, 1:03; Johnston, G, pinned Barr, T, 1:07; 285–Beatty, MC, pinned Holsinger, C, 1:51; Black, R, dec. Jasper, G, 3-2; Pellegrine, BA, pinned Klinger, PO, :19; Yonko, WH, pinned Clevenger, U, 1:29.

SEMIFINALS

106–Bainey, BEA, tech. fall K. Walls, T, 16-0, 5:22; Matthews, C, dec. J. Harbert, LV, 9-4; Walk, T, maj. dec. Z. Dubler, G, 11-0; Toth, FH, dec. Brandis, CC, 7-2; 120–Gilham, BEA, pinned Sipes, T, 4:57; Mills, H, pinned Crouch, C, 5:54; 126–Arrington, FH, pinned Stewart, MC, 1:11; S. Dubler, G, dec. Polacek, WH, 5-0; 132–McMillen, G, dec. Armstrong, MC, 6-4; Ohl, SJ, dec. Teeter, FH, 4-0; 138–Witmer, SJ, maj. dec. Mangus, R, 16-3; Royer, PV, pinned Chapman, PO, 5:23; 145–Gibson, FH, tech. fall Korenoski, WH, 19-3, 4:37; McClenahan, BEA, dec. Warshel, R, 5-2.

152–Dowling, SJ, maj. dec. Weyandt, FH, 14-6; DuVall, PV, maj. dec. Hud. Holbay, WH, 12-4; 160–Rothrock, SJ, won by injury default over Harr, CK, 4:13; Weitoish, PO, dec. Marcozzi, BM, 4-3 OT; 170–Stoltzfus, SJ, pinned Weaver, T, 1:33; Sabol, R, maj. dec. Weakland, CH, 11-2; 182–Baney, H, dec. Muto, WH, 4-2; Sharer, PV, dec. Eckenrode, CH, 14-11; 195–Dluhos, WH, pinned Peck, H, 4:31; Dudurich, G, dec. Moore, PO, 11-9; 220–Ryan, MU, pinned Anderson, PO, 2:58; Johnston, G, dec. Close, BEA, 5-0; 285–Beatty, MC, pinned Black, R, 4:13; Pellegrine, BA, dec. Yonko, WH, 5-1.

CONSOLATION QUARTERFINALS

106–Fleshman, PV, dec. Martyak, FH, 6-4 OT; Dunsmore, H, tech. fall Sallurday, WB, 15-0, 3:19; 113–Cornetto, MC, dec. Darlington, PV, 7-1; Beatty, MU, pinned Coudriet, PO, 4:58; 120–Kushner, WH, dec. Syfert, R, 5-0; Bryan, PO, maj. dec. Chilcote, MU, 12-2; 126–Reamer, H, dec. Westrick, CH, 4-1; Long, PV, pinned D. Lazer, CC, 1:38; 132–Dunn, WH, dec. G. Dunkelberger, PO, 3-0; R. Harbert, LV, pinned Claycomb, CK, 2:14; 138–Keithley, CK, maj. dec. Blackburn, WH, 12-0; Flinn, FH, dec. McCullough, CC, 1-0; 145–Rutter, G, tech. fall Lechleitner, CC, 15-0, 2:43; Foster, PO, dec. Kovac, CH, 6-1.

152–Ai. Taylor, BA, dec. Campbell, SH, 5-0; Koleno, BEA, dec. Herring, WB, 8-3; 160–Al. Taylor, BA, maj. dec. Felker, PV, 10-2; Foltz, BEA, pinned Deline, H, 4:47; 170–Davis, PC, dec. Watson, JV, 4-2; Peters, H, dec. Cantolina, WB, 7-2; 182–Lash, T, pinned Proctor, BEA, 3:48; Yingling, WB, dec. Kubat, CC, 7-2; 195–Caracciolo, BA, dec. Honan, MV, 4-2; Arnold, MU, pinned Pyles, SH, :46; 220–Wagner, PC, dec. Singleton, H, 3-2; Kennedy-Citeroni, B, dec. Miller, CH, 4-0; 285–Clevenger, U, dec. Klinger, PO, 3-2; Jasper, G, pinned Holsinger, C, 1:38.

CONSOLATION SEMIFINALS

106–K. Walls, T, dec. Fleshman, PV, 6-2; Dunsmore, H, dec. J. Harbert, LV, 9-6; 113–Cornetto, MC, dec. Brandis, CC, 3-1 OT; Beatty, MU, dec. Z. Dubler, G, 9-3; 120–Crouch, C, dec. Kushner, WH, 3-0; Sipes, T, maj. dec. Bryan, PO, 10-1; 126–Polacek, WH, maj. dec. Reamer, H, 9-0; Stewart, MC, maj. dec. Long, PV, 17-3; 132–Teeter, FH, dec. Dunn, WH, 9-4; Armstrong, MC, pinned R. Harbert, LV, :49; 138–Chapman, PO, maj. dec. Keithley, CK, 17-4; Mangus, R, dec. Flinn, FH, 3-1; 145–Warshel, R, dec. Rutter, G, 2-1; Korenoski, WH, maj. dec. Foster, PO, 9-0.

