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P-O crowns three champions at Mountaineer Tournament
Monday, December 10, 2012
By Rich Murawski Assistant Sports Editor
PHILIPSBURG - The Philipsburg-Osceola wrestling team crowned three champions and placed more three in the Top 3 on the way to a second-place finish in the team race at its own JJ Powell Mountaineer Tournament on Saturday.
Chris Thompson (106), Brian Evans (126) and Bub Lumadue (182) earned titles for P-O, while Jay Prentice - the Mounties only other finalist - was the runner-up at 160.
Justin Millard (145) and Nick Gray (220) each charged back through the consolation bracket to garner third-place finishes.
The Mounties, who won their season-opening tournament last season, were 36.5 points behind Central Dauphin East in the team race. But Mountie head coach Tim McCamley says his squad could have significantly closed that gap if it weren't for some costly miscues.
"I think we wrestled hard, but we made a lot of mistakes," he said. "We got pinned five times in matches we were winning. That's tough to come back from.
"But we know what we need to work on. We have a long way to go, but the potential is there to be pretty darn good. I think most of the kids wrestled their hearts out, and some of them had a great tournament. I can't say I'm not pleased, but there's a lot of room for improvement."
Thompson was dominant at 106, earning a first-round bye before recording an early third-period fall in his semifinal. He pinned Central Dauphin East's Anthony Radic in 18 seconds in the championship.
Evans also won by fall in his semifinal after a first-round bye, then topped Somerset's Sheldon Wagner, 3-1, in the finals.
Lumadue took a similar path to the finals as his teammates, getting a bye and a fall, before using a front headlock to take New Oxford's Charlie Hoffman to his back and decking him in 2:24 in the finals.
Prentice lost a tough, 5-4, decision to Somerset's Landon Lohr in their 160-pound title bout in what was likely the most entertaining final of the tournament. He scored a 13-4 major decision over Central Dauphin East's Brandon Mays to get there.
"All our finalists wrestled well," McCamley said. "Jay wrestled a really good match in the finals, and that could have gone in either way."
Curwensville was sixth in the team race with 113.5 points, while Moshannon Valley was right behind the Tide in seventh with 109 points.
Neither squad had a champion, but the Black Knights did produce three runners-up and the Tide had one. Both teams wrestled well in the consolation bracket.
The Golden Tide and Black Knights both had a trio of third-place finishers.
Mo Valley's Ryan Thomas easily outwrestled his fifth seed at 138, earning a spot in the finals, where he was pinned by James Buchanon's Blake Egolf in the second period. Thomas scored a 12-1 major decision in his quarterfinal bout over Curwensville's Brandon Sass before topping top-seeded Jon Fabian, of Somerset, 2-1, in the semis.
Black Knight upper weights James Stodart (195) and Jake Ludwig (220), each seeded first at their weight, fell in very close finals bouts.
"Ryan wanted to go back out and wrestle (Egolf) as soon as the match was over," Mo Valley head coach Justin Fye said. "James and Jake did, too. You can't beat wrestling those caliber of kids right off the bat. They all want to get back out there and wrestle those matches again, and that's the attitude you want to see."
Stodart dropped an 11-8 decision to Somerset's Jacob Nickelson, while Ludwig was nipped, 3-2, by Altoona's Mante Barnes. Both Stodart and Ludwig pinned their semifinal opponents.
"We wanted to come here because we thought this was better competition, and it was," Fye said. "We got pushed, which is good. You don't want to come out the first tournament and just dominate. You need things to improve on. All our kids have things to improve on, and they're coming to us and saying. ‘hey, I need to work on this.' And that's good when kids can do that."
Dylan Fudalski (126), Bryce Bloom (132) and Jack Bunnell (285) placed third for the Knights.
Along the way, Fudalski recorded the tourney's fastest fall, a 17-second pin of Curwensville's Aryan Shearer in the consolation semis. Bunnell avenged an opening round, 5-2, loss to P-O's R.J. Kephart with a 3-1 win in the third-place bout.
"The guys that lost early came back and won matches, and that was nice to see," Fye said. "There was improvement by all the kids throughout the day."
"I was very pleased with how we wrestled. I think our conditioning was great compared to last year. We worked a lot on that. And every kid wrestled tough. I can't say there was one kid that didn't go out and wrestle as hard as he could the whole time."
Curwensville's Tyler Mays (120) was the lone Tide representative in the finals, where he was defeated by Central Dauphin East's Tanner Trephan, 3-1.
The Golden Tide also placed Sam Bressler (113), Zach Tibbens (160) and Nate Wriglesworth (170) third.
Bressler picked up a pair of technical falls in the tournament. Tibbens was 3-1 with three falls. His only loss was an 8-3 setback to Lohr. Wriglesworth recorded two falls after losing his opening bout.
"I was very pleased with the demeanor of our kids and how they finished," Golden Tide head coach Duane Wriglesworth said. "If you look at how the brackets were set up, we met, if not exceeded, our seeds in most cases.
"It was a tough tournament, and it helped up to see some places where we are having difficulties."
In addition to Tanner Trephan, Central Dauphin East had champs in Leo Hidalgo (145) and Austin Trephan (170).
Joining Barnes atop the medal stand for Altoona, which placed third in the team standings, were D.J. Hollingshead (132) and Austin Rosenberry (285).
New Oxford's Lake Laughman (113) and James Buchanon's Casey Glunt (152) were the other titlists.
Thompson, Hollingshead and Barnes were returning Mountaineer Tournament champions.
P-O and Curwensville are back in action on Tuesday.
The Mounties host Bellefonte, while the Golden Tide travel to West Branch. Mo Valley returns to the mat Saturday, hosting the ICC North-South Duals.

