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Two legendary wrestling teams clash; Central Mountain tops Bald Eagle

By Kenny Varner

WINGATE – Two Legendary wrestling program’s met Thursday night when Central Mountain visited the veteran Bald Eagle team in a prime time match up.

Parking was at a premium as the gym was filled with die hard wrestling fans from both sides.

After spotting the Wildcats a 19-0 advantage, the Eagles would battle back to make it a 28-21 contest.

However, the Wildcats rebounded to notch wins in the final three matches en route to the 45-21 victory.

With the win, Central Mountain improved to 6-2 while Bald Eagle dropped to 9-2.

The match opened up at 138. Central Mountain’s Luke Simcox went up against Jeffre Pifer.

In the first period, Simcox opened with a take down.

Pifer escaped, cutting it to 2-1.

Simcox was able to overpower Pifer once again, notching a 4-1 lead at the end of the first.

Simcox continued to take the advantage over Pifer, pinning him in the second at 3:05.

With the 6-0 advantage, Griffin Walizer added another six points as he was able to pin Tayten Yoder.

In the first period, Walizer mirrored his teammates performance at 138, as he notched two takedowns to take a 4-1 advantage going into the second.

With the second period getting underway, Walizer was able to wear Yoder down, pinning him with 21st J’s left to go in the second.

At 152, the Wildcats continued its winning ways. Gino Serafini opened with a take down in the first, leading 2-0. He started to heat up in second taking down Mason Reese and picking up an early escape.

Serafini took control of the final stanza notching the over Mason 9-1 major decision.

The winning continued for Central Mountain at 160. After a scoreless first period, Jacob Weaver was able to use an early reversal at eventual three back points, going up 5-0 over Cameron Dubbs.

In the final period, Weaver was able to keep Dubbs at bay to take the 6-2 decision, upping its lead to 19-0.

Bald Eagle got on the board for the first time at 172. Caleb Close used a first period take down and a second half take down and escape over Rocco Serafini at a 5-0 decision.

Central Mountain’s 189-pounder Damien Galentine took down Austin Moyle late in the first period at 1:14, upping the Wildcats advantage to 25-3.

However, the Eagles battled back to take the 215-pound weight class. Noah Foltz was dominant pinning Micah Walizer in the first period with 27 ticks left in the period.

At 285, extended the lead to 28-9 when Brayden Blackwell outmuscled Bald Eagle’s Matthew Knepp taking the 4-2 decision.

The Eagles got an easy win at 106. Gavin Guenot picked up the easy forfeit victory, cutting the Wildcats lead to 28-15.

Bald Eagle was able to take one step closer to the Central Mountain lead. At 113, Lucas Fye was quick to take Clayton Foster down and put him on his back at 1:00.

Central Mountain was able to take back the momentum at 120.

Derek Keen Owen  Johnson (BEAH) (Fall 2:34)

At 126,  Central Mountain’s Dalton Perry pinned with 1:26 left in the second over Hunter Gardner.

Finishing the match at 132, Central Mountain’s Taylor  Weaver picked up a tech fall win over Kevin Taylor after just two periods 16-0 at 3:33.

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