Rallies are too much for Eagles
By Todd Irwin
HUNTINGDON — In three key bouts of the clash between once-beaten Tyrone and Huntingdon on Tuesday night at Huntingdon, the Golden Eagles held early leads.
The Bearcats, though, didn’t give up. When they saw openings in those bouts, they pounced, including two that ended up with pins.
Huntingdon’s Eden Wagner (132) and Tyler Garner (152) were both losing, but rallied for pins, while Gunner Singleton scored a reversal with 5 seconds left to beat Braden Ewing at 285. The Golden Eagles couldn’t overcome those losses and two forfeits in a 33-31 setback to the Bearcats.
“It happens, and that’s why you’ve got to wrestle every match,” Tyrone coach Quentin Wright said, “and be ready every moment. We’ve got to learn to not get pinned in some of our weight classes. For the most part, our kids did a good job of getting pins where we needed them.”
“That was a great high school match,” Huntingdon coach Jon Mykut said. “Our guys battled from the start to the finish. When you wrestle a team like that, close matches come down to being able to pick bonus points up and being stingy giving them up. We were able to do that tonight.”
Mykut, who has been coaching at Huntingdon for 21 years, earned his 300th career win in a victory over Hollidaysburg on Thursday. His current team is now 11-4.
The Eagles (6-2) were missing Remington Fleck and Elijah Walk, so they forfeited the first at 126 to Landon Dunsmore and the final bout at 120 to Ryan Yocum.
At 132, Tyrone’s Ashton Sipes built a 6-1 lead on Wagner, but Wagner escaped and headlocked Sipes to his back. Wagner got the stunning fall in 3:42.
Tyrone sophomore Lukas Walk made two takedowns stand in a 4-0 win over freshman Eric Mykut at 138.
In a very competitive 145-pound bout, Tyrone’s Reese Wood took Devin Grubb down in the first period and reversed in the second. Grubb scored a reversal in the second to close within two, but Wood rode him the entire third period, sometimes precariously, for a 4-2 win.
“Reese wrestled smart and tough,” Wright said. “Before he went out there, I said ‘One point at a time.’ He really had to work one point at a time because he’s wrestling a kid who knows how to wrestle. He can catch you on your back real quick.”
At 152, Brody Klein built a 6-2 lead on Garner, but Garner took him down in the second, put the Golden Eagle junior on his back and pinned him in 3:03.
“Those were two huge wins for us,” Coach Mykut said.
Tyrone’s Andrew Weaver and Zach Lash responded with pins in 2:39 and 1:04, respectively, to tie the dual meet, 18-18.
“We needed those pins because we were giving up so many pins,” Wright said. “We had to get them somewhere. Those guys went out there and did their jobs with pins.”
After Huntingdon’s Lincoln Miller won by fall in 1:32 at 189, Tyrone’s Jason “Butch” Barr moved up to 215 and earned a 5-2 win over Trey Poorman. Barr scored two takedowns for a 5-0 lead going into the third period. Huntingdon led, 24-21.
“He went out there and wrestled tough,” Wright said.
In a bout between two of the better 285-pounders, Ewing took a 2-1 lead over Singleton with a reversal in the third period. But Singleton, who appeared to his injure his knee, got the late reversal to earn the win.
“He got a little bit too aggressive, fell off and gave up the two points,” Wright said. “It was tough because we were right there.”
“Those are two good kids, but we preach wrestling the entire six minutes,” Coach Mykut said. “Gunner didn’t stop.”
Tyrone’s Korry Walls tied the dual meet, 27-27 with a fall in 2:39. His teammate, Logan Rumberger tried hard to pin Liam Simpson, but he ended up earning an 8-0 major decision, giving the Eagles a 31-27 lead. But they had to forfeit to Ryan Yocum in the final bout.
“We have kids that are out, but every team is dealing with that,” Wright said.
126–Dunsmore, H, won by forfeit; 132–Wagner, H, pinned Sipes, 3:42; 138–L. Walk, T, dec. Mykut, 4-0; 145–Wood, T, dec. Grubb, 4-2; 152–Garner, H, pinned Klein, 3:03; 160–Weaver, T, pinned Garlock, 2:39; 172–Lash, T, pinned Smith, 1:04
189–Miller, H, pinned McKinney, 1:32; 215–Barr, T, dec. Poorman, 5-2; 285–Singleton, H, dec. Ewing, 3-2; 106–Walls, T, pinned Figard, 2:39; 113–Rumberger, T, maj. dec. Simpson, 8-0; 120–Yocum, H, won by forfeit.
Records: Tyrone (6-2); Huntingdon (11-4)
Exhibition winner: Myers, T
Referee: Paul Myers