Bedford’s wrestling squad had an unusual double dual on Thursday as the Bisons hosted both North Star and Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference foe Penn Cambria.
The Bisons dropped the match to North Star, 48-30, and squeezed past Penn Cambria, 40-39, after the match ended in a tie with the Bisons winning on criteria H, most first points scored (14-8).
In the nightcap, Penn Cambria held a 15-12 lead after the first five weight classes, but Bedford took five of the next six bouts to take a 39-31 lead.
At 120, Camden Koontz overcame giving up the first takedown to rally for a 6-4 victory over Jestin Poruban. Mat Emerick kept the Bisons going on the roll with a 32-second fall against Alayna Gil at 126, while Kaden Cassidy needed only 37 seconds to pin Donovan Cornell at 132.
Penn Cambria’s Chase Proudfit, a two-time state qualifier, pinned Bedford’s Gavin Habinyak in 3:38 to cut the Bisons’ lead to 27-21
Bedford took its biggest lead following first-period pins by Nathan Gabriel at 145 and Brayden Koontz at 152 for a 39-21 advantage.
Penn Cambria needed three straight six-point wins in the final three bouts to tie the match, and that is what the Panthers got. Jacob Davis reversed Connor Clarke to his back two times in the third period with the second getting a fall in 5:19.
Returning sixth-place state placewinner Derek Brown got the Panthers within six with a fall at 170, and Joseph Smychynsky took a forfeit to tie the match at 39-39.
After nearly a five-minute discussion at the scorers’ table, Bedford was declared the winner via criteria H. The teams had the same number of wins, six-point wins, near fall and takedown points in non-pinning matches, and no unsportsmanlike points for either team. Bedford had the first points via takedown at 220, 285, 126, 132, 145, and 152 and with a reversal at 160, while Penn Cambria had takedowns for the first points on takedowns at 106, 120, 138, and 170.
In the first five bouts of the match, Bedford got a forfeit at 195, while Penn Cambria got one at 113. Bedford’s Noah Lynch had a first-period fall at 285, while Marcus Wirfel had a second-period pin at 220.
At 106, Penn Cambria’s Bryce Proudfit earned a 6-1 victory over Thomas Steinbrenner, which helped Penn Cambria hold at 15-12 lead going into 120.
In the opening match, North Star won eight of the 14 weights and got six points for each of their victories with six falls and two forfeits.
The visitors took six of the first seven bouts for 36-6 lead. Cougars Bryce Salyers (182) and Jacob Blough (113) picked up forfeits, while Hunter Tremain (195) and Eli Brougher (120) had first-period falls and Nathan Pelesky (106) battled back after giving up the opening takedown for a second-period pin.
Bedford’s only win through that stretch was a fall by Lynch in 1:59.
The Bisons battled back with five straight victories. Emerick started off the run with a fall in 3:43, and Cassidy rolled to a 14-2 first-period lead before pinning Cameron Snoeberger in 2:30.
At 138, Habinyak broke a 2-2 tie with Colton Conner with a reversal at the buzzer of the second period. He added an escape and a takedown in the third period for a 7-2 win.
Gabriel worked for a pin at 145 in 3:06 before Brayden Koontz topped Kolton Furry, 9-2, with two takedowns and two set of backpoints to cut the North Star lead to 36-30 with two bouts left.
North Star’s Alex Supanick used a cradle at 160 in 1:36 to secure the team victory before Colby Vinisky got another pin to make the final, 48-30.
Bedford gave up nine falls and four forfeits on the night.
“I told the guys that we would be OK if we could keep off our backs,” said Bedford coach Joel Easter. “The key was not to get pinned.
“The young guys are coming along, but we need to stay off our back.
“Mat Emerick has been really wrestling tough all year for us.”
Bedford, 2-3, will wrestle at the Southmoreland Tournament on Dec. 27 and 28.
NORTH STAR 48, BEDFORD 30
182 — Bryce Salyers, NS, won by forfeit.
195 — Hunter Tremain, NS, pinned Owen Biddle, 1:07.
220 — Alec Wojnarowski, NS, pinned Jaydin Vargas, 2:40.
285 — Noah Lynch, B, pinned Noah Livingston, 1:59.
106 — Nathan Pelesky, NS, pinned Thomas Steinbrunner, 2:43.
113 — Jacob Blough, NS, won by forfeit.
120 — Eli Brougher, NS, pinned Camden Koontz, 0:53.
126 — Mathew Emerick, B, pinned Austin Hribar, 5:43.
132 — Kaden Cassidy, B, pinned Cameron Snoeberger, 2:30.
138 — Gavin Habinyak, B, dec. Colten Conner, 7-2.
145 — Nathan Gabriel, B, pinned Riley Vinisky, 3:06.
152 — Brayden Koontz, B, dec. Kolton Furry, 9-2.
160 — Alec Supanick, NS, pinned Connor Clarke, 1:36.
170 — Colby Vinisky, NS, pinned Ashton Dull, 3:36.
BEDFORD 40, PENN CAMBRIA 39 Bedford wins on Tiebreaker Criteria H (Most First Points scored, 14-8)
195 — Biddle, B, won by forfeit.
220 — Marcus Wirfel, PC, pinned Vargas, 3:21.
285 — Lynch, B, pinned Jared Berkheimer, 0:22.
106 — Bryce Proudfit, PC, dec. Steinbrunner, 6-1.
113 — Brandt Patterson, PC, won by forfeit.
120 — C. Koontz, B, dec. Jestin Poruban, 6-4.
126 — Emerick, B, pinned Alayna Gil, 0:32.
132 — Cassidy, B, pinned Donovan Cornell, 0:37.
138 — Chase Proudfit, PC, pinned Habinyak, 3:38.
145 — Gabriel, B, pinned Braden Pfister, 1:35.
152 — B. Koontz, B, pinned Paul Mullen, 1:13.
160 — Jacob Davis, PC, pinned Clarke, 5:19.
170 — Derek Brown, PC, pinned Dull, 0:49.
182 — Joseph Smychynsky, PC, won by forfeit.