TRANSFER –– The Reynolds High wrestling team became only the 2nd Class AA team in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania history to win 800 career matches.
The current Raiders of Coach Casey Taylor defeated Sharpsville by a 74-3 margin Wednesday night to reach the elite club that includes only 8 other schools. “Being a part of the program during its 800th win is an extremely proud moment for the student-athletes, the fans, the staff, and myself,” summarized Taylor, a former standout. “When I am in the community and discussing the team, I feel a great sense of pride when I speak of all the accomplishments the school has had over the 57 years it has taken to reach 800 wins.”
Greenville, which started the year with 826 victories, is the only other AA school in the 800-win group.
The all-time leader is Canon McMillan/Canonsburg which came into the 2016-17 season with 1,062 triumphs. Considering that Reynolds only began the sport in the 1960-61 season, it has been a fast climb up the victory ladder for the Raiders. The team — 8-0 this season — now has an overall record of 800 wins, 94 losses and 2 ties. The overall percentage is amazing since coming into the year, no other team in the 800 Club had less that 224 defeats.
“Our fans are the greatest group of people that we could ask for to cheer us on, and our administration at Reynolds has, without a doubt, provided our student-athletes with the support necessary to not only be successful on the mat, but more importantly in the classroom,” Taylor noted, continuing, “That also speaks volumes of the teachers and the parents of our students, as well.”
Coaching records for Reynolds wrestling: Richard Sherwood (1960-61) 4-4; Neal Lineman (1961-77) 201-12; Mark Reichard (1977-80) 35-6-1; Doug Groover (1980-81) 15-0; Ron Taylor (1981-82) 10-2; Ed McClimans (1982-86) 47-14; Brian Hills (1986-2011) 370-39-1, and Taylor (2011-present) 118-17.
“All of the coaches at Reynolds throughout the years have stressed the importance of ‘total community involvement’ when it comes to the wrestling teams’ tradition,” Taylor related. “The chemistry of everyone I previously mentioned working together is vital for a team to maintain a high level of success. “I am very honored to have been a part of a special event such as this, and very thankful for all the former coaches and wrestlers that set the bar so high for these young wrestlers to try to maintain the tradition of the program. We constantly talk to the team about the history of Reynolds wrestling and the responsibility of carrying it on into the future.
“I truly believe the best is yet to come for this team, as long as they continue to work the way they have been this season and the seniors continue to lead the way,” Taylor added.
• Reynolds 74, Sharpsville 3 –– At Transfer, the host Raiders rolled to the progtram’s 800th dual-match win in its 57th season. Cole Bayless ( 106), Adam Wilcox (113), Gage Bayless (126), Hunter Michaels (132), Cole Matthews (138), Hunter Thompson (152), Gavin Wilkerson (170), Joel Leise (182), Jarod Miller (195) and Wyatt Owen (285) forged falls for Reynolds. Also, Chaise Hauck (145) added a tech. fall for the Raiders of Coach Casey Taylor. Cameron Prebble (160) posted a decision for the visiting Blu Devils’ lone win.
• Mercer 48, Sharon 15 – At Sharon, the match’s lone pin was posted by Mercer’s Austin Hesselgesser (160).
• Hickory 35, Franklin 33 –– At Franklin, the visiting Hornets harvested falls from Skylar Collins (195), Aidan Thompson (126) and Brandon Miller (138), and technical falls from James Gulla (113), A.J. Hammond (132), and a major verdict from Cole Ruffo (145).
• Rocky Grove 70, Reynolds 51 – At Transfer Tuesday night, the visiting Orioles moved to 4-0 in Region 2 and 10-1 overall with a win over the Raiders (1-3, 6-5). Conner Curran rifled in 19 points to pace Rocky Grove, Travis Perry scored 17, Tyler Clayton bucketed 15 and Tyler Davis added 13 markers. Dylan McDanel scored 13 to lead Reynolds and Devin Weaver registered 11 points.
Grove City boys’ and girls’ teams remained unbeaten after sweeping Oil City, 99-63, and 106-62, respectively. The Lady Eagles captured 1st place in all events and swept every relay. Double-winners included: Emma Wilson, 200 and 100 freestyle, and Nancy Wise, 200 IM, 100 breaststroke. Individual winners: Emma Rastatter 50 ‘free; Amanda Kengor 100 butterfly; Addie Reynolds 500 ‘free. Other placewinners; Robin Reynolds, 2nd, 200 ‘free, 3rd 100 free; Amanda Kengor, 2nd 200, IM; Ashley McNabb, 2nd, 50 ‘free, 2nd 100 backstroke; Addie Reynolds, 2nd, 100 ‘fly; Jenny Baglia, 2nd, 100 ‘;free, 2nd 100 breaststroke; Kaie Majchrzak, 2nd 500 ‘free. The Eagles won all events, as well. Double-winners: Charlie Nesbit, 200 IM, 100 breastroke, and Rockwell Pokrant 100 ‘fly, 500 ‘free.
Individual winners: Ben McKnight, 200 ‘free; Will Rastatter 50 ‘free; Devin Reynolds 100 ‘free; Mason Wise 100 back. The Eagles set a new pool record in the 400 free relay (McKnight, Pokrant, Reynolds and Marcus Swartfager). The Eagles will travel to Sharon today.
