BOSWELL — There were a number of things different for the 2021 version of the District 5-AA Wrestling Tournament.
The format was different.
The site was different.
The crowd was different.
But there was one thing that was very familiar as the Chestnut Ridge team rolled to the team title, had five champions and had nine wrestlers advance to next weekend’s Southwest Regional Class AA Wrestling Tournament at Indiana University (Pa.).
It was the 10th straight year that the Lions won the District 5 team title, and the eighth straight year that the Lions have had at least four champions.
With the team title, the Lions will represent District 5 in the PIAA Team Dual Championship at the District 9 champions starting on March 22.
The Lions dominated and even exceeded expectations as 12 of 13 Lion wrestlers either matched or bettered their seed.
Bedford County wrestlers captured 15 of the 26 spots for the wrestlers advancing to the regional tournament. With only eight wrestlers at each weight at regionals, District 5 had two wrestlers advance to the regional tournament while District 6 and District 7 had three apiece. In previous years, District 5 had three wrestlers, District 6 had six, and District 7 had seven.
In addition to the nine wrestlers from Chestnut Ridge, Tussey Mountain has four and Bedford has two. Tussey Mountain had two champions with Trevor Husick (120) and Hunter Horton, while Ashton Dull (189) won for Bedford. It was the second title for both Horton and Dull.
North Star High School was host for this year’s tournament and was held in front of a sparse crowd in accordance with the COVID-19 regulations. The tournament was held in two sessions with the first half of the weights (106 to 145) held in the morning and early afternoon, while the upperweights (152 to 285) wrestled in the late afternoon and into the evening.
Also with only two wrestlers advancing, there were second-place matches held as needed. In three of the five matches, the consolation final winners beat the championship final losers to earn the regional berth.
Lions Keep Rolling
Chestnut Ridge had four top seeds and all of them won with an additional championship from a third seed.
Calan Bollman (113 pounds), Ross Dull (126), Luke Moore (152), and Daniel Moore (172) were the tops seeds that captured titles, while Colton Bollman (138) was a surprise champion as the third seed. It was the second title for Calan Bollman and Daniel Moore.
Kobi Burkett (132) made it to the final before falling, while Hunter Riggleman (106), Jack Moyer (145), and Trevor Weyandt (160) battled back to win second-place matches.
Also placing but not advancing to regionals were: Brock Holderbaum (third at 120), Baltzer Bollman (third at 189), and Nick Presnell (fourth at 215).
With the Bollman and Moore brothers winning titles in the same year, that is the first time that two sets of brothers from the same team won District 5 titles since 1975 when Jan and Jay Clark as well as Nevin and Norman Sollenberger won titles for Northern Bedford.
Calan Bollman is the defending district champion and state runner-up, but he faced Nathan Pelesky, and undefeated wrestlers from North Star.
Bollman got two takedowns in the first period for a 4-1 lead. After the two wrestlers exchanged reversals in the second period, Bollman added another in the third for 8-3 2 win.
Dull dominated at 126. He had a technical fall in the semifinals before meeting Bedford’s Camden Koontz in the final. Dull had a first period takedown and rode out Koontz in both the first and second periods. He added an escape, a takedown, and three back points to roll to the 8-0 major decision.
After Burkett got a big win over second-seeded Landon Wellington to Berlin in the semifinals, the Lion sophomore fell to Horton in the final.
Another third seed for the Lions was more fortunate. Colton Bollman completely frustrated second-seeded Cameron Snoeberger of North Star and rolled to a 12-0 win over the Cougar in the semifinals. In the final, he came up against Tussey Mountain’s Chad Weist, who was the top seed.
Weist got the opening takedown, but Bollman answered with an escape and a takedown for the lead. Weist got a reversal, which was answered by a Bollman reversal to give the Lion a 5-4 lead after one period.
Bollman got an escape and a takedown in the second period. A scoreless third period gave Bollman the title with an 8-4 win.
The Moore brothers had little trouble making it to the final. Both received a bye to the semifinals before they each had first-period falls in the semifinals.
Luke Moore met with high-scoring freshman Connor Yoder of North Star. Yoder got the opening takedown, but Moore got out to cut the deficit to 2-1. In the second period, Moore got an escape again before getting a takedown to take a 4-2 lead. Moore rode Yoder out in the second period, and the Cougar picked neutral for the third. Neither wrestler scored as Moore captured the victory, 4-2.
