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BEA grappler survives nailbiter over Huntingdon

By Kenny Varner
WINGATE – Coming off their top 10 finish at the King of the Mountain this past weekend, the Bald Eagle Area wrestling team was back in action Tuesday against Huntingdon.
The Eagles were looking to continue their strong grappling against a tough Bearcat team.
This one wouldn’t be decided to the very end.
Going into the last match at 113-pounds, the Bald Eagles’ led by a thin 32-30. The match would be decided when the buzzer sounded on the Eagles’ Garrett Giedroc versus the Bearcats Roland Mills match.
After taking an early lead, Giedroc was able to hold on in the final seconds to survive a nail biting 8-6 win, propelling his team to the 35-30 victory Tuesday night at a charged up Bald Eagle Gym.
There was more to celebrate as well afterwards.
After a strong King of the Mountain showing, Seth Koleno was honored after notching his 100th victory.
“We knew when we had Cooper and Giedroc coming up, we felt pretty good there going into the last two weights,” Bald Eagle Area coach Ron Guenot said. “The guts are solid. They work hard in the weight room and always help each other. So yea we felt good about our chances.”
Starting at the 120-pound weight Class Bald Eagles’ Drake Holderman lost a 4-3 decision to Caden Reamer.
Bald Eagles first win came at 126, when Lucas Holderman notched a pin over Brynen Kisiel, putting the Eagles ahead 6-3.
Huntingdon came back and took the lead after the 132 match, leading 9-6.
However, Koleno started a streak of wins as the Eagles’ started to move into the strong part of their roster.
Koleno defeated Huntingdon’s Jacob Wagner by technical fall 3:14 into the match, winning 21-5.
Teammate Garrett Rigg notched a tech fall win of his own at 145, defeating Huntingdon grappler Briar Deline, 19-4 at the 3:38 mark.
Gage McClenahan put his team ahead by a 22-9 margin after pinning Bearcat Draven Zook with just :52 seconds left in the first period.
Huntingdon wouldn’t go down without a fight as they battled back to take the 160 and 170 pound weight classes , cutting it to a 22-18 advantage for the Home team.
At 182 pounds, Dylan Bisel put the Eagles back on the scoreboard defeating Huntingdon’s Andrew Finkle in a Big taking a 12-1 major with him when he left the mat.
However, Huntingdon would round out the heavier weight, taking back the lead at 30-26.
But the lead would be only temporary as the match entered its final two matches.
Cooper Gilham came up Big for the Eagles as he dominated the Bearcats Cody Bilger, pinning him in the third period, jumping the Eagles back into the lead.
Geidroc opened his match at 113, going up 4-1 over Roland Mills on two takedowns. Going into the second, Mills was able to cut it to 5-3 leaving it to a memorable final third period.
Mills was able to get an early escape, cutting it 5-4 before Geidroc extended his lead back to three, taking Mills down. Holding an 8-4 lead. Geidroc survived a take down and held on for the 8-6 victory.
Bald Eagle will look to add to its momentum against a very tough Central Mountain team Friday at Home.

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