• The Lady Eagles finished 3rd at the recemt North East Invitational to Villa Maria Academy and Fairview. Wilson set 2 new school records –– 200 ‘free (1:59.88), in which she placed 2nd, and she won the 100 ‘free in another school record (53.69). The Lady Eagles were 3rd in 200 medley relay (Wilson, Wise, Kengor and Rastatter); 200 free-relay (Emma Rastatter, Jenny Baglia, Amanda Kengor and Wilson) placed 2nd. Nancy Wise, 3rd 100 breastroke; 400 free-relay (Aleana Smiley, Addie Reynolds, Jenny Baglia and Robin Reynolds), 3rd. Full Results can be accessed at www.PAswimming.com.
• Kennedy Catholic 7, Central Valley 3 –– At Hess Ice Rink, Neshannock Twp., the Golden Eagles remained undefeated with the win. Leading the Golden Eagles were: Darrin Smith, hat trick; Max Hamilton, 1 goal, 2 assists; TJ Rice and Colton Attisano with 1 goal, 1 assist apiece, and Michael Benson, 1 goal. Daulton Piacitelli assisted on 4 goals, Kaden Hanaway and Ryan Milani each added 2 helpers. Tommy Walls also assisted on goals. Golden Eagles’ goaltender Carsen Burkhart turned away 22 shots.
• Kennedy Catholic 6, Trinity 4 –– At Iceoplex at Southpointe, Washington Country, visiting Kennedy Catholic improved to 12-0-2 with the win. Rice tied the match at 1 with the first of his 2 goals with assists from Attisano and Hanaway. Smith (2), Piacitelli and Hamilton added goals to give the Golden Eagles the edge for good. Piacitelli also added 3 assists to maintain the Division 2 scoring league in Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League play with 25 goals 24 assists for 49 points. Smith, Walls, Hamilton and Cameron Pyle also added assists. Burkhart earned the win in goal for KC by stopping 27 shots to improve his record to 8-0 in goal. Kennedy Catholic faces undefeated Class B leader Meadville Jan. 24, 8:45 p.m. at Hess Ice Rink.
REYNOLDS 74, SHARPSVILLE 3
285–Derrick Skeehan (R) dec. Tristan Stoner, 8-2; 106–Cole Bayless (R) over pinned Zack Herrman, 0:45; 113– Adam Wilcox (R) pinned William Divens, 0:46) 120–Andrew Ischo (R) forfeit; 126–Gage Bayless (R) pinned Ben Henwood, 0:23; 132–Hunter Michaels (R) pinned Aaron Stephenson, 0:41; 138–Cole Matthews (R) pinned Jordan Burke, 0:25; 145–Chaise Hauck (R) tech. fall Peyton Schell (16-0, 5:35); 152–Hunter Thompson (R) pinned Tyler Layman, 4:57; 160–Cameron Prebble (S) dec. Ben Wilcox, 4-1; 170–Gavin Wilkerson (R) pinned Nick Enos, 1:58; 182–Joel Leise (R) pinned Marcus Preister, 0:28; 195–Jarod Miller (R) pinned Matt Harenchar, 2:51; 220–Wyatt Owen (R) pinned Damon Tedrow, 5:20.
MERCER 48, SHARON 15
106–Noah McLaughlin (M) forfeit; 113–double forfeit; 120–Zach King (M) forfeit; 126–Alex Chess (M) forfeit; 132–Brad Filer (M) dec. Luke Gaston, 5-2; 138–Jules Hicklin (S) forfeit; 145–double forfeit; 152–Sully Allen (S) dec. Will Chess, 4-3; 160–Austin Hesselgesser (M) pinned Brad Steines 3:06; 170–Nick McClimans (S) forfeit; 182–Eric Gawne (M) forfeit; 195-Nathan Mitchell (M) dec. Jon Norwood, 7-4; 220–Garrett Shiemke (M) forfeit; 285–Bobby Gregory (M) forfeit.
HICKORY 35, FRANKLIN 33
182–Haiden Cook (F) pinned Matthew Hess, 2:24; 195–Skylar Collins (H) pinned Michael Smith, 5:51 220–Hagan Cook (F) pinned Lamar Shepard, 2:00; 285–Josh Nettles 9F) dec. Trevor Lightner, 2-1; 106–double forfeit; 113–James Gulla (H) tech. fall Matt Vincent, 19-3 (NTA); 120–Damon Vadala (H) dec. Gage Shoemaker, 9-2; 126–Aiden Thompson (H) pinned George Coon, 1:49; 132–A.J. Hammond (H) tech. fall Harley Chatley, 21-6 (NTA); 138–Brandon Miller (H) pinned Austin Sanford, 1:09; 145–Cole Ruffo (H) major dec. Bryce Murphy, 10-0; 152–Vinnie Greco (F) forfeit; 160–Hunter Exley (F) pinned Ian Muzik, 1:23.
ROCKY GROVE 17 25 5 23 70
REYNOLDS 10 17 12 12 51
ROCKY GROVE — Davis 5-1-2-13, Perry 8-1-1-17, Curran 8-3-6-19, Clayton 5-3-3-15, Francic 2-0-0-4, Kirwin 0-0-2-0, Rodemoyer 1-0-0-2.3-pt. goals: Davis 2, Clayton 2. Totals: 29-8-14-70.
REYNOLDS — McDanel 4-3-5-13, Deschand 2-0-0-4, Gill 0-1-2-1, Hart 2-1-2-7, Westover 1-3-4-6, Sims 2-0-1-6, McQuown 1-0-0-3, Weaver 3-5-8-11. 3-pt. goals: McDanel 2, Hart 2, Sims 2, Westover 1, McQuown 1. Totals: 15-13-22-51.