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Wrestling

3A matmen close to Hershey

Altoona’s Matt Sarbo dominated the 132-pound weight class at last week’s District 6 Class 3A Tournament, including a 21-6 technical fall over State College’s Owen Woolcott in the finals. Sarbo, voted the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, will look to continue his postseason ...

Cassidy shifts goal from record to gold medal

Bedford’s Kaden Cassidy was at one time focused on breaking the state record for technical falls. He had 16 technical falls in his first 18 bouts, and he had his eye on Exeter’s Austin DeSanto’s 29 technical falls. Now the goal has shifted from breaking records to state ...

Better late than never: Ridge’s Knisely takes different path to stardom

Chestnut Ridge senior Duane Knisely is coming off of a Southwest Regional Class 2A Tournament in which he beat two of the top three wrestlers at 220 pounds in the PA Power Wrestling rankings in back-to-back bouts. Knisely will be one of the favorites to win the weight class next week at the ...

Mirror rankings

106 POUNDS 1. Calan Bollman Chestnut Ridge Fr 37-3 2. Jaxon Matthews Central So 24-17 3. Korry Walls Tyrone Fr 25-11 4. Landon Dunsmore Huntingdon Fr 28-15 5. Reyan Imler Northern Bedford So 27-11 Ones to watch: Trevor Husick, TM; Josh Diehl, Bed; Nathan Rabenstein, B-A 113 ...

Altoona’s Sarbo earns third crown

Matt Sarbo wasn’t gambling, but he hit the jackpot nonetheless Saturday night. Altoona Area High School’s junior wrestling standout pulled off an impressive trifecta in the District 6 Class 3A tournament at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse, capturing his third consecutive district ...

Ridge’s Knisely delivers

McMillen, Bollman, Cassidy, Moore win INDIANA — Chestnut Ridge’s Duane Knisely knew going into the Southwest Regional Class 2A Tournament that his road to a title was going to be a hard one. But the senior traveled the road to a gold medal. Knisely got by Mount Union’s returning state ...

Horton posts big ‘W’

INDIANA — Tussey Mountain junior 126-pounder Hunter Horton seems to have saved his best wrestling for the postseason. Last week, Horton, ranked third in the Mirror rankings at the time, knocked off Chestnut Ridge’s second-ranked Ross Dull to win a District 5 title. On Friday night, in ...

Sarbo looks for history

Altoona’s Matt Sarbo has bigger goals down the road, but he’ll join select company on Saturday if he wins a District 6 Class 3A Tournament title. The Mountain Lion junior is looking to become the fifth in program history to claim a third district title and the seventh to reach the 100-win ...

District 6 Class 3A wrestling picks

106 POUNDS: Finalists: Nic Allison, Mifflin County vs. Hayden Cunningham, State College. Champion: Allison. Comment: This could be a pretty good bout. 113 POUNDS: Finalists: Derek Keen, Central Mountain vs. Aidan O’Shea, Bellefonte. Champion: Keen. Comment: Hollidaysburg’s Colin Smilnak ...

Chestnut Ridge, Glendale aim to win regional team title

Chestnut Ridge and Glendale enter the Southwest Regional Tournament coming off of team championships at the District 5 and District 6 tournaments, respectively. Both figure to push for the regional team title. Ridge won its ninth straight District 5 title, had six champions and qualified 11 ...

Todd Irwin’s PIAA Class 2A Southwest Regional picks

106 POUNDS: Finalists: Calan Bollman, Chestnut Ridge vs. Coen Bainey, Bald Eagle Area. Champion: Bainey. Comment: I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Bollman beat Bainey. 113 POUNDS: Finalists: Joey Fischer, South Park vs. Kai Burkett, Chestnut Ridge. Champion: Fischer. Comment: Tyrone’s ...

Sarbo only one from area at No. 1

TYRONE — Altoona’s Matt Sarbo is the only area No. 1 seed entering Saturday’s District 6 Class 3A Tournament at the AAHS Fieldhouse. The seeding meeting was held on Tuesday night at the Tyrone Area Middle School. Sarbo, a two-time District 6 champion, is the top seed at 132. As ...

First D6 tourney title worth wait for Vikings

There was a long delay in announcing the District 6 Class 2A Tournament final team standings and awards to what were mostly Glendale fans, wrestlers and coaches standing on the gymnasium floor at the Altoona Fieldhouse. But it was worth the wait. When it was announced that the Vikings won ...

Altoona’s Sarbo drilling harder to get state medal

Altoona’s Matt Sarbo placed seventh at 106 pounds at the PIAA Class 3A Championships as a freshman. Many, including Sarbo, expected an even better finish to his sophomore season. He started off well, rolling to a 20-7 major decision in his first bout at the Giant Center. But then he went ...

Mirror wrestling rankings

106 POUNDS 1. Calan Bollman Chestnut Ridge Fr 33-3 2. Korry Walls Tyrone Fr 24-9 3. Reyan Imler Northern Bedford So 26-9 4. Landon Dunsmore Huntingdon Fr 27-13 5. Jaxon Matthews Central SO 21-15 Ones to watch: Trevor Husick, TM; Josh Diehl, Bed; Nathan Rabenstein, B-A 113 ...

Wrestling leaders

WINS 1. Knisely CR 35-3 2. Mills Hunt 35-5 3. Dull CR 34-8 4. C. Bollman CR 33-3 Johnston Glen 33-3 6. Ka. Burkett CR 33-4 7. Crouch Cent 33-6 8. Eckenrode CH 31-3 9. Z. Dubler Glen 31-5 Walk Ty 31-5 PINS 1. Crouch Cent 21 2. Johnston Glen 20 3. Dull CR 19 ...

Glendale triumphs: Johnston helps Vikings win title

Glendale’s Cory Johnston finally cracked the code on how to beat Mount Union returning state runner-up Jake Ryan. And the Vikings made history again in the District 6 Class 2A Tournament. Johnston, who suffered two one-point losses to Ryan during the regular season, got some revenge beating ...

Ridge dominates with six champions

JOHNSTOWN — Chestnut Ridge extended its reign of dominance in the District 5 Class 2A wrestling tournament Saturday night in the Richland Area High School gymansium, but first-year head coach Josh Deputy, obviously a perfectionist, still detected room for improvement. In rolling to its ...

Red Devils’ Brandis making up for lost time

Central Cambria’s Zach Brandis has been hampered by a knee injury that limited him to 15 bouts and a 10-5 record going into the District 6 Class 2A Tournament. Brandis certainly made up for lost time on the first day of the tourney. The Red Devil senior, seeded seventh at 113, earned a ...

Portage not competing in D6 wrestling tourney

Portage isn’t wrestling in the District 6 Class 2A Tournament this weekend at the AAHS Fieldhouse. Portage Superintendent Eric Zelanko told The Mirror via phone that the reason for the Mustangs, who are coached by Mike Fox, not participating was an “internal matter” and couldn’t ...