Tyrone wrestlers made their annual journey to Mill Hall for the King of the Mountain Tournament this past weekend.
The tournament is the successor to the Bald Eagle Nittany BEN Holiday Tournament that was one of the longest and oldest continuing wrestling tournament in the state, until BEN merged with Lock Haven to become Central Mountain. Both schools had been in the Keystone Central School District, along with Sugar Valley, which merged with Bald Eagle Nittany several years before the BEN-Lock Haven jointure and Bucktail, which because of the distance remains separate.
The Golden Eagles were on of 36 schools to participate in the 2007 King of the Mountain, including some of the best teams and individual wrestlers in the state in both Double and Triple-A classifications.
Ronnie Garbinsky (103) and A. J. Schopp (112) finally got to wrestle, after both got nothing but forfeits in the Eagles’ first two dual meets and both made their way, along with Anthony Romano (130), to the victory stands at their respective weight classes.
Garbinsky (6-1) wrestled his way to the championship finals at 103, in his first varsity tournament. Ronnie pinned his first three opponents, decking Jonathan Hopple of Bellefonte, in 0:59, Dylan Pallas of Manheim Central, in 2:19, and Forrest Bechdel of Central Mountain, in 5:15, before edging Rylan Watson of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, 6-4 in the semifinals. In the finals, the Tyrone freshman dropped a 10-4 decision to second seed Cameron Throckmortin of South Western, to settle for second place.
Schopp (8-1), the two seed, who was seventh at the 2007 KOM, also pinned his first two foes, getting Kyle Brooks of Neshaminy, in 1:25, and Tim Botkin of Line Mountain, in 0:25, before falling 7-1 to Reynold’s Mason Beckman. In the consolation rounds, Schopp pinned Charlie McGuinness of Phillipsburg, NJ, in 2:25, and Shelton Mack of Meadville, in 1:48. Schopp doubled up Jordan Rich of Central Mountain, 4-2 in the consolation semifinals and then got a measure of revenge by dominating Beckman to win 7-2 for a third place medal.
Romano (6-3) opened his tournament with a fall over Levi Eck, of Jersey Shore, but was edged 8-6 in overtime by Central Mountain’s Jonathon Quiggle. Rebounding to win three straight put Romano in the consolation quarters. Anthony decisioned Jake Kemper of South Western, 5-1, Steffan Housom of Hollidaysburg, 9-4 and Joey Walters of Greater Latrobe, 8-6. Preston Snyder of Bellefonte pinned Romano in 4:17. In the consolation finals for seventh/eighth place, Corey Brown of Reynolds, won 10-4 to settle Romano with an eighth place finish.
Shayne Tate (6-4) won a pair of matches at the tournament, at 171, defeating Seth Stonis of General McLane 7-4 and Steve Rusnak of Philipsburg-Osceola 9-3, while losing to Travis Ebersole of Manheim Central, 9-3, and being pinned by Dave Oberrender of Hazleton.
Cody Weaver (135), Jeremy Barlett (152) each won one match at the King of the Mountain Tournament. Weaver (2-3) shut out Markus Valentinetti of Meadville, 3-0, while Barlett (2-3) won a 12-0 major decision over Zac Lucas of General McLane.
Rob Sellers (125), Jim Weston (140), Dustin Weaver (189), Wayne Dembitsky (215) and Dalaun Carroll (285) each went 0-2 and were eliminated from the tournament.
Reynolds won the team title, edging first-night leader Central Mountain 165-162, with Perry, Ohio (149), Phillipsburg. NJ (147), Council Rock South (146.5 and Bellefonte (144.5 rounding out the top six. Tyrone finished in a tie with Manheim Central for 21st with 68 points, Philipsburg-Osceola was 16th with 79 points and Hollidaysburh with 30.5 points was 29th.