Bellwood-Antis wrestlers fall to Rockets

Bellwood-Antis hosted the Southern Huntingdon Rockets wrestling team in the B-A Middle School gymnasium on Thursday evening. Although Southern Huntingdon, with a 5-2 record include two returning state qualifiers, the Blue Devils weren’t intimidated, going after the Rockets in every match. Southern’s experience and strength endured however in the 38-27 win for the Rockets.
Bellwood-Antis actually went into the 103-pound match, in a dual that began at 130, with a 28-27 lead. Southern Huntingdon won the final three weight classes to pull out the win.
At 103, Clay Patterson used a third-period takedown and penalty point and escape in the second period to defeat Troy Weyant (11-6) 4-1. With neither team putting a 112-pounder on the mat, Chris Nagel (10-6) majored Donnie Partner (2-11) 10-0 at 119 and Zach Matthews (9-7) made a third-period escape stand up for a 1-0 win over Shane Noye (5-8) at 125.
After returning PIAA second place finisher Cody Myers (16-0, 108-16 career) pinned B-A sophomore Timmy Collier (2-10) to open the match, Cody Fink (5-10) picked up a win by forfeit at 135, Dustin Pruznak edged Allen Seibert 6-5 at 140, and Ricky Shawley pinned Caleb Price at 145 to give the Blue Devils a 15-6 advantage,
Collier recorded the first takedown, before Myers finally warmed up with seven takedowns and two nearfalls before getting the fall in 5:32.
Pruznak (3-5) fell behind 2-0 at the end of one period, but came back with a pair of takedowns in the second stanza and another in the third for the victory. At the Zeigler Tournament on Saturday, Seibert won a 4-2 decision over Pruznak in the consolation finals for seventh place.
Shawley (16-1) won his 50th career victory (50-21) by decking Price after grabbing a 4-1 lead on a pair of takedowns, in 1:19.
At 152, the Rockets’ second PIAA state qualifier, senior Jason Foor fell behind Ronnie Wilson 2-0 and 4-3, before escaping and taking Wilson (7-6) to his back for the fall with one second remaining in the first period. Foor is now 16-0 this season and 99-29 for his career.
Southern Huntingdon would then came from behind 15-12, to take a 22-15 lead with wins at 160 and 171.
First, Eli Snyder (11-5) used 10 third-period points to post a 15-1 triumph at 160, over Garett Wyland (4-9). Snyder led 2-0 and 5-0 after the first two periods, then scored an escape, two sets of nearfalls and two takedowns. Then, at 171, Tyler Mansberger (14-1) made short work of Troy Byers (2-12 working for the fall in 1:51.
Bellwood-Antis put together a mini-string of their own with wins at 189, and 215, to make the dual interesting.
Jimmy Watters (6-9) revenged a 7-3 loss to Josh Welsh at the Zeigler Tournament, by pinning the Southern Huntingdon junior in 3:58. Watters led 3-0 at the end of one period on a penalty point, when Welsh did not have his shoelaces secured, and a takedown. In the second stanza, Watters escaped and took Welsh down, then worked to get the fall just two seconds before the end of the period.
At 215, Caleb Stevens (3-8) took Ryan Robinson to his back for the fastest fall of the dual, in 1:26 to give the Blue Devils a 27-22 lead.
In a battle of heavyweights at 285, B-A junior Kris Morder (5-8) registered a takedown for the only scoring of the first period. Mike Detwiler (1-3) took advantage of Morder taking the neutral position to begin the middle period to score a takedown and was able to turn Morder for the fall for his first win and put Southern up 28-27 to set the stage for the final three bouts.
“We were aggressive tonight, which is all we can ask for in these situations,” said Bellwood-Antis coach Ron Wilson. “They have some studs and we didn’t back away from them. We went after them. We are proud of the way the kids wrestled. They will keep working at it and hopefully we will get to the point where we have those state quailifiers.”
Bellwood-Antis (2-3) will host backyard rival Tyrone, whom they have never beaten on the mat, on Tuesday and Everett on Thursday.
Junior High
In a junior high match that took just 32 minutes, Bellwood-Antis ripped a depleted Southern Huntingdon junior high squad 73-12. The junior high Rockets had only four wrestlers, with Bellwood-Antis winning actual matches wrestled 13-12, plus picking up 10 forfeits.
Dan Noye (110) recorded a fall, Nic Cover (155) won by 9-1 major decision and Travis Taylor (145) won an 8-5 regular decision.
Troy Boutiller (85), Luke McFarland (95), Lincoln Stehley (115), Buddy Shaw (122), Christian Solecki (130), Tyler Beech (138), Troy Campbell (165), Tyler Brazle (185), Gerald Price (210) and Travis Lyons (250) won by forfeit.
Southern Huntingdon 38 Bellwood-Antis 27
130 – Troy Myers (SH) pinned Timmy Collier 5:32
135 – Cody Fink (BA) won by forfeit
140 – Dustin Pruznak (BA) dec. Allen Seibert 6-5
145 – Ricky Shawley (BA) pinned Caleb Price 1:19
152 – Jason Foor (SH) pinned Ronnie Wilson 1:59
160 – Eli Snyder (SH) maj. dec. Garett Wyland 15-1
171 – Tyler Mansberger (SH) pinned Troy Byers 1:51
189 – Jimmy Watters (BA) pinned Josh Welsh 3:58
215 – Caleb Stevens (BA) pinned Ryan Robinson 1:26
285 – Mike Detwiler (SH) pinned Kris Morder 3:40
103 – Clay Patterson (SH) dec. Troy Weyant 4-1
112 – No match
119 – Chris Nagel (SH) maj. dec. Donnie Partner 10-0
125 – Zach Matthews (SH) dec. Shane Noye 1-0
Junior High
Bellwood-Antis 73 Southern Huntingdon 12
75 – No match
80 – No match
85 – Troy Boutiller (BA) won by forfeit
90 – Jeff Erwin (SH) pinned Trevor Helsley 2:09
95 – Luke McFarland (BA) won by forfeit
100 – Nate Walters (SH) pinned Adam Davinsizer 2:28
105 – No match
110 – Dan Noye (BA) pinned Alex Harry 0:39
115 – Lincoln Stehley (BA) won by forfeit
122 – Buddy Shaw (BA) won by forfeit
130 – Christian Solecki (BA) won by forfeit
138 – Tyler Beech (BA) won by forfeit
145 – Travis Taylor (BA) dec. Joe Ruggerio 8-5
155 – Nic Cover (BA) maj. dec. William Ramsey 9-1
165 – Trey Campbell (BA) won by forfeit
185 – Tyler Brazle (BA) won by forfeit
210 – Gerald Price (BA) won by forfeit
250 – Travis Lyons (BA) won by forfeit
85 – Dyson Myers (SH) pinned Troy Boutiller 1:10
95 – Luke McFarland (BA) pinned Logan Fritz 0:49/