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Bellwood-Antis defeated Southern Huntingdon 42-18 on Jan. 20, 1972 for the Blue Devils first victory after dropping their first six duals of the season in just the third season of wrestling at B-A under head coach Darrell Claar, who started the program in 1969.
Dave Patton got B-A off to a good start at 95, with a quick takedown and fall, in just 0:33.
Henry Davinsizer (112) and Charlie Carruthers (120) scored back-to-back falls. Davinsizer grabbed a takedown and recorded the pin in 1:08, while Carruthers opened up a 7-0 lead before showing his opponent the lights in 3:07.
At 127, Mark Ivory gave up the first points on a takedown, but reversed his foe and added two predicament points to take the lead. A second-period reversal upped Mark’s advantage to 6-2 and with a point at the end the match for riding time, Ivory prevailed 7-2.
Shelly Marshall made it four straight B-A triumphs, picking up a penalty point and reversal in the second period at 133, and a point for riding time for a 4-0 shutout.
Rick Bilka notched a pair of takedowns, an escape and riding time for a 6-0 win at 145, and Bob Dressel, although leading just 2-0 after two periods, turned it on with a reversal and three nearfall points in the final two minutes, plus a point for riding time for a solid 8-0 victory.
Mike Estep at 180, and heavyweight Dan Shenck closed out the dual meet with pins. Estep tallied a first-period takedown and two second-period predicament points before decking his opponent in 2:30, and Shenck and his opponent rolled each other around for a total of five second-period reversals before Danny clamped his man for the fall in 1:32.
On Jan. 22, 1991, Bellwood-Antis dropped four of five weight classes in the middle of the lineup after being tied 15-15 with West Branch after the 135-pound match and the Warriors went on to a 39-33 win over B-A.
Ben Weber got the Blue Devils off and running with a fall in 2:53 at 103. Weber registered a takedown and three back points for a 5-0 first-period advantage and when his opponent chose the bottom position to begin the second period and Weber turned him for the pin.
West Branch cut the deficit in half when Tom Sutton rode a first-period takedown all the way to a 2-1 win over freshman Tony Montanaro at 112.
At 130, Vince Shank wrapped up his man early in the second period and worked for the fall in 2:32, to bring the Blue Devils to within three points in the team score. Devon Desch got a 4-0 start at 135, with a takedown and two nearfall points, than added a reversal and another takedown for an 8-2 win that knotted the score at 15-15.
West Branch turned on the bonus power then with two more forfeit wins and two pins to put the match out of reach.
The only B-A wrestler to break through between 140 and 189 was Jim Focht, who used a takedown and three sets of nearfalls, at 152, to lead 10-0 at the end of the first period and then added the pin at the 2:39 mark.
With the Warriors out in front 39-21, Gerald Whitaker pinned his foe at 189, in 2:46, while in a scoreless second-period draw and Chris Himes wasted no time at heavyweight in grabbing a takedown, back points and then the fall in just 0:38 to close the final margin to 39-33.
Bellwood-Antis thrashed Moshannon Valley 43-18 on Jan. 25, 1994. The Blue Devils had a long way to go for what was a home meet on the schedule. The extreme cold weather forced postponement from the week before and the dual was transferred to Moshannon Valley.
Although the weather was cold and all the wrestlers looked a bit rusty from the long enforced layoff, only a tough 1-0 decision at 130, kept the red-hot Blue Devils from winning all of the first 10 weight classes.
Sophomore Mike McCready (10-1) notched his team-leading seventh pin, getting his man in 0:59 to start the dual at 103. At 112, Marshall Sipes (9-5) made it three falls in as many duals by decking his opponent in 5:22. Sipes had to come-from-behind after trailing originally 2-0 in the early going.
Sophomore Lloyd Rogers (1-3) made his first varsity win a big one with four takedowns, an escape, a reversal and three nearfall points for a 14-2 major decision at 119. Nick Montanaro (11-3) scored a first period takedown and then traded reversals for a 4-2 win at 125. Black Knight 130-pounder Jim Keith’s second-period escape proved to be the only score against Ryan Hostler in a 1-0 Mo Valley win that stopped the Blue Devils temporarily.
At 135, B-A senior Tony Montanaro (12-0) notched eight takedowns and five back points on the way to a 22-5 tech fall. The takedown parade gave Montanaro a new school record, eclipsing the old mark of 38 held by Bob Schmittle. Montanaro would total 62 before the year was over.
