The Chestnut Ridge wrestling team dominated the local scene once again, so it comes as no surprise that the Lions dominated the 2021 Bedford Gazette Wrestling All-Star again.

The Lions placed eight wrestlers on the team along with three from Tussey Mountain and two more from Bedford to complete the squad.

The team is a relatively young but experienced team with only two seniors, eight juniors, two sophomores, and a freshman on the team. However, seven of the wrestlers on last year’s team are members again this year.

Chestnut Ridge’s Calan Bollman (113 pounds), Ross Dull (126), Luke Moore (152), and Daniel Moore (172) are all back from last year’s team along with Tussey Mountain’s Hunter Horton (132) and Matt Watkins (285), and Bedford’s Ashton Dull (189).

The other members on this year’s team are Ridge’s Hunter Riggleman (106), Colton Bollman (138), Jack Moyer (145), and Trevor Weyandt (160). Tussey Mountain’s Trevor Husick (120) and Bedford’s Ceaton Hale (215) round out the team.

Horton and Ashton Dull were the only seniors, while Calan Bollman and Riggleman are sophomores. Hale is the only freshman on the team, while the others are all juniors.

Missing from last year’s first team are Chestnut Ridge’s Kai Burkett and Kaleb Miller. Miller did not wrestle this year, while Burkett was killed in an automobile accident in August.

Luke Moore and Ross Dull were the only wrestlers from the Bedford Gazette coverage area to earn a medal at states as both came home with seventh-place medals.

Only one of the first-teamers did not advance to regional’s (Hale), while both Bollmans, Husick, Ross Dull, Horton, both Moores, and Ashton Dull were District 5 champions.

The Chestnut Ridge team took first in the team standings for the District 5-AA individual tournament this February, which garnered them with a berth in the PIAA dual meet championships. The Lions advanced to the state quarterfinals, where they lost on tiebreaker criteria D to District 7 champion Burrell.

Here is a look at each of this year’s first-team selections:

106 – Hunter Riggleman, Chestnut Ridge: Riggleman was not even in the starting lineup for the Lions at the start of the year, but he came on strong.

He finished second at the District 5 Tournament, and advanced to the regional tournament. He had a big win in the victory over Brookville. He went 10-5 with all of his losses coming at tournaments: two at Powerade, one at District 5, and two at Southwest Regional Tournament.

“Hunter was a pleasant surprise this year,” said Chestnut Ridge coach Josh Deputy. “He put in a lot of offseason work and it showed. He had several big wins for us in dual meets and hopefully he continues to grow as a wrestler and person.”

113 — Calan Bollman, Chestnut Ridge: A year after finishing second in the state as a freshman, Bollman won his second District 5 championship and advanced to the Superregional.

He went 23-6 this season with two of the losses to AAA wrestler and the other four to state placewinners in the postseason. He finished fifth at both the regional and superregional tournament.

“Calan had a great year becoming a two-time District V champion as a sophomore,” Deputy said. “Although he may not have met his goals for this year we expect a big bounce back year next year. We are excited for what the future holds for Calan.”

120 — Trevor Husick, Tussey Mountain: Husick was a master of winning the close matches as the junior Titan captured a District 5 championship and was third at regionals.

Of his final seven wins in the postseason, six were by three points or less and three were in overtime. He went 19-5 and has a career record of 55-21. He was also fifth at the superregional tournament, missing a trip to Hershey by one place.

“Trevor had a very solid season,” said Tussey Mountain coach Mason Replogle. “He improved in some areas tremendously from last season. He’s aware of the little things that still need cleaned up, but if he continues to improve and learns to open up in the bigger matches. There’s no doubt in my mind he will be on the podium next season.”

126 — Ross Dull, Chestnut Ridge: Dull stepped up and led the Lion lowerweights through the tough schedule, amassing another 20-plus win season and earning his first state medal by placing seventh.

Dull went 24-9 this season and is 84-32 over his three years in a Lions’ singlet. He won his first District 5 championship, finished third at regionals for the second straight year, and made it to Hershey for the second straight year, coming home with a seventh-place medal this year.

“Ross is a coach’s dream,” Deputy said. “He is a hard worker and took on leadership of our team. His hard work and dedication provided him the opportunity to make the state tournament and get a seventh-place medal.”

132 - Hunter Horton, Tussey Mountain: One of the few seniors on the team, Horton will take his talents to Kutztown to wrestle next year.

Horton went 17-5 and won his second straight District 5 title and fifth-place finish at regionals. All five of his losses were to state placewinners this year. He finished his career with an 87-39 record.

