Beech, Colyer pin opponents in wrestling opener at Huntingdon

The beginning and ending were great in the Bellwood-Antis wrestlers first outing of the season at Huntingdon on Tuesday. The match started at the 125-pound weight class with Bellwood-Antis junior Brandon Beech pinning the Bearcats’ Landon Yingling and ended at 119 with B-A junior Eli Colyer showing Vance Myers the lights.
Unfortunately for the Blue Devils (0-1), Huntingdon won all of the 12 matches in between, including five by forfeit to smash Bellwood-Antis 66-12.
“We were up against it going into the match. We knew that,” said Bellwood-Antis wrestling coach Ron Wilson. “We were giving up 30 points from the very beginning, so we knew it was going to be ugly no matter what happened.”
Bellwood-Antis has been fighting a numbers problem for years and the late end to the football season means that some help is coming, but the help wasn’t ready for varsity competition on Tuesday night.
Beech opened the dual with an early takedown, but then surrendered a reversal as Yingling tied up the match 2-2 at the end of one period. Yingling choose to start the second period in the down position and Beech wrapped up a cradle and applied the fall at the 2:40 mark for a quick 6-0 lead.
After Huntingdon pretty much had their way in the next dozen weight classes, Colyer closed out the dual with the Blue Devils second pin of the contest. Eli worked a takedown and escape to slip out to a 3-2 first-period advantage and added a two-point nearfall, turning Myers twice, once for a two-count, and then for the second period pin with the clock running down with 12 seconds to go in the middle stanza.
Huntingdon, which boasts eight seniors in their lineup, got falls from Tim Brown over Ricky Shawley at 130, Dusten Kanagy over Dustin Harris at 145, Chris Banks over Ron Colyer at 152, Tim Cousins over Josh Hanna at 160 and Peter Mykut over Don Partner at 103.
Dave Runk (171), Brad Hollenbaugh (189), Brandon VanBuskirk (215 ), Joe Gongloff (275) and Phillip Brown (112) received forfeits for Huntingdon.
At 135, B-A sophomore Ronnie Wilson jumped out to a 5-0 first period advantage over Kyle Thompson, only to get caught for two sets of back points in the second period and an escape, takedown and nearfall in the final two-minutes to drop an 11-5 decision to Thompson.
In the only other match to go the full six minutes, Chris Myers, arguably Huntingdon’s best grappler dominated Josh Ervine 14-1 at 140. Myers registered a pair of takedowns, two nearfalls, an escape, penalty point and reversal.
“We know where we have to go,” said Wilson. “The kids are working hard in practice. Hopefully they will keep improving and we can be a pretty good team by the end of the year.”
The Blue Devils next dual meet will be Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Bellwood against Northern Bedford in the B-A Middle School gymnasium. Junior high wrestling will start at 6 p.m. with the varsity to follow at 7 p.m. On Dec. 17-18, Bellwood-Antis will travel to Claysburg-Kimmel for the annual 10-team Tri-County Tournament with wrestling beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.
The Bellwood-Antis junior high dropped a 59-41 match to the Huntingdon junior high team. Troy Weyant (80), Kyle Shawley (115) Shane Noye (122) and Kris Morder (250) won by pin for the Blue Devils. Trey Mock (100) and Dustin Pruznak (130) won by major decision and Tim Collier (110) won an 8-1 decision. Derrick Wolfe (105) won by forfeit.
Varsity
Huntingdon 66 B-A 12
125 – Brandon Beech (BA) pinned Landon Yingling 2:40
130 – Tim Brown (H) pinned Ricky Shawley 1:38
135 – Kyle Thompson (H) dec. Ronnie Wilson 11-5
140 – Chris Myers (H) maj. dec. Josh Ervine 14-1
145 – Dusten Kanagy (H) pinned Dustin Harris 3:33
152 – Chris Banks (H) pinned Ron Colyer 1:31
160 – Tim Cousins (H) pinned Josh Hanna 1:53
171 – Dave Runk (H) won by forfeit
189 – Brad Hollenbaugh (H) won by forfeit
215 – Brandon VanBuskirk (H) won by forfeit
275 – Joe Gongloff (H) won by forfeit
103 – Peter Mykut (H) pinned Don Partner 4:41
112 – Phillip Brown (H) won by forfeit
119 – Eli Colyer (BA) pinned Vance Myers 3:48
EXH: 145 – Kevin Cook (H) dec. Garett Wyland 6-4.
Junior High
Huntingdon 59 B-A 41
75 – Titus Brown (H) won by forfeit
80 – Troy Weyant (BA) pinned Jared Grove 0:55
85 – Nathan Mykut (H) pinned Tyler McCracken 3:58
90 – Addison Yingling (H) pinned Kyle Davinsizer 1:01
95 – Jesse Runk (H) pinned Jeremy Isenberg 0:28
100 – Trey Mock (BA) maj. dec. Cody Bishop 13-4
105 – Derrick Wolfe (BA) won by forfeit
110 – Tim Collier (BA) dec. Jake Myers 8-1
115 – Kyle Shawley (BA) pinned Mark Smyers 1:02
122 – Shane Noye (BA) pinned Jorden Detter 3:44
130 – Dustin Pruznak (BA) maj. dec. Blake Wilson 8-0
138 – Corey Stuller (H) tech fall Nick Alley 19-4, 4:30
145 – Bryan Bliss (H) pinned Tyler Norris 0:26
155 – Jake Reed (H) pinned Jerry Stouffer 0:57
165 – Bobby Mort (H) pinned Caleb Stephens 0:31
185 – Jason Everhart (H) pinned Tim Woomer 1:20
210 – Matt Marter (H) pinned Cody Smith 2:30
250 – Kris Morder (BA) pinned Andrew Sarra 1:04
EXH: 130 – T. J. Byers (BA) dec. Darron Kanagy 7-6
135 – Alex Laver (H) pinned Evan Estright 1:19
250 – Jacob Hetack (H) pinned Ben Martinez 2:10.