Senior Sarbo gets another D6 title
Altoona’s Manley also earns district crown
The 2020-21 wrestling season has been a weird one with COVID-19 protocols, a late start to the season and teams having to halt competition, just to name a few oddities.
One thing that hasn’t changed is Altoona senior Matt Sarbo dominating in the postseason.
Sarbo breezed to his fourth District 6 Class 3A title on Friday night at the Altoona Fieldhouse two pins, the second coming in 2:22 against Central Mountain’s returning state qualifier Taylor Weaver in the 138-pound finals.
“It feels pretty good with all of the stuff that’s been going on during the season,” Sarbo said. “I was really thankful to get the opportunity to still continue to wrestle.”
Sarbo, who recorded his semifinal pin in 1:59, became the third Altoona wrestler to win four titles, joining T.J. Brandt in 2013 and Cole Manley in 2017 in program history.
“My goals are not set on being a four-timer,” Sarbo said. “It’s very nice, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to do it, but my goals are set on states.”
“Next week, we’ll see if he can get four regional championships,” Altoona coach Joel Gilbert said, “because no one has ever done that at Altoona. That’s pretty impressive.”
Altoona senior 285-pounder Trevor Manley also won by fall to capture a district title, but it came in overtime. Manley hip-tossed State College’s Harrison Schoen in a 1-1 bout and pinned him 11 seconds into OT.
“It feels great,” Manley said. “One that thing that pushed me this postseason was to get on the wall in the wrestling room next to my brother’s name (Cole). It’s a good legacy for our family and be, I think, three sets of brothers to be on the wall.”
Sarbo (7-1) wasted no time against Weaver, scoring a takedown and three nearfall points early in the first period. He released Weaver and took him down to his back for another five points and 10-1 lead going into the second period.
Sarbo escaped quickly and headlocked Weaver to his back. When the pin came, he shook hands with Weaver and toward the locker room.
“(Weaver) is a tough guy and he’s a respectable wrestler,” Sarbo said. “I just went out and wrestled hard like I always do. I didn’t change anything. He had double underhooks and he kind of pushed into me and I’m not afraid to try anything out there.”
Sarbo and Manley were two of the area’s four qualifiers for next Saturday’s Northwest Regional Tournament at the Fieldhouse.
Manley will be joined at the regional tournament by teammate Caleb Fasick, who won his true second bout at 120. Hollidaysburg’s Campbell Walls also advanced at 160 by rallying to win his true second bout.
“It wasn’t our best day,” Gilbert said, “but you know what, it’s a funny season. It didn’t work out for some of the guys, but I’m proud of the two champs and the three guys that got out.”
Only the top two wrestlers at every weight in the seven-team tournament advanced to the regional tournament.
Altoona’s Adam Zerbee (152) held a 5-2 lead in the championship bout against Central Mountain’s Rocco Serafini before getting reversed to his back in the third and losing, 6-5. He then dropped a 7-3 decision to State College’s Carter Weaverling in the true second bout to finish third.
“I’m heartbroken for him,” Gilbert said. “He was legitimately that good. He was that close. Sometimes it’s really hard to bounce back from that.”
Hollidaysburg’s Aaron Sleeth (172) took third, while teammates Gaige Rabenstein (132) and Noah Horne (106) and Altoona’s Josh Keirn (189) finished fourth.
Manley (12-5) also went into overtime in his semifinal against Bellefonte’s Addison Shawley before hitting a four-point move to win, 5-1. In the finals, Manley and Schoen could only manage escapes in regulation. And then he hit the throw.
“The throw is one of the first moves I look for,” Manley said. “He was really pushing, so I felt it was a good time to test out the waters.”
“Sometimes it’s hard to coax it out of him,” Gilbert said. “He has to get the feel or something. I’m not really sure. I know he has good offense, and I want to see him go out there and hit it. He goes at his own pace, but he’s a great kid, straight A student, polite and it’s just great that he had the opportunity to be the champ.”
Fasick, who won by injury default in the semifinals, lost his championship finals bout, 10-2, to Bellefonte’s Lane Aikey, but he rebounded to win his true second bout, pinning State College’s Bailey Weaverling in 2:33.
“He had a great tournament,” Gilbert said.
Walls, a returning state qualifier, recorded a pin in the quarterfinals before getting pinned by Bellefonte’s Ethan Richner in 3:05 in the finals. Walls was losing, 3-2, to Central Mountain’s Damien Galentine when the Golden Tiger senior scored a takedown with 41 seconds left. Walls rode from there to win, 4-3.
“Walls had a game plan coming in (against Richner) and he ended up getting caught and pinned,” Hollidaysburg coach Christian Harr said. “He had to come back and wrestle Galentine, who he lost to at the Big Seven (Tournament). He avenged that loss in a tight bout.