“Hunter had an outstanding season,” said Replogle. “He came up a little short in the postseason, but with a regular season and regular bracket formatting, I have no doubt he would have medaled. Hunter is an amazing kid, and I’m honored to have been able to coach him. He was the pacesetter in the room and an all-around team leader. He’s going to do great things at Kutztown.”

138 — Colton Bollman, Chestnut Ridge: As one of the many sets of brothers on the Ridge roster, Colton Bollman improved as the year went on and captured a District 5 title as a junior.

After starting the year at 4-4, he went 12-5 the rest of the way including 3-0 in the District 5 tournament. He had a big pin in the state playoff victory over Brookville.

“Colton stepped up as a leader on this team and was probably the most improved on our team,” Deputy stated. “He comes to practice everyday with a smile on his face ready to work and his love for the sport has helped him make great strides.”

145 — Jack Moyer, Chestnut Ridge: Another junior on the Lions’ team, Moyer was a comeback kid in the postseason, earning second place at the District 5 meet and a fifth-place finish at regionals.

At regionals, he beat Dustin Flinn of Forest Hills to take fifth after Flinn had beat him earlier in the day. He was 20-10 on the season with his last three losses all coming to state placewinners.

“To some Jack came out of nowhere, but to us, we know Jack’s abilities,” said Deputy. “He put in a lot of offseason work, and it showed becoming a state qualifier this year. Jack’s potential is through the roof, and I think next year most will see that.”

152 — Luke Moore, Chestnut Ridge: Moore accomplished a lot in his junior campaign, winning his first District 5 title and finishing second at regionals.

Luke went 24-8 with seven of his losses coming by three points or less. He lost in the regional final, 2-0, to Laurel’s Grant Mackay, who went on to win the state title.

“Luke had a fantastic year placing seventh in the state,” said Deputy of the littler of the Moore twins. “Like his brother, Daniel, they are the ultimate young men. Luke is a great role model inside and outside the room to all the underclassmen in our program. Next year I expect him to climb even higher on the podium.”

160 — Trevor Weyandt, Chestnut Ridge: Weyandt seemed to get more confidence as the year went on and won two matched in the PIAA playoffs for the Lions as they narrowly missed a trip to the state semifinals.

He was second at districts and went 20-9 this year. He avenged a earlier loss to Brookville’s Wyatt Griffen by picking up a 11-4 victory. He had nine falls on the year.

“After a disappointing end to his sophomore campaign, Trevor bounced back with a great junior season winning some big matches down the stretch for us,” said Deputy. “Trevor’s athleticism is second to none, and I expect his senior season to be huge.”

172 — Daniel Moore, Chestnut Ridge: Moore is another junior who had a great season for the Lions. He went 17-9, winning a District 5 title and placing sixth at regionals.

He was a pinner for the Lions, getting 11 falls and a technical fall including two falls in the Lions’ playoff run.

“Daniel was the dominant presence of our upperweights winning a District 5 championship,” said Deputy. “He shows up everyday ready to get better and does everything we ask of him. He will be a force to be reckoned with next year, and we are excited to see him next year.”

189 — Ashton Dull, Bedford: One of the few seniors on the all-star team, the Dull helped solidify a strong but young group of upperweights for the Bisons.

He won his second straight District 5 title this year, going 8-3 this year for a career mark of 41-36. He had five pins in his eight victories as well as technical fall.

“He was a great team leader on off the mat,” said Bedford coach Joel Easter. “He plans on going to West Point.”

215 — Ceaton Hale, Bedford: The only freshman on the all-star team, Hale had the tough task of wrestling at an upperweight as a ninth-grader.

He went 8-4, but won five of his last six matches, including three of the four at the District 5 Tournament to place third.

“We came into this year with high hopes for Ceaton, and he didn’t disappoint,” said Easter. “He made steady progress through the year. We are looking forward to having three more years.”

285 — Matt Watkins, Tussey Mountain: Watkins is another junior with an impressive resume including a three-time district placewinner. He was second this year to Meyersdale’s Jalen Stephens, a 1-0 loss that was the first of the year for Watkins.

The Titan went 17-5 this year and has a career record of 66-33. He was fourth regionals this year. All five of his losses came in the postseason with four of them coming against state placewinners.

“Matt had an overall good season,” Replogle added. “I think we learned a lot later on in the postseason. Against the higher-level competition, we have to open up our offense more. I think that if he makes those adjustments in the offseason, he’s gonna be a legitimate contender for the top heavyweight in the state next year.”

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