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Central Mountain wrestling defeats BEA to move to 7-0

It has been nearly a year since parents, fans and spectators have witnessed a varsity wrestling match at Central Mountain High School. That streak snapped Thursday night as approximately 50 fans were in attendance to watch the Wildcats host their first meet of the season against Bald Eagle Area.

The group of fans inside of Central Mountain’s gym Thursday night certainly got to see a show. Central Mountain defeated Bald Eagle Area by a tally of 46-21 to move to a perfect 7-0 on the season.

Due to the ever-changing schedule during these times of the COVID-19 pandemic, nobody is certain they will get another opportunity to compete in front of their friends and family. The Wildcats took full advantage of the opportunity to host as eight seniors were honored prior to beginning of the match. Cyrus McCarl, Nik Miller, Olivia Miller, Madison Packer, Caleb Porter, Paul Risley, Gage Sutliff and Lane Porter were the seniors recognized.

Central Mountain coach Biff Walizer has made the most of his young line-up this season.

“Having the number of young guys we have, stepping into the lineup for their first varsity season, you never know what you’re going to get out of it,” Central Mountain coach Biff Walizer said after the conclusion of Thursday’s match. “Having them coming out and performing really well, in addition to our upperclassmen we know are going to come out and perform well. That’s why we’re 7-0, it’s been a full team effort with everybody contributing.”

It is fair to say the wrestling community knows what they’re going to get when you face Central Mountain, a lineup stacked with competitors.

The match began at 120, as Central Mountain’s Zane Cooper earned the pin over Bald Eagle’s Hunter Gardner. Cooper got the pin with just 0:30 seconds remaining in regulation. It was quite the start for the Wildcats.

Luke Simcox followed Cooper’s footsteps and earned the win over Cooper Guilham at 126. Simcox won the match by a tally of 5-3 via decision.

In the 132 match, Gino Serafini of Central Mountain posted a solid performance from start to end. Serfani got the 7-0 decision over Bald Eagle Area’s Jeffre Pifer.

With under 0:25 seconds remaining in the first period, Central Mountain’s Taylor Weaver pinned Mason Reese at the 138 class. Rocco Serafini joined the “pin party” as he teched Grace Stem in the next match in the 145 class.

At 152, Central Mountain’s Griffin Walizer controlled the match from the start to its end as he got the 9-1 decision over Cameron Dubbs.

The Eagles finally were able to find some success midway through the match at the 160 class. Noah Foltz pinned Central Mountain’s Lucas Porter with just seconds remaining in regulation.

Central Mountain’s Damien Galentine trailed early on against Bald Eagle’s Brady Proctor at 172. Galentine then had a strong second period and pinned Proctor at 2:42.

The Eagles second match victory came at 189, Matt Knepp got the best of Central Mountain’s Brayden Blackwell, taking the 13-6 decision.

Nik Miller of Central Mountain had by far the quickest night of all wrestlers. Miller worked a pin just 0:15 seconds into his match against Mason McAuley at 215.

Gage Sutliff earned the pin against Bald Eagle’s Nathan Antonuccio at 285 with just two seconds left in the second period following Miller’s pin.

Lucas Fye gave Bald Eagle its third match victory of the night as he pinned Clayton Foster in the third period.

Coen Bainey got the forfeit victory for Bald Eagle to conclude the match.

The victory Thursday night marked Central Mountain’s third within the past week. Walizer said despite the lack of practice due to regulations, his team is still in a good spot.

“I’ve been actually surprised at our conditioning to this point,” Walizer said. “Even with our practice schedule we’re not on the mat as much because we have this group split into a lightweight-group and a heavyweight-group. We’re not in the same area at the same time. I was worried about having a smaller amount of mat time, but so far they’re doing pretty well.”

Walizer said Thursday’s win was a team effort through and through, but he said the performance’s of Cooper and Simcox set the tone early.

“There were some big match-ups early on. Zane Cooper out of the gate got us rolling, that was big to get us some momentum going. Luke Simcox has continued to impress, he’s beaten a handful of state-ranked guys now early in the season. He has had a really tough schedule. Top to bottom everyone has gone out and given a good effort. That’s all we can ask of,” Walizer said.

Zane Cooper (Central Mountain) over Hunter Gardner (Bald Eagle Area) (Fall 5:30)

Luke Simcox (Central Mountain) over Cooper Gilham (Bald Eagle Area) (Dec 5-3)

Gino Serafini (Central Mountain) over Jeffre Pifer (Bald Eagle Area) (Dec 7-0)

Taylor Weaver (Central Mountain) over Mason Reese (Bald Eagle Area) (Fall 1:35)

Rocco Serafini (Central Mountain) over Grace Stem (Bald Eagle Area) (Fall 1:35)

Griffin Walizer (Central Mountain) over Cameron Dubbs (Bald Eagle Area) (MD 9-1)

Noah Foltz (Bald Eagle Area) over Lucas Porter (Central Mountain) (Fall 3:57)

Damien Galentine (Central Mountain) over Brady Proctor (Bald Eagle Area) (Fall 2:42)

Matthew Knepp (Bald Eagle Area) over Brayden Blackwell (Central Mountain) (Dec 13-6)

Nikolas Miller (Central Mountain) over Mason McAuley (Bald Eagle) (Fall 0:15)

Gage Sutliff (Central Mountain) over Nathan Antonuccio (Bald Eagle Area) (Fall 1:58)

Lucas Fye (Bald Eagle Area) over Clayton Foster (Central Mountain) (Fall 5:03)

Coen Bainey (Bald Eagle Area) (For.)

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