Golden Eagles use pin power to subdue Bellwood-Antis on the mat

The series began during the 1978-79 wrestling series with a 24-21 Tyrone win. Since that Jan. 5, 1979 match, Bellwood-Antis and Tyrone have met 29 times including Tuesday night’s excursion on the mat at Bellwood.
The Blue Devils shocked the Golden Eagles with a win by Ronnie Wilson over Jacob Smerekar at 152, to begin the dual and ended the night with a 12-0 major decision by once-beaten Ricky Shawley at 145. In between, the match pretty much was Tyrone’s pin parade in the Eagles 54-16 triumph, their 29th straight win in the series.
Eight pins and a forfeit for the Orange and Black, turned the dual into a runaway, although as the individual weight classes were wrestled, the Blue Devils never backed down, but had little chance against the added experience of the Tyrone grapplers.
Ronnie Wilson and Jake Smerekar wrestled a scoreless opening period to begin the dual before Smerekar (9-4) escaped after starting the second period on the bottom and registered a takedown to jump into a 3-0 lead. Wilson escaped to trail 3-1 going into the third stanza, where he quickly escaped to slice the Smerekar lead to 3-2. After both wrestlers spent nearly all the remainder of the period looking for an advantage, Wilson (8-6) was able to counter a Smerekar takedown attempt with one of his own at the edge of the mat with just three seconds to go for the 4-3 win.
“I thought that Wilson and Smerekar starting off the dual was a bang, a big bang for Bellwood,” said Tyrone coach Blair Packer. “Wilson wrestled a smart match. I thought we were a little bit overaggressive at the end and it cost us the match. It was to Wilson’s credit that he pulled it out. Other than that, a lot of the matches went pretty much as I expected. I didn’t expect to pick up as many bonus points as we did tonight. We did pick up a lot of pins. That is the drive that the team has. They are working hard and going after that sort of thing, not just sitting on the lead.”
Tyrone then quickly moved into their win-by-pin mode getting falls in the next four weight classes to go from a 3-0 team deficit to a 24-3 lead.
First, Shayne Tate (9-6) displayed a takedown clinic against Garett Wyland at 160. The Tyrone junior garnered three takedowns in the first period, two in the second and two more in the third, before putting Wyland (4-10) on his back for the fall in 5:52. At 171, Justin Schopp (10-5) took just 1:16 to pin T. J. Byers (2-13), Donnie Conrad (8-5) nailed Jimmy Watters (6-10) in 0:39, the quickest fall of the night, at 189, and Brady Williams (4-5) overcame a dangerous effort by Caleb Stevens to pin the B-A sophomore in 3:24. Stevens (3-9) started the scoring with a first period takedown for the initial points and then came back from a 5-2 Williams’ lead to post a 6-5 advantage, before Williams escaped, took Stevens down and worked for the fall.
At 285, B-A soph Cody Smith (1-1) made a middle-period escape stand up for the only score in a 1-0 win over Dustin Weaver (1-7). Smith was in the lineup after the Blue Devils Kris Morder broke an ankle in practice during the week.
Bellwood-Antis moved freshman Troy Weyant up a weight to 112, and forfeited to A. J. Schopp (15-1) at 103. At 112, Eagle junior Donnie Hunter (2-7) showed the crowd that was a bad move, pinning the lighter Weyant in 1:14 to give Tyrone a 36-6 lead.
Tyrone and Bellwood-Antis traded wins in the final six weight classes, although the Eagles picked up bonus points in all three with pins, while the Blue Devils got just a major decision for their only bonus point of the dual meet.
At 119, Donnie Partner (3-11) reversed a one-point loss to Tyler Poorman, suffered at the Zeigler Tournament on Jan 6, at Altoona, with a takedown and escape for a 3-1 win in the dual. After a scoreless first stanza, Poorman escaped to begin the second period, but Partner worked a takedown and then escaped in the third period for the victory. In the tournament, Poorman (3-8) triumphed 5-4 to pick up his first victory of his varsity career.
Tyrone senior T. J. Albright (10-5) used a takedown and nearfall for a 4-0 lead after one period and then added three more back points before recording the fall in 2:46 at 125, over Shane Noye (5-9). At 135, Josh Miller, (5-7) an Eagle sophomore, led 4-0 after one stanza, allowed Cody Fink (5-11) to escape to start the second period, before taking the B-A sophomore to his back for the fall in 2:26. Finally, at 140, J. P. VanAllman (4-6) moved back into the lineup for the Eagles, after an injury kept him out of several duals, took Dustin Pruznak down and recorded the fall in 1:45.
“We kind of started getting on track against Philipsburg and here with this match tonight,” said Packer. “And if we get keep this going, if the kids can keep getting aggressive, I think we will be alright for the rest of the season.
