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Tyrone junior high wrestlers win Blair County Tournament

Tyrone made it a clean sweep on Saturday. While the varsity was putting the inaugural Blair/Huntingdon County Tournament championship away at Altoona, the Golden Eagle Junior High wrestling squad was winning the Blair County Junior High Tournament at nearby Hollidaysburg Junior High School gym.
Eight Tyrone wrestlers earned first place trophies and 14 of 17 wrestlers placed in the top four at their individual weight classes. The Little Eagles scored 216 points to take top honors, Hollidaysburg was second with 200.5, Roosevelt was a distant third with 161, Keith fourth with 138, Bellwood-Antis placed fifth 114, Claysburg sixth with 59.5 and Spring wrestlers in the finals and Anthony Romano (80), Shayne Tate (95), T. J. Albright (100), Jacob Smerekar (110), Sam McCloskey (122), Donnie Conrad (138), Tyler Updike (155) and Heath Walk (165) emerged with titles.
Anthony Romano (2-0) began the assault on the team title with a first period fall over Camden Cruse of Keith, in the 80-pound finals. Romano won both his matches by fall in the first period. In junior high, each period is one minute and 30 seconds, in comparison to varsity which features three two-minute periods.
At 95, Shane Tate decisioned Ben Little of Spring Cove, in the finals 10-4. Tate won three straight matches to claim his title.
T. J. Albright rebounded from a loss in the Lewistown dual on Thursday to win three straight matches for a tournament at 100. In the finals, Albright decked Trey Wagner from Roosevelt, for the crown.
Jacob Smerekar pinned Adam Pelligrino of Roosevelt, in the finals at 110. Smerekar won three matches in the tournament.
At 122, Sam McCloskey decisioned Jason Winters of Hollidaysburg, by a 9-2 count. McCloskey was 2-0 at the Blair County Tournament.
Donnie Conrad pinned Liam Flynn of Bellwood-Antis, in the finals at 138, his second victory of the tournament to take home the first-place trophy.
Tyler Updike claimed the crown at 155, with a fall over Brent Clouser of Keith. Tyler went 2-0 during the all-day tournament.
Heath Walk followed at 165, with the final win in the championship round for the Little Eagles, pinning Matt Wimbush of Hollidaysburg, for his second straight tournament triumph.
“It’s great to win the Blair County Tournament,” said Tyrone coach Jason Bainey. “It has been a while since Tyrone has won it. I was especially pleased to have 14 of our 17 wrestlers going for placement in the tourney. It’s good to see some results from the hard work we’ve been putting in at the wrestling room.”
Bellwood-Antis was able to fill just 10 of the 18 weight classes, but still finished in fifth place in the seven-team event with 114 points, and put five wrestlers in the championship finals with one champion.
Ricky Shawley was the Blue Devils lone champion with a 12-7 win over Alan Harker from Hollidaysburg, in the finals at 85 pounds. Shawley was 2-0 on the day.
At 115, Ron Wilson went 1-1 overall, losing by fall to Brett Shaffer of Hollidaysburg, to finish second.
Dustin Haris finished second, dropping a 7-3 decision to Ott of Hollidaysburg, in the finals at 130. Liam Flynn won his first two matches to earn a berth in the finals at 138, where he was pinned by Tyrone’s Conrad to finish second.
Blue Devil Boe Latchford was pinned in the championship finals at 145, by Mike Weyandt from Keith, after a semifinal win.
Justin Schopp won his first match at 105 for Tyrone, before losing by a fall to Stuart Rhodes from Hollidaysburg in the championship finals to settle for second place.
Tyrone’s Johnny Miller earned his way into the finals with a pair of preliminary wins, but had his bid for a title at 185, halted when he dropped a 7-5 decision to Dustin Norton of Keith.
At 210, Jeff Miller won his semifinal match for the Eagles, but was pinned in the championship final by Dave Williams from Roosevelt.
Joe DelMastro of Bellwood-Antis (2-1) won the third place medal at 90 pounds with a 7-5 consifinal victory over Chris Miller of Tyrone, who finished fourth.
At 105, Brandon Beech (2-1) pinned Pat Murtogh of Roosevelt for third place. Willie Dukes (2-1) was pinned by Koch of Roosevelt in the quarterfinals, but the BA grappler then came back to return the favor, pinning Murtogh in the consifinals for third place at 165. Dan Pielmeier (0-2) captured third place at 155, with only three wrestlers in the weight class.
The only other wrestler for Bellwood-Antis was Donny Partner (1-2), who placed fourth at 85, losing by fall to Josh Potts of Roosevelt.
“Overall, we were pleased with the efforts of our kids,” said Bellwood-Antis coach Tim Andrekovich. “If all our kids would have been healthy and wrestling to their abilities, we could have placed higher. Tyrone and Hollidaysburg were tough, but we might have been able to place above one or both of the Altoona schools.”
In addition to Miller, Tyrone had a pair of fourth places. William Shauf (0-2) lost in the consifinal to John Sneed from Keith, at 75, and Brandon Oswalt (1-2) won one of three matches, falling by pin to John Frederick of Roosevelt, in the consifinal at 250.