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McMillen earns crown, advances

PIAA SW 2A wrestling

Photo for the Mirror by Tami Knopsnyder Glendale’s Brock McMillen is in control against Burrell’s Ian Oswalt in the 138-pound final on Saturday.

INDIANA — Glendale’s Brock McMillen got a Southwest Regional rematch with Burrell’s Ian Oswalt on Saturday at IUP’s Frey Arena at the Kovalchick Convention & Athletic Complex.

It appeared to be a little easier this year for McMillen, who had to go to overtime to beat Oswalt in the regional finals last season.

McMillen beat Oswalt, 5-2, to claim the 138-pound title. The Viking two-time state champion set a program record by earning his third regional title.

“I wouldn’t say it’s easier,” McMillen said. “I’d just say I strategized a little more.”

Tyrone’s Hunter Walk ran into Bishop McCort’s Mason Gibson for the second straight week in the 120-pound finals. Gibson, the top-ranked 120-pounder in the nation, earned a 25-9 technical fall in 4:35 — nearly 2 minutes longer than the district finals.

“I made some adjustments,” Walk said. “I was in deep on a shot and couldn’t finish. I thought I did a better job at wrestling a little higher at my pace and slowing his (pace) down a little bit.”

Five total wrestlers out of the 11 regional qualifiers from the Mirror coverage area advanced to the inaugural West Super Regional Tournament on Saturday at IUP. Glendale’s Suds Dubler (172) and Cambria Heights’ Ian Eckenrode (189) finished third, while Central freshman Andrew McMonagle (160) placed fifth.

The top five wrestlers at every weight qualified for the Super Regional. Tyrone’s Korry Walls (106) and Tommy Hicks (189) came up a place short with sixth-place finishes. The four other area wrestlers going 0-2 were Glendale’s Zeke Dubler (152) and Brock Smeal (285), Penn Cambria’s Trent Hoover (113) and Tyrone’s Reese Wood (145).

McMillen (16-0) rolled to the finals with a 17-1 technical fall in the quarterfinals and a pin in 1:30 of Ligonier Valley’s Ryan Harbert in the semifinals. Oswalt reached the finals with a pin of St. Joseph’s District 6 runner-up Amonn Ohl in 3:24 in the semifinals.

McMillen took Oswalt down in the first period, escaped in the second and took a 3-1 lead into the third period. McMillen rode almost the entire final period until Oswalt escaped with 14 seconds left. Oswalt (19-1) attempted a desperation throw, but McMillen scored a takedown with 4 seconds left to deal his opponent his first loss.

“I wanted to get to my offense more,” McMillen said. “Overall, I felt like I wanted to put a hard ride on him. I felt like I did that, and I wanted to get a takedown in regulation. I feel like I wrestled well.”

McMillen dealt with bad cut on his lip in the district finals. He was starting to develop and black and blue right eye after his regional finals win.

“Is it black?” he asked reporters. “Wrestling is a tough sport.”

Walk (16-3) eked out a 1-0 win over Tussey Mountain’s eventual third-placer Trevor Husick and beat Philipsburg-Osceola’s fifth-placer Marcus Gable, 10-2, to get to the finals.

Gibson (16-0), who outscored his three opponents 63-15 with three technical falls, had 11 takedowns against Walk. The Golden Eagle senior, however, only gave up two takedowns in the first period.

“Hunter did well. Hunter’s a gamer,” Tyrone assistant coach Buddy Walk said. Buddy Walk was filling in for head coach Terry Tate, who had work commitments. “Mason’s a handful. There’s no question about it.”

Suds Dubler (13-3), who went 3-1, lost his quarterfinal bout to Frazier eventual champ Rune Lawrence, 4-3. Then he won 13-0 and 5-4 in his first two consolation bouts before he scored a reversal with 45 seconds left to beat Mount Pleasant’s Noah Gnibus, 2-1, in their third-place bout.

“I wrestled Rune really tough,” Dubler said. “He won my weight, and I only lost to him 4-3. And then I battled back and took third. I beat some pretty tough kids.”

Eckenrode (16-1) also went 3-1 and lost his first bout of the season to Freedom Area’s eventual champ Trent Schultheis, 11-7, in the quarterfinals. He followed with a 5-1 win over Bedford’s Ashton Dull and an 8-4 victory over Huntingdon’s eventual fifth-placer Myles Baney.

Eckenrode made a second-period reversal stand up in a 2-0 win over Burgettstown’s Shane Kemper in the third-place bout.

“I think it went pretty good,” Eckenrode said of his tournament. “That break (between sessions) in the middle is definitely weird.”

McMonagle only lost 4-3 to Burrell’s champ A.J. Corrado in the quarterfinals. He followed with a 15-12 win over Chestnut Ridge’s Trevor Weyandt, but he dropped a 3-0 decision to Forest Hills’ Ryan Weyandt. Needing a win to move on, he pinned Beth-Center’s Trevor Pettit in 4:03 in the fifth-place bout.

Notes: Burrell won the team title with 64 points. … Defending team champ Chestnut Ridge (56.5) finished third with four qualifiers. … Glendale (35.5) finished 10thin the team standings.

