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BEA and Bellefonte both perfect at BEA Duals

By Kenny Varner

WINGATE – Sweet Perfection.
The Bald Eagle Area and Bellefonte wrestling teams capped off a perfect weekend as both finished with perfect records in this year’s edition of the Bald Eagle Area Wrestling Duals.
Wrestling a shortened schedule, the Red Raiders finished 2-0 while the host Bald Eagle Area finished with a 4-0 record.
Some of the matches for the Eagles were tight but the Eagles came up Big when they needed to, much to the delight of their head coach Ron Guenot.
“That what I’m most happy about. Some of the guys that might not had a lot of success for us so far this year came to wrestle and fought to the end and won some matches in the third period,” said Guenot. “When you win the matches in the third period you know your doing things right. And I think that is what some of our kids did and I think they’ve grown up now and know what it takes to wrestle at this level.”
The Eagles started off their day against a tough Warwick squad. It wasn’t a match that was as close as the final score.
After falling behind early 12-0, the Eagles came back to tie thanks to two forfeits.
Warwick won at 120, taking the lead back at 15-12 before Bald Eagle would make their moves through the middleweights.
At 126, Lucas Holder man got things going as he scored a major decision over Mateo Chacon, 15-8.
Alex Holt kept the winning going as he outlasted Shawn Stafford 8-5.
Bald Eagle got a clutch pin by Seth Koleno at 138, pinning Warwick grappler Preston Johnson only :41 ticks into the match.
Garrett Rigg also got into pinning act as he took care of his opponent Pat Tocci :47 seconds in to go up 30-15.
Gage McClenahan pulled out a major decision over Luke Hirtzel, 15-5.
Rounding things out in the win department was 195-pounder David Close who dominated in a 10-2 major, en route to the victory.

Bald Eagle Area 36, Fauquier (Va.) 31
Battling against a former Class AA Virginia state runner up, the Eagles used a total team effort to pick up their second win of the day.
It wasn’t easy but when the last hand was raised at the end of the match, Bald Eagle prevailed 36-31.
Picking wins in the match were a group of veteran grapplers.
Picking up the first win of the match was 106-pounder Zander Ballock.
Bullock got things going in style, pinning Jared Rection 1:09 in, taking the lead at 6-3.
At 113, Cooper Gilham picked up a pin of his own as he put down Falcons’ Nolan McEachin, upping the lead.
Garrett Giedroc put his team up 15-3 as he muscles out a 10-3 decision over Alex Bautista.
The winning kept coming early as 126-pounder Holderman picked up a crucial pin over Gino Camarcha at 2:18.
Seth Koleno joined in the win column at 138 by picking up a hard fought 5-3 victory over Kyle Budd.
At 152-pounds, McClenahan pinned his opponent David Dewald, giving his team a cushion.
However, the match wouldn’t be decided until the last match at 220.
With the match in the balance, Bald Eagles’ David Close pinned Casey Burr to secure the win.
Game three
Bald Eagle Area 42, Altoona 22
In their match against Altoona, emotions ran wild throughout the match as both teams were in post season mentality, cheering on each other until the final whistle.
In the end, the Eagles would pick up the wins they would need and make it 3-for-3, winning 42-22.
Gilham starting things off for the Eagles, posting a pin over Sheed Corl, :18.
Bald Eagle fell behind 9-6 going into the 126-pound weight class.
However, Alex Holt picked up a 9-7 victory over Isaiah Jones to tie things up.
After falling behind, Koleno got the Eagles back to its winning ways posting a quick pin over Gavin Wagner at :29 in the 138-pound weight class.
At 145, Nate Poole pinned Mountain Lion William Echols at the 1:49 mark.
Things kept rolling for Bald Eagle as Garrett Rigg took a 152-pound weight class victory over Hayden Boutiller, 13-5.
McCleland picked up a forfeit victory at 160.
Richard Taylor kept things rolling, defeating Devin York by an 8-2 decision.
182 pounds, Bald Eagles Dylan Bisel pinned Collin Allmond, 2:12 into it, increasing the lead and closing the door on any chance of Mountain Lion Comeback.
Kurt Hall rounded out the scoring for the Eagles in the match with a 6-5 nail biter over Adam Port.
Final game
Bald Eagle Area 56, Hollidaysburg 15
In their final match of the evening, the Eagles had its A-game going from top to bottom as it rolled up a 56-15 victory over the Golden Eagles.
Picking up pins in the match were Koleno (138), McClenahan (160), Richard Taylor (170), Rilee Bechdel (220) and Gilham (106).
Bald Eagle also got a forfeit from Geidroc (113), Nate Poole (145)and Rigg (152).
Lucas Holderman had the team’s only tech fall of the night, defeating Garidan Bridenbaugh, 15-0.
Rounding out the winners was David Close (195). He defeated Gus Dellinger 3-1.

Bellefonte 49, Hollidaysburg 28
After trailing 17-0 against Hollidaysburg in the opening match of the day, the Red Raiders marched back to outscore the Golden Eagles 49-11 the rest of the way for the 49-28 victory.
“We had some positive things we saw in our first match of the year against Bald Eagle and today both were a step in the right direction,” Bellefonte coach Mark Maney said. “We had two solid matches against two solid teams and we want to continue to keep building each day and get better each match.”
Bellefonte got its first win at 113 when Alex Bossert picked up the forfeit win.
Alex Coppolo followed with a 7-0 victory over Andrew Simpson at 120.
At 126 pounds, Cole Stewart pinned Cody Dively 2:30 in for the victory.
Bellefonte continued its winning ways as Ryan Smith helped his team take the lead, pinning Bridenbaugh.
After a loss at 138, the Red Raiders picked up forfeits in the 145- and 152-pound wight classes. Picking up the wins were Logan Simpson and Jaden Lucas.
Ethan Richner took home an 11-2 major decision victory over Nathan Fisher at 160.
Ethan Rossman give his team another six points when he pinned Adam Baranik at 170.
Rounding out the winners was Max Mundy at 220 when he pinned Devon Datres only thirty ticks in.
Game two
Bellefonte 48, Altoona 24
In their last match of the day, the Bellefonte Red Raider grapplers made every point count as they defeated a tough group from Altoona for the 48-24 victory.
Trailing 9-6 after the third match, the Red Raiders went on a run that would put them into the lead for good.
The only win in the first three matches was Aaron Little who pinned Sheed Corl at 1:38.
Coppolo took the 120-pound match when he picked up the 12-4 major decision over Damion Finnegan.
Smith took care of the 126-pound weight class, pinning Isaiah Jones at the 1:33 mark.
At 132, Cole Stewart brought home a pin against Jordan Wagner in a 3:26 affair.
Zach Taylor also picked up a victory for the Red Raiders, winning a 12-4 decision over Gavin Wagner, upping it 26-9.
152-pound Ethan Richner shut down Hayden Boutiller, 6-0.
Ethan Rossman took care of things at 170 as he took down Colin Allmond by pin fall at 3:26
At 182, Andrew Howe picked up a forfeit, securing the win for Bellefonte.

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