Red Devils’ Brandis making up for lost time
Central Cambria’s Zach Brandis has been hampered by a knee injury that limited him to 15 bouts and a 10-5 record going into the District 6 Class 2A Tournament.
Brandis certainly made up for lost time on the first day of the tourney.
The Red Devil senior, seeded seventh at 113, earned a pair of 3-2 decisions, including a quarterfinal win over Mount Union’s second-seeded Bryce Beatty on Friday night at the AAHS Fieldhouse.
“It felt good,” Brandis said. “Every time I’ve wrestled Bryce, it’s always been like a point or two. He’s beaten me for three years. I this time I was more aggressive. I shot more. I blocked his shots.
“I got injured at the beginning of the season, so my record got messed up. But I didn’t let it bother me. This season has been a tough season, for sure. I try not to let it get me down because in the end it doesn’t matter.”
Brandis is one of 23 wrestlers from the Mirror coverage area who advanced to today’s noon semifinals and qualified for next week’s Southwest Regional Tournament. The top six at every weight qualify for regionals.
Glendale advanced five to the semifinals and is in third place in the team standings with 91.5 points. Westmont Hilltop leads Bald Eagle Area by one point, 96-95.
Zeke Dubler (113), Suds Dubler (126), state champion Brock McMillen (132), Seth Dudurich (195) and Cory Johnston advanced for the Vikings. Dudurich needs one more win for 100 for his career.
“We did pretty good,” Glendale coach Billy Dubler said. “We’ve got to get these guys in the consolations to come back through. We’re fighting. We’re battling. We’re in the thick of things. The guys wrestled hard and gave it their all. That’s all you can ask for.”
Philipsburg-Osceola advanced four and sits in fourth with 89 points. Chase Chapman (138), Hunter Weitoish (160), Parker Moore (195) and Tyler Anderson (220) reached the semifinals for P-O.
Tyrone had a good day with four wrestlers advancing to the semifinals. Korry Walls (106), Hunter Walk (113), Ashton Sipes (120) and Alex Weaver (170).
“I’m pretty happy with our first day,” Tyrone coach Terry Tate said. “After the seeds came out, I thought we’d have a chance to get four in there. I kind of expected it, but with the district tournament you’re never guaranteed anything.”
Huntingdon’s Roland Mills (120), Myles Baney (182) and Zack Peck advanced to the semifinals. Cambria Height’s Zach Weakland (170) and Ian Eckenrode, Claysburg-Kimmel’s Kobe Harr (160) and Bellwood-Antis’ Evan Pellegrine (285) also advanced.
Brandis and Beatty went scoreless through the first period, but Brandis escaped and scored a takedown in the second. Beatty escaped in the second and in the third, but Brandis avoided danger to win.
“He wrestled great,” Central Cambria coach Matt Niebauer said. “We preach, especially coming down here, records don’t mean anything, seeds don’t mean anything. It’s how you wrestle. That was a very good opponent that he went up against. That was a good win, and it punched his ticket to regionals.”
Brandis will face Forest Hills’ third-seeded Easton Toth in the semifinals. Toth beat P-O’s Nick Coudriet, 8-0, in the quarterfinals.
“I feel great now,” Brandis said. “I think I’ll be ready.”
Glendale nearly had another semifinalist in Tristan Rutter, who escaped late against Westmont Hilltop’s Noah Korenoski to tie the score, 4-4, and send the bout into overtime. Korenoski got a takedown at the edge of the mat 17 seconds into OT to win, 6-4.
Eckenrode had to work hard in his 8-6 win over Central Cambria’s Ethan Kubat. Kubat scored the initial takedown, but Eckenrode led 6-5 after two periods and won by two points.
Moore came off of his back midway through his bout with Mount Union’s Clayton Arnold to pin Arnolds in 5:27 — the second-seeded Moore’s second pin of the day.
The most entertaining bout of the day came in the third round of consolations at 113, where Central’s Tyler Biesinger defeated Penn Cambria’s Alayna Gil, 13-11, in overtime.
Near the end of regulation, Biesinger and Gil, a girl, were involved in a flurry that drew the attention of much of the crowd.
When the buzzer sounded, the official and the mat judge conferred with the scorer’s table, with Penn Cambria coach Todd Niebauer and Central coach Dave Marko nearby, and ruled that the score was tied, 11-11, sending the bout into overtime.
Biesinger took Gil down in overtime to win.
“That girl is a good little wrestler,” Marko said. “People can say what they want. Somebody said ‘Marko talked his way into that one.’ It was the right call. She wrestled him tough.”
“Alayna wrestled well enough to win that match,” Niebauer said. “I thought there were some calls that could have gone our way but didn’t.”
