PHILIPSBURG — The fourth annual Take Down Cancer event between Clearfield and Philipsburg-Osceola raised $10,077 to support the Emily Whitehead Foundation.
In the four years the event has been going on, more than $55,000 has been raised for the foundation, which assists in increasing awareness and funds for research that supports T-Cell therapy and other immunotherapy cancer treatments.
Then the Mounties took down the Bison in convincing fashion in an expectedclose match, winning the first five weights, including a stunning defensive pin by freshman Austin Foster at 120, and rolling to a 53-19 win before a big crowd at the P-O gymnasium on Thursday night.
“It was a good match up and down the lineup, I think,” said P-O coach and former Clearfield state champion Brad Pataky. “We’ve definitely been preparing in different situations, and it showed out there today in our mat awareness. We’ve been working a lot on just continuing to wrestle, not stopping and wrestling every single second of the match. It showed today, I think.”
“It should have been close,” Clearfield coach Jeff Aveni said. “We got pinned in two matches we were favored in right off the bat. From that point, we hung our heads. We knew what we were up against at that point, and that put us in trouble.”
The crowd was into the prematch ceremonies, fundraisers and the match.
“The environment is electric,” Pataky said, “but it’s awesome to see the real reason why we have this type of event. It’s not for one team or the other. It’s not even for wrestling. It’s for a bigger cause. You think you’re having a really rough day, but compared to what some people are going through, we have no clue. Our day is a piece of cake compared to some people.”
“We got overwhelmed by the atmosphere, I felt,” Aveni said. “It was a good crowd. It was a good event, and we just didn’t wrestle very well.”
The Bison had to forfeit three weights, including at 106 to Nick Bryan. P-O’s Nick Coudriet cradled Nolan Barr for the fall in 1:06 at 113.
Foster and Clearfield’s Karson Kline were tied, 2-2, in the third period when Kline attempted to tilt the Mountie. Foster, though, forced Kline’s shoulders to the mat and referee John Edgell slapped the mat in 4:19, exciting the P-O crowd.
“I thought 120 was a little quick,” Aveni said. “They yelled ‘He’s pinned.” The referee never saw it, and as soon as he saw our shoulders down, he thought we were pinned. They talked him into it, and they got it.”
“Kline was trying to tilt, and Austin caught his leg,” Pataky said. “He kept it and kept sitting back, which was really good mat awareness on his part.”
At 126, P-O’s Gabe Dunkelberger took a 4-2 lead over Luke Freeland into the third period, scoring a takedown with 7 seconds left in the first period and reversing with 20 seconds left in the second. Dunkelberger added a takedown in the third to win, 7-4.
“Some people might think those were upsets,” Pataky said of the first four weights, “but I don’t honestly believe that. These guys have been working extremely hard, and they’re going to continue to get better.”
After P-O’s Chase Chapman rolled to an 18-2 technical fall over Peyton Smay in 4:06, Jude Pallo got the Bison (1-4) on the board with a 10-2 major decision over Alex Dunkelberger. Pallo scored five takedowns to get the major.
“He’s just getting back,” Aveni said of Pallo. “He’s been hurt, still dinged up a little bit. He went from one injury to another, and then he had another injury. He sucked it up and got a win.”
Clearfield’s Caleb Freeland’s pin in 1:25 made the score 26-10 at halftime.The Mounties decided to shift their lineup up with no 285-pounder available.
“At that point when we realized we might have the match wrapped up, it was a good time to give (the upper weights) a test,” Pataky said. “But it was a very, very last second decision.”
After the break, P-O’s Tristan Beauseigneur won by forfeit. Clearfield’s Cole Smay and P-O’s Hunter Weitoish went to the second at 160 tied, 3-3, but Weitoish, up a weight, went on to build a 13-4 lead before getting the pin in 5:03. P-O held a 38-10 lead.
Clearfield freshman Mark McGonigal made a second-period escape and a tough third-period ride stand up in a 1-0 win over Matt Shimmel.
In an entertaining 182-pound bout, Clearfield’s Brett Zattoni and P-O’s Kaleb Stamm were tied, 4-4, in the third period when Stamm scored a takedown with 57 seconds remaining. Zattoni escaped with 20 seconds left, but Stamm won, 6-5.
“I think Kaleb realizes wrestling is a good fit for him,” Pataky said. “He’s always looking to get better, and that’s a good feeling when a kid wants to get better.”
Nick Domico’s pin in 1:34 over Parker Moore at 195 turned out to be Clearfield’s last win. P-O’s Dylan Yastro won by forfeit at 220.
In another stunning turn of events, Clearfield’s Avery Gisewhite took a 1-0 lead over Tyler Anderson into the third at 285, but Anderson reversed him to his back and pinned him in 4:50.
“Tyler just kept looking to score,” Pataky said. “He wanted to win so bad, he found a way to make it happen.”
P-O (6-3) is back in action Tuesday, hosting Bald Eagle Area.
Clearfield travels to the Tool City Tournament at Meadville on Friday.
106—N. Bryan, PO, won by forfeit. (6-0).
113—Coudriet, PO, pinned Barr, 1:06. (12-0).
120—Au. Foster, PO, pinned Kline, 4:19. (18-0).
126—G. Dunkelberger, PO, dec. L. Freeland, 7-4. (21-0).
132—Chapman, PO, tech. fall P. Smay, 18-2, 4:06. (26-0).
138—Pallo, C, maj. dec. A. Dunkelberger, 10-2. (26-4).
145—C. Freeland, C, pinned Butler, 1:25. (26-10).
152—Beauseigneur, PO, won by forfeit. (32-10).
160—Weitoish, PO, pinned C. Smay, 5:03. (38-10).
170—McGonigal, C, dec. Shimmel, 1-0. (38-13).
182—Stamm, PO, dec. Zattoni, 6-5. (41-13).
195—Domico, C, pinned Moore, 1:34. (41-19).
220—Yastro, PO, won by forfeit. (47-19).
285—Anderson, PO, pinned Gisewhite, 4:50. (53-19).