Local wrestling teams compete in Holiday Tournaments


Bellefonte led the way of locals in the Conestoga Valley Buckskin Classic as the Raiders wound up third in the team race with 171 points and nine place-finishers.

The Ethan’s, Rossman and Richner, both made the finals, Rossman won the title at 182 with a fall over Timmy Smith of Central Dauphin in 2:30 while Richner settled for second when he dropped a 4-1 decision to Matthew Kidwell of Father Judge.

The two outstanding Red Raider wrestlers traded places this time around as Richner won the gold in the recent King of the Mountain while Rossman had to settle for silver.

Joining Rossman and Richner on the medal stand for the Raiders were Aiden O’Shea, third at 106; Lane Aikey, sixth at 120; Jude Swisher, third at 126; Alex Coppolo, third at 132, Stephen Ivicic, eighth at 170; Tyler Benner, seventh at 195 and Max Barrier, seventh at 220.

The following is the path that Rossman took for his title:

Champ. Round 1 – Ethan Rossman (Bellefonte Area Hs) 4-0 received a bye.

Champ. Round 2 – Ethan Rossman (Bellefonte Area Hs) 4-0 won by fall over Seth Griffiths (Central York Hs) 5-2 (Fall 2:00)

Quarterfinal – Ethan Rossman (Bellefonte Area Hs) 4-0 won by major decision over Eddie Wells (Northern York Hs) 7-6 (MD 11-0)

Semifinal – Ethan Rossman (Bellefonte Area Hs) 4-0 won by fall over Logan Davidson (Lampeter Strasburg Hs) 2-3 (Fall 3:23)

1st Place Match – Ethan Rossman (Bellefonte Area Hs) 4-0 won by fall over Timmy Smith (Central Dauphin Hs) 3-1 (Fall 2:30)

Unlike the KOM, Central Mountain came up with a pair of finalists, but unfortunately for the ‘Cats, both came up short of winning a title. For their efforts, the Wildcats finished with 143 team points, which was good for fifth in the team standings. They finished with seven placewinners.

Gino Serafini finished second at 106 with a 4-0 loss to Sean Logue of Father Judge, while Derek Keen had to settle for a runner-up finish when he came out on the short end of a 10-1 decision to Keane Manuel of Downingtown East.

Joining Serafini and Keen as medalists for the Wildcats were Braylen Corter, seventh at 120; Taylor Weaver, fifth at 126; Lane Porter, third at 152; Nik Miller, third at 195 and Cyrus McCarl, seventh at 285.

In their place bouts, Corter defeated Hunter Erb of Lampeter-Strasburg 7-1, Weaver was awarded a medical forfeit from Nikolas Partsanakis of Penncrest; Porter defeated Bo Horvath of Downingtown East 2-1, Miller defeated Parker Moore of Philipsburg-Osceola 7-1 and McCarl was awarded his win by disqualification over Richard Nathan of Owen J. Roberts.

Jersey Shore finished 17th in the team standings with 69.5 points while claiming three placewinners.

Liam Goodrich led the way for Shore with a 5th-place effort, culminated by a medical forfeit over Aikey and the Packer brothers, Hayden and Gabe, completed the trio of Shore medalists.

Hayden finished fifth with a fall in 4:24 over Gage Wolfe of Shikellamy, while Gabe handled Garrett Swank of Crestwood 10-4 in his place bout.

Bald Eagle Area participated in the 2019 MY HOUSE Trojan Wars tournament in Chambersburg and the Eagles piled up 147 points for a 6th place finish in the team standings.

BEA finished with four placewinners, led by Gage McClenahan who won the title at 145 pounds. to pick up his title. Here is the path McClenahan followed to win his title:

Champ. Round 1 – Gage McClenahan (Bald Eagle) 40-5 received a bye.

Champ. Round 2 – Gage McClenahan (Bald Eagle) 40-5 won by fall over Brenden Battavio (West Chester East) 6-17 (Fall 0:47)

Champ. Round 3 – Gage McClenahan (Bald Eagle) 40-5 won in tie breaker – 1 over Patrick Jackson (Spring Mills) 19-3 (TB-1 5-4)

Quarterfinal – Gage McClenahan (Bald Eagle) 40-5 won by fall over Brady Pitzer (Spring Grove) 27-20 (Fall 0:19)

Semifinal – Gage McClenahan (Bald Eagle) 40-5 won by decision over Liam Gordon (JW Robinson) 64-13 (Dec 5-2)

1st Place Match – Gage McClenahan (Bald Eagle) 40-5 won by decision over Tyler Martin (Bishop Mcdevitt) 57-11 (Dec 3-1)

Joining McClanahan as medalists for the Eagles were Coen Bainey, third at 106 with a 3-2 win over Devon Jackson of West Perry; Cooper Gilham, fourth at 120 with a 2-0 loss to Kole Biscoe of Southern Columbia and David Close, fifth at 220 with a medical forfeit awarded to him when Dustin Swanson of Garden Spot was unable to continue.