Bellwood-Antis claims six placewinners at Tri-County

Bellwood-Antis has just two seniors on their wrestling squad and one of them hasn’t been on the mat yet as a result of an injury. With a young team that included just eight wrestlers for the annual Tri-County League Tournament, the Blue Devils still managed to place six of the eight.
“I think our kids are coming along,” said Bellwood-Antis coach Ron Wilson. “We just have to be patient and give them the time to mature into a good wrestling team.
Josh Ervine (4-1) won three of four matches over the weekend to win a third place medal at 135. Although only a sophomore, Ervine is one of only four wrestlers on the Bellwood-Antis roster to have previous experience, wrestling varsity as a ninth-grader last year. Josh pinned Dusty Aungst of Northern Bedford on Friday night. On Saturday, Ervine dropped a 6-4 decision to Southern Huntingdon’s Justin Berrier, then pinned Waylon Corbin of Tussey Mountain and used an escape and takedown in the second period of the consolation battle with Sean Kinney of Glendale for a 3-1 win in the battle for third place.
At 145, sophomore Josh Hanna (3-3) lost by fall on Friday, but came back to win three of four on Saturday to claim fourth place. Hanna received a forfeit to start the day, then avenged a loss to Silvio Cuevas, a foreign exchange student from Northern Bedford in the consolation semifinals. Although pinned in the dual meet on Tuesday, Hanna jumped out to a 12-0 advantage over Cuevas, then wrapped up the pin at the 2:52 mark. In the consifinal for third, Hanna opened a 2-0 lead after one period, but was pinned by Tussey’s Adam Brown to settle for fourth place.
Freshman heavyweight Tyler Narehood won by decision on Friday, then was pinned by eventual champ Tony Paris of Claysburg-Kimmel in the semifinals. In the consolation bracket, Narehood (3-2) pinned Andy Stine of Moshannon Valley to reach the finals for third place, but was pinned by Central senior Travis Rhodes.
Three Blue Devils wrestled into the fifth-sixth place consolation finals and all three won their matches to earn fifth place points and recognition.
Eli Colyer (3-2) opened his tiurnament with a win by fall on Friday night, then dropped into the consolation bracket witha 9-4 loss to eventual 119-pound champ John Neville of Tussey Mountain. In the consi rounds, the B-A sophomore was pinned by Brent Mock of Central, and won by forfeit to earn a fifth place finish. At 160, Mike Thomas won by decision in overtime on Friday before getting pinned by Andrew Nave of Everett, the eventual champ, who pinned his way to the title. In the consolations, Thomas dropped a tight 7-6 decision to Glendale’s Bobby Hewitt and won by forfeit for his fifth place. Up a weight from his normal 171-pound weight class and giving nearly 20 pounds to each of his opponents, Dwyane Cherry also placed fifth. Cherry won by decision in Friday’s quarterfinals. In the semis, Cherry (3-2) dropped a 9-1 major decision to runner-up Adrian Ritchey of Everett. In the consolation rounds, Cherry dropped a wild 13-10 decision to Josh Heaster of Juniata Valley and then pinned Chris Lyons of Southern Huntingdon in 3:51 in the fifth place finals while leading 6-2. Cherry had given up the initial points to Lyons on a first-period takedowm, but came back with a reversal in the opening stanza and added a third-period revrsal and nearfall before recording the fall.
“This was not a real good team tournament,” said Wilson. “But thereare always a bunch of real good individuals. Itsa good place for our kids to come and wrestle. They get to wrestle some kids who are their caliber. W e won some matches today and we lost some matches. I think all our kids gained some valuable experience. We have a bunch of kids who have only wrestled one or two varsity matches,and its going to take a while for them to mature into their varsity spots. We are just goung to have to do what we have to do until everybody gets to that level.”
Bellwood-Antis wrestles a pair of matches this week, traveling to Glendale on Tuesday and hosting Mount Union on Thursday. Both matches begin with a junior high dual preceeding the varsity meet at 6 p.m. with var sity actio set to follow at 7 p.m.
In the championship finals Juniata Valley’s Brock Scott became a four-time Tri-County Champion and picked up his 100th and 101st career wins.
Also winning multiple titles were Claysburg’s Adam Whetstone, defending PIAA state champ Juniata Valley sophomore Garrett Scott, Moshannon Valley’s Scott Godin, Claysburg’s Jeremy Knott, and Everett’s Wade Grimes all won their second.
Team Standings
CK – Claysburg-Kimmel, 250; SH – Southern Huntingdon, 142; G – Glendale, 131; TM – Tussey Mountain, 128.5; Moshannon Valley, 113; JV – Juniata Valley, 110; E – Everett, 103; NB – Northern Bedford, 87; BA – Bellwood-Antis, 76; C – Central, 64.
Championship Finals
103 –Cody Myers, SH, Tech. fall, Kelly Sell, CK, 15-0, 5:18
112 – Adam Whetstone, CK, dec. Ryan Jacoby, MV, 10-3
119 – John Neville, TM, fall, Nathan Stains, SH, 0:33
125 – Brock Scott, JV, fall, Jared Mellott, NB, 3:48
130 – Garrett Scott, JV, fall, Doug Swab, TM, 1:49
135 – Ryan McIntyre, CK, fall, Justin Berrier, SH, 1:40
140 – Scott Godin, MV, dec., Chris Pannebaker, NB, 9-4
145 – Corey Deffibaugh, CK, dec. David Sunderland, SH, 10-7
152 – Jeremy Knott, CK, dec. Greg Kilgore, NB, 5-3 OT
160 – Andrew Nave, E, pinned Ian Leslie, CK, 3:38.
171 – Alan Collins, G, tech. fall Fred Disher, MV, 21-5, 6:00.
189 – Larry Hayward, MV, dec. Adrian Ritchey, E, 7-5.
215 – Wade Grimes, E, pinned Derrick Musselman, CK, 1:13
275 – Anthony Paris, CK, pinned Mike Peacock, G, 2:50.