For the third time in the last week of the regular season, the Tyrone wrestling team found themselves in another tight dual meet coming down to the last match.
Just like Monday against Bellwood-Antis, the Eagles went to the last bout tied at 36. And Saturday’s meet ended in similar fashion to Hunter Walk’s pin on Monday as Mason Walls got the final laugh on Saturday afternoon to help the Eagles beat Moshannon Valley, 42-36, at Tyrone High School.
Tyrone also had one of its closest duals of the year on Tuesday in a 42-41 loss to Central.
“I think it just shows that we’re getting better as the year goes on,” said Golden Eagle head coach Terry Tate. “We’re able to peak at the right time of the season. This is right where you want your guys wrestling the best they can do. I think it says a lot about us. It says a lot about our young guys being able to get some big wins. It was an awesome way to finish out the year.”
Mo Valley’s Carsyn Good got the meet started at 132 with a forfeit.
At 138, the Black Knights’ Micah Delattre worked himself to an 8-0 lead over Brandon Ixtepan before getting the fall at 4:57.
Tyrone got on the board in a big way at 145 as Alex Weaver earned a big win over 2017 state qualifier Alex Richner.
Richner built a 4-0 lead through the first period and a half, but Weaver earned an escape point and a late takedown in the second to cut it to 4-3. Weaver took down in the third and got a reverse to start the period before getting three back points at the end of the match to get an 8-4 win.
“Alex all year has been working hard and trying to get better,” Tate said. “He’s finally at a point now where he’s got his weight down to where he’s supposed to be wrestling. I think he’s able to wrestle a little harder now and a little better. He’s been wrestling really tough for the last month or so. I knew if he would go out there and wrestle the way he can wrestle, he’d be able to win that match. It’s huge for his confidence and it’s a huge statement going into the district tournament.”
Adam Daniel then got a forfeit at 152 for Mo Valley, giving the Black Knights their largest lead of the meet at 18-3.
Tyrone then responded with a pair of first period falls at 160 and 170 from Zach Lash and Tommy Hicks to cut it to 18-15.
The Black Knights got an injury default win at 182 as Aric Reader illegally slammed Caleb Bickle.
Jack Lewis (195) and Braeden Nevling-Ray (220) both received a forfeit to give the Eagles their first lead at 27-24.
At 285, Mo Valley’s Trae Kitko powered down the Eagles’ Parker Allen for a takedown before getting the fall at 1:03.
The Black Knights’ Murry Lonesky then got a forfeit at 106 to give Mo Valley a 36-27 lead with three bouts remaining.
At 113, Tyrone’s Ashton Sipes once again moved up from his usual spot at 106 and earned a workmanlike 8-2 decision over Jake Ball. Sipes got a takedown in each of the first two periods before getting three back points to end the second. He gave up a takedown in the third before grabbing an escape point at the end, but couldn’t get a final takedown for a major decision.
Walk made quick work of the Black Knights’ Austin Shoff at 120 with a pin at 1:47 to tie the match at 36.
In the last match of the day, Walls jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead before pinning Chris Milligan to end the match.
Tyrone finished the dual meet season at 4-10.
Now the Golden Eagles will shift their focus to the District 6 Class AA Tournament, which will be on Friday and Saturday at the Altoona High School Fieldhouse.
“I think we just have to keep doing what we’re doing,” said Tate. “Our guys are getting better every match. Our guys are getting better every day. We’re just going to keep it business as usual.”
Action will begin at 10:30 a.m. on both days of the district tournament.
Tyrone 42, Moshannon Valley 36