2012 JJ Powell Mountaineer Tournament
Team Standings and Key
1. Central Dauphin East, CD, 189.5; 2. Philipsburg-Osceola, PO, 153; 3. Altoona, A, 143; 4. Somerset, SO, 137; 5. New Oxford, NO, 124; 6. Curwensville, C, 113.5; 7. Moshannon Valley, MV, 109; 8. James Buchanon, JB, 80.5.

Championship Finals
106-Chris Thompson, PO, pinned Anthony Radic, CD, 0:18. 113-Lake Laughman, NO, maj. dec. Garrett Foster, SO, 8-0. 120-Tanner Trephan, CD, dec. Tyler Mays, C, 3-1. 126-Brian Evans, PO, dec. Sheldon Wagner, SO, 3-1. 132-D.J. Hollingshead, A, pinned Austin Tucker, JB, 2:55. 138-Blake Egolf, JB, pinned Ryan Thomas, MV, 2:37. 145-Leo Hidalgo, CD, dec. Mike Laue, SO, 5-3.
152-Casey Glunt, JB, dec. Cevon Nguyen, CD, 4-2, OT. 160-Landon Lohr, SO, dec. Jay Prentice, PO, 5-4. 170-Austin Trephan, CD, dec. Markief Knode, A, 6-1. 182-Bub Lumadue, PO, pinned Charlie Hoffman, NO, 2:24. 195-Jacob Nickelson, SO, dec. James Stodart, MV, 11-8. 220-Mante Barnes, A, dec. Jake Ludwig, MV, 3-2. 285-Austin Rosenberry, A, dec. Devin Reed, JB, 3-2.

Third-place finals
106-Jeff Bryan, A, pinned Mike Rudisill, NO, 3:53. 113-Sam Bressler, C, tech fall Nick Krupa, MV, 15-0, 2:20. 120-Damian Jano, SO, pinned Hunter Faith, JB, 1:57. 126-Dylan Fudalski, MV, pinned Joe Porter, CD, 1:56. 132-Bryce Bloom, MV, dec. Cody Cavrich, CD, 1-0. 138-Nolan Poust, NO, pinned Jon Fabian, SO, 3:14. 145-Justin Millard, PO, dec. Trey McKenzie, C, 8-3.
152-Shane Hoff, NO, pinned Daniel Talley, SO, 1:20. 160-Zach Tibbens, C, pinned Brandon Mays, CD, 1:45. 170-Nate Wriglesworth, C, pinned Alex Hunsaker, PO, 4:07. 182-Logan Eller, SO, dec. Trent Kephart, A, 4-3. 195-Anthony Mancuso, CD, pinned Nate Buckrop, A, 3:44. 220-Nick Gray, PO, pinned A.J. Bloom, C, 0:32. 285-Jack Bunnell, MV, dec. R.J. Kephart, PO, 3-1.

