Vikings recover to place third after semi loss
TYRONE — Top-seeded Glendale didn’t make the finals of the District 6 Class 2A Dual Meet Championships on Saturday morning, but the Vikings did exact some revenge against Huntingdon.
After falling to eventual runner-up Westmont Hilltop, 51-23, in the semifinals, the Vikings pulled out a 37-36 win over the Bearcats in the consolation match at Tyrone High School.
Returning state placewinner Cory Johnston, who earned his 100th career win in the semifinals, secured the win against Huntingdon with a late technical fall in the last bout of the dual meet.
The Vikings avenged a 46-34 loss to the Bearcats at the Juniata Duals.
“It was a good dual meet,” Glendale coach Billy Dubler said. “In a one-point win, every point counts. I was proud of our guys for bouncing back after that tough loss to Westmont. It showed a lot of courage and a lot of guts for us to wrestle that hard after that.”
“Our guys wrestled hard,” Huntingdon coach Jon Mykut said. “They just had a little bit more today than what we did. Tough day. Our guys will be back. Obviously we wanted to do better than we performed today, but it’s just one of those things.”
Second-seeded Huntingdon was knocked into the consolation match by eventual champion Forest Hills, 45-27, in the semifinals. Forest Hills stopped Westmont’s two-year run as District 6 champs with a 36-30 win in the finals.
One difference from the first match with Glendale was Huntingdon was without senior Izzy Reed (17-4 at 220 and 285), who has been out of the lineup the last couple weeks for an unspecified reason.
“He’s out for a little bit,” Mykut said.
The consolation match started at 285, where Glendale’s Kyle Jasper was off the mat in 39 seconds with a fall. At 106, Huntingdon’s Landon Dunsmore recorded his second pin of the day — this one in 1:31.
Glendale freshman star Zeke Dubler (28-3) followed at 113 with a pin in 2:48. Huntingdon’s Eden Wagner tied the dual meet, 12-12, with a fall in 1:47 at 120.
After Huntingdon’s Caden Reamer won by forfeit at 126, teammate Roland Mills moved up 132 to face Glendale’s returning state champ Brock McMillen.
McMillen (24-3) took a 2-0 lead over Mills into the second period, but the Viking junior escaped, countered a Mills shot for a takedowns and tilted Mills for two points and a 7-0 lead. In the third, Mills (30-5) escaped, but McMillen, battling a heart condition this season, took him down and earned a key 9-1 major decision.
“Brock is starting to look like his normal self,” Coach Dubler said. “When Brock McMillen is healthy and right, he can beat anybody. To bonus-point a kid like Mills just shows what Brock can do when he’s on.”
Suds Dubler (25-4), up two weights from his normal 126, earned a 12-0 major decision over Morgan McDivitt at 138 to give the Vikings (16-2) a 20-18 lead.
In what proved to be a key bout at 145, Glendale’s Garret Misiura edged Chandler Lauer, 5-3. Misiura avenged a 10-2 loss to Lauer at the Juniata Duals. Misiura led 3-2 after the first period, 5-2 after the second and stayed out of danger during a late flurry in the third.
“One of the biggest matches of the day was Garret Misiura’s,” Billy Dubler said. “For him to come back and beat that kid a few weeks later shows how much heart and dedication he has. Garret Misiura was a hero today because we needed him to win that match to win the dual.”
“That was the pivotal match,” Mykut said. “That was a big match for them.”
At 152, Glendale’s Tristan Rutter (27-8) won by fall in 2:54. The Vikings’ 29-18 lead didn’t last long as they forfeited to Briar Deline and Kyle Barnett at 160 and 170, respectively.
Returning state qualifier Myles Baney (24-6) gave the Bearcats (12-5) a 36-29 lead with a pin in 2:20. That set up the drama in the next two weights.
Huntingdon senior Gage Peters took Glendale’s Seth Dudurich down with three seconds left in the first period for a 2-0 lead. Dudurich reversed Peters to his back for five points in the second, but Peters scored a reversal to draw to within one, 5-4.
Dudurich (27-7) took an 8-6 lead into the third, but Peters took him down to tie the score. He cut Dudurich loose with 39 seconds left, but the Viking senior nailed a takedown with 22 seconds left and scored two late nearfall points to win, 13-8.
