Central Mountain manhandles Shamokin, 67-9
By BILL ALBRIGHT
Express Sports Writer
MILL HALL — Any way you look at it, Tuesday night’s dual meet between Shamokin and CM was a blowout from the opening whistle to the final slap of the mat.
Coming through with wins in the first 12 weights, the Wildcats blew open a 61-0 lead before finishing the demolition by the final of 67-9.
“Obviously the team score wasn’t very close, but there are certainly individual things in each bout that we can take back to the room and work on,” said CM head coach Biff Walizer. “We weren’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, that’s for sure, but we are just looking for positive things to build on every time we take to the mat to keep moving forward.”
Not only did the ‘Cats win the dozen weight classes, they did it in impressive fashion as they combined for five falls and three wins by forfeit to lead 48-0.
Picking up the early falls for the Wildcats were Gage Sutliff at 182, Tanner Riggle at 220, Jacob Edwards at 185, Taylor Weaver at 113 and Johnny Shreffler at 120.
Kayden Busey posted a regular decision win at 132 before Cody Coleman dominated Brian Long for a 13-2 major at 138.
With CM leading 55-0 at that point in the meet, Lane Porter joined in the pin parade with a fall at 145 to make it 61-0 before Shamokin sandwiched wins at 152 and 170 around a forfeit win by Caleb Porter at 160 to set the final.
“I feel for Alonzo (Henry at 152),” said Walizer. “I thought he wrestled one of his better matches against a kid who was 19-3 coming in. He had scoring opportunities and I think he out-wrestled their kid. He didn’t have a stall warning (while leading 2-1) and when he kept the pressure on, he got caught (for the deciding takedown).”
Not only did the Wildcats win the dozen weight classes, they did it in dominant fashion, piling up 21 bonus points along the way. The ‘Cats were also dominant on their feet as they recorded 24 takedowns to just two for the Indians.
Now 5-0 in duals, plus three strong showings in tournaments, the Wildcats don’t have long to savor their win over the Indians with Shikellamy coming to town Thursday night.
“We are happy to be where we are at this point in the season,” said Walizer. “The guys who came back for another season have taken another step. Johnny Shreffler, Cody Coleman, Dalton Bechdel are wrestling well and Tanner Riggle is wrestling well right now with a lot of confidence. We also like some of the things we are seeing from the new guys. They are shortening up the learning curve and doing the things we are talking about to them in the room and that is good to see.”
Central Mountain 67, Shamokin 9
182 – Gage Sutliff, CM, pinned Nate Yost, 0:41. (6-0)
195 – Nikolas Miller, CM, won by forfeit. (12-0)
220 – Tanner Riggle, CM, pinned Steve Bartholomew, 2:40. (18-0)
285 – Jacob Edwards, CM, pinned Shane Hess, 1:39. (24-0)
106 – Derek Keen, CM, won by forfeit. (30-0)
113 – Taylor Weaver, CM, pinned Wade Alleman, 1:34. (36-0)
120 – Johnny Shreffler, CM, pinned Collin Bozza, 5:02. (42-0)
126 – Dalton Bechdel, CM, won by forfeit. (48-0)
132 – Kayden Busey, CM, dec. Kevin Markowski, 11-5. (51-0)
138 – Cody Coleman, CM, maj. dec. Brian Long, 13-2. (55-0)
145 – Lane Porter, CM, pinned Wolfgang Pearson, 4:54. (61-0)
152 – Maximus Madden, Sham, dec. Alonzo Henry, 3-2. (61-3)
160 – Caleb Porter, CM, won by forfeit. (67-3)
170 – Damon Backes, Sham, pinned Austin Confer, 6:21 OT. (67-9)
Official: Randy Brungard.