“It was a good day to get to the next level and hopefully on to some better competition next week.”
Notes: State College won the team title by 31.5 points, 172-140.5, over Central Mountain. … Altoona (79) and Hollidaysburg (51) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. … Bellefonte’s Pierson Manville (132) was voted the Outstanding Wrestler after beating Bellefonte’s second-ranked Jude Swisher, 2-1, in the finals.
KEY, TEAM STANDINGS
1. SC–State College 172; 2. CM–Central Mountain 140.5; 3. B–Bellefonte 133.5; 4. MC–Mifflin Countty 132.5; 5. A–Altoona 79; 6. H–Hollidaysburg 51; 7. J–Juniata 43.5
106–Smith, J, pinned Horne, H, :42; Choates, B, dec. Foster, CM, 6-1; 113–Allison, MC, pinned Campbell, SC, :36; O’Shea, B, dec. Smith, J, 4-2; 120–Aikey, B, dec. Cooper, CM, 7-0; Fasick, A, won by injury default over Johnson, MC, 3:01; 126–Simcox, CM, pinned Smith, B, :49; Woolcott, SC, pinned Aumiller, MC, 3:14; 132–Swisher, B, pinned Schaeffer, MC, 1:27; P. Manville, SC, tech. Finnegan, A, 18-1, 4:17; 138–Sarbo, A, pinned Kearns, MC, 1:59; Weaver, CM, tech. fall Tennity, SC, 16-0, 4:00; 145–Everly, MC, pinned Martin, SC, :45; Walizer, CM, won by injury default over Burkey, H
152–Zerbee, A, dec. Bomberger, J, 5-1; Serafini, CM, pinned Weaverling, SC, 5:25; 160–Richner, B, pinned Galentine, CM, :13; Walls, H, pinned Wagner, MC, 2:34; 172–Urbas, SC, tech. fall Ivcic, B, 21-6, 5:50; Kibe, MC, tech. fall Sleeth, H, 23-8, 4:07; 189–Rossman, B, maj. dec. Shoemaker, MC, 10-0; Manville, SC, pinned Keirn, A, :31; 215–Pupo, MC, dec. Barrier, B, 3-1; Miller, CM, dec. Price, SC, 2-1; 285–Manley, A, dec. Shawley, B, 5-1 OT; Schoen, SC, pinned Sutliff, CM, 1:28.
106–Smith, J, tech, fall Choates, B, 17-2, 5:59; 113–Allison, MC, dec. O’Shea, 6-0; 120–Aikey, B, maj. dec. Fasick, A, 10-2; 126–Simcox, CM, dec. Woolcott, SC, 1-0; 132–P. Manville, SC, dec. Swisher, B, 2-1; 138–Sarbo, A, pinned Weaver, CM, 2:22; 145–Walizer, CM, dec. Everly, MC, 7-2
152–Serafini, CM, dec. Zerbee, A, 6-5; 160–Richner, B, pinned Walls, H, 3:05; 172–Kibe, MC, dec. Urbas, SC, 4-1; 189–C. Manville, SC, dec. Rossman, B, 5-4; 215–Miller, CM, maj. dec. Pupo, MC, 9-1; 285–Manley, A, pinned Schoen, SC, 6:11 OT.
Outstanding Wrestler: Pierson Manville, State College. Coach of the Year: Ryan Cummins, State College
106–Foster, CM, pinned Horne, H, :52; 113–Smith, J, dec. Campbell, SC, 9-5; 120–B. Weaverling, SC, dec. Cooper, CM, 4-3; 126–Aumiller, MC, pinned Smith, B, 4:50; 132–Serafini, CM, pinned Rabenstein, H, 4:12; 138–Kearns, MC, pinned Tennity, SC, 4:56; 145–Martin, SC, pinned Long, B, 2:40
152–C. Weaverling, SC, dec. Cunningham, MC, 7-3; 160–Galentine, CM, dec. Wagner, MC, 4-2; 172–Sleeth, H, dec. Ivcic, B, 7-2 OT; 189–Shoemaker, MC, pinned Keirn, A, 1:47; 215–Price, SC, maj. dec. Kauffman, J, 10-0; 285–Sutliff, CM, dec. Shawley, B, 3-1 OT.
True Second Place
120–Fasick, A, pinned B. Weaverling, SC, 2:33; 132–Swisher, B, pinned Serafini, CM, 2:24; 138–Weaver, CM, dec. Kearns, MC, 7-2; 152–C. Weaverling, SC, dec. Zerbee, A, 7-3; 160–Walls, H, dec. Galentine, CM, 4-3; 172–Urbas, SC, tech. fall Sleeth, H, 18-3, 3:36; 215–Price, SC, won by injury default over Pupo, MC.