Daniel Moore had a similar match in the 172-pound final against Berlin’s Grant Mathias. The difference was that Moore got the opening takedown and Mathias got the first-period escape. Moore picked bottom and got a second-period reversal. He rode out Mathias in both the second and third period to end the match with a 4-1 win.
The Lions were 5-1 in the championship finals and there were also 5-1 in the consolation finals with four of the winners earning a chance to wrestle back for second place.
Riggleman, Moyer, and Weyandt did just that with Riggleman beating a top seed in that second-place match.
The Lion sophomore lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Tristen Hawkins of Conemaugh Township. He came back to win in the consolation final, 10-2, over Everett’s Elijah Mills. Riggleman faced North Star’s Cayden Turner in the second-place match. After a scoreless first period, Riggleman got a reversal in the second period before riding him out. Turner picked neutral in the third, but it was the Lion who got the takedown for the 4-0 win.
At 120, Ridge’s Holderbaum was leading Meyersdale’s Trevor Donaldson, 5-1, after two periods with the help of two second-period takedowns. Donaldson got an escape in the third period before hitting Holderbaum with a headlock and getting the fall in 4:42 to rally for the win.
Moyer was a victim of one of the biggest upsets of the tournament when seventh-seeded Nick Brumbaugh of Tussey Mountain had a 5-3 win over Moyer in the quarterfinals.
Moyer rallied back with a pin of Everett’s Sid Grove and a 2-0 win over Northern Bedford’s Rece Dibert to advance to a rematch with Brumbaugh in the consolation final. Moyer dominated in the rematch with a 10-1 major decision over Brumbaugh.
He got a chance to advance with a second-place match with North Star’s Logan Reffner. After a scoreless first period, Moyer got a reversal and then a fall in 1:50 to earn the trip to regionals.
In the final match of the night. Weyandt had to wait nearly 20 minutes after all of the other wrestling was done as his was the only second-place match of the second session.
Weyandt lost a 4-3 heartbreaker to Meyersdale’s Austin Broadwater, who went on to win the weight. The Lion got a pin in the consolation semifinal before earning a major decision, 13-0, over Bedford’s Connor Clarke.
In the second-place match, he had North Star’s Kolton Furry, who dropped a 1-0 decision to Broadwater in the final. Weyandt jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a takedown and two back points in the first period before adding three more points with a cradle in the second. However, Furry got an escape and takedown to cut the deficit to 8-3. Weyandt had an escape, takedown, and three more back points in the third period to grab the 13-5 major decision.
Titans Have Strong Showing
Tussey Mountain had two individual champions for the first time since 1992 when Greg Lazor and Ryan Steele won titles, and buoyed by that performance, the Titans finished second in the team standings.
Also placing for the Titans were Chad Weist (second at 138), Matt Watkins (second at 285), Bryan Rankin (third at 172), Bryce Heath (fourth at 113), and Brumbaugh (fourth at 145).
After getting a second-period fall in the quarterfinals, Husick had a tough battle with Holderbaum in the semifinals with Husick escaping with a 3-1 win to get to the final. He met up with Meyersdale’s Donaldson and it was the only final to go to overtime. After a scoreless first period, Husick escaped in the second period before the Red Raider got the point back with an escape in the third period to tie the bout.
In the overtime period, Husick got deep on a double-leg takedown and got the two points for the 3-1 victory.
Horton had a much easier time in his final. He had three takedowns, four sets of back points, a reversal, and an escape to cruise to the 18-1 technical fall in the final against Ridge’s Burkett. Horton’s last takedown put Burkett on his back as time was running down to help give the Titan the technical fall.
Horton had a fall in the semifinals earn the berth in the final.
Weist cruised to the final with two first-period falls before meeting up with Ridge’s Colton Bollman in the final.
Weist had a second-place match with North Star’s Cameron Snoeberger. Weist was winning, 2-1, when Snoeberger was called for unsportsmanlike conduct giving a point to Weist. Later in the match, Snoeberger added several more unsportsmanlike actions resulting in a flagrant misconduct being called and a disqualification for the Cougar.