Tyrone improves to 2-3 after a murderous start to the season that included duals against Triple-A powers Indian Valley and Lewistown and Double-A Mount Union in three of their first four dual meets.
In addition to Wilson, Smith and Partner, Bellwood-Antis (2-4) picked up wins at 130, where Timmy Collier won in overtime and at 145, where Shawley (17-1) used a takedown and four sets of nearfall points for a 12-0 victory over Tyrone sophomore Jeremy Barlett (2-10). Collier (3-10) trailed Anthony Romano 4-3 after one period and 6-5 after two, but tied the score on a penalty point and then used a takedown in overtime for the win. Romano (2-6) had a pair of takedowns in the first period and a reversal in the second stanza.
“We just ask that the kids perform the best they can, and tonight, I think they did that.” said Bellwood-Antis coach Ron Wilson. “Even though we lost on the scoreboard pretty badly, they stepped up there, there weren’t any give-me’s. I’m pretty happy with the effort that all our kids gave tonight. Tyrone has a good quality team with a lot of good quality wrestlers. We knew coming in that they were going to be sound across the board. For us to go out and hang with them in a couple instances, we’re proud of them. Tyrone has a quality program and it’s nice to wrestle people like that, because it gives us an idea where we need to be.”
Tyrone breezed to a 70-17 win in the junior high dual prior to the varsity match.
In jumping out to a 55-0 lead, Tyrone got forfeits for Dylan Weston (80) and Robbie Sellers (110), pins by Mark McMonagle (85) Tyler Osterhout (90), Christian Getz (95), James Weston (115), Jeremy Miller (138), Cody Smith (155), and Kirby Lawrence (250), a major decision by Ronnie Garbinsky (100) and regular decisions by Chase Weaver (105), Doug Rudy (122), Issac Walk (130) and Rickie Smith (185).
Bellwood-Antis picked up wins by pin by Travis Taylor (145) and Trey Campbell (165) and a technical fall by Gerald Price (210).
Tyrone 54 Bellwood-Antis 16
152 – Ronnie Wilson (BA) dec. Jacob Smerekar 4-3
160 – Shayne Tate (T) pinned Garett Wyland 5:52
171 – Justin Schopp (T) pinned Troy Byers 1:16
189 – Donnie Conrad (T) pinned Jimmy Watters 0:39
215 – Brady Williams (T) pinned Caleb Stevens 3:24
285 – Cody Smith (BA) dec. Dustin Weaver 1-0
103 – A. J. Schopp (T) won by forfeit
112 – Donnie Hunter (T) pinned Troy Weyant 1:14
119 – Donnie Partner (BA) dec. Tyler Poorman 3-1
125 – T. J. Albright (T) pinned Shane Noye 2:46
130 – Timmy Collier (BA) dec. Anthony Romano 8-6, OT
135 – Josh Miller (T) pinned Cody Fink 2:26
140 – J. P. VanAllman (T) pinned Dustin Pruznak 1:45
145 – Ricky Shawley (BA) maj. Jeremy Barlett 12-0.
160 – Cody Reese (T) pinned Cody Covery
285 – Ben Martinez (BA) dec. Brandon Oswalt 5-2
Junior High
Tyrone 70 Bellwood-Antis 17
75 – No match
80 – Dylan Weston (T) won by forfeit
85 – Mark McMonagle (T) pinned Troy Boutiller 1:14
90 – Tyler Osterhout (T) pinned Trevor Helsley 3:57
95 – Christian Getz (T) pinned Jesson Beck 1:22
100 – Ron Garbinsky (T) maj. Adam Davinsizer 15-1
105 – Chase Weaver (T) dec. Dan Noye 7-2
110 – Robbie Sellers (T) won by forfeit
115 – James Weston (T) pinned Lincoln Stehley 3:45
122 – Doug Rudy (T) dec. Buddy Shaw 2-0
130 – Issac Walk (T) dec. Christian Solecki 9-5
138 – Jeremy Miller (T) pinned Tyler Beech 3:45
145 – Travis Taylor (BA) pinned Brock Noll 2:45
155 – Cody Smith (T) pinned Nic Cover 2:58
165 – Trey Campbell (BA) pinned Chris Carper 0:47
185 – Rickie Smith (T) dec. Eric Miller 6-3
210 – Gerald Price (BA) tech fall Ridge Colyer 16-0, 2:30
250 – Kirby Lawrence (T) pinned Travis Lyons 0:58
Junior High EXH
122 – Ryon Isenberg (T) pinned Damon Hughes 2:54
130 – Jordan Simmers (BA) pinned Will Zimmerman 1:09
138 – Mack Kline (BA) dec. Derek Dasher 4-2.