Wrestling: Central Mountain Wildcats handle Williamsport Millionaires, 47-19
By BILL ALBRIGHT
Express Sports Writer
MILL HALL — For the Central Mountain Wildcat wrestling team it was business as usual, while for the Williamsport High School matmen, it was more growing pains for the young Millionaires.
When it was all said and done, the scoreboard had the final at Central Mountain 47, Williamsport 19.
“They (Williamsport) have some young hammers, plus a couple of older kids and they hustled,” said Central Mountain head coach Biff Walizer. “In a couple of matches, our guys didn’t respond very well, but hats off to them because they have a very young team and are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.”
Happy with the win, Walizer wasn’t exactly overjoyed with a few things he saw or didn’t see from his squad.
“For some of our guys, we’ll go back to the drawing board to take care of a few things,” he said. “Our bottom position needs some work because you can’t allow yourself to be turned and expect to beat a good guy. We gave up some back points off the bottom so we definitely have some things to work on.”
While Walizer was happy with the win, Williamsport head coach Brian Nasdeo was anything but disappointed with the effort of his wrestlers.
“I am proud of the effort my guys gave us tonight because they worked hard,” said Nasdeo. “I have about eight or nine ninth and tenth graders in the lineup, although they are going through some growing pains at the varsity level, that was evident in a number of the matches. If you saw us in the King of the Mountain, and then again tonight, it was a big difference in what we are doing.”
The Millionaires jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the meet on regular decisions posted by Carter Dawson and Roman Morrone. Dawson rode a big nine-point first period to an 11-8 win over Dalton Bechdel and Morrone followed by tossing a 4-0 shutout at Kayden Busey.
Facing the six-point deficit, the Wildcats won the next three weights to explode to a 16-6 lead.
Cody Coleman hardly worked up a sweat when he took down and cradled Tylil James for the fall in just 28 seconds. Lane Porter was awarded a forfeit win at 145 and Alonzo Henry turned it on late to pull away from Owen Mahon for a 12-4 major decision at 152.
“Alonzo had a slow start, but then he turned it up and got the major decision,” said Walizer. “As a team, we are still moving in the right direction. The only thing is that you never get there as quickly as you would like to.”
Millionaire Anthony Robinson temporarily stopped the bleeding at 160 when he used three takedowns and ten back points for a 16-1 technical fall over Caleb Porter.
Wildcat Austin Confer swung the victory pendulum around to the Wildcats when he decked Cole Cooklin in 2:11 of their hookup at 170 and Gage Sutliff stretched the Central Mountain lead to 28-11 when he picked up six “freebies” with a forfeit.
The Wildcats put the dual meet out of reach with big wins in the next three bouts. Nikolas Miller majored Dade Splain 11-3 at 195, Tanner Riggle majored Charles Crews 15-3 at 220 and Jacob Edwards turned the lineup over when he scored a second-period takedown on Ethan Williamson before rolling Williamson to his back for the ball in 2:37.
Derek Keen continues to display some outstanding wrestling as the smallest Wildcat used seven takedowns, an escape and five back points for a 20-4 technical fall in 4:04 over Austin Stugert.
With the dual meet well in hand by the Wildcats, the Millionaires closed it out with outstanding performances by the Bower twins, Braden and Riley.
Braden was all over Jason Rinker for a 15-0 technical fall in 4:00 at 113 before brother Riley won the matchup between two state-ranked wrestlers as he tossed a 6-0 shutout at CM’s Johnny Shreffler.
“They (the twins) are tough boys. They always have been,” said Nasdeo with a smile. “They always had each other to fight with each other and now they work together and it is only making them better.”
Central Mountain 47, Williamsport 19
126 – Carter Dawson, W, dec. Dalton Bechdel, 11-8. (0-3)
132 – Roman Morrone, W, dec. Kayden Busey, 4-0. (0-6)
138 – Cody Coleman, CM, pinned Tylil James, 0:28. (6-6)
145 – Lane Porter, CM, won by forfeit. (12-6)
152 – Alonzo Henry, CM, major dec. Owen Mahon, 12-4. (16-6)
160 – Anthony Robinson, W, tech fall Caleb Porter, 5:29, 16-1. (16-11)
170 – Austin Confer, CM, pinned Cale Cooklin, 1:11. (22-11)
182 – Gage Sutliff, CM, won by forfeit. (28-11)
195 – Nikolas Miller, CM. maj. Dec. Cade Splain, 11-3. (32-11)
220 – Tanner Riggle, CM, maj. Dec. Charles Crews, 15-3. (36-11)
285 – Jacob Edwards, CM, pinned Ethan Williamson, 2:37. (42-11)
106 – Derek Keen, CM. tech. fall Austin Stugert, 20-4, 4:04. (47-11)
113 – Braden Bower, W, tech. fall Jason Rinker, 15-0, 4:00. (47-16)
120 – Riley Bower, W, dec. Johnny Shreffler, 6-0. (47-19)
Official: Rocky Miller.