Central Mountain dismantles Williamsport Millionaires, 70-3

Junior Kayden Busey of Central Mountain High School wrestles his opponent from Williamsport on Thursday. (The Sun-Gazette/Ralph Wilson)

WILLIAMSPORT — Twenty-four hours after an emotional win over Mifflin County, Central Mountain head wrestling coach Biff Walizer and his assistants might have been somewhat concerned about a possible letdown when they ventured to Billtown for a dual meet with the Williamsport Millionaires.

However, it didn’t take long for Walizer’s troops to erase any possibility of a letdown taking place as they roared out to a 64-0 lead before dismantling the Millionaires by the final of 70-3 at the Magic Dome.

“That (a possible letdown) was addressed before they went out there,” said Walizer. “That is something that happens in sports, a letdown after a big win. We emphasized to them when they were warming up on the mats to get their heads right and be ready to battle. They went out and performed well and I still think we are moving in the right direction on an upward trajectory. At this point in the season, that is what we hope to see.”

One thing that has been a big upside of the Wildcats is that for the most part, they have been able to stay healthy which allows them to use a number of wrestlers in different situations.

“Guys like Alonzo Henry have already stepped into the lineup when the situation calls for it and it is good to have that mobility to move kids around,” Walizer said. “That (depth) gives us some different options as we head toward the district duals. We (the coaches) have seen a lot of growth from most of the kids and again, we just have to keep taking steps forward.”

Tanner Weaver got the ball rolling right out of the chute for the Wildcats as he not only defeated arguably Williamsport’s top wrestler in Torren Potts, he strung together five takedowns, an escape and penalty point for a 12-4 major decision.

“I am feeling pretty good about this win tonight,” said Weaver. “I need to wrestle more kids like him, just to get the competition and prepare me for things to come. I need to get some better matches now before districts so when I get to districts, I’ll be ready for tight matches. I feel a lot better now than I did at the beginning of the season so I have to keep working hard to keep my conditioning up.”

Following Weaver’s win, the Wildcats turned things up two or three notches as they racked up no less than six straight pins to blow the meet wide open at 40-0.

Picking up falls for CM were Austin Confer, Tanner Riggle, Mahlik Houtz, Jacob Edwards, Jason Rinker and Johnny Shreffler.

Dalton Bechdel picked up six “freebies” when he was awarded a forfeit win and Kayden Busey returned to the CM lineup to record a technical fall over Tylil James by the score of 22-7 in 5:20.

Joining Weaver with a win over one of the Millionaires top wrestlers in Cam Dickey was Seth Andrus with a solid 12-4 major decision, but the win was much more than just another win for Andrus. It was the 100th career victory for the Wildcat senior.

“I am feeling pretty happy right now, just to be able to win 100 matches,” said Andrus. “It is one of the goals I had ever since I was a freshman. I think it reflects in some of the hard work I put in along with having great teammates, great coaches and the support of my family.”

Anyone who has seen Andrus wrestle knows how lightning quick he is on his feet, thus his outstanding ability to rack up takedowns one after the other.

“I just think I am quicker than a lot of the kids I wrestle,” said Andrus. “Honestly I don’t have a lot of great setups like some guys, but I think I make up for that with my quickness. Hopefully I can stay healthy and keep everything rolling.”

Cody Coleman picked up Central Mountain’s second forfeit of the night and Logan Long followed with a solid 6-0 shutout over Anthony Robinson.

Alec Dickey picked up Williamsport’s only win of the dual meet when he defeated Henry 10-3 before Asher Corl set the final when he crunched Chase Bower for the fall in 1:12 at 160.

Next up for the Wildcats will be a trip up Route 150 to Farwell Monday night for a dual meet with Bellefonte at the Bucktail Area High School.

Central Mountain 70,

Williamsport 3

170 — Tanner Weaver, CM, maj. dec. Torren Potts, 12-4. (4-0)

182 — Austin Confer, CM, pinned Nathan Powley, 3:40. (10-0)

195 — Tanner Riggle, CM, pinned Jamaire Burget, 3:34. (16-0)

220 — Mahlik Houtz, CM, pinned Zane Newcomer, 1:54. (22-0)

285 — Jacob Edwards, CM, pinned Ethan Williamson, 1:30. (28-0)

106 — Jason Rinker, CM, pinned Austin Stugart, :52. (34-0)

113 — Johnny Shreffler, CM, pinned Martin Bryant, 3:13. (40-0)

120 — Dalton Bechdel, CM, won by forfeit. (46-0)

126 — Kayden Busey, CM, tech. fall Tylil James, 22-7, 5:20. (51-0)

132 — Seth Andrus, CM, maj. dec. Cam Dickey, 12-4. (55-0)

138 — Cody Coleman, CM, won by forfeit. (61-0)

145 — Logan Long, CM, dec. Anthony Robinson, 6-0. (64-0)

152 — Alec Dickey, W, dec. Alonzo Henry, 10-3. (64-3)

160 — Asher Corl, CM, pinned Chase Bower, 1:12. (70-3)

Official: Mike “Mouse” Millward.

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