HYDE — The 3rd annual Take Down Cancer — One Match at a Time event switched venues to Clearfield Area School this year and was another rousing success.
The event, which culminated with the Philipsburg-Osceola wrestling team defeating the host Bison 42-31 at Arthur J. Weiss Gymnasium Tuesday, raised $13,759.87 for the Emily Whitehead Foundation and she was on hand to accept the check at center mat during intermission of the dual meet.
The money was raised through T-shirt sales, a bake sale, silent auction, 50/50 and the raffling of 30 baskets of good donated by local businesses.
“First I want to thank my wife Rhonda, and Rusty Hoover. They do a great job. They put on a great event.” Clearfield head coach Jeff Aveni said. “I enjoyed being out (in the lobby) looking at the stuff. I think (assistant coach Andy) Squires outbid me on everything I tried to get.
“It was very nice. There were a lot of things going on. I’m just proud to be a part of it.”
P-O head coach Brad Pataky, making his first visit back to his alma mater as the leader of the Mounties used the event as motivation for his team as lauded the Whitehead family for their fight.
“It’s been incredible how this event has continued to build and build,” P-O head wrestling coach Brad Pataky said.
“One thing we were talking about in the locker room before the match was about how if wrestling is the hardest thing you do in life, you have a pretty good life when you really put things in perspective.
“Emily and her family and the whole Emily Whitehead Foundation are just a group of fighters and when you put that in perspective what they went through, you realize things can always be worse.”
The Mounties went on to pick up the 11-point win over the Bison, beating the hosts 7-6 in contested bouts and picking up a forfeit win.
Nick Bryan (106), Chase Chapman (120), Hunter Weitoish (126), Matt Johnson (152) and Brandon Anderson (195) helped P-O rack up bonus points with pins, while Kyle Taylor took the forfeit at 170.
Clearfield countered with pins from Jude Pallo (132), Quentin Wright (138), Hunter Wright (160) and Luke McGonigal, who moved all the way up to heavyweight from 195.
The Bison were without regular starters Caleb Freeland and Matt Ryan, due to injury.
A full match story will appear in Thursday’s edition of The Progress.