Watkins also got a second-place finish. The second-seeded Titan had a big semifinal match with third-seeded and undefeated Cooper Lingenfelter of Bedford. He used a reversal on a roll to put Lingenfelter on his back for a five-point move in a 6-5 win to advance to the final against Jalen Stephens, a Meyersdale wrestler who was the defending district champion and has two top-four finishes in the state the last two years.
After a scoreless first period, Stephens got out from under Watkins for an escape in the second period. The Red Raider followed that by riding out Watkins for his second title.
Rankin matched his third seed with a third-place finish at 172.
Tussey head coach Mason Replogle was named the District 5 Coach of the Year.
Bisons Have Two
The Bisons had seven placewinners with two of them qualifying for regionals.
In addition to Dull and Koontz, the other placewinners were Ceaton Hall (third at 215), Lingenfelter (third at 285), Ashden Koontz (fourth at 138), Matt Batzel (fourth at 152), and Clarke (fourth at 160).
Dull dominated on his way to his second district title. He had a first-period fall in the semifinals before meeting up with North Star’s Bryce Salyers in the final. Dull had a first-period takedown, and after Salyers picked neutral for the second period, Dull got a takedown before pinning him in 3:51 for the title.
Koontz was not as fortunate in his final match. Koontz knocked of Northern Bedford’s Reyan Imler in the semifinals, 6-2, before falling in the final to Dull of Chestnut Ridge.
Lingenfelter finishes the year with only one loss, the 6-5 loss to Watkins in semifinals. He had pins in the quarterfinals, consolation semifinals, and consolation final with the final pin coming against Northern Bedford’s Derek Beach in 3:23.
Hale had a pin in the quarterfinals before losing to Meyersdale’s Bryant Most, 6-0, in the semifinals. The Bison freshman bounced back with pin in the consolation semifinals and a fall against Ridge’s Presnell in 4:50 in the consolation final.
Ashden Koontz was a nice surprise for the Bisons. He had only one win this year coming into the tournament. After losing his quarterfinal match, he won two to get to the consolation final, where he lost to Snoeberger for the second time in the tournament.
Batzel and Clarke followed similar paths. Both dropped semifinal bouts to top-seeded opponents. Clarke lost to Furry, 3-1, while Batzel was pinned by Luke Moore. They both bounced back with consolation semifinal wins before falling in the consolation finals.
NBC, Everett Have Rough Tournaments
The Black Panthers and Warriors had no wrestlers advance to the regional tournament.
Northern had three placewinners with Imler (third at 126), Eion Snider (third at 152), and Beach (fourth at 285).
Imler’s only loss of the tournament was to Bedford’s Camden Koontz in the semifinals. After the 6-2 loss, he beat Tussey’s Luke Brumbaugh, 6-0, and then topped Berlin’s Thanyal Miller, 10-3.
Snider had a first-period fall in the quarterfinals and dropped an 11-2 major decision to Yoder. Snider got by Tussey’s Kenny Sheeder, 6-4, to get to the consolation final, where he beat Batzel, 2-0.
Beach got a first-period fall against Chestnut Ridge’s Dom Claar in the quarterfinals, but was pinned in 2:18 by Stephens in a semifinal. He added another first period pin to get to the consolation final, where he lost to Lingenfelter.
The Warriors had only one placewinner as Mills took fourth at 106. Mills got a 7-0 win over Tussey Mountain’s Dalton Baker before dropping a 5-2 decision to Turner in the semifinals.
After getting a fall against Meyersdale’s Sam Deist in the consolation semifinals, he lost to Riggleman in the consolation finals.
TOURNAMENT NOTES: There were seven underclassmen that went to regionals last year that are not returning. Bedford’s Jacob Dawson did not participate in districts this year, while three-time defending District 5 champion Kai Burkett of Chestnut Ridge was killed in an automobile wreck earlier this school year. The others that missed going this year are: Imler, Clarke, Beach, Lingenfelter, and Baltzer Bollman. … Wrestling at the Southwest Regional Class AA Tournament will start at 8 a.m. at the Kovalchick Center at IUP. The top five finishers advance to the PIAA Western Superegional the following weekend at IUP with a similar schedule.