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Bellefonte tops Shikellamy


BELLEFONTE – For the Bellefonte wrestling team, Tuesday night’s match against Shikellamy was good to the last drop.
Trailing 29-21 going into the final three matches, the Red Raiders showed why the have a legendary program as the matmen were clutch under pressure as Max Mondy picked up a forfeit at 220, Sean Irwin picked up a pin at 285 while Adam Coppolo finished the night off in grand fashion with a 16-1 tech fall to pull out the victory out of the jaws of defeat 38-39.
The group did it in front of their home crowd as everyone following the “Red and White” went home happy.
“We talked about things before the match. Shikellamy always has a solid dual meet team. Every year it seems to come down to bonus points and we were able to get our heavyweight and get some momentum going into the last match,” said Bellefonte coach Mike Maney. “Alex Coppolo is just a freshman. He went out with no pressure and did really well and he was able to seal it for us.”
After falling in the 113-pound weight class, Bellefonte’s Ryan McMaster put his team up 6-3 with a forfeit win.
The Braves got an 11-3 major decision at 126 when John Supsic outlasted Ryan Smith, giving the visitors a 7-6 edge.
Keegan Rothrock took care of the 132-pound weight class, downing Shikellamy’s Doug Homan via pin fall with 1:48 in the third, putting the Red Raiders back ahead 12-7.
The anchor of the Bellefonte squad, Brock Port improved the Red Raider lead to 18-11 with a third period pin over Noah Supsic.
At 152, Bellefonte’s Chase Gardner outlasted Dominic Parker, 4-3. With the win, the Red Raiders upped their lead to 21-11.
Shikellamy didn’t go away without a fight as it took care of the 160-, 170-, 182- and 195-weight classes.
With the consecutive wins, the Braves cut into the lead and then took the lead late into the contest, 29-21.
After Mondy walked out to mat for his forfeit win at 220,  Irwin found himself in the tough spot of having to come out with the clutch victory.
He was up for the challenge as he came out unfazed and went right to work in his match against Shikellamy heavyweight Jeff Diehl.
Diehl never got a chance to even score as Davidson went right at Diehl and had him on his back and pinned at the 1:48 mark of the first, putting his team back ahead 33-29.
However, the match was not quite in the books as it went into the last match of the night at 106.
Coppolo went right to work. He took Jared Hartman right to the mat and used his skills to clinch the victory with a 16-1 technical fall, icing it for Bellefonte.
The Red Raiders are back in action Thursday as it hosts Tyrone.

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