MEADVILLE — Two area wrestling teams, Brockway and Clearfield, competed at the Tool City Tournament in Meadville over the weekend despite the inclement weather, and the duo combined to bring home eight medals — one of which was gold.
The area’s lone champ was Clearfield senior Luke McGonigal, who took home the title at 195 pounds. McGonigal was joined on the podium at Tool City by Bison teammates Hunter Wright (3rd, 160) and Matt Ryan (6th, 126).
Brockway had five wrestlers bring home medals, led by sophomore Anthony Glasl who was third at 120. Teammate Garrett McClintick was fifth at 196, while Dom Inzana (113), Eric Johnson (170) and Hayden Thompson (285) each placed sixth at their respective weights.
Glasl, McClintick, Inzana and Thompson all reached the semifinals, as did Ryan and McGonigal for Clearfield.
Glasl lost a hard-fought, 3-2, decision in the 120-pound semifinals to Fort LeBoeuf’s Isaac Crowell in a battle of returning Class AA state medalists. Both finished sixth in Hershey last year, Glasl at 106 and Crowell at 113. Crowell went to fall 4-2 in the finals to Seneca Valley’s Louis Newell, a Class AAA runner-up a year ago.
The Rover bounced back with a pair of wins, beating North Allegheny’s Freddy Junko, 5-1, in the consolation finals.
McClintick and McGonigal never met even 5hough both placed at 195.
McClintick, who was pinned in the semis by Harbor Creek’s Lucas Folmar in 3:48, also dropped his next bout before scoring an 8-0 major decision over Eisenhower’s Matt Huling in the fifth-place match.
As for McGonigal, he pinned his way to the 195-pound title. He decked Huling in the semifinals in 2:15 before pinning Folmar in the championship match in 1:46. The Bison was 4-0 on the weekend with three first-period falls.
Inzana was forced to injury default in his 113-pound semifinal bout against Titusville’s Hunter Thompson, then defaulted the rest of the tourney on his way to placing sixth.
Thompson fell victim to eventual champ Chris Julian (Howland, Ohio) via fall in 1:38 in the heavyweight semifinals. The Rover proceeded to drop his next two bouts as well, with Seneca Valley’s Kevin Meeder pinning Thompson in 1:53 in their fifth-place bout.
Johnson was forced to work a little more in the consolation bracket to get back o the medal rounds at 170, where he lost a 10-3 contest to Boiling Springs’ Nick Kostyak in the fifth-place match.
As for Ryan, he lost a tough 7-5 decision to Cambridge Springs’ Tye Varndell, a returning Class AA state qualifier, in the 126-pound semifinals.
Ryan suffered two straight losses after that, including another tight contest to Shaler’s Dylan Winters, 5-4, in the fifth-place bout.
Wright didn’t make the semifinals at 160 but made a strong run through the losers’ bracket to reach the consolation finals, where he pinned Shaler’s Jake Pollak in 2:48.
Brockway finished eighth in the team standings with 108 points, while Clearfield was 14th (84.5). Seneca Valley won the team crown (244), while Boiling Springs (189) and Harbor Creek (177) were second and third, respectively.