CLOSE FIGHT: Bellefonte and State College brawl at LHU, Little Lions get 36-33 win

Bellefonte High School 126-pounder Cole Stewart wrestles his opponent from State College High School during high school wrestling action at Lock Haven University on February 1, 2018. The Red Raiders lost 36-33. (The Express/Tim Weight)

LOCK HAVEN — Thomas Field House was alive and well with a lot of high school and college wrestling Thursday night.

Prior to the Edinboro versus Lock Haven University EWL dual meet, the Bellefonte Red Raiders and State College Little Lions squared off on the Resilite.

For Bellefonte head coach Mike Maney, wrestling in the House of Noise was a homecoming of sorts as Maney had an outstanding career as a Bald Eagle matman.

Unfortunately for Maney and his troops, they came up a little short in the final as State College High won by the final of 36-33.

“We are just not a good team right now, said Maney. “There is no other way to say it, but we aren’t fighting in a lot of positions. You can make the excuse of the match of the week, but the bottom of the line is that a lot of other teams face the same situation. We have to get back to work tomorrow and try to get things straightened out for Saturday.”

Bellefonte jumped on top with a forfeit at 195, but State, sparked with a fall by Cole Urbas at 220, strung together five straight wins for a 24-6 lead.

The Red Raiders batled back to tie the dual meet at 27-all on wins by Cole Stewart, Ryan Smith and Zach Taylor with three bouts remaining. However, State responded to the challenge as they won two of the final three bouts to walk away with a 36-33 win.

With the district duals coming up this weekend, Maney’s troops need a short memory to put the loss behind them.

“Again, it is up to them. We have to challenge them to see how they respond,” said Maney. “We had district duals Saturday and then the individual post-season after that so we have to find out who the guys are that we can send out there and battle. We have talked about positions and right now, we aren’t doing it.”

For Maney, coming back home to the Field House brings back a lot of memories, mostly good.

“Coming here brought back a lot of memories, most of them here in the practice room,” said Maney. “There were a lot of positives and a few of those you just want to forget about. It is always nice to be back here and (LHU) coach (Scott) Moore has done a good job of building the program back up and we are appreciative of that. Now we just have to move forward and maybe we can do it in the future.”

State College 36, Bellefonte 33

195 – Austin Smith, B, won by forfeit. (0-6)

220 – Cole Urbas, SC, pinned Max Mondy, 1:36. (6-6)

285 – Jackson Heasley, SC, dpinned Andrew Davidson, 3;01. (12-6)

106 – Ben Krick, SC, dec. Aaron Little, 7-6. (15-6)

113 — Clayton Leidy, SC, pinned Alec Bossert, 1:27. (21-6)

120 – Owen Wolcott, SC, dec. Alex Coppolo, 3-0. (24-6)

126 – Cole Stewart, B, pinned Isaac Subtt, 2:54. (24-12)

132 – Ryan Smith, B, pinned Michael McShea, 1:54 (24-18)

138 – Zach Taylor, B, dec. Jason Day, 2-1. (24-21)

145 – Kyle Domico, SC, dec. Kenneth Simpson, 5-3. (27-21)

152 – Ethan Richner, B, pinned Josiah Lose, 1:51, (27-27)

160 – Ian Barr, SC, pinned Jordon Lucas, 1:29. (33-27)

170 – Lance Urbas, SC, dec. Ethann Rossman, 7-5. (36-27)

182 – Andrew Howe, B, pinned Jadyn Brugler, 5:29. (36-33)

Official: Jim Rupp.