Bald Eagle Area claims three titlists, falls just short in team race


MANHEIM — Although they gave it a good effort that resulted with a solid showing that saw them place 12 of 14 wrestlers somewhere in the top six of their respective weight classes, winning the team title in the 2017 Buckskin Classic just wasn’t in the cards for the Bald Eagle Area Eagles.

Host Manheim Central sent eight wrestlers into the championship finals and outdistanced BEA by a margin of seven points (199.5-192.5) for the team title.

Leading the Eagles were championship finalists in Cooper Gilham (106), Seth Koleno (138), Garrett Rigg (145) and Gage McClenahan (152).

When the smoke cleared after the championship bouts were wrestled, the Eagles claimed three individual titles as Gilham, Koleno and Rigg each won a piece of gold, while McClenahan came up a few points short of making it a foursome. Bald Eagle Area’s three winners was the most by any team in the tournament.

Gilham won his title by pinning Manheim Central’s Brandon Kheuangthirath in 3:47, while Koleno was all over Baron Zack Zeamer for a 14-5 major decision. Rigg was awarded a forfeit over Souderton’s Harrison Andrade before McClenahan fell 5-2 to Nathan Haubert of Palisades in his quest of a crown.

First on the agenda for the Eagles in the second day of the tournament were the consolation semifinals. In that round, BEA went 5-for-8 with the five winners wrestling for third place later in the day.

Winning their consi semi final bouts were Garrett Giedroc with a fall over New Kent’s Ray Goode in 4:53, Drake Holderman accepted a forfeit over Frankie Quinones of Shikellamy, Dylan Bisel pinned Charles Gray of New Kent in 2:04, Rilee Bechdel won by fall over Daulton Gainer of host Manheim Central and Kurt Hall completed the quintet of BEA advancers with a fall over Jamar Christian of New Kent in 2:40

Not as fortunate as their five teammates were Lucas Holderman (126), Bailey Irvin (170) and David Close (195) who dropped their matches for the opportunity to wrestle for the bronze medal.

In the battle for third, Giedroc reversed an earlier verdict when he defeated Drew Balestrini of Shikellamy 5-2, but Drake Holderman was the victim of a fall at the hands of Zack Wasser of Palisades in 2:27. Balestrini had defeated Giedroc 9-2 to open the tournament.

Dylan Bisel picked up his third in easy fashion as Evan Bingaman of Shikellamy forfeited the match to him, but Rilee Bechdel and Kurt Hall found the going tough as they both came up short and finished fourth.

Bechdel was pinned by Zach Hubert of Twin Valley, while Hall dropped a 2-0 shutout to Tyler Dougherty of Manheim Central.

Rounding out the list of BEA place winners were Lucas Holderman, fifth at 126; David Close, fifth at 195 and Bailey Irvin, sixth at 170.

Consolation Semifinals

113 Garrett Giedroc (BEA) pinned Ray Goode (New Kent), 4:53

120 Drake Holderman (BEA) won by forfeit over Frankie Quinones (Shikellamy)

126 Sam Beckett (Souderton) maj. dec. Lucas Holderman (BEA), 14-4

170 Joel Derr (Shikellamy) pinned Bailey Irvin (BEA), 4:07

182 Dylan Bisel (BEA) pinned Charles Gray (New Kent), 2:04

195 Jack Donnelly (Palisades) dec. David Close (BEA), 5-2

220 Rilee Bechdel (BEA) pinned Daulton Gainer (Manheim Central), 3:46

285 Kurt Hall (BEA) pinned Jamar Christian (New Kent), 2:40

Consolation Finals

For Third Place

113 — Garrett Giedroc BEA, dec. Drew Balestrini, Shikellamy, 5-2.

120 — Zack Wasser, Palisades, pinned Drake Holderman, 2:27.

182 — Dylan Bisel, BEA, won by forfeit over Evan Bingaman, Shikellamy.

220 — Zach Hubert, Twin Valley, pinned Rilee Bechdel, BEA, 2:24.

285 — Tyler Dougherty, Manheim Central, dec. Kurt Hall, BEA, 2-0.

Championship Finals

106 Cooper Gilham, BEA, pinned Brandon Kheuangthirath, Manheim Central, 3:47

138 Seth Koleno, BEA, maj. dec. Zack Zeamer, Manheim Central, 14-5.

145 Garrett Rigg, BEA, won by forfeit over Harrison Andrade, Souderton.

152 Nathan Haubert, Palisades, dec. Gage McClenahan, BEA, 5-2.