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Wildcats claw Black Panthers

By: BILL ALBRIGHT

Express Sports Writer

MILL HALL — On the heels of a busy December that saw it participate in three tournaments and four dual meets, the CM wrestling team returned to its home mat to open a long stretch of dual meets.

Prior to the holidays, the ‘Cats defeated Jersey Shore, Shikellamy, Williamsport and Shamokin in dual meets before continuing their unbeaten run at 5-0 with a 55-18 win over Milton Thursday night.

“Right now we are pretty much in a full-blown dual meet mode from here on out,” said CM head coach Biff Walizer. “We have Mifflin County here Tuesday and that will be a tough one, then it is down to Dallastown for the duals where we are sure to see come tough, quality teams there. After that, we come back here the following Tuesday to face a solid State College team so we are getting into the full swing with all of these dual meets which means we’ll be pretty active.”

While the Wildcats won the meet in decisive fashion according to the final score, it wasn’t without a number of situations that Walizer admitted the need to be fixed.

“At this point of the season, we are making too many mistakes with our hips along with some other things,” said Walizer. “Those things we have been harping on and preaching about since the middle of November. It gets to a point where coaching-wise it can be a frustrating thing. But all we can do is keep harping on them and hopefully, we will be able to get the point across.”

While claiming wins in 11 of the 14 weight classes, the ‘Cats were aggressive in working for back points and the fall, Central Mountain owning a decisive 22-9 advantage in bonus points.

“Bonus points are always big and they went against us in the first three bouts,” said Walizer. “They got two falls and we had a regular decision (from Gage Sutliff) which put us in the hole early. After that, the lightweights started getting after it and got the ball rolling for us. Starting with big wins from (Gino) Serafini and (Derek) Keen, Breylen Corter got down early but came back to win a major decision. Taylor Weaver followed with a big technical fall at 126 and Zach Miller kept the ball rolling up through the lightweights. When those guys racked up the bonus points, that obviously swung the team score in our favor.

After Milton’s Kyler Crawford picked up the final win for Milton at 138, Kaden Falls won a major decision, Lane Porter was awarded a forfeit, Damien Galentine picked up a first-period fall, Ashton Intallura also received six freebies with a win via forfeit and Paul Risley brought down the curtain on the meet with a regular decision at 182.

Central Mountain 55, Milton 18

195 – Nathan Rauch, M, pinned Nik Miller, 3:54. (0-6)

220 – Gage Sutliff, CM, dec. Mitch Brent, 3-1. (3-6)

285 – Nevin Rauch, M pinned Cyrus McCarl, 3:00. (3-12)

106 – Gino Serafini, CM, pinned Tyler Geiswite, 2:34. (9-12)

113 – Derek Keen, CM, pinned Alex Parker, 0:51. (15-12)

120 – Braylen Corter, CM, major dec. Zane Neaus, 11-3. (19-12)

126 – Taylor Weaver, CM, tech fall Colton Taylor, 4:40, 16-1. (24-12)

132 – Zach Miller, CM, pinned Jaden Wagner, 2:30. (30-12)

138 – Kyler Crawford, M, pinned Tristan Probst, 3:33. (30-18)

145 – Kaden Falls, CM, major dec. Chase Hoffman, 12-4. (34-18)

152 – Lane Porter, CM, won by forfeit. (40-18)

160 – Damien Galentine, CM, pinned Dillan Ando, 1:51. (46-18)

170 – Ashton Intallura, CM, won by forfeit. (52-18)

182 – Paul Risley, CM, dec. Luke Roup, 7-4. (55-18)

Official: Mike “Mouse” Millward

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