Jason Highduch and Comanche Garcia followed with pins at 140 and 145 , to give B-A an unsurmountable lead. Highduch (12-1) led 8-0 when he pinned his man and in a battle which had the crowd buzzing, Garcia (11-1) led 5-1 when he quickly reversed and pinned his man in 2:30.
Shane Torsell improved his record to 9-3, but had to go into overtime before pulling out an 8-6 win at 152 and Joe Highduch (9-2) completed the scoring for B-A and winning coach Pat Detterbeck with a solid 11-3 major decision.

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Bellwood-Antis dropped a 34-26 decision to Portage on the winner’s mat on Jan. 12. 1984.
Portage received a forfeit at 98, to begin the match and won by fall at 105 to take a 12-0 lead before Mike Cherry put the Blue Devils on the scoreboard with a 7-3 win at 112 for head coach Darrell Claar.
Cherry opened up a 4-1 score in the first period on a takedown and two nearfall points, then pushed the advantage to 7-1 after two periods with an escape and takedown.
Tracey Karlie kept the momentum going with a first-period fall at 119. Karlie, who would finish 24-2, including third place medals at both Regional and States, took his foe down and registered a pair of back points and then traded reversals for a6-2 lead when he decked his opponent in 0:57.
At 132, Bob Noye used a big third period for a 12-5 win. Leading 6-2, Noye added a takedown, reversal and a three-point nearfall to get the win going away.
Greg Swayne lost a tough 6-4 decision at 138, Down 6-2 late in the match, Swayne escaped and garnered a takedown, but ran out of time still down two match points.
In a time period before team duals both duals and individual matches, Scott Replogle came away with a 5-5 tie at 155. Replogle jumped out to a 5-2 lead with adding a second period escape to a first-period reversal and two-point nearfall. The third was all Mustang however, as Replogle’s opponent scored on an escape and takedown to end the match 5-5.
With the dual meet already decided in Portage’s favor, Bellwod-Antis came back strong with two pins to end the match,
At 185, Tom Decker was leading 7-2 on two big three-point nearfalls in the seciond period, when he added a third-period reversal and pinned his man at the 5:03 mark.
Roger Wigman jumped on his opponent for two five-point moves in the first stanza, before adding four more back backs and the pin in 2:57.
Jim Focht and Steve Focht picked up forfeits in the final two weight classes for Bellwood-Antis on Jan. 12, 1993 as the Blue Devils came from behind to defeat Glendale 38-31.
Thad White began the dual for B-A by picking up a forfeit at 103
After two straight six point wins for Glendale, Andrew Cherry tied the team score at 12-12 by getting a fall in 5:31 at 125, while leading 9-4.
The Blue Devils won the next three weights to take a 26-12 lead before Glendale came storming back to set up the Focht cousins.
Tony Montanaro kept building on a 5-0 first-period lead until he had recorded a 15-0 tech fall at the 4:24 mark. Montanarohad only one takedown, but added a reversal and four sets of nearfalls for the five tyeam-point win at 130.
At 135, Jason Highduch won a tech fall by the identical 15-0 score and in a similar 4:37 time. Highduch notched a takedown and two nearfalls for an 8-0 lead after one period, jumped that lead to 13-0 after two periods with a reversal ad back points and opened the third period with another nearfall to stop the match with the T-fall.
Comanch Garcia pushed the B-A lead to 26-12 with a 17-6 major decision at 140. Six takedowns highlighted Garcia’s major decision along with a reversal and back points.
After Portage came back with two pins, a major decision and a regular decision to take a 31-26 lead, but had to forfeit to Jim Focht (185) and Steve Focht (275) to give the Blue Devils the win for coach Pat Detterbeck and assistant Jim Torsell.
Bellwood-Antis lost by a single point to Portage 33-34 on Jan. 12, 1999 for coach Jim Torsell and assistant Dave Grazier.
Todd Fuoss picked up a forfeit at 112, to even the score at 6-6, but it would be six matches later with Portage ahead 30-6, before the Blue Devils would score again.
Luke Miller used a first-period takedown and second-period reversal for a 4-0 advantage and then traded two escapes for a takedon by his opponent for a 6-2 win at 145.
From 160 to heavyweight, the B;ue Devils ruled, but it was too late to pull the match out.
Jason Shura started the Blue Devil pin parade at 160, jumping out to a 6-0 lead on a takedown, nearfall and penalty point before getting the first-period fall in 1:34. At 171, Jeremy Diehl took his man down and went for the quick fall in just 0:23. Chris Miller registered four takedowns and a pair of escapes for a 10-3 lead at pin time when he decked his foe in 3:58 at 189. Vince Torsell then put the Portage heavyweight out of the way quickly, just behind Diehl for fastest fall of the dual when he grabbed a takedown and scored the pin at the 0:25 mark.

