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High School Wrestling - Week 8 Summary

Teams compete in
dual meets, tourneys


Williams Valley's Jason Chamberlain and Halifax's Nathan Enders grapple in the 138-pound bout during the Jan. 24 match.  (Sentinel photo by Lon Zeiders)

Three area teams competed in dual meets last week, and two others participated in individual tournaments over the weekend, as wrestling action begins to wind down in preparation for the 2015 postseason.

Line Mountain 58, Halifax 16, Jan. 22. Six falls, two technical falls and two forfeits were more than enough firepower to catapult the host Eagles to a 42-point victory over Tri-Valley League foe Halifax.

The Eagles got falls from Cole Hauck (113), Cameron Newman (120), Brian Earlston (126), Kenny Boyer (145), Ethan Long (160) and Rogen Shaffer (220).

Collin Klinger (106) and Blake Carl (132) won by technical forfeit for Line Mountain. Brendan Renn (182) and Garrett Kieffer (285) received forfeits.

Halifax had some success in the upper weight matchups, collecting a pin from Travis Enders (195) and a major decision from Tyler Hoffman (170).

Halifax’s talented Jakob Paul did not wrestle. Wes Brady (138) and Cade Wilbert (152) won by decision.

Juniata 66, Upper Dauphin Area 18, Jan. 23. The Indians were too much for the visiting Trojans.  UDA collected just three wins – all falls– from Coy Campbell (120), Connor Boyer (126) and Evan Hoffman (152).


Line Mountain’s light and middle weight strength carried the Eagles to a fourth-place finish at the 30-team New Oxford Invitational Wrestling Tournament held Jan. 23-24.

The Eagles placed wrestlers in the first six weight classes – 106 through 138 – and another at 182 to collect 130.5 team points.

Blue Mountain won the team race with 143.5 points, followed by Troy (137.5) and Pleasant Valley (132).

Cole Hauck was Line Mountain’s highest finisher. The talented freshman won a bevy of tight, one-point bouts to on his way to a second-place in the 126-pound bracket.

After a first-round bye, Hauck edged Biglerville’s Mitchell Thomas 3-2. In the quarterfinals, Hauck beat Susquehanna Twp.’s Michael Dugan 4-3 before knocking off second-seeded Dakota Quick from Tunkhannock 3-2 in the semis.

Hauck’s magical day came to end in the finals, where he ran into top-seeded buzz saw Dalton Revels from Troy.  Revels pinned Hauck in 1:14.

Newman (113), Earlston (120) and Boyer (138) all finished third for the Eagles.

Newman had a first-round bye before pinning his next two opponents to earn a spot in the semis versus AAA state ranked Zurich Storm from host New Oxford. The two talented grapplers wrestled a tight match, but it was Storm who came out on top in a close 4-2 decision, knocking Newman into the consolation bracket. Storm went on to win the 113-pound championship with a 6-2 decision. 

Newman pinned his opponent in the consi semis before winning a 5-0 decision over Northern’s Paul Feite in the third-place bout.

After a first-round bye, Earlston won by fall before dropping a 12-1 decision to second-seeded Caleb Garland from Hanover in the quarterfinals.

Earlston won his next four bouts in the consolation bracket – two decisions, one fall and one major decision – to claim third place.

Boyer collected a fall and a decision after his first-round bye to earn a spot in the championship semis versus top-seeded Bryant Wise from Pottstown. The young Eagle grappler fought hard, but dropped a 5-0 decision, knocking him into the consolation bracket. Once there, Boyer rattled off a 10-3 decision and 11-7 decision to claim his bronze medal.

Klinger (106) finished fourth. After a first round bye and two pins, Klinger squared off against Blue Mountain’s Josh Mason in the semifinals. Mason pinned Klinger in the first period, knocking him into the consi bracket, where Klinger won his first bout 7-2 before dropping a 5-3 overtime decision to James Buchanan’s talented Cameron DeLucia in the third-place bout.

Carl, Line Mountain’s 132-pounder, finished sixth. Carl advanced all the way to the championship semis via a bye, major decision and technical fall before getting pinned by eventual champion Noah Cline from Clearfield.

Carl dropped a tight 3-2 decision in the consi semis before getting pinned in the fifth-place bout.