Fifth-place finals
106-Jason Koptchak, C, bye. 113-Dan Querry, A, forfeit over Ervin Jones, CD. 120-Bryan Descavish, PO, bye. 126-Zach Schreiber, NO, pinned Aryan Shearer, C, 2:59. 132-Guy Nitchman, NO, pinned Jake Lancaster, C, 3:35. 138-Caleb Shively, PO, pinned Brandon Sass, C, 2:31. 145-Sam Ohler, MV, dec. Cameron Fox, JB, 8-6.
152-Dakota Royer, C, pinned Nate Scheinberg, A, 0:39. 160-Phil Dillen, A, dec. Eli Myers, NO, 6-3. 170-George Bell, NO, bye. 182-Kent Stewart, MV, pinned Dustin Walker, JB, 2:21. 195-Connor Rhodes, NO, bye. 220-Jack Zarkpah, CD, pinned Trey Altland, NO, 3:24. 285-Matt Fitzkee, CD, dec. Brock Hartman, NO, 6-0.

Semifinals
106-Thompson, PO, pinned Rudisill, NO, 4:12; Radic, CD, maj. dec. Koptchak, C, 12-4. 113-Laughman, SO, pinned Querry, A, 1:40; Foster, SO, dec. Bressler, C, 7-1. 120-T. Trephan, CD, dec. Faith, JB, 8-5; Mays, C, dec. Jano, SO, 6-0. 126-Evans, PO, pinned Porter, CD, 1:20; Wagner, SO, maj. dec. Fudalski, MV, 11-3. 132-Hollingshead, A, pinned Nitchman, NO, 1:02; Tucker, JB, dec. Lancaster, C, 8-7. 138-Thomas, MV, dec. Fabian, SO, 2-1; Egolf, JB, pinned Poust, NO, 2:50. 145-Laue, SO, dec. Millard, PO, 3-2; Hidalgo, CD, pinned Ohler, MV, 0:56.
152-Glunt, JB, tech fall Talley SO, 16-1, 2:43; Nguyen, CD, dec. Hoff, NO, 11-9. 160-Lohr, SO, dec. Tibbens, C, 8-3; Prentice, PO, maj. dec. Mays, CD, 13-4. 170-Knode, A, dec. Hunsaker, A, 6-1; A. Trephan, CD, pinned Wriglesworth, C, 4:49. 182-Lumadue, PO, pinned Kephart, A, 2:47; Hoffman, NO, pinned Stewart, MV, 3:44. 195-Stodart, MV, pinned Buckrop, A, 0:46; Nickelson, SO, pinned Mancuso, CD, 2:53. 220-Ludwig, MV, pinned Zarkpah, CD, 0:49; Barnes, A, dec. Gray, PO, 3-1. 285-Reed, JB, pinned Kephart, PO, 2:33; Rosenberry, A, dec. Fitzkee, CD, 5-2.

Consolation Semifinals
106-Bryan, A, pinned Koptchak, C, 2:44; Rudisill, NO, bye. 113-Bressler, C, won by forfeit; Krupa, MV, dec. Querry, A, 8-6, OT. 120-Jano, SO, pinned Descavish, PO, 1:26; Faith, JB, bye. 126-Fudalski, MV, pinned Shearer, C, 0:17; Porter, CD, pinned Schreiber, NO, 2:02. 132-Bloom, MV, dec. Lancaster, C, 4-2; Cavrich, CD, dec. Nitchman, NO, 6-2. 138-Poust, NO, pinned Sass, C, 2:19; Fabian, SO, dec. Shively, PO, 6-4. 145-McKenzie, C, dec. Ohler, MV, 6-2; Millard, PO, dec. Fox, JB. 6-3.
152-Hoff, NO, pinned Royer, C, 0:46; Talley, SO, pinned Scheinberg, A, 1:23. 160-Mays, CD, pinned Dillen, A, 4:44; Tibbens, C, pinned Myers, NO, 4:12. 170-Wriglesworth, C, pinned Bell, NO, 1:37; Hunsaker, PO, bye. 182-Eller, SO, pinned Stewart, MV, 2:31; Kephart, A, pinned Walker, JB, 1:31. 195-Mancuso, CD, pinned Rhodes, NO, 4:10; Buckrop, A, bye. 220-Gray, PO, pinned Altland, NO, 1:54; Bloom, C, pinned Zarkpah, CD, 0:32. 285-Bunnell, MV, pinned Fitzkee, CD, 0:32; Kephart, PO, dec. Hartman, 1:36.

