Bellwood-Antis junior high wrestlers place second at first Dragon Duals

The Bellwood-Antis junior high school wrestlers traveled to Martinsburg on Saturday for the First Annual Harry Gahagan Memorial Junior High Duals. The Little Blue breezed through their first three duals, defeating Hyndman 66-21, Spring Cove 67-21 and Berlin-Brothersvalley 72-15 to set up the championship match against the Claysburg-Kimmel junior high Bulldogs.
In the final dual, Bellwood-Antis who had no wrestlers at the 75, 80 and 110-pound weight classes all day, gave up three forfeits and lost a 53-50 squeaker to the Claysburg-Kimmel junior high, who won all four of the duals to claim the first Dragon Duals championship.
In what was actually a battle of two halves, a 17-2 technical fall by Adam Davinsizer (100) and forfeit win for Danny Noye (105) were the only points B-A could muster against the Little Bulldogs in the first 11 weight classes.
With Claysburg-Kimmel holding a 54-11 advantage, the Bellwood-Antis junior high ran the table, winning all of the final seven bouts, plus the Little Bulldogs were docked a team point following the 145-pound match when their coach argued a call a little too hard. Tyler Beech (138) won by an 8-6 decision, Travis Taylor (145), Nic Cover (165) and Tyler Brazle (185) won by fall and Trey Campbell (155), Gerald Price (210), and Travis Lyons (250) won by forfeit to bring the final score to 53-50, with Claysburg-Kimmel just managing to hold the charging Blue Devils.
The day began for the Blue Devil wrestlers when Brazle, Price and Lyons all received forfeit wins to start the match against Hyndman. After Hyndman won three of the next four weights and picked up a forfeit at 110, Bellwood-Antis won all but one of the last seven weight classes, picking up six team points in each to run away with the 66-21 triumph.
In match number two against the host Spring Cove Dragons, Price got things going by recording a fall in 0:17 to open the dual, B-A won the next eight in a row to open up a 53-6 lead that iced the win. Troy Boutiller (85), Trevor Helsley (95), Luke McFarland (100), Adam Davinsizer (105), Danny Noye (110), Lincoln Stehley (115), Buddy Shaw (122) all pinned their foes and Jeremy Claypoole (90) won by tech fall.
In the win over Berlin-Brothersvalley, Tyler Beech (138) and Trey Campbell (165) each won by fall, and the Blue Devils received forfeit wins for Lyons (250), Boutiller (85), McFarland (95), Davinsizer (100), Noye (105), Shaw (122), Christian Solecki (130), Taylor (145), Cover (155) and Price (210).
For the day, Danny Noye, Tyler Beech, Travis Taylor, Nic Cover and Gerald Price all went 4-0, with Noye, Shaw and Beech each recording two pins. Luke McFarland, Adam Davinsizer, Buddy Shaw, Trey Campbell and Travis Lyons were 3-1, and Troy Boutiller, Lincoln Stehley and Tyler Brazle each was 2-2. In all, 16 Blue Devils wrestled in the varsity duals and everybody won al least one match. In addition, the host of exhibition matches were wrestled also, with everybody getting multiple bouts.
“I thought coming in that Claysburg would be the team to beat, and a couple matches either way, we could have won. We see them again in a couple weeks.” said Bellwood-Antis junior high coach Tim Andrekovich. “Every single kid wrestled at least once, even my extra kids got to wrestle two or three times. Everybody wrestled, that’s what it’s all about.”
The B-A junior high (7-2) will wrestle Tyrone on Tuesday at Bellwood, just ahead of the Blue-Devil/Golden Eagles varsity match. Junior high action will begin at 6 p.m., with the varsity to follow at 7 p.m.