KEY, TEAM STANDINGS

1. BURR–Burrell 64; 2. FH–Forest Hills 60.5; 3. CR–Chestnut Ridge 56.5; 4. MP–Mount Pleasant 55; 5. CAR–Carlynton and L–Laurel 41; 7. BURG–Burgettstown 38; 8. PO–Philipsburg-Osceola and QV–Quaker Valley 37; 10. G–Glendale 35.5; 11. SJ–St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy 35; 12. TM–Tussey Mountain 34; 13. BEA–Bald Eagle Area 32; 14. MC–Marion Center 30; 15. T–Tyrone and BC–Beth-Center 27; 17. BM–Bishop McCort 24.5; 18. F–Frazier 24; 19. PV–Penns Valley and WB–West Branch 23; 21. BLACK–Blackhawk 22; 22. BENT–Bentworth and SP–South Park 21; 24. H–Huntingdon and FA–Freedom Area 20; 26. DA–Derry Area 19; 27. M–Meyersdale 18; 28. MU–Mount Union and WH–Westmont Hilltop 16; 30. NS–North Star 15; 31. K–Knoch and R–Richland 12; 33. CH–Cambria Heights, EF–Elizabeth Forward and MCG-McGuffey 11; 36. LV–Ligonier Valley 10; 37. C–Central 8; 38. B–Bedford 6.

SEMIFINALS

106–Bainey, WB, pinned Kazalas, QV, 5:11; Hornack, BURR, pinned Fye, BEA, :49; 113–Beatty, MU, dec. Michaels, EF, 10-6; Vargo, BENT, maj. dec. Bainey, BEA, 9-1; 120–Gibson, BM, tech. fall Rodriguez, CAR, 16-1, 1:14; Walk, T, maj. dec. Gable, PO, 10-2; 126–Fischer, SP, dec. Gilham, BEA, 7-3; Toth, FH, dec. Dull, CR, 8-6; 132–Arrington, FH, tech. fall Burkett, CR, 20-5, 2:31; Witmer, SJ, dec. Horton, TM, 14-9; 138–McMillen, G, pinned Harbert, LV, 1:30; Oswalt, BURR, pinned Ohl, SJ, 3;24

145–Duschek, BLACK, dec. Flinn, FH, 6-4; Cymmerman, DA, maj. dec. Berish, BC, 12-0; 152–Mackay, L, maj. dec. Yoder, NS, 15-3; L. Moore, CR, maj. dec. Hud. Holbay, WH, 72-; 160–Corrado, BURR, dec. Weitoish, PO, 7-0; Melnyk, CAR, dec. Weyandt, FH, 9-8; 172–DuVall, PV, maj. dec. Barr, MCG, 12-4; Lawrence, F, pinned D. Moore, CR, 1:09; 189–Cutchember, QV, pinned Baney, H, 1:14; Schultheis, FA, dec. Kemper, BURG, 8-6 OT; 215–Pitzer, MP, pinned Yingling, WB, :46; Milko, CAR, dec. Deline, H, 12-11; 285–Stephens, M, dec. Fasano, MP, 3-1; Beatty, MC, pinned Miles, L, 5:07.

CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

106–Hornack, BURR, dec. Bainey, WB, 4-3 UTB; 113–Vargo, BENT, dec. Beatty, MU, 8-1; 120–Gibson, BM, tech. fall Walk, T, 25-9, 4:35; 126–Fischer, SP, dec. Toth, FH, 7-2; 132–Arrington, FH, pinned Witmer, SJ, 3:57; 138–McMillen, G, dec. Oswalt, BURR, 5-2

145–Duschek, BLACK, dec. Cymmerman, DA, 3-1; 152–Mackay, L, dec. L. Moore, CR, 2-0; 160–Corrado, BURR, pinned Melnyk, CAR, 3:58; 172–Lawrence, F, pinned DuVall, PV, 5:37; 189–Schultheis, FA, won by forfeit over Cutchember, QV; 215–Pitzer, MP, pinned Milko, CAR, 2:11; 285–Beatty, MC, dec. Stephens, M, 5-0.

THIRD PLACE

106–Kazalas, QV, dec. Sentipal, BURG, 7-5; 113–Bainey, BEA, dec. Michaels, EF, 7-5; 120–Husick, TM, dec. Suica, BURG, 4-2 OT; 126–Dull, CR, pinned Gilham, BEA, 2:03; 132–McCollum, BC, dec. Poklembo, MP, 3-2 TB; 138–Ohl, SJ, pinned Harbert, LV, :24

145–Warshel, R, maj. dec. Berish, BC, 10-1; 152–Hud. Holbay, WH, dec. Yoder, NS, 6-4; 160–Weyandt, FH, dec. Weitoish, PO, 4-1; 172–S. Dubler, G, dec. Gnibus, MP, 2-1; 189–Eckenrode, CH, dec. Kemper, BURG, 2-0; 215–Reese, K, dec. Moore, PO, 5-3 OT; 285–Miles, L, pinned Watkins, TM, 1:19.

FIFTH PLACE

106–Fye, BEA, dec. Walls, T, 1-0; 113–Cal. Bollman, CR, pinned Pelesky, NS, 2:23; 120–Gable, PO, dec. Rodriguez, CAR, 10-3; 126–Senitpal, BURG, dec. Koontz, B, 5-2; 132–Horton, TM, maj. dec. Burkett, CR, 10-0; 138–Foster, PO, maj. dec. Weist, TM, 8-0

145–Moyer, CR, dec. Flinn, FH, 2-1; 152–Stewart, MC, dec. Richey, QV, 8-2; 160–McMonagle, C, pinned Pettit, BC, 4:03; 172–Barr, MCG, pinned D. Moore, CR, 2:02; 189–Baney, H, pinned Hicks, T, 2:28; 215–Deline, H, dec. Yingling, WB, 7-4; 285–Fasano, MP, pinned Sharer, PV, 4:33.

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