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P-O has six in semis at D-6 AAA Tournament
Saturday, February 23, 2013
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
ALTOONA - Philipsburg-Osceola wrestling coach Tim McCamley felt that his team could have wrestled better in a less-than-enthusiastic first day of action at the District 6 Class AAA tournament at the Altoona Fieldhouse.
While his Mounties had a pair of quarterfinal losses by one point each, McCamley's squad still won 6 of the 12 bouts they wrestled on Friday in front of a sparse crowd.
Only one round of wrestling was completed at the tournament, which started an hour later than scheduled due to the elimination of the preliminary round with more wrestlers backing out.
"We didn't wrestle well in a lot of matches," said McCamley. "It just didn't seem like there was a lot of enthusiasm tonight - and not just out of my guys. The gym seemed dead.
"We're going to have a difficult (semifinal) round. We just need to have a little more fire. Some of them did wrestle well and did what was expected."
A pair of P-O No. 2 seeded wrestlers in Brian Evans (126) and Caleb Shively (138) took care of business, while another in 170-pounder Jay Prentice found the sledding much tougher.
The Mounties dropped their first three bouts, but Evans put a stop to their bleeding by decking Bald Eagle Area's Cody Stine in 1:06.
Shively was just as impressive but was much more methodical in his 14-5 handling of Dillon Ault from Bellefonte.
The P-O 138 pounder took Ault down seven times in the match to earn the major decision.
"Evans is wrestling his style," McCamley said. "He's a tough kid and he's got a tough one coming up, but he can beat anyone in the weight class when he's on his game. He wants it bad. There's one kid I won't have to get fired up."
Prentice was the aggressor in his match with Mifflin County's Keith Corson (5-14), but a 5-point move almost ended the P-O senior's bid to earn a spot today's semifinal round.
The pair were tangled up at the edge of the mat when Corson came out on top of a flurry and nearly had Prentice stuck.
Prentice's persistence paid off, however, as he emerged with an 8-7 win.
"He got hit with a 5-point move, but he was doing everything he could offensively," said McCamley. "He tried to finish up above, going for back points, and he got cemented. He learned a lesson - that you only have to win by one."
P-O also got wins from Scott Yarger (145), who weighed in too light Friday morning, Bub Lumadue (182) and Nick Gray (220).
Lumadue pinned Bellefonte's Toby Cain in 43 seconds, while Gray flattened Altoona's Jacob Scheinberg in 3:41.
Despite giving up weight, Yarger was able to overcome a slow start and top Altoona's Kyler Bender, 12-5, thanks to a late 5-point move.
"He called me from the hotel," McCamley said of Yarger, "and said, ‘I have to gain some weight ... I'm too far under.' He weighed 133.5 pounds and I said, ‘okay, let's head for Burger King.'
"He's really giving up a lot of size, but he's got a lot of heart and that's the kind of kid you're looking for."
P-O lost two more potential bids for semifinalists when Bryan Descavish (120) and Dallas Kephart (132) came up shy by one point each.
Descavish appeared to have the upper hand with Central Mountain's Chase Andrus but fell, 8-7, while Kephart was upended by Bald Eagle Area's Clint McCaslin, 6-5, at 132 after giving the Eagle grappler two points on technical violations.
"We lost two matches by one point," said McCamley, "and those are two that we expected to get through. They'll have to wrestle back now.
"Dallas wrestled well. He outwrestled (McCaslin), I thought. He just didn't score well."
P-O wrestlers still alive in the consolation bracket are Nathan Quick (106), Chris Barnhart (113), Kaleb Guy (152) and Dustin Shuey (160).
Mifflin County leads the team standings by seven points over Central Mountain, followed by Bellefonte (48.5), Bald Eagle Area (47) and Altoona (43.5).
P-O is sixth with 40 points.
Action was set to resume at 11 a.m.

Team Standings and Key
1. Mifflin County (MC) 68; 2. Central Mountain (CM) 61; 3. Bellefonte (B) 48.5; 4. Bald Eagle Area (BEA) 47; 5. Altoona (A) 43.5; 6. Philipsburg-Osceola (PO) 40; 7. Hollidaysburg (H) 29; 8. State College (SC) 23; 9. Johnstown (J) 0.
