Monday, May 4, 2015

Deremer wins MAWA title

   Chestnut Ridge sophomore Morgan Deremer won a Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association (MAWA) Eastern National wrestling championship this past weekend.
   Deremer competed at 152 pounds and won the Advanced Division crown. His championship was the highlight of a handful of other local wrestlers shining in both the Eastern Nationals and the Northeast Regional Freestyle Tournament.
   Ridge's Dylan Williams was also at Eastern Nationals and took 4th place in the Advanced Division at 115 pounds.
   At the Northeast Regional, held at East Stroudsburg University, Bedford's Jonathan Gabriel and Chestnut Ridge's Justin McCoy each had high finishes. Reigning PIAA champion Gabriel placed 2nd in the Junior Men's 132-pound bracket. McCoy ended up 3rd at 126 pounds in the Cadet Men's class.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

All-Academic Wrestling Teams

   The 2014-15 PWCA All-Academic Wrestling Teams have been released. Below are those wrestlers from District 5 that were selected. They are listed by grade.

   3rd Team - Tevin Mostoller, North Star
   Honorable Mention - Trent Crouse, Chestnut Ridge; Shane Davis, Chestnut Ridge; Jon Fabian, Somerset; Colby Hillegass, Chestnut Ridge; Luke Hobson, Chestnut Ridge

   1st Team - Aaron Burkett, Chestnut Ridge
   2nd Team - Jonathan Gabriel, Bedford
   Honorable Mention - Dillian Charlton, North Star; Gus Strasiser, North Star

   1st Team - Dylan Williams, Chestnut Ridge

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bulldog and Dragon Camp

   The annual Bulldog and Dragon Tilts and Legs Camp is coming up soon. The camp will run from May 11-14 from 6:30-9 p.m. in the Auxillary Gymnasium at Claysburg-Kimmel High School.
   Camp Clinician is former Claysburg and current Central coach Dave Marko, and the counselors are Claysburg coach Dave Aungst and former District 6 standout A.J. Schopp. Schopp is a former PIAA state champion at Tyrone and that school's career wins leader, and he just finished up a stellar collegiate career at Edinboro University by becoming a three-time NCAA All-American. At last month's Division I Championships, Schopp placed third at 133 pounds.
   Cost for the camp is $60, and checks can be payable to either Claysburg or Central Wrestling Boosters.
   For more information, contact Marko at 931-8894 or Aungst at 381-5860.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

NHSCA Championships

   The National High School Coaches Association Wrestling Championships are this weekend in Virginia Beach. Here are entries from District 5, according to the NHSCA website.

Freshman Nationals
120 - Liam Flaherty, Everett
126 - Austin Lee, Berlin
126 - Justin McCoy, Chestnut Ridge

Junior Nationals
106 - Aaron Burkett, Chestnut Ridge
132 - Joe Swank, Berlin
170 - Storm McDonald, Berlin

Senior Nationals
170 - Taylor Cahill, Berlin

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Jonathan Gabriel - State Champion

Opening whistle.

Tight ride late in second period.

The winning move: Gabriel's "funky peterson."

And another view.

Celebration all around.

After 51 years, Bedford crowns a state champion.

Friday, March 6, 2015

State Wrestling Friday Scenes and Notes

   Some local news and notes from Friday at the Class AA state tournament:

- Chestnut Ridge's Aaron Burkett is the third-ever state finalist from his school. The others were Gary Pfahler (champion) in 2008 and Josh McDannell (runner-up) in 2009.

- Bedford's Jonathan Gabriel is his school's first two-time state finalist since 1964. That was also the last year the Bison program won a title, with Ron Hamilton doing the honors. He and John Heacock are Bedford's only state champions in history.

- Chestnut Ridge's four medalists (Burkett, Justin McCoy, Trent Crouse, and Conner Buttry) make this season's Lions the only Bedford County team in history to earn four indivdual state medals in a single PIAA tournament.

Scenes from the Day

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Class AA Quarterfinal breakdown

   Here's a look at a few of the top quarterfinal round matchups of the PIAA Class AA Tournament on Friday morning. Updated brackets can be found at this link - PIAA Brackets

106 Pounds
Kevan Gentile, Jim Thorpe vs. Aaron Burkett, Chestnut Ridge
   The Skinny: On paper, Burkett probably has the best chance of any of the four Chestnut Ridge quarterfinalists to eventually reach the finals. But the Lion junior, a sixth place medalist last year, will first have to get past the unbeaten Gentile. The Jim Thorpe wrestler won the Southeast Regional and had a second period pin to open the state tournament earlier today, while Burkett rung up a major decision.

113 Pounds
Joe Lobeck, Lancaster Catholic vs. Nolan Link, Penn Cambria
   The Skinny: These two met last year in the first round at 106, when Lobeck earned a 2-1 win. In today's opening matchups, Lobeck won by fall and Link picked up a 5-0 decision.

120 Pounds
Cole Matthews, Reynolds vs. Collin Glorioso, Huntingdon
   The Skinny: Each of these wrestlers had a harder than believed to be first round bout on Thursday. Matthews pulled out a 6-4 win, while Glorioso survived a 9-7 decision. Matthews is one of the top freshmen in the state, while Glorioso has placed here twice.

126 Pounds
Sammy Hepler, Tri-Valley vs. Jonathan Gabriel, Bedford
   The Skinny: This will be a rematch of the Thomas Subaru Tournament final, where Gabriel claimed a 7-5 decision to win his third title in his home event. On Thursday, Gabriel was pushed by Brookville's Cole Aaron, as the bout was decided on a reversal and two-point nearfall, both for the Bison junior during the 30-second pair of tiebreaker periods.

160 Pounds
John Vaughn, Boiling Springs vs. Cody Mulligan, Saegertown
   The Skinny: A senior against a freshman here. In my picks for the Bedford Gazette, I went with the impressive Mulligan. Vaughn was tested by another freshman, Westmont's Anthony Walters, in a 3-2 decision in the opener, while Mulligan rolled to a technical fall victory.