The Garrett Scott Memorial Tournament brought eight teams to Alexandria Saturday. Southern Huntingdon had three wrestlers in first place and was second in the final team standings.
Kole Winfield (285), Casey Willis (220), and Jordan Bailey (138) won their respective weight classes for the Rockets.
Tony Porter (132) and Dalton Dick (285) placed third for the Hornets.
The format was round robin with however many wrestlers were entered for each weight class. Some brackets only had two grapplers while others had five or six.
Jersey Shore won the team title with 197 points, followed by the Rockets (160) and Marion Center (130.5). Juniata Valley was sixth with 32 points.
The Rockets and Hornets are in final preparations for the District 6-2A wrestling championships Friday and Saturday at the Altoona High School Field House.
“We finished second overall. A lot of our guys haven’t wrestled for almost two weeks,” Southern Huntingdon head coach Andy Hull said. “We got to knock the rust off make weight again. We competed well. Now we have a week to work on things and get ready for districts.”
Winfield (24-2) is ready to hit the postseason and work his way to Hershey. He got to wrestle four times and won by fall in three of the bouts.
First it was Joshua Weaver (Sugar Valley) falling in 48 seconds. Jersey Shore’s Lee Springman went down in 1:15, then he took an 11-6 decision over Marvin Beatty of Marion Center. Winfield finished by pinning Junita Valley’s Dalton Dick (5-13) in 11 seconds.
Willis (18-11) only had one opponent so they wrestled a best of three series. Robert King of Sugar Valley won the first match in 2:54. Willis scored a 9-7 decision to force one more bout. A fall in 4:46 gave Willis first place.
Bailey (20-8) won two matches to take first place. He won 1-0 over Gabe Packer (Jersey Shore) and then pinned Marion Center’s Vinnie Fry at the three minute mark.
Wyatt Campbell (14-14) had four matches, winning three for second place at 152. He won his first two matches by fall before an 8-2 loss to Jonathan Smith (Jersey Shore). Campbell pinned Jadden Moore (Columbia) at the 1:26 mark.
Kolten Whitsel (12-10), Cole Hicks (10-10), and Brandon Runk (12-9) all went 1-1 to place second. All three won by fall in the first period wrestling at 106, 120, and 145 respectively.
Aaron Kough (11-15) lost his first two matches but won three in a row to place third at 170. He beat Juniata Valley’s Isaac Watson (9-9) 7-3, Columbia’s Derek Nell in 33 seconds and Corey King of Sugar Valley in 2:55.
Austin Dell (13-11, 113), Josh Fleck (16-7, 126), Evan Herrington (2-18, 132), and Mason Swanger (3-17, 160) did not win any matches.
“We’re still making progress at the end of the season and that will help us next year,” Juniata Valley head coach Jeff Hensor said. “We got to see some new faces and competition here. The boys did OK. The positive was more matches in one day and now we’ll gear up for districts and see what we can do.”
Porter (3-17) dropped his first two bouts by first-period falls. He then pinned Herrington at the five minute mark to place third.
Dick went 2-2 in placing third at heavyweight. He pinned Lee Springman from Jersey Shore in 3:22 and Joshua Weaver of Sugar Valley in 3:09.
Watson wrestled five times, winning once. He pinned Derek Nell of Columbia in 2:30.
TJ Wilson (4-15) lost by fall in his three matches at 195.