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Bellefonte matmen takedown BEA

By Kenny Varner

BELLEFONTE – Another page of the friendly rivalry that is the Bellefonte/ Bald Eagle Area wrestling story was written last night at the Red Raider gym.
Though the match was won decidedly by this year’s Bellefonte matmen, there was some good showings by the Eagles as well.
Starting at the 170-pound mark, the Red Raiders open their match with five straight victories en route to the 45-19 victory.
The wins in the upper weights was something their coach, Mike Maney was quite pleased with.
“We weren’t quite sure how tonight was going to start after wrestling in a very physical match last night. We got home late and so I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Maney said. “Credit to the first wave. I figured they were going to be a toss up matches. Lukas McClure wrestled a great match to get things going. And then Mason Cooper. From their things just continue to roll.”
McClure led off the night with a 5-1 victory over Dylan Bisel.
Cooper picked up his win over Andrew Cohen as Cohen was hurt late in the opening period and did not return during the 182-pound class.
Brien McChesney got his hand raised as he won by forfeit at 195.
In the night’s closest match Max Mondy muscled out a 5-4 victory over the Bald Eagles David Close. The match would not be decided until 11 ticks left in the third when Mondy escaped Close’s clutches.
At 285, Bellefonte’s Sean Irvin pinned Kurt Hall 1:33 in the second period, giving his team a 24-0 advantage.
Bald Eagle got its first win of the night at 106 when Garrett Gidroc escaped as a 3-2 win over Red Raider Alex Coppolo.
Bellefonte got back to its winning ways at 113 when Cole Stewart won by forfeit, upping the home team’s lead to 30-3.
Ryan Smith picked up a 7-1 victory over the Eagles Aleck Nyman to put Bellefonte back on the scoreboard,33-3.
BEA’s Lucas Holderman took care of Nate Wert early on and went on to the pin in the 126-pound weight class, cutting into the Bellefonte lead.
Garrett Rigg kept the Eagles streak
going as he just missed landing a tech fall over Keegan Rothrock.
However it was still enough for a 16-4 major in 132-pound class.
Seth Koleno kept the ball rolling for the Eagles at 138 when he took care of Cam Coppolo, 5-1, cutting the lead to 33-16.
However, Brock Port ended the Bald Eagle rally quickly when he pinned Richard Taylor with 1:07 showing in the first period.
Zach Rosenberger took a page from Port when he pinned Bald Eagle Joey Gates. Rosenberger pinned his opponent late in the third, putting the match officially out of reach at 45-16.
In the last match of the night, Bald Eagle freshman Gage McClenahan picked up a hard fought 2-0 victory over Chase Gardner, ending the match at 45-19.
“We had some ideas and matchups we wanted to do but the bottom line is they came to wrestle. It wasn’t one of our best efforts,” Bald Eagle Area coach Ron Guenot said. “They wrestle very well tonight and we didn’t.”

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