The tournament resumes at 11 a.m. today with the fourth round of consolations. The championship finals, third and fifth-place bouts will all be wrestled at the same time, and are scheduled to start after the 5:30 p.m. Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
KEY, TEAM STANDINGS
1. WH–Westmont Hilltop 96; 2. BEA–Bald Eagle Area 95; 3. G–Glendale 91.5; 3. G–Glendale 91.5; 4. PO–Philipsburg-Osceola 89; 5. PV–Penns Valley 85.5; 6. H–Huntingdon and FH–Forest Hills 81; 8. T–Tyrone 66; 9. R–Richland 60; 10. MC–Marion Center 58.5; 11. SJ–St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy 57; 12. BA–Bellwood-Antis 54.5; 13. C–Central and WB–West Branch 50.5; 15. LV–Ligonier Valley 43.5; 16. MU–Mount Union 42.5; 17. CC–Central Cambria 39; 18. PC–Penn Cambria 35; 19. CH–Cambria Heights 34; 20. CK–Claysburg-Kimmel 31.5; 21. B–Blairsville 18; 22. SH–Southern Huntingdon and U–United 17; 24. BM–Bishop McCort 15; 25. MV–Moshannon Valley 11; 26. JV–Juniata Valley 8.
113–Pase, WB, pinned Kellichner, U, 4:50; 120–St. Clair, G, pinned Krieger, LV, 2:25; Malone, BA, pinned Allison, JV, 1:23; 126–Scott, SH, dec. Blauser, B, 3-2; Johnson, WB, dec. Klotz, LV, 4-0; 132–Shank, BA, tech. fall Trybus, CH, 18-0, 4:25; Dishong, U, pinned Cratty, R, 1:20; Packer, BEA, pinned Blauser, :57; Thompson, PV, pinned Knisely, C, 1:30; M. McDivitt, H, pinned Bordas, WB, 1:07; Link, PC, dec. Keiper, CC, 6-4; 138–Hess, C, tech. fall Dellavella, CH, 18-3, 2:00; Lauer, H, pinned Miller, JV, 2:30; Keithley, CK, pinned Plowman, LV, :14; Blackburn, WH, pinned McCaulsky, BA, 3:01; Dignan, PC, maj. dec. McCullough, MC, 13-3; J. Myers, WB, pinned Shoff, MV, :51; Stuchal, B, pinned Herrington, SH, :42; Ballock, BEA, pinned Frazell, T, 1:05; Joseph, U, dec. Rittenhouse, MU, 6-5; 145–Little, PC, pinned McGeary, CK, 1:20; Fetterolf, PV, pinned T. McDivitt, H, 3:32; Maloney, T, pinned Lavallee, SJ, 3:09; Drury, LV, pinned Park, C, 2:36; A. Myers, WB, pinned S. Wagner, JV, :41; Rombaugh, MC, dec. Weber, U, 4-1.
152–Stockley, CH, dec. Lender, H, 10-7; Campbell, SH, pinned R. Lazer, CC, :38; A. Dunkelberger, PO, pinned Shaw, BM, 5:17; Brown, CK, pinned McMahon, JV, 1:37; Hall, C, pinned Myers, T, 1:37; Koleno, BEA, pinned Domanick, MV, 1:11; Cattau, MC, dec. Reck, MU, 7-5; 160–Jones, WB, pinned Sieber, MU, :43; Felker, PV, pinned Snyder, T, 2:55; Dipaola, R, pinned Sanders, PC, 4:26; 182–Piper, LV, pinned Pringle, R, 1:36; Harkleroad, MU, pinned Whisler, SH, 1:18; Cunningham, BA, pinned Detwiler, C, :59; Proctor, BEA, tech. fall Bell, B, 17-2, 5:07; 195–Packer, PV, pinned Ghezzy, R, 3:33; Wentz, CC, pinned Gaston, MC, 1:27; McWhorter, LV, pinned Lewis, T, 2:18; 220–Smith, MC, pinned Shaftic, LV, 2:29.