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Bellwood-Antis was one of eight teams involved in the 11th Annual Tyrone-Pepsi Invitational on Saturday, January 4, 1992. The Blue Devils and host Tyrone Golden Eagles were joined by Cameron County, Curwensville, DuBois, Glendale, Moshannon Valley and Southern Huntingdon. Referees who officiated the tournament were Jim Campbell, Galen Claar, Craig Dutrow, Chris Grove, Paul Packer and Dick Wood.
DuBois walked off with the team title with 178 points and five champions to outdistance Tyrone in second with 121 points and one champ and Bellwood-Antis in third, with 117.5 points and two champs for head coach Darrell Claar and assistant Pat Detterbeck. Curwensville was fourth with 99 points and two champs, Mo Valley fifth with 95 and one champ, followed by Glendale 90 points and no champs, Southern Huntingdon 84.5 and one champ and Cameron County 41.5 and no champs. DuBois also walked off with the Pin Award given to heavyweight Dennis Wykoff who managed three falls in a combined 5:27 and the OW Award given to Joel Gilbert the 171-pound champ.
Tony Montanaro was the Blue Devils first champion at 119. Montanaro byed through the opening round and then pinned his way to the title. Tony, the top seed, decked Eric Irvin of Southern Huntingdon, in 1:11 and then got Jason Miller of DuBois, in the finals at the first period buzzer for a 1:59 fall.
At 130, second seed Vince Shank opened the tournament by pinning Mike Bair of Southern Huntingdon, in just 0:17, and put DuBois’ Sam Petrucci away in 5:34 to reach the finals. In the championship match, Shank and Moshannon Valley’s Aaron Dugan went head-to-head, until Dugan was called for stalling the second time causing a penalty point for Shank, who squeaked by for a 5-4 win.
Montanaro and Shank were joined in the finals by teammates Ben Weber (112), Devon Desch (135) and Karl Montanaro (171), but each was stopped in his title bid to finish in second place.
Ben Weber pinned Eric Balestino of Glendale, to begin the tournament at 112, then pinned second seed Mark Irwin of Southern Huntingdon, in 1:21 to earn a berth in the finals. There, Weber ran into Jason Parks of Tyrone, who advanced with a pin and a 2-1 victory. In the championship match, Parks emerged the victor by a 14-7 score.
At 135, Devon Desch won a pair of close matches to get to the finals, edging Darin Shaffer of Curwensville, 2-1 in the quarterfinals and Dan McMonagle of Tyrone, 2-0 in the semifinals. In the finals against DuBois’ Matt Pernesky, Desch was forced to default at the beginning of the second period (2:04) when he pulled a shoulder muscle.
Tony Montanaro’s older brother Karl Montanaro had the misfortune to be in the same weight class as Gilbert. Karl received a bye in the opening round and pinned Loren Petrof of Glendale, at the 5:13 mark to reach the finals at 171. Against OW Gilbert, Montanaro dropped a 13-4 major decision to settle for second place. Karl Montanaro went on to place fourth at Regionals, becoming the last Blue Devil to qualify for the State Tournament in Hershey.
Bellwood-Antis also had a pair of wrestlers place fourth.
Eric Aposhian dropped a 9-4 first-round verdict to Shawn McCleary of DuBois, to fall into the consolation brackets. Aposhian pinned Justin North of Glendale, in 0:34 and majored Chuck Johnson of Cameron County, 13-4. In the consolation final, Aposhian met McCleary again, falling 15-4 for fourth place at 135.
Comanche Garcia played out the same scenario at 140, dropping two matches to Tyrone’s A.J. Cannistraci to finish fourth. Garcia dropped an 18-8 major decision to Cannistraci in the quarterfinals. Then Comanche won by a 17-1 technical fall over Scott Lyons of DuBois, and pinned Brett Mansfield of Cameron County, in 2:51. In the finals, it was Cannistraci by a much closer 9-5 margin.
Joe Highduch opened the tournament with a fall over Shawn Dideo of Cameron County, in 5:04, then exited with a losses by tech fall and pin, at 145. Matt Strong pinned Sam Heiney of Southern Huntingdon, in 3:38 at heavyweight, then was pinned by Wykoff and Curwensville’s T. J. Wingard. Dan Martin (103), Randy Mielnik (152) and Rich Miller (160) went 0-2.