By TY R. STATES
Day one saw good matches and plenty of area wrestlers still alive at the District 6-AA championships in Altoona Friday. Three Bearcats and one Trojan have advanced to the semifinals.
Huntingdon’s Roland Mills, Myles Baney and Zack Peck are in the semis today, along with Mount Union’s Jake Ryan.
Only three of the Bearcats’ 13 wrestlers were eliminated. The Trojans lost three of their nine. Southern Huntingdon still has two competing while Juniata Valley is down to just one competitor.
Mills (33-5) got his day started by pinning Ryan Malone of Bellwood-Antis in 35 seconds 120 pounds. In the quarters Mills pinned Tony DiPaola from Forest Hills at the 3:56 mark, after building an 11-3 lead in the first period.
In the semifinals today Mills faces Ian Crouch (31-5) from Central.
At 182, Baney (27-6) carried his top seed into the semifinals. He stopped Isaac Piper of Ligonier Valley in 21 seconds. Then Baney downed Tyrone’s Zack Lash in 3:09.
Baney will see Mason Muto (29-8) from Westmont Hilltop in the semis.
Peck (21-12) is Huntingdon’s other semifinalist at 195. The senior beat Chandler Burns of Bald Eagle Area 7-1. He then pinned Bellwood’s Dominic Caracciolo in 1:32.
Peck will go up against top-seeded Tanner Dluhos (32-6) from Westmont in the semifinals.
Ryan (32-1) is on the path that leads from districts to regionals to states where he hopes to return to the championship bout and win this time. He pinned Dan Smith from Marion Center in 29 seconds and then Austin Wagner of Penn Cambria in 1:02 in the 220-pound bracket. Those two wins gave Ryan 142 for his career which ties Huntingdon’s Jon Wagner for third all-time in Huntingdon County history.
Ryan’s semifinal match will be against Tyler Anderson (15-9) from Philipsburg-Osceola.
Four of the nine local grapplers that lost in the quarterfinals are from Huntingdon.
Freshman 106-pounder Logan Dunsmore (24-12) open with a fall on Caden Milne of Richland at 1:59. He lost 4-2 to Tyrone’s Korry Walls. Earlier this season Dunsmore fell 14-7 to Walls.
Dunsmore begins the fourth round of consolations against Cam Stewart from Marion Center.
At 126, Reamer (12-11) won 7-1 over Scott Frantz of Philipsburg before losing in 55 seconds to top seed Jackson Arrington (24-1) of Forest Hills.
Reamer begins today’s action against Nick Kost from Bellwood.
Deline (22-10) won 16-0 over Niko Smeal of Moshannon Valley, then lost 9-3 to Ethan Marcozzi from Bishop McCort at 160. Deline starts today against Hunter Holbay from Westmont.
Peters (17-11) defeated Dom Shaw of Philipsburg 21-3 in 5:40 at 170. He then lost to No. 1 seed Tyler Stoltzfus (32-1) from St. Joseph’s.
Peters opens today against Michael Fowkes of Central.
Mount Union freshman Peirson Price (11-11) won his first match 20-4 over Nathan Rabenstein from Bellwood at 106. Then it was Ligonier Valley’s Josh Harbert sending Price to the consolations by an 18-2 score.
Price will see Cam Stewart of Marion Center in his first bout today.
Second-seeded Bryce Beatty (30-4) was knocked down in the quarterfinals at 113. First Beatty beat Huntingdon’s Eden Wagner (16-16) 9-4. Central Cambria’s Zach Brandis won a 3-2 decision to upset Beatty.
Beatty wrestles Tyler Biesinger from Central to start his work in the consys today.
Southern Huntingdon senior Wyatt Campbell (20-8) pinned Robert Lazer of Central Cambria in 38 seconds, then won a 6-3 decision over Braden Phister of Penn Cambria at 152. St. Joseph’s Caleb Dowling (34-4) beat Campbell in the quarters 16-0.
Campbell opens today against Tanner Hall of Central.
Rocket junior Brody Pyles (13-10) pinned Blairsville’s Cody Mock in 1:21. He then fell in 1:59 to Seth Dudurich of Glendale at 195.
Pyles’ first match today is against Ethan Eicher of Central.
Huntingdon’s Morgan McDivitt (13-18) won by fall before losing 16-1 at 132. He scored another pin and a 9-5 decision over Malachi Thompson from Penns Valley kept him alive.
McDivitt gets Gabe Dunkelberger of Philipsburg next.
Bearcat Chandler Lauer (23-12) started with a pin against Juniata Valley’s Michael Miller (3-12). A loss by fall then a forfeit and another pin keep Lauer going today at 138.
Lauer will wrestle Dustin Flinn from Forest Hills.
Huntingdon’s Gunner Singleton (14-15) lost by fall, but beat Ethan Cafeo from Richland in 56 seconds. Singleton will see Rylee Brungart from Penns Valley next at 220.
After losing to Beatty, Wagner scored a fall before being eliminated 8-2 by Justin Darlington (Penns Valley).
Trojan Caden Chilcote (19-10) lost his first match 13-2 at 120, but pinned Mason St. Clair of Glendale to stay alive. He sees Moshannon Valley’s Jake Ball today.
Mount Union’s Will Harkleroad (15-12) won a fall then lost one. He scored two more pins in 37 and 29 seconds respectively to keep wrestling today at 182.
Harkleroad goes up against Ethan Kuba of Central Cambria.
Clayton Arnold (18-11) was 1-1 for the Trojans. A 4-1 win put him in the quarters where he lost in the third period.
Arnold gets Ethan Eicher from Central next at 195.
The only Hornet remaining is senior Isaac Watson (20-4) at 170. He lost a fall then won a tough 10-7 match against Matthew Knepp from Bald Eagle Area.
Watson takes on Dristen Wolfe from Penns Valley today.
Southern’s Caden Scott was 2-2 and eliminated. Going 1-2 and eliminated for Huntingdon was Adrian Lender; Mount Union Deegan Rittenhouse and Jayce Reck; Juniata Valley’s Gabe McMahon.
Also seeing their season end after day one were Huntingdon’s Thomas McDivitt; Mount Union’s Connor Seiber; Juniata Valley’s Nathanael Allison, Samuel Wagner, Ben Carolus, and TJ Wilson; and Southern’s Cole Hicks, Evan Herrington, Brandon Runk, and Breydan Whisler.
Wrestling gets underway at 11 a.m. today. The championship, consolation finals, and fifth/sixth place matches are scheduled after the Hall of Fame induction at 5:30 p.m.