A vast majority of the Tri-County Area wrestling teams were in action over the weekend at individual tournaments, with all those schools enjoying varying degrees of success.
DuBois hit the road to the Pittsburgh area to compete at the Chartiers Valley Invitational Saturday, and all the Beavers did was crown three champs and place 12 wrestlers in the Top 6 en route to capturing the team crown.
A quartet of area schools — Brockway, Clearfield, Ridgway and Johnsonburg — competed at West Branch’s Ultimate Warrior Tournament over the weekend and combined to win two titles and place 13 wrestlers in the Top 8.
Out in Grove City, three more area teams — St. Marys, Redbank Valley and Curwensville — competed at the Fred Bell Memorial Tournament. St. Marys headlined that group, as the Dutch finished third in the team standings after having six wrestlers land on the podium with Top 6 finishes.
DuBois’ effort at Chartiers Valley was spearheaded by the trio of Trenton Donahue (106), Ed Scott (113) and Carson Hanna (160), who all came away with individual titles.
Donahue recorded three falls on his way to the finals at 106 before recording a 14-0 major decision over Carlynton’s Eddie Huelm for the title.
Scott racked up five pins on his way to the 113-pound crown. Four of those falls came in the first period, including in the finals where the Beaver decked Bentworth’s Manny Dovshek in 1:10.
Hanna captured the 160-pound weight class with a tight 3-2 win over Southmoreland’s Jaden Datz in the championship bout.
DuBois’ strong weekend didn’t stop with those three champs though.
Dalton Woodrow (120), Izsak Kerner (170) and Dave Henninger (195) each reached the finals at their respective weights before falling in the finals to come away with second-place finishes.
Woodrow suffered an 11-3 loss in the finals to returning Class AAA state runner-up Louis Newell of Seneca Valley.
Teammates Kolby Ho (132), Austin Fairman (138), Brock Adams (145), Lance Henninger (152) each lost bouts but battled back to take home third-place finishes, while Alex O’Harrah (285) and Matt Starr (220) placed fifth and sixth, respectively.
Ho’s lone loss was a 2-1 tiebreaker decision to Southmoreland’s Tyler Griffiths, a two-time Class AA state qualifier who placed eighth two years ago.
“Our guys did a great job this weekend,” said DuBois coach Luke Bundy. “They wrestled hard and worked very hard at correcting different things we have been working on.
“Izsak (Kerner) and Oz (Austin Fairman) had really good weekends. They both got to their offense and stayed in good position. Both of them had comeback wins, and they just really put together a nice tournament.
“We made it through the weekend healthy, and hopefully confidence is running high for our guys and they are looking forward to district duals because it is really the fun and exciting time of the season. And, I think we are ready for the challenge ahead.”
At the Ultimate Warrior Tournament, Ridgway’s Kyle Bush (113) and Clearfield’s Luke McGonigal (182) captured the area’s lone titles.
Bush (No. 2 seed) went 3-0 on the weekend and scored a 9-5 win in the finals over top-seeded Jon Consorti of Wilson. Consorti placed eighth in the state in Class AA a year ago.
McGonigal, the top seed at 182, pinned all four opponents he faced. The Bison pinned Marion Center’s Brad Smith in 50 seconds in the semifinals before decking Towanda’s Joe Koss in 42 seconds in the finals.
McGonigal was one of five Clearfield placewinners, as the Bison finished seventh in the team race with 118 points. Ridgway, which had four land on the podium, was right behind the Bison in ninth with 113 points. Altoona (185.5) won the team crown, with Shippensburg (171) coming in second.
McGonigal was joined in the podium by teammates Hunter Wright (2nd, 145), Matt Ryan (6th, 120), Caleb Freeland (2nd, 138) and Trae Kitko (7th, 285).
Wright, the fourth seed at 154, opened his weekend with two falls, including a pin of third-seeded Challen Cornetto of Marion Center in 4:12 in the quarterfinals.
The Bison then knocked off second-seeded Tyler Wileman of Juniata, 7-6, in the semis. However, Wright was pinned in the finals in 49 seconds by top-seeded Gage McClenahan of Bald Eagle Area.
Bush was joined in the finals by Elker teammate Colton McClain, who rattled off three straight pins to reach the 285-pound finals and set up a showdown against Shippensburg’s Cameron Tinner in a battle of returning state qualifiers (McClain in AA, Tinner in AAA).
Tinner came out on top, 9-4, to claim the heavyweight title.
Ridgway also had two other placewinners in Logen McClain (3rd, 138) and Bryce Barclay (5th, 126).
Brockway collected three placewinners at the tourney, with freshman Anthony Glasl making a run to the 106-pound finals as the No. 4 seed. After posting two bonus-point victories, Glasl notched an impressive 10-7 win in the semifinals against Mifflin County’s Christian Fisher.
However, Glasl droped a tough 3-2 decision in the finals to Wilson freshman Elijah Bundro, the third seed.
The Rovers also had a pair of third-place finishers in Garrett McClintick (170) and Mark Latuska (220).
McClintick reached the semifinals with a pair of wins before falling to Altoona’s Brinton Simington, 15-3. But, the Rover bounced back with two straight wins, beating Marion Center’s Cameren Gett, 7-4, in the third-place match.
Latuska actually lost in the quarterfinals before ripping off four straight wins in the consolation bracket. Latuska capped that run by pinning United’s Riley Miller in 2:01 in the third-place match. The Rover exacted some revenge with the fall, as Miller had beaten Latuska 5-1 in the quarterfinals.
Johnsonburg had one placewinner at the Ultimate Warrior, as Joey Elinksi went 3-3 and placed eighth at 160 pounds.
Out in Grove City, full results were tough to come by as of press time.
St. Marys had the best showing of the three local squads with their third-place team showing.
Dutchmen Tyler Dilley and Alec Bittler both reached the finals before falling to come away with runner-up finishes. That duo were joined on the podium by teammates Brandon Cherry (4th), Cameron Resch (5th), Christian Setffan (6th) and Greg Tettis (6th).
Redbank Valley had two placewinners in Ethan Wiant and Mason Songer.
Wiant beat Curwensville’s Zach Holland, 4-1, in the third-place bout at 106 pounds, while Songer was pinned by the Golden Tide’s Blake Passarelli in 2:33 in the third-place bout at 113.
Curwensville had a third placewinner in Steven McClure, who made the finals at heavyweight. McClure won his first three bouts before falling 2-0 in the finals to General McLane’ Jacob Lenhardt.