Central Mountain honors their seniors with a victory over Hollidaysburg, 53-13

Brandon Miller (top center) wrestles his opponent from Hollidaysburg High School. Central Mountain won their senior night, 53-13. (The Express/Spencer McCoy)

MILL HALL – For six seniors, their time wrestling at home is over; but the journey definitely is not.

The seniors and the rest of the Central Mountain wrestling squad (18-2) finished the dual meet season last night as they crushed the visiting Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers (3-10-1) with a final score of 53-13.

Central Mountain High School honored its six seniors before the match, including Geo Barzona, Colton Weaver, Brandon Miller, Caleb Turner, Kullen Bechdel, and Richard Thompson.

The match started at 106 pounds between Wildcat Johnny Shreffler and Golden Tiger Jared Giarth.

After a dominant first period, Shreffler only needed 20 seconds of the second period to win by fall and give Central Mountain the early 6-0 victory.

The senior Barzona continued in the 113-pound weight class and cruised to a fall in three minutes over Andrew Simpson.

Wildcats Dalton Bechdel and Seth Andrus each won by forfeit to increase the Central Mountain lead to 23-0.Hollidaysburg later got on the team scoreboard in the 132-pound matchup as Golden Tiger Cody Dively earned a 9-0 major decision over Wildcat Kayden Busey.

Hollidaysburg kept trimming the Wildcat lead after ninth-ranked Nathan Swartz pinned Logan Soo in 2:19.

The Golden Tigers continued the rally when no. 13 Dalton Long had to settle for a 5-2 decision victory over Colton Weaver. The score was 23-13 halfway through the dual meet.

Wildcat Asher Corl finally stopped the Golden Tiger rally after beating Aden Myers with a 9-4 decision victory.

Things only got worse for the Golden Tigers after no. 18 Tanner Weaver earned a fall in only 14 seconds over Ashton Curry to increase the Wildcat lead to 32-13.

The falls kept pilling on for the Wildcats as the senior Miller celebrated his last match at home with a fall in 1:15 over Vincent Burkhart.

At 182 pounds, senior Turner had a thrilling match with a late takedown in the third period to earn a 5-2 decision victory over Mason McCready.

Central Mountain’s Tanner Riggle had the most exciting match of the night against Golden Tiger Augustus Dellinger.

After trailing 2-1 in the first period, Riggle got an escape to tie the match at 2-2 after two periods.

Dellinger got an escape to lead 3-2 with less than a minute to go. Riggle did everything he could to get a takedown.

With less than five seconds left, it looked like Riggle got the big takedown as time ran out, but the referee didn’t give him the two points.

However, after a little review at the scorer’s table, the referee reversed his call and gave Riggle the 4-3 decision victory.

Wildcat senior Kullen Bechdel completed a 2-0 undefeated senior year after pinning Justin Detwiler in 1:06 to increase the Wildcat lead to 50-13 with one match left.

In the last match of the dual meet season, Wildcat senior Richard Thompson had a very interesting matchup against Golden Tiger Hunter Gill.

Thompson was ranked 25thin the state while Gill was ranked 14thin the state heading into the match.

After a scoreless first period, Thompson got a late escape point to lead 1-0 after two periods.

After Gill got a quick escape in the third period, Thompson got a takedown to lead 3-1 with over a minute left.

However, Gill got a late reversal with a little under 30 seconds left. Thompson eventually got an escape to give him an upset 4-3 decision victory to set the final team score of 53-13.

Central Mountain head coach Biff Walizer was very proud of his seniors performing the way they did in the biggest night of the year.

“The seniors are certainly going to be missed after the season is over,” said Walizer. “It’s been a pleasure to coach them and see them progress along these last few years.”

With the victory, the Central Mountain Wrestling team finishes the dual meet season with a record of 18 wins and two losses.

The Wildcats will now move forward to the individual season as they will travel to Altoona High School next Saturday, Feb. 25 to compete in the District Six AAA tournament. Action will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Central Mountain: 53

Hollidaysburg: 13

106: CM’s Johnny Shreffler fall over Jared Giarth – fall 2:20 – CM 6-0

113: CM’s #9 Geo Barzona tech fall over Andrew Simpson – 17-2 TF 3:17 – CM 11-0

120: CM’s Dalton Bechdel earns forfeit – CM 17-0

126: CM’s #17 Seth Andrus earns forfeit – CM 23-0

132: Cody Dively major decision over CM’s Kayden Busey – 9-0 – CM 23-4

138: #8 Nathan Swartz fall over CM’s Logan Soo – fall 2:19 – CM 23-10

145: #13 Dalton Long decision over CM’s Colton Weaver – 5-2 – CM 23-13

152: CM’s Asher Corl decision over Aden Myers – 9-4 – CM 26-13

160: CM’s #18 Tanner Weaver fall over Ashton Curry – fall 0:14 – CM 32-13

170: CM’s Brandon Miller fall over Vincent Burkhart – fall 1:15 – CM 38-13

182: CM’s Caleb Turner decision over Mason McCready – 5-2 – CM 41-13

195: CM’s Tanner Riggle decision over Augustus Dellinger – 4-3 – CM 44-13

220: CM’s Kullen Bechdel fall over Justin Detwiler – fall 1:06 – CM 50-13

285: CM’s #25 Richard Thompson decision over #14 Hunter Gill – 4-3 – CM 53-13