By TY R. STATES
Tussey Mountain went to work against visiting Berlin Brothersvalley Friday. The Titans had a chance to win the meet in the last match but it was the Mountaineers taking a 30-27 decision.
The close meet saw the Titans (7-4) win three of the five matches wrestled and collect two pins and two forfeits. The Mountaineers (3-1) won their two matches by fall and received three forfeits.
Head coach Mason Replogle said a bad decision by himself was the reason for the loss.
“To be honest I screwed up. I should have sent Ezra Masood out at 160 to utilize Luke Brumbaugh but I didn’t really think of that until after it was too late. I’ll take the blame.”
The meet started at 152 and that is where Replogle had Masood wrestle. Later Replogle sent Trevor Husick out at 132 instead of 126 and took Brumbaugh’s place in the lineup.
It was a decision that could have gone either way. The Titans still had their chance to win in the last bout but didn’t come through this time around.
Masood (9-5) got the Titans going with a pin in 1:16 against Collin Gair. Berlin won the next three weight classes by forfeit.
Phillip Brode (4-11) fought hard against Grant Mathias (18-6) in the 215-pound match. Brode kept from being pinned in the first period but was down 10-0. Mathias did score the fall at the 3:02 mark.
Berlin opted not to send out Cory Jose against Matt Watkins (15-1) at heavyweight.
After no matches at 106 and 113, Daylen Ritchey (7-4) won the Titans at 120 by forfeit.
Husick (14-1) then skipped taking a forfeit and wrestled Hunter Cornell (12-9) at 132. It was a good match that saw Husick score a takedown in the first and second periods. In the third Cornell got an escape and then two points at the edge of the circle with 31 seconds left. Husick got away for a 5-3 lead with five seconds left and won the decision.
That left Tussey down 24-21 with two matches left. Chad Weist (12-4) took care of business with the pin over Grant Fisher at 1:34 of the 138-pound match.
The last match at 145 saw Kenny Sheeder (7-6) lose to Berlin’s Landon Ulderich (12-8) in 1:45 to set the final score of the meet at 30-27.
“It could have been a different outcome. They got the matchups they wanted moreso than we did,” commented Replogle.
Tussey Mountain and Huntingdon will be at the Claysburg-Kimmel Duals today.