Bellwood-Antis wrestlers use pins and forfeits to register 48-27 victory over Juniata Valley

Bellwood-Antis traveled to Alexandria to wrestle Juniata Valley on Tuesday evening. The Blue Devils (2-3) won their second dual meet of the season using three forfeits and four falls to subdue the Green Hornets 48-27.
Mike Ballard (2-8) started things off by picking up a win by forfeit at 152, for Bellwood-Antis, although Juniata Valley got two pins and tech fall in the next four weight classes to jump out to a 17-9 lead.
Toby Erb came from behind to pin Ronnie Wilson at 160. Wilson (9-10) opened a 7-2 margin over Erb on a takedown and nearfall in the first period and two more back points to begin the second stanza, before Erb reversed Wilson to his back for the fall in 3:00. Ricky Lafond used seven takedowns and three sets of nearfalls to tech fall Garett Wyland (3-11) 23-6 in 6:00 at 171. Josh Heaster pinned B-A freshman Cody Smith (1-12) in 1:21 after building a 6-1 lead early.
The only win through that series of weights was a solid 9-5 effort by Josh Keagy at 189. The B-A senior, who is in his first year of wrestling, took leads of 2-0 and 4-3 through the first two periods and then used a penalty point reversal and takedown to wrap up the triumph.
At 275, B-A sophomore heavyweight Kris Morder (3-9) made short work of Matt Harnish, opening with a quick takedown and putting Harnish on his back at the edge of the mat for the fall in 0:34.
“Josh Keagy and Kris Morder both did a really nice job today,” said Bellwood-Antis coach Ron Wilson. “Josh for being a first-year wrestler is really coming around. Kris is holding his own this year as a heavyweight. All of our kids at the top of the lineup are going through growing pains, because they are all very inexperienced, but they’ll get there hopefully by the end of the year and we will get some more wins from those guys as the season progresses.”
After the two teams traded forfeits with the Hornets’ Kristin Williams taking a forfeit at 103 and Donnie Partner (7-9) getting one for the Blue Devils at 112, Juniata Valley holding on to a slim 23-21 lead.
At 119, B-A freshman Tim Collier (2-6) and Issac Moffet were deadlocked at 4-4 after the opening period, when Moffet notched a three-point nearfall in the second period and added a reversal and three backs in the third stanza for a 12-4 major decision.
“Timmy wrestled a real nice match at 119, he lost to that kid pretty badly on Saturday at the Zeigler Tournament,” said coach Wilson. “He hung in there close for a long time tonight.”
Juniata Valley had a 27-21 lead at that time, but would get no more points. From 125 through the rest of the dual meet, Bellwood-Antis would pick up a forfeit and get three first-period pins and a 6-3 decision.
Eli Colyer (9-3) decked Whitney Boyd in 1:05 at 125, Brandon Beech (8-8) pinned Adam Oldham in 0:26 at 130, Dustin Harris (6-9) received a forfeit at 140, and Josh Ervine (14-3) picked up the quickest fall of the night, showing Derrick Thompson the lights at 145, in 0:17.
At 135, Ricky Shawley registered takedowns in each of the first two periods and added a final stanza reversal to take a 6-0 lead over Willis Sneath, before Sneath escaped and took Shawley down to slice the score in half, but would get no closer than 6-3.
“We went through that stretch where we got a lot of falls and wins,” said Coach Wilson. “We kind of dominated the middle of the lineup which was nice for a change.
“Overall, there weren’t very many disappointments tonight, a lot of positives. We just have to keep working hard and getting better, and se what we can do by the end of the year.”
Blue Devil Notes: Both schools participated in the Zeigler Blair/Huntingdon county Tournament on Saturday, but the only rematch was at 119, where Collier was pinned in the first period by Moffet….Brandon Beech dedicated his win by fall, in memory of his uncle Brent Beech, who passed away suddenly over the weekend….Bellwood-Antis will wrestle Southern Huntingdon and Tussey Mountain on Saturday at Claysburg, but will not wrestle Claysburg-Kimmel, starting at 11 a.m. The B-A junior high will wrestle Saturday at Hollidaysburg in the Blair County Tournament, beginning at 10 a.m…. B-A will wrestle the Bulldogs at Bellwood on Jan. 24 with the junior high match beginning at 6 p.m. and the varsity to follow at 7 p.m.
Junior High
The Bellwood-Antis junior high (3-1) got back on track after being handed their first loss of the year by Tyrone last week, by drilling the Juniata Valley junior high 63-30, with the help of seven forfeits.
Dan Noye (80), Adam Davinsizer (95), Tyler McCracken (100), Travis Taylor (130), Kyle Canfield (145), Matt Lehman (155) and Jim Watters (210) all won by forfeit. Trey Mock (122) and Kyle Shawley (138) won by fall and Troy Weyant (85), Lucas Evans (115), and Levi Hollen each won by regular decision.
Bellwood-Antis 48 Juniata Valley 27
152 – Mike Ballard (BA) won by forfeit
160 – Toby Erb (JV) pinned Ronnie Wilson 3:00
171 – Ricky Lafond (JV) tech fall Garett Wyland 23-6, 6:00
189 – Josh Keagy (BA) dec. Sam Sheets 9-5
215 – Josh Heaster (JV) pinned Cody Smith 1:21
275 – Kris Morder (BA) pinned Matt Harnish 0:34
103 – Kristin Williams (JV) won by forfeit
112 – Don Partner (BA) won by forfeit
119 – Issac Moffet maj. dec. Tim Collier 12-4
125 – Eli Colyer (BA) pinned Whitney Boyd 1:05
130 – Brandon Beech (BA) pinned Adam Oldham 0:26
135 – Ricky Shawley (BA) dec. Willis Sneath 6-3
140 – Dustin Harris (BA) won by forfeit
145 – Josh Ervine (BA) pinned Derrick Thompson 0:17
Junior High
Bellwood-Antis 63 Juniata Valley 30
75 – No match
80 – Dan Noye (BA) won by forfeit
85 – Troy Weyant (BA) dec. Austin Harnish 8-4
90 – No match
95 – Adam Davinsizer (BA) won by forfeit
100 – Tyler McCracken (BA) won by forfeit
105 – Taylor Boyd (JV) pinned Buddy Shaw 1:24
110 – Ethan Goss (JV) pinned Christian Solecki 3:11
115 – Lucas Evans (BA) dec. Caleb Coburn 4-2
122 – Trey Mock (BA) pinned Levi Shope 0:53
130 – Travis Taylor (BA) won by forfeit
138 – Kyle Shawley (BA) pinned Aaron Wagner 4:29
145 – Kyle Canfield (BA) won by forfeit
155 – Matt Lehman (BA) won by forfeit
165 – Levi Hollen (BA) dec. Jake Walls 3-0
185 – Shawn McCrum (JV) pinned Caleb Stevens 1:17
210 – Jim Watters (BA) won by forfeit
250 – Nick Boonie (JV) pinned Ben Martinez 4:03
85 – Dan Noye (BA) pinned Joe Klawetter 1:03