106-Damian Huff, H, pinned Ryan Moore, CM, 2:46; Coby Bainey, BEA, pinned Kyle Catral, SC, 5:00; Daulton Wilson, MC, pinned Jeff Bryan, A, 2:57; Luke Leathers, B, pinned Nathan Quick, PO, :41.
113-Justin Giedroc, BEA, bye; Aaron Witherite, B, maj. dec. Darren Bowser, H, 9-0; Keanan Bottorf, CM, pinned Chris Barnhart, PO, 1:34; Hayden Hidlay, MC, pinned Daniel Querry, A, :44.
120-Trevor Corl, B, bye; Chase Andrus, CM, dec. Bryan Descavish, PO, 8-7; Daniel Sills, SC, pinned Michael Kachik, BEA, 1:42; Isaac Underhill, MC, pinned Mark Kociola, H, 2:26.
126-Noah Stewart, MC, bye; Cole Hanley, CM, dec. Anthony Myers, SC, 4-3; Nate Rosenberger, B, tech fall Nathan Hagg, H, 17-2, 5:13; Brian Evans, PO, pinned Cody Stine, BEA, 1:06.
132-D.J. Hollingshead, A, pinned Rodney Hall, J, 1:09; Clint McCaslin, BEA, dec. Dallas Kephart, PO, 6-5; Jacob Watt, CM, pinned Colton Walls, H, :33; Lucas Besch, MC, maj. dec. Zach Musser, B, 12-2.
138-T.J. Brandt, A, pinned Luciano Tuscano, H, :07; Kevin Bair, MC, pinned J.B. Holden, SC, 3:36; Joseph Powers, BEA, pinned Zach Knepp, CM, :27; Caleb Shively, PO, maj. dec. Dillon Ault, B, 14-5.
145-Brandon Wilson, MC, bye; Scott Yarger, PO, dec. Kyler Bender, A, 12-5; Dillon Kephart, B, dec. Darrin Masorti, CM, 7-2; Derek Horner, SC, bye.
152-Chad Reese, CM, pinned Nathan Scheinberg, A, 1:43; Austin Cable, B, pinned Jake Haun, SC, 4:23; Calob Walls, H, dec. Richard White, J, 6-1; Joe Knarr, MC, pinned Kaleb Guy, PO, 3:11.
160-Gavin Caprio, CM, pinned Dustin Shuey, PO, :43; Alexander Stover, SC, pinned Jesaiah Wilson, J, 4:46; Mitchell Taylor, BEA, dec. Jakob Wolk, H, 3-2; Markief Knode, A, dec. Darion Pierce, MC, 5-1.
170-Nicholas Shawley, B, pinned Phil Dillen, A, 1:07; Benjamin Verbitskey, BEA, pinned Ian Bilofsky, H, 4:53; Jay Prentice, PO, dec. Keith Corson, MC, 8-7.
182-Jake Taylor, BEA, pinned Nick Servello, H, :09; Trenton Kephart, A, pinned Nate Litvin, J, :54; Bub Lumadue, PO, pinned Toby Cain, B, :43; Blaze Buckwalter, CM, pinned Jack Vanervort, SC, :47.
195-Aaron Varner, BEA, bye; Tevin Pulcine, H, pinned Joaquin Alvarez, SC, 3:43; Drew Hannon, MC, pinned Loc Long, CM, 1:29; Mante Barnes, A, tech fall Timothy Benford, B, 16-0, 2:00.
220-Nathan Sharkey, BEA, bye; Nick Gray, PO, pinned Jacob Scheinberg, A, 3:41; Kyle Kahley, MC, pinned Benjamin Putnam, B, :34; Cameron Porter, CM, pinned Aaron Forrer-Levis, SC, :16.
285-Garrett Poorman, B, pinned Joseph Kusmierz-Mobley, SC, 1:25; Caleb Rhodes, MC, pinned David Gawryla, BEA, 5:10; Austin Rosenberry, A, dec. Bryce Hanley, CM, 7-2; Matthew Barton, H, pinned Noah Eckenrode, J, :19.

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