Portage outlasts B-A to claim junior high Tri-County tourney

Bellwood-Antis and Portage fought a day-long battle for the Tri-County Junior High Wrestling Tournament at Bellwood, on Saturday. Portage led for the most of the day, before Bellwood-Antis used a big fifth-place consolation finals showing to take a one-point lead 169-168, going into the third-place consolation finals and championship finals. Portage was able to pull the title out in the very last championship final when Mustang 250-pounder Kevin Stager edged Juniata Valley’s Nick Boonie 3-2 for the heavyweight title and the team trophy as well.
Portage scored 191 points to edge out the junior high Blue Devils, who finished with 189 points.
Northern Bedford was third with 166.5 points, Moshannon Valley fourth with 161.5 and Glendale fifth with 143.5 The bottom five consisted of Claysburg-Kimmel with 130, Everett with 124.5, Juniata Valley with 92, Southern Huntingdon with 87 and Tussey Mountain with 82.
Danny Noye (80) and Troy Weyant (85) won championships for the Blue Devils and Caleb Stevens (185) and Jimmy Watters (210) were runners-up at their respective weight classes.
Noye (18-3), the top seed at 80-pounds, pinned Derek Robosson of Everett, in 1:15 in the semifinals and Nathan Smeal of Moshannon Valley, in the finals.
Weyant (17-6), the top seed at 85 pounds, pinned Joe Klawetter of Juniata Valley, in just 0:33 in the semifinals and then majored Clay Patterson of Southern Huntingdon, in the finals 14-1.
Stevens (17-5) pinned Craig Callavini of Moshannon Valley in only 0:17, in the semifinals, but then dropped a 7-2 decision in the finals to second seed Levi Bard of Southern Huntingdon. Stevens had pinned Bard in the dual meet last weekend.
Watters (17-5), the second seed pinned Bill Peterson of Everett, in 2:06 in the semifinals, but then was pinned in the finals by top seed and undefeated Robert Jeffries (21-0) of Glendale, in 0:53 in the finals.
Adam Davinsizer (90), Tyler McCracken (95) and Levi Hollen (155) finished third.
Davinsizer (10-10) was edged by Christian Claycomb of Claysburg-Kimmel, by 7-5 in overtime in his only match of the tournament. With only three wrestlers in his weight class, Adam finished third.
McCracken (16-8) pinned Jake Partner of Everett, to open his tourney, but had his path blocked by second seed and eventual champ Cole Claar of Claysburg-Kimmel, who pinned him in 1:23. In the consolation bracket, McCracken pinned Southern Huntingdon’s Hunter Waite in 0:39 and majored Zak Glass of Portage, 10-0.
Levi Hollen (17-6) finished third for the Little Blue Devils at 155. Hollen opened his tournament by pinning Garrett Singer of Tussey Mountain, in 2:56, before losing a hard-luck 6-5 decision to top seed Craig Bickford of Glendale in the semis. In the consolation rounds, Hollen pinned Daniel Sollenberger of Northern Bedford, in 0:15 and Singer again in the consolation finals for third place, in 1:46.
At 250, Ben Martinez (15-7) finished fourth. Martinez was pinned by Tanner Cottle of Northern Bedford, in 2:07, then edged Andrew Peacock of Glendale, 7-5. In the consi-finals, Cottle shut out Martinez 5-0 for third place.
After a woeful semifinal round, the Blue Devils recovered in the fifth-place consolation finals with six wins when no other school had more than three.
Buddy Shaw (14-12) pinned Garrett Imes of Everett, in 0:56, at 105, Lucas Evans (13-12) majored Caleb Coburn of Juniata Valley, 13-0, at 115, Trey Mock (6-9) pinned Jared Hess of Tussey Mountain, in 0:35 at 122, Travis Taylor (12-12) downed Michael Corle of Everett, 5-3, at 130, Kyle Shawley (15-9) outscored Aaron Wagner of Juniata Valley, 15-12 at 138, and Kyle Canfield (12-10) pinned Zack Burkett of Claysburg-Kimmel, in 1:59.
Matt Lehman (4-7) was edged by Sean Foster of Tussey Mountain, 2-0 to place sixth. Christian Solecki went 1-2 at the Tri-County at 110.