The Bearcats led, 36-32. Johnston needed a major decision to secure a tiebreaker win for Glendale, but a technical fall or pin would give the Vikings a normal win.
Johnston took a 6-0 lead over Zack Peck into the third period, and it looked like criteria would be needed to decide the dual meet. Johnston, however, notched a takedown, was given a stalling point and scored three nearfall points for a 12-0 lead.
Johnston (27-3), who pinned Westmont’s Noah Gresh for his 100th win, put Peck on his back again, and the match ended with 5 seconds left after a 15-0 technical fall. The Glendale bench and fans celebrated the victory.
“Mr. Clutch. That’s what we’ll have to start calling him,” Coach Dubler said. “We’re super proud of Cory. We did find out we would have won on criteria had he not teched him, but we didn’t know at the time. So, we just had him fight for the pin, fight for the tech fall. He’s a great competitor, and he wanted to fight for his team.”
“Obviously those are some of their better kids up top,” Mykut said. “We battled, but we just didn’t have enough.”
Notes: Glendale is off until the District 6 Tournament. Huntingdon hosts Bald Eagle Area on Tuesday. … Forest Hills wrestles the District 1 champ on Thursday at Hershey’s Giant Center. Westmont faces the District 10 third-placer in a wrestle-in match on Monday. … State College won the Class 3A title with a 25-24 win over Mifflin County. The Little Lions beat Central Mountain, 33-27, in the semis, while the Huskies beat Bellefonte, 47-21.
WESTMONT HILLTOP 51, GLENDALE 23
220–Johnston, G, pinned Gresh, 1:08; 285–Jasper, G, dec. Yonko, 5-3; 106–Christie, WH, pinned N. Storm, 1:49; 113–Z. Dubler, G, pinned Lamantia, 3:03; 120–Kushner, WH, pinned St. Clair, 3:57; 126–Benner, WH, won by forfeit; 132–S. Dubler, G, dec. Polacek, 4-0.
138–McMillen, G, tech. fall Dunn, 15-0, 4:09; 145–Korenoski, WH, pinned Misiura, 5:49; 152–Hud. Holbay, WH, pinned Rutter, 4:43; 160–Hun. Holbay, WH, won by forfeit; 170–Panebianco, WH, won by forfeit; 182–Muto, WH, pinned Spangle, :49; 195–Dluhos, WH, dec. Dudurich, 5-4.
Records: Westmont Hilltop (12-2), Glendale (15-2)
FOREST HILLS 45, HUNTINGDON 27
220–Peck, H, dec. Hribar, 12-8; 285–Singleton, H, dec. Gable, 7-0; 106–Dunsmore, H, pinned Martyak, 2:52; 113–Toth, FH, pinned Grubb, :41; 120–DiPaola, WH, dec. Wagner, 8-6; 126–Arrington, FH, pinned Reamer, 1:38; 132–Mills, H, dec. Teeter, 4-3.
138–Connor, FH, pinned McDivitt, 5:46; 145–Gibson, FH, pinned Lauer, :16; 152–Flinn, FH, pinned Lender, 3:50; 160–Weyandt, FH, pinned Deline, 5:34; 170–Vasbinder, FH, pinned Barnett, 5:50; 182–Baney, H, won by forfeit; 195–Peters, H, won by forfeit.
Records: Forest Hills (11-1), Huntingdon (12-4)
GLENDALE 37, HUNTINGDON 36
285–Jasper, G, pinned Singleton, :39; 106–Dunsmore, H, pinned N. Storm, 1:31; 113–Z. Dubler, G, pinned Grubb, 2:48; 120–Wagner, H, pinned St. Clair, 1:47; 126–Reamer, H, won by forfeit; 132–McMillen, G, maj. dec. Mills, 9-1; 138–S. Dubler, G, maj. dec. McDivitt, 12-0.
145–Misiura, G, dec. Lauer, 5-3; 152–Rutter, G, pinned Lender, 2:54; 160–Deline, H, won by forfeit; 170–Barnett, H, won by forfeit; 182–Baney, H, pinned Spangle, 2:20; 195–Dudurich, G, dec. Peters, 13-8; 220–Johnston, G, tech. fall Peck, 15-0, 5:55.
Records: Huntingdon (12-5), Glendale (16-2)