Blue Devil wrestlers open dual season with loss to Glendale

Bellwood-Antis opened their dual wrestling season at home in the B-A Middle School gymnasium on Tuesday evening. Although the Blue Devils had been involved in two tournaments this was their first dual action, due to the Bellwood-Antis football team playing all the way to the PIAA Eastern Final. There were some fine individual efforts, but the Blue Devils showed that a lack of practice time for the football players was a problem that refused to go away. Robert Shomo pinned Kris Morder at heavyweight to secure a 45-33 Glendale victory.
Glendale, coached by B-A grad Bill Damiano, opened up a 24-0 lead to begin the match, collecting forfeits at 112, 119 and 125, and getting a fall from Jordan Marshall over Timmy Collier (0-3) at 130. In the recent Tri-County Tournament, at Juniata Valley last weekend, Marshall decisioned Collier 7-4 in the opening round on Friday night.
Shane Noye (3-2) received a win by forfeit to put the Blue Devils on the board at 135, but Glendale got those points right back at 140, where Steven Rusnak pinned Cody Fink (0-3) in 5:27.
Bellwood-Antis battled the Vikings for the remainder of the match, winning five of the final eight and actually had a chance to pull of an upset, if they hadn’t had to make up a 24-point deficit.
Undefeated Ricky Shawley (8-0) made short work of Joshua Sanders, taking the Glendale sophomore down and quickly working for the fall in 1:48 at 145.
At 152, Ronnie Wilson (5-4) moved over the .500 mark by winning a 1-0 decision over Kelsey Tarr. After wrestling through two scoreless periods, Tarr allowed Wilson to escape to begin the third period and neither wrestler was able to score for the rest of the match.
In a rematch from the consolation final match for fifth place at the Tri-County at 160, Garett Wyland (1-4) lost for the second time to Craig Bickford. Wyland saved his team three team points however to keep the Blue Devils in the match. After getting pinned at the TCT, Wyland used two penalty points and a first-period reversal to yield just an 8-4 regular decision. Bickford was up just 6-4, after getting called for his second stall call by the referee, but added a late reversal to ice his triumph.
Michael Hommer pinned T. J. Byers at 171 to swell the Glendale advantage to 39-15. Everybody knew that 103-pounder Troy Weyant (6-2) fresh from a championship at the Tri-County would receive a forfeit, so Bellwood-Antis needed three pins to tie the final score and send the dual to criteria for the decision.
At 185 and 215, Bellwood-Antis wrestlers reversed losses from over the weekend to give Bellwood-Antis an outside chance.
First, Jimmy Watters, who was pinned in the opening round by Delwyn Fry, scored the first takedown, but fell behind Fry 10-2 after two periods. Then, Watters (2-5) made Fry pay for chosing to begin the third period on top. Watters turned Fry for a reversal and promptly put him on his back and recorded the pin at the 4:42 mark, at 185. Second, Caleb Stevens, who had been in the consolation rounds by Cody Caracciolo came from trailing 4-0 to open the second period with a reversal, again after his Glendale foe had taken the top to start the period and followed with a fall in 3:31 to slice the Vikings lead to 39-27, with Weyant’s six points coming and Shomo and Morder to wrestle.
Bellwood-Antis will host West Branch on Thursday, 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 wrestlers opened their dual season by smashing Glendale 71-27. Lincoln Stehley (115), Tyler Beech (138), Travis Taylor (145), Trey Campbell (165), and Eric Miller (185) won by pin, Luke McFarland (100), Adam Davinsizer (105), Trevor Helsley (90) and Jeremy Claypool (95) won by forfeit. Dan Noye (110) and Nic Cover (155) won by technical fall.
Glendale 45 Bellwood-Antis 33
112 – Justin O’Shell (G) won by forfeit
119 – Robert Chirdon (G) won by forfeit
125 – Bryant Sweitzer (G) won by forfeit
130 – Jordan Marshall (G) pinned Timmy Collier 3:33
135 – Shane Noye (BA) won by forfeit
140 – Steven Rusnak (G)) pinned Cody Fink 5:27
145 – Rick Shawley (BA) pinned Joshua Sanders 1:48
152 – Ronnie Wilson (BA) dec. Kelsey Tarr 1-0
160 – Craig Bickford (G) dec. Garett Wyland 8-4
171 – Michael Hommer (G) pinned T. J. Byers 1:17
189 – Jimmy Watters (BA) pinned Delwyn Fry 4:42
215 – Caleb Stevens (BA) pinned Cody Caracciolo 3:31
285 – Robert Shomo (G) pinned Kris Morder 1:02
103 – Troy Weyant (BA) won by forfeit
Junior High
Bellwood-Antis 71 Glendale 27
100 – Luke McFarland (BA) won by forfeit
105 – Adam Davinsizer (BA) won by forfeit
110 – Dan Noye (BA) tech fall Robert Fry 16-0, 3:27
115 – Lincoln Stehley (BA) pinned Travis Glass 2:56
122 – Dustin Shaffer (G) dec. Buddy Shaw 11-9
130 – Cody McClellan (G) pinned Jordan Simmers 3:40
138 – Tyler Beech (BA) pinned Brandon Bickford 1:08
145 – Travis Taylor (BA) pinned Josh Yaworski 4:03
155 – Nic Cover (BA) tech fall Creston Jenkins 15-0, 4:30
165 – Trey Campbell (BA) pinned Lucas Manges 1”05
185 – Eric Miller (BA) pinned Tucker Weakland 1:04
210 – Robert Shepler (G) pinned Gerald Price 1:07
250 – David Brown (G) pinned Travis Lyons 1:57
75 – No match
80 – No match
85 – Sweitzer (G) pinned Troy Boutiller 0:40
90 – Trevor Helsley (BA) won by forfeit
95 – Jeremy Claypool (BA) won by forfeit
115 – J. Eisenberg (BA) dec. Sutton 4-2
122 – Christian Solecki (BA) pinned Whetsone 0:38
138 – Kougher (G) dec. Mack Kline 9-4
138 – Josh Werts (BA) pinned Godman 0:54