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High School Wrestling Summary
Williams Valley grapplers
defeat Halifax

In the 285-pound class, Williams Valley's Ian Minnich puts his weight on the left arm of Halifax's Jake Paul. (Sentinel photo by Todd Gearhart)

Local wrestling action continued last week with several squads competing in dual meets.

The winter weather delayed a tri-meet with Williams Valley, Newport, and Schuylkill Haven. The meet was originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 22 and was rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 26. Results will be posted in next week’s edition.

As of this week, Williams Valley and Upper Dauphin Area remain tied for first in Division II of the Schuylkill League.

Williams Valley 48, Halifax 21, Jan. 20. There were lots of bonus points in the Vikings’ 27-point victory over the Wildcats. The two teams combined for six falls and four major decisions in the 12 contested bouts. The Vikes got the majority of the bonus-point victories, collecting four falls and three major decisions.

The match started at 170 pounds, where Halifax took a quick 6-0 lead after Cade Wilbert notched one of Halifax’s two falls by planting the Vikes’ Dylan Moyer on his back in just 51 seconds.

Devon Rabuck (182) and Kailin Hoffman (195) collected back-to-back falls for the Vikes in the next two bouts to give the visitors a 12-6 lead, but it was short lived, as Williams Valley forfeited the 220-pound bout to setup a marquee match-up at 285, where the Vikes talented upper weight Ian Minnich squared off against Halifax’s equally impressive Jake Paul.

As expected, Minnich and Paul kept things close, ending regulation tied 1-1. Minnich secured the bout’s only takedown in sudden victory overtime to notch a tight 3-1 victory that put Williams Valley up 15-12 – a lead it would not relinquish.

The Vikes’ Chett Pesta (106) pinned Halifax’s Kyler Schadel before his talented lightweight teammate, Willy Girard (113), received a forfeit that extended the Williams Valley lead to 27-12.

Halifax’s Justin Brady (120) earned a 15-6 major decision over J.T. Girard before the Vikes went on a five-bout win streak that included three major decisions and one fall, putting the match out of reach.

Alex Raho (126) majored Halifax’s Landon Bruner and Matt Kemble (132) did the same to the Cats’ Reece Bruner. Shane Harris (138) earned a tight 4-1 decision before Colten Rebuck (145) collected another major decision and Jason Chamberlain notched a fall for the Vikes.

The Wildcats’ Grant Klinger (160) pinned Williams Valley’s Travis Martin in the final bout of the night, but a team point was deducted, making the final score 48-21.

Lehighton 49, Tri-Valley 15, Jan. 20. The Dawgs fronted the Indians 24 points via four forfeits, and won just three of eight contested bouts in a 34-point loss in Hegins last week.

Sammy Hepler (132) and Kolt Schaeffer (182) won by fall. Chase Schaeffer (152) earned a 9-2 decision for Tri-Valley’s only other victory. There were double forfeits at 120 and 170.

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