Young Eagle wrestler soars in Tyrone’s win
HUNTINGDON — Tyrone and Huntingdon fought nip and tuck for the team title throughout the District 6 Class 2A Section 1 Tournament on Wednesday at Huntingdon High School.
And wouldn’t you know it, the team title came down to the very last bout of the night between Tyrone’s Braden Ewing and Bellwood-Antis’ Nate Jennings in the true second bout at 285 pounds.
With the Bearcats holding a four-point lead over the Golden Eagles going into the final bout, Ewing, a freshman, pounced on an opening in a scoreless bout with Jennings, put the Blue Devil junior on his back and pinned him in 2:10.
The Tyrone bench erupted in celebration as Ewing’s pin gave the Eagles the team title by one point, 171-170, over the Bearcats.
“It’s amazing,” Ewing said. “In elementary school, I was put in that situation a lot. Most of the time, I didn’t get it, so it’s great to finally get one of those.”
“That was exciting, right down to the last match,” Tyrone coach Terry Tate said. “He needed a pin to do it. I was pretty confident coming down to Braden that he could definitely win the match. He beat Jennings earlier this year. He needs to be a little more confident in himself.”
The Eagles crowned five Section 1 champions in Korry Walls (106), Hunter Walk (120), Ashton Sipes (126), Andrew Weaver (138) and Reese Wood (145). They also had three other qualifiers for Saturday’s District 6 Tournament at the Altoona Fieldhouse.
Huntingdon had four champs in Eden Wagner (132), Myles Baney (189), Briar Deline (215) and Gunner Singleton (285).
Bellwood-Antis had two champs in Aiden Taylor at 160 and Ty Noonan at 172. Teammate Xander Shank (145) finished second to advance.
“Those are the two I expected,” said B-A coach Tim Andrekovich, who was without returning state qualifier Alex Taylor due to a concussion. “I’m proud of all my guys. It’s definitely been an unusual year.”
Juniata Valley had one champion in Eli Morder (152).
The top two wrestlers at each weight advanced to the district tournament. A true second format was used in the tournament. If the runner-up and the third-place finisher at a weight didn’t wrestle in the earlier rounds, they wrestled for a true second place.
Tyrone’s Lukas Walk (132) also advanced to the district tournament by pinning Mount Union’s Caden Chilcote in 2:50 in the true second-place bout. Teammate Tommy Hicks (189) advanced to districts with a second-place finish as he was pinned by Baney in the finals.
Ewing was riding Jennings in the second period when he slipped a half nelson in as Jennings reached back, put his Blair County rival on his back and got the fall.
“I wasn’t really worried about (the team title),” Ewing said. “I went out there with the winning mentality.”
Walls (10-3) got a bye in the semifinals, and he was up 9-0 on Mount Union’s previously unbeaten Mason Beatty when he got the fall in 3:24.
“I thought it was pretty funny that the last section champ for Tyrone, I think, was me,” said Tate, a state champion as a senior in 2005, “because we did like a random section my senior year. I told Korry he could end the 16-year drought if he’d go out there and claim the first sectional championship for Tyrone. That was a big win for Korry.”
Walk (12-1) recorded a pin in 39 seconds in the semifinals. He followed that by building a 14-0 lead on Mount Union’s A.J. Chilcote and pinning him in 5:23.
Sipes (9-3) earned two decisions for his title. After beating Huntingdon’s Devin Grubb, 6-4, in the semifinals, Sipes got by Mount Union’s Vance Hower, 7-5. Sipes scored three takedowns, including two in the first period.
Andrew Weaver (10-3) was dominant, recording a pin in 1:17 in the semifinals and earning a 9-1 major decision over Mount Union’s Trevor Skopic in the finals.
Reese (12-1) continued his excellent sophomore season by rolling to a 10-0 major decision in the semifinals and beating Shank, 8-2, in the first-place bout. Reese reversed Shank twice in the second period and added a two-point nearfall.
“Reese is having an awesome season,” Tate said. “Xander is a tough kid. He’s tough in a lot of positions. He’s grown up with Reese, so they’ve seen each other, but Reese was able to wrestle his match.”
Taylor decked both of his opponents – in 56 seconds in the semifinals and in 1:24 against Southern Huntingdon’s Tommy Cohenour in the finals.
Noonan, who has missed considerable time due to COVID-19 issues, only had to wrestle one bout – a pin of Huntingdon’s Kyle Barnett in 3:44 in the finals.
“He was in quarantine, so we lost him for 20 days unfortunately,” Andrekovich said. “We’re trying to get his wind back. We’ll see what happens.”
KEY, TEAM STANDINGS
1. T–Tyrone 171; 2. H–Huntingdon 170; 3. MU–Mount Union 128; 4. BA–Bellwood-Antis 84; 5. SH–Southern Huntingdon 56; 6. JV–Juniata Valley 35.
106–Walls, T, pinned M. Beatty, MU, 3:24; 113–B. Beatty, MU, dec. Dunsmore, H, 15-9; 120–H. Walk, T, pinned A.J. Chilcote, MU, 5:23; 126–Sipes, T, dec. Hower, MU, 7-5; 132–Wagner, H, dec. C. Chilcote, MU, 1-0; 138–Weaver, T, maj. dec. Skopic, MU, 9-1; 145–Wood, T, dec. Shank, BA, 8-2.
152–Morder, JV, pinned Rittenhouse, MU, 4:26; 160–Ai. Taylor, BA, pinned Cohenour, SH, 1:24; 172–Noonan, BA, pinned Barnett, H, 3:44; 189–Baney, H, pinned Hicks, T, 3:48; 215–Deline, H, pinned Barr, T, :14; 285–Singleton, H, dec. Ewing, T, 9-4 TB.
120–Gladfelter, H, maj. dec. Scott, SH, 13-4; 126–Grubb, H, pinned Campbell, SH, :50; 132–L. Walk, T, pinned McCaulsky, BA, 1::43; 138–McDivitt, H. pinned Cole, SH,:34; 145–Brenneman, H, pinned Ripple, MU, :52.
152–Myers, T, maj. dec. Garlock, H, 12-3; 160–Reck, MU, pinneed Entriken, JV, 1:21; 160–Reck, MU, pinned Entriken, JV, 1:21; 189–Arnold, MU, dec. Carolus, JV, 3-1; 215–Pyles, SH, dec. Laird, BA, 7-2; 285–Jennings, BA, dec. Dick, JV, 6-2.
True Second Place
126–Grubb, H, maj. dec. Hower, MU, 10-0; 132–L. Walk, T, pinned C. Chilcote, MU, 2:50; 138–Skopic, MU, dec. McDivitt, H, 5-4; 152–Rittenhouse, MU, pinned Myers, T, 1:17; 215–Pyles, SH, pinned Barr, T, 2:33; 285–Ewing, T, pinned Jennings, BA, 2:10.