First Round
106-Thompson, PO, bye; Rudisill, NO, pinned Bryan, A, 1:48; Koptchak, C, bye; Radic, CD, bye. 113-Laughman, NO, bye; Querry, A, pinned Jones, CD, 3:56; Bressler, C, tech fall Krupa, MV, 1:38; Foster, SO, bye. 120-Faith, JB, bye; T. Trephan, CD, pinned Descavish, PO, 3:37; Mays, C, bye; Jano, SO, bye. 126-Evans, PO, bye; Porter, CD, pinned Shearer, C, 1:21; Fudalski, MV, pinned Schreiber, NO, 1:09; Wagner, SO, bye. 132-Hollingshead, A, maj. dec. Dallas Kephart, PO, 19-5; Nitchman, NO, maj. dec. Bloom, MV, 8-0; Lancaster, C, dec. Cavrich, CD, 13-6; Tucker, JB, pinned Bailey Phillips, SO, 3:58. 138-Fabian, SO, pinned Shiloh Hicks, A, 1:02; Thomas, MV, maj. dec. Sass, C, 12-1; Poust, NO, pinned Shively, PO, 3:28; Egolf, JB, pinned Josh Miranda, CD, 1:46. 145-Laue, SO, maj. dec. Kyler Bender, A, 14-1; Millard, PO, pinned McKenzie, C, 1:47; Hidalgo, CD, maj. dec. Fox, JB, 14-0; Ohler, MV, won by DQ over Slade Storm, NO, 3:48.
152-Glunt, JB, bye; Talley, SO, pinned Royer, C, 3:33; Nguyen, CD, pinned Scheinberg, A, 2:19; Hoff, NO, pinned Caleb Guy, PO, 2:38. 160-Lohr, SO, bye; Tibbens, C, pinned Dillen, A, 1:43; Mays, CD, pinned Myers, NO, 4:14; Prentice, PO, bye. 170-Knode, A, bye; Hunsaker, PO, pinned Bell, NO, 0:48; Wriglesworth, C, bye; A. Trephan, CD, bye. 182-Lumadue, PO, bye; Kephart, A, pinned Eller, SO, 1:39; Stewart, MV, pinned Walker, JB, 0:47; Hoffman, NO, bye. 195-Stodart, MV, bye; Buckrop, A, pinned Rhodes, NO, 3:15; Mancuso, CD, bye; Nickelson, SO, bye. 220-Ludwig, MV, bye; Zarkpah, CD, tech fall Altland, NO, 16-0, 2:51; Gray, PO, pinned Bloom, C, 0:33; Barnes, A, bye. 285-Reed, JB, bye; Kephart, PO, dec. Bunnell, MV, 5-2; Rosenberry, A, pinned Hartman, NO, 1:36; Fitzkee, CD, pinned Seth Connors, C, 3:02.

First Round Consolations
132-Bloom, MV, dec. D. Kephart, PO, 4-2; Cavrich, CD, pinned Phillips, SO, 2:54. 138-Sass, C, pinned Hicks, A, 0:59; Shively, PO, pinned Miranda, CD, 2:18. 145-McKenzie, C, pinned Bender, A, 1:20; Fox, JB, won by DQ over Storm, NO. 152-Scheinberg, A, pinned Guy, PO, 4:31. 285-Hartman, NO, pinned Connors, C, 1:36.
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