152–Ai. Taylor, BA, dec. Hud. Holbay, WH, 3-1; Weyandt, FH, pinned Koleno, BEA, 2:24; 160–Marcozzi, BM, dec. Al. Taylor, BA, 3-1 OT; Harr, CK, dec. Foltz, BEA, 4-3; 170–Weaver, T, pinned Davis, PC, 4:40; Peters, H, pinned Weakland, CH, 2:10; 182–Eckenrode, CH, pinned Lash, T, 3:12; Yingling, WB, dec. Muto, WH, 4-1 OT TB; 195–Moore, PO, pinned Caracciolo, BA, 4:59; Arnold, MU, pinned Peck, H, 3:55; 220–Close, BEA, pinned Wagner, PC, 2:16; Kennedy-Citeroni, B, dec. Anderson, PO, 2-0; 285–Black, R, dec. Clevenger, U, 3-1 OT; Jasper, G, pinned Yonko, WH, 1:27.

SEVENTH PLACE

106–Sallurday, WB, dec. Martyak, FH, 4-0; 113–Coudriet, PO, pinned Darlington, PV, 1:28; 120–Chilcote, MU, pinned Syfert, R, 4:08; 126–D. Lazer, CC, pinned Westrick, CH, 2:18; 132–Claycomb, CK, dec. G. Dunkelberger, PO, 5-2; 138–McCullough, CC, dec. Blackburn, WH, 7-0; 145–Lechleitner, CC, dec. Kovac, CH, 4-1.

152–Herring, WB, dec. Campbell, SH, 5-3; 160–Felker, PV, maj. dec. Deline, H, 11-2; 170–Watson, JV, dec. Cantolina, WB, 10-5; 182–Kubat, CC, dec. Proctor, BEA, 7-0; 195–Honan, MV, pinned Pyles, SH, 2:09; 220–Singleton, H, maj. dec. Miller, CH, 16-4; 285–Klinger, PO, pinned Holsinger, C, 2:24.

FIFTH PLACE

106–J. Harbert, LV, dec. Fleshman, PV, 4-2; 113–Z. Dubler, G, dec. Brandis, CC, 6-4; 120–Kushner, WH, maj. dec. Bryan, PO, 14-0; 126–Long, PV, pinned Reamer, H, 3:34; 132–R. Harbert, LV, dec. Dunn, WH, 3-0; 138–Keithley, CK, dec. Flinn, FH, 4-0; 145–Rutter, G, tech. fall Foster, PO, 16-0, 4:19.

152–Hud. Holbay, WH, pinned Koleno, BEA, 2:24; 160–Al. Taylor, BA, pinned Foltz, BEA, 2:09; 170–Weakland, CH, pinned Davis, PC, 3:39; 182–Muto, WH, dec. Lash, T, 5-4; 195–Caracciolo, BA, dec. Arnold, MU, 7-1; 220–Wagner, PC, dec. Anderson, PO, 2-1; 285–Clevenger, U, pinned Yonko, WH, 4:56.

THIRD PLACE

106–K. Walls, T, dec. Dunsmore, H, 2-1; 113–Cornetto, MC, dec. Beatty, MU, 5-4; 120–Crouch, C, dec. Sipes, T, 5-3; 126–Stewart, MC, dec. Polacek, WH, 4-2; 132–Teeter, FH, dec. Armstrong, MC, 8-3; 138–Chapman, PO, dec. Mangus, R, 5-1; 145–Warshel, R, dec. Korenoski, WH, 3-1 OT.

152–Weyandt, FH, maj. dec. Ai. Taylor, BA, 9-0; 160–Marcozzi, BM, dec. Harr, CK, 3-2; 170–Weaver, T, pinned Peters, H, 1:29; 182–Eckenrode, CH, dec. Yingling, WB, 5-4; 195–Moore, PO, dec. Peck, H, 15-8; 220–Close, H, pinned Kennedy-Citeroni, B, 4:05; 285–Black, R, dec. Jasper, G, 3-2 OT UTB.

CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

106–Bainey, BEA, pinned Matthews, C, :19; 113–Toth, FH, dec. Walk, T, 4-0; 120–Mills, H, dec. Gilham, BEA, 2-1; 126–Arrington, FH, dec. S. Dubler, G, 5-1; 132–McMillen, G, won by forfeit over Ohl, SJ; 138–Witmer, SJ, dec. Royer, PV, 4-1; 145–Gibson, FH, dec. McClenahan, BEA, 5-2.

152–Dowling, SJ, dec. DuVall, PV, 8-3; 160–Rothrock, SJ, dec. Weitoish, PO, 9-7 OT; 170–Stoltzfus, SJ, pinned Sabol, R, 3:43; 182–Sharer, PV, pinned Baney, H, 3:03; 195–Dluhos, WH, pinned Dudurich, G, 4:43; 220–Johnston, G, dec. Ryan, MU, 5-4; 285–Beatty, MC, pinned Pellegrine, BA, 2:25.

Outstanding Wrestler: Erik Gibson, Forest Hills. Coach of the Year: Billy Dubler, Glendale

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