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February 2, 2014

Reynolds matmen win 12th D-10 Duals title

MERCER COUNTY — They say that some things are “cheaper by the dozen.” That certainly doesn’t refer to the District 10 Dual Meet Wrestling Championships.

Every one is special and as valuable as gold.

“It’s always exciting to win this tournament,” said Reynolds coach Casey Taylor after the Raiders recorded their 12th Class AA crown in the 15 years of the tourney’s existence.

And the finals victory came over a familiar foe, Fort LeBoeuf, by a 39-18 margin. LeBoeuf is the only other team ever to win the D-10 Duals, copping the other three.

“It’s such a healthy and positive rivalry with LeBoeuf,” said Taylor. “Before the match I shake hands with their coaches and say, ‘Good luck, but I’m going to hate you for the next two hours.’ “

To get the finals, the Raiders ripped Saegertown, 54-13, while Fort LeBoeuf won it’s semifinals bout over Greenville, 36-15. In the consolation finals, Greenville bounced back to top Saegertown, 41-20.

Reynolds will advance to Hershey next weekend for the state duals. LeBoeuf and Greenville will compete in “wrestle-in” bouts on Monday. LeBoeuf will be home to the third place team out of the WPIAL. Greenville will travel to face Red Bank Valley, the District 9 runners-up, at their gym.

The finals started at 132 as Reynolds freshman Joel Leise copped a key 2-1 over LeBoeuf veteran Tyler Kuzma, 2-1. A third-period reversal marked the difference and avenged an OT loss to Kuzma earlier.

“Joel’s win was huge,” said Taylor. “It got us started on a high note.”

At 138, however, Bison senior George McGuire decked Alex DiGregorio in 1:13 to put LeBoeuf ahead, 6-3.

At 145, Reynolds state place-winner Levi Stoyer picked up a default over Colton Pillar, after a weight discrepancy. Following at 152, it was a battle of seniors as Raider Mason McCollum took on Brad Malinowski. McCollum lost in overtime to the Bison earlier in the year, but this time the Raider worked a tough 3-0 decision.

“The was another big win for us,” said Taylor. “Mason reversed the results of last time against Malinowski, who is a really good kid.”

It was a rematch at 160 between Reynolds’ Keegan Miller and Colton Leube, with Miller again winning a decision, 2-0. Reynolds widened the team gap to 21-6 when Mike Millero decked Jacob Lathrop in 3:30 at 170.

The Raider run continued at 182 as Austin Moffett dominated Andrew Rose en route to a 6-1 decision. At 195, it was Reynolds’ Denton Zeronas and Anthony Rivera in a battle of seniors. Rivera grabbed a late match reversal for a 2-1 triumph. That started a slight comeback for the Bison as at 220, Garret Reinwald edged Cole Rickert, 3-2.

At heavyweight Nate Conti of LeBoeuf and Gene Ringer went into overtime for a second time this season and for a second time Conti won, this time 2-1. That cut the Reynolds lead to 24-15.

At 106, freshman Gage Bayless stopped the bleeding for Reynolds with an 8-1 victory over sophomore Aba Guarriello. Reynolds sophomore Seth Hogue followed up at 113 with second-period pin of Aba Guarriello, a win that clinched the victory.

Reynolds freshman Chaise Hauck battled hard at 120, but fell to talented Bison Jarret Carter, 5-1. In the final bout of the night, Reynolds’ Mike Bartolo tangled with Adam Borgia. Bartolo, who pinned Borgia in their last meeting, did it again with a half-nelson in 3:58.

“I think we proved we are a balanced team,” said Taylor. “I’m really proud of these guys. The kids were excited to compete in the duals and they elevated their game. We beat Saegertown and Fort LeBoeuf worse than the first time we met them and I didn’t know if that was possible. I’m very happy about that.

“But the kids have been working hard and I couldn’t have done it without my coaching staff (Joe Reichard, Michael Hills, Mark Bartolo, Marty Taylor and Adam Matthews. There is a lot of good give and take between us.

“We’re all looking forward to states again. Bethlehem Catholic is favored to win it all again, but we’re going down there expecting to win it. If we do what I hope we can do, we’ll see them in the finals again.”

Consolation Finals

Greenville 41, Saegertown 20

“We’re movin’ on, we’re in the state playoff brackets, said a happy Greenville coach John Reynolds. “We’re one match away from Hershey.”

Last year in the consy finals, Saegertown topped the Trojans, 39-21, and it didn’t look good early this year for Greenville as they fell behind 14-0 in a match that started at 132.

But Gage Gladysz worked a hardfought decision at 160 and after that the Trojans came back strong.

Scoring pins for Greenville were James Wilkerson (195), Randall Peabody (220), Mason Horne (285) and Jase Paxson (113). Zach Miller (170) and Michael Lineman (106) copped major decisions.

“Saegertown is a good team and a good program,” praised Reynolds. “They were ranked ahead of us in the state ranking so this was a good win. Our kids gutsed it out against some of their state-ranked kids. We had some quality wins, but we also have some things to work on.

About wrestling at Red Bank Monday, Reynolds said: “We’re looking forward to the challenge. They have a quality program and we’ve had a good rivalry with them in the past.”

A win there would advance the Trojans to Hershey.

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