106–Sallurday, WB, dec. Fleshman, PV, 8-3; Dunsmore, H, pinned Milne, R, 1:59; K. Walls, T, pinned N. Storm, G, 1:26; Martyak, FH, pinned Vinglish, PC, :40; Matthews, C, pinned Stewart, MC, 3:20; Price, MU, tech. fall Rabenstein, BA, 20-4, 4:34; Harbert, LV, pinned Christie, WH, 1:01; 113–Walk, T, pinned Pase, WB, :51; Cornetto, MC, dec. Zukus, R, 10-7; Pifer, BEA, pinned Biesinger, C, 1:30; Z. Dubler, G, pinned Gil, PC, :50; Toth, FH, pinned Lamantia, WH, 1:24; Coudriet, PO, pinned Brown, LV, 1:24; Brandis, CC, dec. Darlington, PV, 3-2; Beatty, MU, dec. Wagner, H, 9-4; 120–Gilham, BEA, pinned St. Clair, G, 1:06; Syfert, R, maj. dec. Chilcote, MU, 13-2; Sipes, T, maj. dec. Bryan, PO, 14-4; Kushner, WH, dec. Hicks, SH, 12-7; Crouch, C, pinned Furman, B, :27; Ball, MV, maj. dec. Gilmore, MC, 11-0; Dipaola, FH, dec. Poruban, PC, 9-2; Mills, H, pinned Malone, BA, :35; 126–Arrington, FH, pinned Scott, SH, :30; Reamer, H, dec. Frantz, PO, 7-1; Stewart, MC, pinned Stem, BEA, :40; Westrick, CH, dec. Knisely, CK, 10-4; Polacek, WH, pinned Shore, R, :54; D. Lazer, CC, pinned Kost, BA, 2:57; Long, PV, pinned Patterson, PC, 2:48; S. Dubler, G, pinned Johnson, WN, :23; 132–McMillen, G, pinned Shank, BA, :48; G. Dunkelberger, PO, maj. dec. Richner, MV, 10-2; Dunn, WH, pinned Dishong, U, 3:27; Armstrong, MC, pinned Packer, BEA, 1:40; Teeter, FH, pinned Thompson, PC, :36; Claycomb, CK, tech. fall M. McDivitt, H, 16-1, 3:11; Harbert, LV, dec. M. Walls, T, 6-0; Ohl, SJ, pinned Link, PC, :20; 138–Witmer, SJ, pinned Hess, C, :24; Keithley, CK, pinned Lauer, H, 2:15; Blackburn, WH, pinned Misiura, G, 2:43; Mangus, R, pinned Dignan, PC, :45; Chapman, PO, maj. dec. J. Myers, WB, 11-3; Flinn, FH, maj. dec. Stuchal, B, 8-0; McCullough, CC, maj. dec. Ballock, BEA, 11-2; Royer, PV, pinned Joseph, U, 1:11; 145–Gibson, FH, pinned Little, PC, 1:55; Lechleitner, CC, won by injury default over Runk, SH, 4:26; Rutter, G, pinned Fetterolf, PV, 1:54; Korenoski, WH, pinned Maloney, T, 3:18; Warshel, R, pinned Drury, LV, 1:21; Foster, PO, pinned A. Myers, WB, 4:56; Kovac, CH, dec. Bungo, BA, 7-0; McClenahan, BEA, pinned Rombaugh, MC, :47.
152–Dowling, SJ, pinned Stockley, CH, :46; Campbell, SH, dec. Pfister, PC, 6-3; Ai. Taylor, BA, pinned A. Dunkelberger, PO, 4:32; Weyandt, FH, pinned Brown, CK, 2:26; Hud. Holbay, WH, pinned Matson, LV, 1:09; Herring, WB, dec. Hall, C, 5-2; Koleno, BEA, pinned Seilhamer, G, 3:51; DuVall, PV, pinned Cattau, MC, 1:10; 160–Rothrock, SJ, pinned Jones, WB, 2:48; Miller, LV, pinned Hun. Holbay, WH, 3:19; Harr, CK, pinned Kocher, C, 2:40; Al. Taylor, BA, pinned Hajzus, CC, :21; Marcozzi, BM, dec. Felker, PV, 6-4; Deline, H, pinned Smeal, MV, 16-0, 4:00; Foltz, BEA, pinned Vasbinder, FH, 2:30; Weitoish, PO, pinned Dipaola, R, 3:58; 170–Peters, H, tech. fall Shaw, PO, 21-3, 5:40; Cantolina, WB, pinned Watson, JV, 2:29; Weaver, T, pinned Knepp, BEA, 2:37; Weakland, CH, pinned Jones, LV, :41; Wolfe, PV, maj. dec. Panebianco, WH, 15-1; Davis, PC, pinned Fowkes, C, 1:07; Sabol, R, pinned Pluebell, BA, 1:13; 182–Baney, H, pinned Piper, LV, :21; Lash, T, pinned Whitfield, MC, 3:13; Muto, WH, dec. Spangle, G, 3-0; Lichtenfels, BM, pinned Harkleroad, MU, :23; Sharer, PV, pinned Cunningham, BA, 1:57; Yingling, WB, pinned Shaw, FH, 1:24; Kubat, CC, pinned Carolus, JV, 2:30; Eckenrode, CH, pinned Proctor, BEA, 3:45; 195–Dluhos, WH, pinned Packer, PV, 1:09; Honan, MV, dec. Eicher, C, 10-5; Caracciolo, BA, dec. Hribar, FH, 10-6 OT; Peck, H, dec. Burns, BEA, 7-1; Dudurich, G, pinned Wentz, CC, :19; Pyles, SH, pinned Mocek, B, 1:21; Arnold, MU, dec. Bumbarger, WB, 4-1; Moore, PO, pinned McWhorter, LV, :32; 220–Ryan, MU, pinned Smith, MC, :29; Wagner, PC, pinned Miller, CH, 3:04; Anderson, PO, pinned Gable, FH, 1:30; Brungart, PV, pinned Kennedy-Citeroni, B, :40; Close, BEA, pinned Wilson, JV, :31; Jennings, BA, dec. Gresh, WH, 8-6; Barr, T, pinned Singleton, H, :58; Johnston, G, pinned Cafeo, R, 1:36; 285–Holsinger, C, pinned Miller, B, 1:13; Jasper, G, pinned Beers, MV, :40; Klinger, PO, pinned Dawson, CC, 3:37; Clevenger, U, pinned Allen, T, 2:15.
Complete results can be found on: https://arena.flowrestling.org/.