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Wrestling

Glendale gets new wrestling coach

The Glendale Area High School wrestling program enjoyed a banner year in the 2019-20 season. After logging a 16-2 dual meet record, Glendale won its first-ever District 6 Class 2A team championship and sent four wrestlers to the PIAA state tournament at Hershey’s Giant Center, where Brock ...

Chesney remembered as solid teammate

In a fabulous four-year wrestling career at Northern Bedford Area High School, Tyler Chesney won 119 matches, four District 5 championships, and took a third-place bronze medal as a senior in the PIAA Class 2A state tournament. But Chesney, who passed away unexpectedly in his sleep recently ...

New C-K coach ready to teach his Bulldogs

It is often the case that outstanding athletes don’t necessarily always make the best coaches. Sometimes, their skills are so highly-refined and second nature to them that they have trouble imparting their knowledge to those under their charge who may not be nearly as gifted. James ...

A taste of wrestling coming to Tyrone

From Mirror reports Top-notch wrestling competition featuring some of the best scholastic talent that the state of Pennsylvania has to offer will be on tap this Saturday night at the Tyrone Armory/Tyrone Community Center. An 18-match dual-meet card will kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday that will ...

New head coach hopes to restore toughness to Mustangs

When Ted Castel was a standout heavyweight for the Portage Area High School wrestling program back in the early 1990s, the Mustangs were known for their grit, determination and fight. Castel, 46, who spent the last three seasons as Portage’s head junior high wrestling coach, was recently ...

Ridge mourns loss of star wrestler

Kai Burkett was a quiet, family-loving star on the state power Chestnut Ridge High School wrestling team. He had just begun his senior year at Ridge and was looking forward to — barring a cancellation or interruption as a result of COVID-19 — adding to his illustrious wrestling resume ...

PIAA got it right with wrestling

Commentary Making a move that had been long overdue, the PIAA Board of Control recently voted to reduce the number of weight classes for varsity wrestling events from 14 down to 13, effective in the 2020-21 season. The 14th weight class was added back in the 2002-03 season with the idea of ...

Wrestling all-stars: Chestnut Ridge, Glendale well represented on first team

Glendale junior 132-pounder Brock McMillen and Bedford senior 138-pounder Kaden Cassidy would make for a heck of a 1-2 punch if they wrestled in the same lineup. McMillen captured his second state title at the PIAA Class 2A Championships less than a year after discovering he had a heart ...

Wrestlers of the year: McMillen, Cassidy pull off rare feats in winning gold

Winning a state title is very tough to do in Pennsylvania, which is considered the best state in the country in wrestling. Bedford senior 138-pounder Kaden Cassidy and Glendale 132-pounder Brock McMillen not only won Class 2A state titles but they also accomplished their respective feats in ...

Wrestling coaches of the year: Deputy, Dubler share success, practice tactics

Glendale coach Billy Dubler says he’s not too proud to admit that he steals coaching and practice methods from other successful programs. So, when he heard last year that Chestnut Ridge wrestlers yell the name of the team they want to beat in a dual meet or finish ahead of at a tournament ...

Amputee and cancer survivor inspire at states

We know about Glendale’s Brock McMillen’s heart problems and how he’s had to overcome adversity this season en route to a second state title. He’s an inspiration to many, but there were two other inspirational wrestlers who had to arguably overcome more adversity than McMillen. Fans ...

To coach or wrestle at Hershey, coaches discuss which is harder

HERSHEY — Terry Tate, Brad Pataky and Billy Dubler are part of a select group in the area who have both wrestled and coached in the PIAA Championships. Tate won a Class 2A state title at 275 pounds as a senior at Tyrone in 2005 and coached Hunter Walk to a sixth-place finish at 113 on ...

Mirror wrestling leaders

WINS 1. Knisely CR 43-4 2. C. Bollman CR 40-4 3. Ka. Burkett CR 40-7 4. Mills Hunt 40-8 5. Johnston Glen 39-6 6. Walk Ty 39-9 7. Dull CR 39-11 8. Cassidy Bed 38-0 9. N. Holderbaum CR 37-12 10. McMillen Glen 36-3 PINS 1. Johnston Glen 25 2. Crouch Cent 21 ...

Good as gold: McMillen, Cassidy return home as champs

HERSHEY — It’s been a challenging year off of the mat for Glendale’s Brock McMillen, who has dealt with an arrhythmia, which affects the rate or rhythm of your heartbeat, as well as blood pressure problems. So, an overtime tiebreaker in the 132-pound finals bout with Burrell’s Ian ...

Ridge’s Knisely rebounds from tough loss to finish in third

HERSHEY — Shortly after his controversial 3-1 overtime loss to Wilson Area’s Kolby Flank in the PIAA Class 2A semifinals late Friday night, Chestnut Ridge’s Duane Knisely wasn’t feeling great. He was slumped against a wall near the entrance to the floor of Hershey’s Giant Center. ...

Three make it to finals

HERSHEY — The semifinals of the PIAA Class 2A Championships have been a hurdle that Bedford’s Kaden Cassidy hasn’t been able to clear in two previous appearances. Cassidy cleared that hurdle in convincing fashion on Friday night at Hershey’s Giant Center. After recording two technical ...

A good day for 2A

HERSHEY — Being that it was his first appearance in the PIAA Class 2A Championships, Philipsburg-Osceola junior Parker Moore admitted he didn’t know what to expect. “This is crazy,” Moore said, “but it’s awesome.” Moore made it look easy in his first-round bout, rolling to an ...

PIAA Class 3A state wrestling picks

106 POUNDS: Finalists: Jacob VanDee, Cathedral Prep vs. Tyler Kasak, Bethlehem Catholic. Champion: Kasak. Comment: Mifflin County’s Nic Allison could get shot at Kasak in the quarterfinals. 113 POUNDS: Finalists: Carter Dibert, Franklin Regional vs. Ben Monn, Cumberland Valley. Champion: ...

McMillen ready to defend title

If three area wrestlers perform up to their seeds at the PIAA Championships, they will be bringing home gold medals from Hershey. Glendale returning state champion Brock McMillen (32-3) is the top seed at 132 pounds, while Chestnut Ridge freshman Calan Bollman (37-3) and Bedford senior Kaden ...

PIAA Class 2A state wrestling picks

106 POUNDS: Finalists: Calan Bollman, Chestnut Ridge vs. Coen Bainey, Bald Eagle Area. Champion: Bollman. Comment: This would make for an interesting championship finals bout. 113 POUNDS: Finalists: Gary Steen, Reynolds vs. Joey Fischer, South Park. Champion: Steen. Comment: Tyrone’s Hunter ...