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Wrestling

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 ...

Unstoppable: Altoona’s Sarbo captures third straight regional crown

Some of the 2010 movie “Unstoppable” — a story about a runaway freight train starring Denzel Washington — was filmed in Tyrone. Another unstoppable story has been playing out at the AAHS Field over the last weeks. The lead character has been Altoona’s Matt Sarbo. The junior ...

Inspired Finnegan rolls into semis

Altoona 126-pounder junior Damion Finnegan, like many in the school district, had a tough week after learning his friend and 15-year-old teammate Devon Pfirsching was killed in a shooting just before midnight on Tuesday. Finnegan was feeling a little bit better on Friday night at the AAHS ...

Northwest Regional 3A picks

106 POUNDS: Finalists: Nic Allison, Mifflin County vs. Jacob VanDee, Cathedral Prep. Champion: Allison. Comment: Allison handled VanDee, 9-0, in last year’s finals. 113 POUNDS: Finalists: Derek Keen, Central Mountain vs. Vincent Rinella, Meadville. Champion: Rinella. Comment: Bellefonte’s ...

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 ...