Ten junior high school wrestling teams met in the annual Blue Devil Junior High Invitational on Saturday.
Tyrone and Bellwood-Antis both took four into the finals, and each had one champion.
Tyrone 105-pounder Tyler Osterhout pinned West Branch’s Ryan Miles in 3:45 of the semifinals to earn his berth into the finals. In the finals the top seeded Eagle scored the only points of the match to claim a 2-0 win for the championship.
Bellwood-Antis 185-pounder Mack Kline gave the B-A fans in the crowd something to cheer about with the only title for the hosts.
Kline, the third seed, pinned his way to the title, decking No 2 seed Harry Fortney of Southern Huntingdon, in 0:47 to reach the finals. In the championship match, Kline pinned top seed Gordan Barr of Central Cambria, in 2:35.
Three other Golden Eagles and three more Blue Devils also reached the finals, but were forced to settle for second place.
At 75, Tyrone’s Kaden Hunter, the number 4 seed, pinned Kody Mayhew of Moshannon Valley in 1:15 and then edged No. 1 seed Ian McClelland of Forest Hills 8-6. In the finals, Hunter was edged by No. Two seed Dustin Deliman of West Branch 6-4. Eagle 100-pounder Mark McMonigal, the No. 4 seed, despite being a returning champ from 2007, earned bonus points in both matches to gain the finals. McManigal pinned Roy Evans of West Branch, in 1:25, and won a 10-2 major decision over Glendale’s Brett Sweitzer, the No. 2 seed. In the finals, top seed Kie Brown of Huntingdon, won an 8-5 decision over McManigal. At 115, Eagle Andrew Warrender won a pair of close decisions, defeating Southern Huntingdon’s Nate Walters 5-2, and Huntingdon’s Josh Gutshall 3-2. In the finals, Warrender fell 6-2 to top seed Tony Risiliti of Central Cambria.
The Blue Devils’ Troy Boutiller pinned Nate Wriglesworth of Curwensville in 1:42, but was pinned in the finals at 90, by second seed Doltyn Snedden of Forest Hills in 2:13. At 110, second seed Jared Woomer pinned Trey English of West Branch, in just 10 seconds and majored Cody Law of Forest Hills 10-2. In the finals, the Blue Devils’ Woomer ran into top seed Ben Rager of Central Cambria and was pinned in 0:49 . Finally, at 145, Bellwood-Antis’ only returning champion and top seed Tyler Beech pinned Jeremy Bloom of Curwensville in 0:45, but lost a 5-0 decision in the finals to Nick Marter of Huntingdon.
Tyrone had one third place finisher and four wrestlers finish fourth in the tournament, while Bellwood-Antis had three finish third and three more claim fourth place finishes.
Claiming a third place for the second straight year, Tyrone 122-pounder Christian Getz pinned Sam Morgan of Southern Huntingdon, to open his tournament, before dropping a 2-0 decision to top seed and eventual 122-pound champ Tyler Shaffer of Forest Hills. In the consolation rounds, Getz shut out Curwensville’s Hunter McCracken 3-0 and claimed third place with a 7-3 win over second seed Kevin Norris of Huntingdon.
In a weight class with just four wrestlers, Zach Brown was fourth at 80, for the Eagles, getting pinned in 0:26, by top seed and eventual weight class winner JP Hayles of West Branch, and by Kyle Fink of Bellwood-Antis, in 1:52. D.J. Wunder pinned Bellwood-Antis 85-pounder Darian Brunner, in 2:08, but was majored by second seed Jordan Russell of Curwensville, 9-0. Wunder then doubled up Tyler Reed of Huntingdon, 4-2, before dropping a third-place consolation final match to Andrew Ohler of Moshannon Valley, 3-1. Colton Weaver edged Jacob Ludwig of Moshannon Valley, 8-6, before getting shelled by top seed and 95-pound champ Jake Keller of Curwensville, 17-0. Then, Weaver edged Mitch Miesko of Forest Hills, 3-2, before getting his decision over Ludwig turned around, when the Mo Valley wrestler edged him 3-2 in the consi-final. At 130, Caleb Snyder defeated William Wines of Southern Huntingdon, but dropped a 3-0 decision to second seed Dylan Gutshall of Huntingdon. In the consolations, Snyder pinned Tim Sutton of Glendale, in 0:56 and decisioned Lucas Evans of Bellwood-Antis, 5-2 and James Stodart of Moshannon Valley, 6-0. In the consolation final, Snyder was edged by Curwensville’s Kyle Kyler 1-0.
Blue Devil Kyle Fink dropped 2-0 decision to second seed Zach Shaffer of Central Cambria, then pinned Tyrone’s Brown for third place at 80. At 105, second seed Trevor Helsley pinned Troy Templeton of Forest Hills, in 0:35, but dropped a 7-5 decision to Huntingdon third seed Josh Bafia. In the consolation bracket, Helsley pinned his way to third place, decking Logan Fritz of Southern Huntingdon, in 1:19, and Ryan Miles of West Branch, in 0:25. Buddy Shaw repeated a third place medal from 2007, at 138. Shaw, a second seed, pinned Josh Rheam of Southern Huntingdon, in 0:38, but was edged by Dylan Ludwig of Moshannon Valley 4-2 in overtime.
Then Shaw downed Central Cambria’s Codi Makin 4-2 and pinned Zach Romano of Huntingdon, in 1:29.
Earning fourth place for Bellwood-Antis, Adam Davinsizer dropped 10-0 major decisions to Bill Wolfhope of Forest Hills, to open and close his tournament. Davinsizer followed his first loss to Wolfhope, with a pair of one-point wins, taking Jason Gill of Curwensville 2-1 and Josh Gutshall of Huntingdon, 5-4 to reach the third-place final at 115, and Wolfhope again. Ryan Brown shut out Central Cambria’s Shane McCune 6-0, but was pinned by top seed and 155-pound champ Jeff Meier of Forest Hills. Brown edged Kyle Ripka of Tyrone, 3-2 to reach the consolation final, where he dropped a 6-1 decision to Huntingdon’s Alex Miller. At 210, Eric Miller was pinned in 2:17 by top seed Scott Burger and then by second seed Joe Antol of Central Cambria, in 3:28 to finish fourth.
Tyrone also had Michael Sleeth (1-2 at 110 pounds) and Brandon Parks (0-2 at 165), and Bellwood-Antis had Lincoln Stehley (1-2 at 122) and Darian Brunner (85), Jeremy Claypoole (95), William Mayhue (100), Lucas Evans (130) and Garrett Myers (165) who were all 0-2.
In the team race, Huntingdon (222 points) won the title by 62 points over second place Bellwood-Antis. Central Cambria was third with 159, followed by Forest Hills (149), West Branch (148) and Tyrone was sixth with 144.
Both the second place finish and the 160 team points were the best showing for the Blue Devils, since 178 points in the 1999 B-A Invitational netted Bellwood-Antis a third place finish.