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Mifflinburg too much on mats for Juniata

MIFFLINTOWN – Tuesday night, the Juniata wrestling team hosted Mifflinburg in a prime time match up.
It was a back and forth battle for much of evening before the Wildcats went on a mini run in the upper weights, winning 43-31.
After losing their first match at 105, the Indians knotted things at six when Hunter Shelley took 113 via a forfeit.
Tansen Miller took care of Mifflinburg’s Dylan Linn in Workman like fashion, taking the match 6-4.
Jacob Gilson picked up a forfeit at 126 pounds to up the Juniata advantage to 15-6.
At the 132-pound weight class, the Wildcats cut into the lead as Clayton Reed defeated Tanner Weiand by a major decision, making it 15-10.
Trevor Bingaman put his team back into the lead when he pinned Juniata mat man Albert Heister with only 13 ticks left on the clock, 16-15.
Now with the lead, Mifflinburg got some easy points coming out of the 145-pound weight class as it received a forfeit.
Trevor Wileman brought his team to within one at 152 when he pinned Cody Rokovac with a lot of time left in the opening period, making it 22-21.
At 160, the Wildcats once again stretched out their lead when Dominic Sampsell pinned Juniata’s Jose Melgar at the 1:11 mark of the third period, upping the lead to 28-22.
Mifflinburg got a pin in the 170-pound class when Tyler Stotzfus pulled over Jared Leister and put him down for the pin, increase its lead to 34.
At 182, Juniata got a strong effort from Garrett Gabel. Gabel dominated Jansen Houdeshell by a major decision,16-7. With the win, the Indians now trailed by nine at 34-25.
Unfortunately for Juniata, things did not go well in the 195-pound class when Blake Wray outlasted Christian Benner, 9-3.
Mifflinburg stayed claim to the 220-pound weight class by forfeit, putting the game on ice at 43-25.
But not going down without a fight on this Day was the Indians and heavyweight wrestler, Evan Renninger. Craig Heister, his opponent tried to go for the take down late but before he knew what hit him, Renninger reverses it and placed his shoulders to the mats, finishing up the close 43-31 match.

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