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High School Wrestling - Week Two Summary
Trojans host tourney, place 2nd 'Dawgs, Eagles are 2-4 at Best
By Tony Matter, CONTRIBUTING WRITER



UDA’s Jackson Kennerly is in control against Littlestown’s Jeremy Gazman. (Sentinel photo by Lon Zeiders)

High school wrestling action is starting to pick up in the Sentinel’s coverage area. Several local teams participated in individual and dual meet tournaments to start the season. 

UDA DUALS

The Trojans finished second at their annual invitational dual tournament Dec. 13, beating Columbia and Shamokin before falling to Littlestown in the finals.

UDA 48, Columbia 24. The Trojans used five pins and three forfeits to double-up Columbia.  Conner Boyer (113), Coy Campbell (120), Evan Hoffman (152), Hayden McAllister (182) and Colin Harner (220) all earned falls for Upper Dauphin.

UDA 48, Shamokin 30. For the second time in the day, the Trojans earned five pins and collected three forfeits to compile 48 points in victory.  Boyer (113), Campbell (126), Jackson Kennerly (160), McAllister (195) and Harner (220) won by fal.

Littlestown 51, UDA 27.  The Trojans were overmatched in the finals, winning just three contested bouts and collecting two forfeits. Campbell (126) and Kennerly (160) won by fall. Harner won the only other contested bout for UDA, earning a 6-4 decision at 195.

TOM BEST JR. MEMORIAL

The Sentinel’s coverage area was well represented at the prestigious Tom Best Jr. Memorial Tournament (formerly the Top Hat Tournament) Dec. 5-6. 

Tri-Valley finished in second place in the team standings, placing eight wrestlers to finish with 175 team points. Line Mountain wasn’t far behind the ’Dawgs. The Eagles also placed eight wrestlers on their way to 149.5 team points, good enough for fourth place. Central Mountain won the team title with 229 team points.

Chase Schaeffer (145) and Anthony Snyder (152) won titles for the Bulldogs.  Collin Klinger (113) and Cameron Newman (120) earned gold for the Eagles.

Joining the four local champions on the tournament podium were Tri-Valley’s Caleb Bordner (126), second place; Sammy Hepler (132), second place; Danny Scheib (220), second place; Kyle Stephen (120), fourth place; Hunter Harner (160), fourth place; Shykir Bethea (170), seventh place; and Line Mountain’s Brendan Renn (195), second place; Brian Earlston (126), fourth place; Garrett Kieffer (285), fourth place; Kenny Boyer (138), sixth place; Blake Carl (132), seventh place; and Rogen Shaffer (220), eighth place.

Champions. Schaeffer punched his ticket to the championship with a dominating 14-4 major decision over Red Lion’s Cody Stern in the championship semis.  He was even more impressive in the finals, pinning Muncy’s Cam Good in 1:10.

Snyder kept the Tri-Valley momentum going in the weight class following Schaeffer. After a tight 4-3 win over Dylan Guerreri of Red Lion in the semis, Snyder won his championship bout over Jersey Shore’s Seth Young via injury default after just 0:26 seconds. Young injured his hand fending off a Snyder shot attempt.

Klinger earned his trip to the finals with a tight 1-0 victory in the semifinals over Hughesville’s Braden Stahlnecker. He improved his margin of victory in the finals, notching a 6-2 decision over Jersey Shore’s Hunter Zondory to claim gold.

Newman’s spot in the finals came via a 21-5 tech fall over Montoursville’s Morgan Comini. His bout was much closer in the finals – a 3-2 decision over Central Mountain’s Keanan Bottorf.

Second Place. Bordner won 1-0 over Derek Wilson of Southwestern in the semis before falling 3-1 in the finals to Roshaun Cooley of Williamsport.

Hepler reached the finals via a 4-3 decision over Lewis Williams from Central Columbia, before getting pinned by Schuylkill Valley’s Josh Giorgio.

Renn notched his spot in the finals with a 6-4 win over Jersey Shore’s Dominick Loffredo, but fell 4-2 in overtime to Clearfield’s Travis Ogden.

Scheib beat Montoursville’s Ben Cerney 6-5 in the semis before losing by fall by South Western’s Seth Janney.

Fourth Place. Stephen dropped a 1-0 decision to Muncy’s Angelo Barberio in the consolation finals, while teammate Harner dropped a 5-1 decision to Central Mountain’s Demetri Probst.

Brian Earlston lost a 12-6 decision to Bald Eagle Area’s Seth Koleno in the consy finals, and Kieffer was pinned by Central Mountain’s Bryce Hanley.

Sixth Place. Boyer dropped a 6-4 decision to Clearfield’s Noah Cline in the fifth-place bout.

Seventh Place. Carl earned seventh with a 15-5 major decision over Bald Eagle Area’s Cobey Bainey, while Bethea edged Schuylkill Valley’s George Limberiou 9-5.

Eighth Place. Shaffer was pinned by Williamsport’s Kade Gardner in the seventh-place bout.

NEWPORT DUALS

Halifax won four-of-nine bouts at the recent Newport Duals, but collected four forfeits en route to a 48-31 point victory over Cedar Crest. In addition, Cade Wilbert (160), Tyler Hoffman (182), Travis Enders (195) and Jakob Paul (220) all had first-period falls.

East Penn 45, Halifax 34. The ’Cats won three contested bouts and collected three forfeits against the Panthers. Nathaniel Enders (138) and Paul (220) won by fall, while teammate Glen Enders (120) earned a 10-1 major decision.

Camp Hill 59, Halifax 15. Halifax jumped to a 15-0 lead, but couldn’t hold on once Camp Hill got rolling.  Landon Bruner’s 6-4 decision at 106 was sandwiched between pins by Paul (285) and Jon Geiling (113).

The Lions scored 59 unanswered points after Geiling’s fall.

SHEETZ HOLIDAY CLASSIC

Williams Valley earned 82 team points, good enough for a 14th place finish, in this 29-team event at Penn-Cambria High School Dec. 12-13.

Ian Minnich (285), the highest Viking place winner, finished second. Minnich was joined on the podium by teammates Willy Girard (113), third place; and James Cox (220), sixth place.

Minnich earned his spot in the championship finals with a 13-6 decision over Anthony Collins from Berlin Brothers Valley. He was pinned in the second period of his finals bout by BryLee Shumaker of Riverbend.

Girard lost 11-4 in the semis to eventual champion Max Murin from Central Cambria before running the table in the consolation bracket to claim third. In the consis, Girard beat Liam Mairena from Colonial Forge before claiming a 2-1 decision over Aaron Black from James Wood in the third-place bout.

Cox fought through the consolation bracket before getting pinned in his final two bouts to leave with a sixth-place medal.

MUSTANG DUALS

Halifax 39, Pine Grove 30. Halifax won eight-of-12 contested bouts to edge the Cardinals. Ethan Shetterly (126), Eric McBurney (152) and Travis Enders (220) won by fall. Bruner (106), Lucas Burke (132), Nathaniel Enders (145), Wilbert (160) and Paul (285) won by decision.

Midd-West 46, Halifax 27. The ’Cats won two of 10 contested bouts and collected three forfeits. Paul (220) won by fall and Bruner (106) won by decision.



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