Tom Elling’s Wrestling Mat-ters: Local teams prepare for Weekend’s tournaments

LHU’s last dual meet of the season is Saturday against No. 18 Cornell at 6 p.m. Several Bald Eagle seniors will be honored before the dual meet. Those to be recognized ae DJ Fehlman, Kyle Shoop, Alex Klucker, Corey Hazel, Colin Glorioso, Jared Siegrist, Ray Bernot and Trey Hartsock.

There will be a pre-match social at Durrwachter from 4:00 p.m.- 5:35 p.m. before the dual. Anyone having purchased NCAA Championship tickets you can get them during the social. The social is free to LHU season ticket holders and $10 for non-ticket holders.

Match tickets will be sold separately at the ticket gate in the lower level of the Thomas Fieldhouse.

In other local wrestling ties, Geo Barzona (Bucknell) was in the lineup at 125-lbs for the Bison and dropped a MD to Trey Chalifoux (Army West Point). Bucknell was handed a 29-7 loss to the Cadets. Barzona is an honor student and is majoring in environmental studies. His current record for 2019-20 is 12-10.

Further east, another Central Mountain grad Logan Long secured a fall over Justin Whitacre (Delaware Valley) at 157 for Centenary College of New Jersey. Centenary is a Div III school. Long is majoring in business administration and sports management.

Recently high school dual results were Williamsport 52, Jersey Shore 24; Central Mountain 62, Hollidaysburg, 9;

In the first leg of the PIAA Class AA journey, BEA finished second in the team race to Glendale. Coen Bainey (106) was the lone District 6 champion; Runner-Up: Cooper Gilham (120), Gage McClenahan (145), Third: David Close (220).

Bainey will face 7-7 Shane Momyer Yough, JR, 26-9 ; Gilham gets 7-6 Jessie Orbin Chartiers-Houston, FR, 19-16; McClenahan gets 7-5 Alex Obeldobel Hopewell, SR, 30-11 and Close faces 7-4 Robbie West Fort Cherry, JR, 34-6.

For Jersey Shore, who competed in the North Section of D4 AA—advancers and their first round opponents this weekend are 120 N-2 Liam Goodrich Jersey Shore, SO, 23-10 vs S-4 Colton Eckroth Columbia Montour Vo-Tech, JR, 16-6; 126 N-2 Gabe Andrus Jersey Shore, FR, 19-12 vs C-4 Broc Lutz Montoursville, JR, 21-18; 145- N-3 Gabe Packer Jersey Shore, JR, 23-12 vs C-3 Colby Puderbach Montgomery, JR, 19-13; 160- N-3 Hayden Packer Jersey Shore, FR, 27-6 vs S-3 Caden Hagerman Danville, FR, 22-11.

Sugar Valley came up short in the Southern Section of District 4 AA with a field that included Southern Columbia, Line Mountain and Mifflinburg. SC had eight champions, a runner-up, two thirds and a fourth to run away with the team title. Line Mountain sent seven to the finals but came away with just one champion. The Phoenix will not advance anyone to the District Four championships.

120 Naaman Conoway, 170 Kyle Stahl, 182 Corey King all lost in consy semis. Hold the presses.. because of a withdrawal (surmising injury), Corey King will be participating in the District 4 Tournament. Thanks to Craig Buskirk for that update.

In District 6 Class AAA this Saturday, Mifflin County leads the way with six No. 1 seeds; Bellefonte has four; State College has two; Central Mountain has just one. However, the Wildcats are second to Mifflin County with nine in the top three seeds. MC has eleven. Bellefonte and State High have seven each. Altoona has one top seed, while Juniata, Hollidaysburg and Greater Johnstown have no number ones. Derek Keen is ranked No. 1 at 113. Bellefonte’s No. 1-ranked wrestlers are Lane Aikey (120), Jude Swisher (126), Ethan Richner (160) and Ethan Rossman (182). There are just eight teams in the AAA tournament. I’ll have full brackets on my Pawrsl.htm website. D6 will send the top four to NW Regionals the following week in the same location- Altoona High Field House. The times will be posted in the paper and on other media.

The Pittsburgh Classic is scheduled for March 14 at Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House. The USA team has been announced and Penn State recruit Austin Boone from Ada, Michigan will be the USA 145-pounder. The PA team is always selected after the PIAA States. Ben Askren will serve as the USA honorary coach.