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Garbinsky, A. J. Schopp place third at Thomas

Tyrone traveled to Bedford to wrestle in the prestigious Thomas Chevrolet Tournament on Friday and Saturday. With a number of the teams that will most likely have individuals at the Class AA Southwest Regional the first weekend of March at the Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown, and undefeated Bedford as the host, there was a bunch of quality wrestling going on.
The Golden Eagles finished with a pair of third place medals for their super lightweights and an overall 11th place finish in the team race in the 25-team tournament, with 93.5 points.
Ronnie Garbinsky (27-2) opened with a fall over Levi Diehl of Hyndman, in 2:23, before being edged Adam Weinell of Blairsville 4-3. In the consolation rounds, the Tyrone freshman edged Chris Shope of Southern Huntingdon 5-4, decisioned Keith Cornman of Kittanning, 3-1, and Trey Easter of Bedford, 4-2. In the consolation finals for third, Garbinsky gained a measure of revenge by downing Weinell, in a rematch, 4-2.
A. J. Schopp (27-2) pinned Penn Cambria’s Mike Kearney in 1:49 and James Miller of Jefferson-Morgan, in 1:00. In the semifinals, Cory Thomas of Bedford in overtime 5-3. In the consolation brackets, Schopp disposed of Brandon Berkey of Chestnut Ridge, 4-1, and then won a 15-0 technical fall over Brandon Bordner of Tri-Valley, in 4:19.
Anthony Romano (130), and Cody Weaver (135) both fought back in the consolation rounds to finish in seventh place.
Romano (23-7) won a 17-1 tech fall in 5:13 over Levi Miller of Bedford, before dropping a 3-1 decision to Travis Brown of Northern Schuylkill. Then Anthony pinned Jordan Kinder of Beth-Center, in 2:58 and was pinned by Andy Sollenberger of Northern Bedford. In the seventh place consolation final, Romano decisioned Craig Harris of Richland, 10-3. Cody Weaver (16-11) was pinned by Eddie Cass of Blairsville, in 3:15. Weaver then won a 17-2 tech fall in over Northern Bedford’s Mark Leitzenberger, in 1:14, and decisioned John George of Richland 6-4, before dropping an 8-5 decision to Josh Shane of Chestnut Ridge. In the seventh-place consolation final, Weaver met up with Cass again. This time like the first meeting, it was decided by a fall. In the consi-final however, Weaver got the pin over Cass, in 4:59.
Eagle senior Shayne Tate (19-7) decisioned Kris Musselman of Tussey Mountain 15-10 in his first match, but then injured his shoulder and was forced to default out of the tournament.
Chase Weaver (119), Robbie Sellers (125), Jimmy Weston (140) and Dalaun Carroll (285) each went 2-2 at Bedford.
Weaver (10-12) pinned Aaron Brouse of North Schuylkill, in 1:44, and decked Deric Huber of Cambria Heights, in 2:33. Sellers (11-13) pinned Matt Thomas of Northern Garrett, in 1:19, and pinned Brandon Pope of Beth-Center, in 4:02. Weston (9-16) decisioned Bowser of North Schuylkill, 10-8, in overtime. Carroll (5-12) pinned Lance Miller of Cambria Heights, in 0:18 to begin his tournament in the pigtail round, and decked Mitch Hubler of Tri-Valley, in 2:24.
Jeremy Barlett (145) and Corey Barnhart (215) each won once before getting eliminated from the tournament. Cody Smith (0-2) wrestled at 160.
Tyrone had no entry at 152.
Bedford showed their strength by claiming the team title by 35.5 points over second place Chestnut Ridge (292-256.5) to repeat from last year’s event. North Star (149), Jefferson-Morgan (148.5) and Penn Cambria (120) rounded out the top five.
Other area teams included Huntingdon (7th with 105 points), who had undefeated 171-pounder Bobby Mort pin his way through the tournament, including showing Aaron Delano of North Star, the lights in 1:29 in the finals. Claysburg-Kimmel (6th with 110) had Cody Feathers hit his patented headlock for the winning points in a 7-6 finals decision over Glen Winslow of Cambria Heights at 130. Northern Bedford tied Beth Center for 9th with 99 points. Cambria Heights was 12th (91.5) and Richland was 13th (90). Central Cambria was 15th (86), West Branch was 19th (67.5), Tussey Mountain was 22nd (52), and Everett was 25th with 19 points.