Renn was Line Mountain’s final place winner, claiming seventh at 182. The second-seeded Renn won by fall after a first-round bye, but dropped a close 4-2 decision in the quarterfinals that put him into the consolation bracket earlier than expected.

Renn won his first consolation bout 2-1 before dropping a 6-2 decision in the consi quarters. The Eagle senior won his final match of the day with an injury default victory in the seventh-place bout.


As has been the case during the past several years, the Bulldogs flexed their individual tournament might the Thomas Subaru Tournament held in Bedford Jan. 23-24.

The Dawgs placed six wrestlers and compiled 156 team points en route to a second-place finish in the team race. Chestnut Ridge won the team title with 190.5 points, and Berlin Brothers valley claimed third with 149 points.

Four finalists paced the Dawgs – Caleb Bordner (120), Sammy Hepler (126), Chase Schaeffer (145) and Hunter Harner (160). The Bulldogs also had two consolation finalists – Anthony Snyder (152) and Danny Scheib (220).

Bordner entered the tournament as the top-seeded 120-pounder, and he lived up to his billing, claiming the Dawgs’ only title of the tournament.

After a first-round bye, Bordner earned a first-period fall over Everett’s Dalton Klotz in the second round. He followed up that fall with another fall in the quarterfinals, this time decking Northern Bedford’s Trey Childers in 1:09.

Bordner continued his pinning ways in his semifinal bout with a fall over Greenville’s Michael Lineman in 3:40. In his only non-fall bout of the tournament, Bordner outlasted Jefferson Morgan’s Brendon Howard for a 6-3 decision in the finals to claim gold.

Hepler, Schaeffer and Harner all finished second.

Hepler had a first-round bye before pinning Berlin Brothersvalley’s Austin Lee in the second round.  In the quarterfinals, he had another pin when he decked Chestnut Ridge’s Luke Hobson in 4:58. 

The talented Bulldog sophomore claimed his spot in the finals with a 9-1 major decision over Central Cambria’s Ian Ostrowski. In the finals, he was on the wrong end of a 7-5 decision versus Bedford’s Jonathan Gabriel, dropping the Bulldog into second place.

Schaeffer, the top seed at 145, had a first-round bye before pinning his first opponent in 29 seconds. He followed up his first-period fall with a 12-4 major decision over Central Cambria’s Austin Gill in the quarterfinals. He earned his spot in the finals with a 6-1 decision over Somerset’s Jon Fabian in the semis.

In the finals, Schaeffer dropped a 6-1 decision to Newport’s Colby Stroup.

Harner started the tournament with a 34-second fall after receiving a first-round bye. The talented senior narrowly escaped the quarterfinals with a 5-3 decision over Central’s Mike Mock before edging Greenville’s Blake Reynolds 5-4 in the semifinals to earn a spot in the championship finals, where he squared off against Berlin Brothersvalley’s Bryce Fochtman. Harner once again battled in a tight match, this time dropping a 4-3 decision to claim second place.

The 220-pound sophomore Scheib had an excellent tournament. After a first-round bye, Scheib edged Chestnut Ridge’s Jon Heming 3-1 in the second round before pinning Claysburg-Kimmel’s Tyle Elder in the quarterfinals.

Scheib dropped a 7-4 decision to Meyersdale’s Ty Smith in the semifinals to drop into the consolation bracket, where he won a 5-1 decision in the consi semis before topping North Star’s Hunter Connor 6-2 in the consi finals to claim third place.

Snyder was Tri-Valley’s final placewinner, claiming fourth in a tough 152-pound bracket. Snyder had a first-round bye, and followed it up with a 4:57 fall over Mount Union’s Nathanael Morgan in the second round.

The Bulldog senior earned a 13-5 major decision over Jefferson Morgan’s Trevor Kniha in the quarterfinals before dropping a 15-6 major decision to Mount Pleasant’s Austin Mears in the championship semis.

Snyder pinned Somerset’s Austin Hemminger in 0:58 in the consolation semis before dropping a 5-2 decision to Burrell’s Damon Greenawald in the third-place bout.


District dual championship brackets were not finalized at press time Jan. 26, but early indicators point to Tri-Valley (District 11, Class AA) and Line Mountain (District 4-AA) are the only two local teams that will qualify for their respective championships.

The Dawgs are slated to be the third seed in the District 11-AA tournament, while the Eagles appear to be the two-seed in the District 4-AA tournament.

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