Dec 28/29, 2001
@ Trinity High School
Clearfield placed 11 of 13 wrestlers in this event...The team had the
more wrestlers in play for the quarterfinals than any other team. In spite
of having a fairly disastrous first round on Saturday, they managed to take
3rd team place.
103 - Brad Pataky 3rd
112 - Junior Longin 6th
119 - Todd Bloom 6th
130 - Teddy Adams 1st
135 - Luke Durant 7th
145 - Scott Hall 5th
152 - Nathan Shadeck 8th
160 - Matt Meckey 7th
171 - Dave Richards 2nd
189 - Kurt Hepfer 3rd
275 - Jon Altemus 6th
Little Lion coach Ron Pifer was looking for an unexpected performance and he got it from Decker, who went into the tournament unseeded and wound up winning the title by beating Nate Santelli of Canon-McMillan.
"That was a key win because it gave him the championship and us the team title,'' Pifer said. "And I think Brandon Behrer coming back and taking fifth was a big help for us.''
The tournament finals were conducted with a random draw which meant the finals started with the 140-pound match. The way it worked out Galloway's bout was the last of the night. He nailed down the title for State with a 5-2 win over Vinny DiGiovanni of Solon, Ohio.
"It was nice to have an ace in the hole like that,'' Pifer said. "But that kid was tough.''
Kocher narrowly missed winning his overtime bout with Tommy Clark of Solon.
"Matt was almost out with an escape at the buzzer,'' Pifer said.
"All five of our kids in the finals had really good tournaments. We got what we wanted out of the tournament. We had a great semifinal round and good round in the finals. We could have wrestled a little better in the consolations. But overall, I was pleased with the effort.''
In addition to its three champions, State had runnersup in Kocher, who lost in a rideout at 140, and Jeremy Hart, who dropped a 3-0 decision in the finals at 160.
Kocher reached the finals with a tight 5-4 win over Dave Garner of Walsh Jesuit while Hart and Decker had to go overtime in the semifinals to reach the title round.
Galloway continued his dominance in the semi's with his third first-period fall of the tournament, pinning Matt Hill of Freedom in 55 seconds.
Storniolo pinned Matt Kirsopp of Chartiers Valley in 5:47 in the semi's giving him two falls and a technical fall in the tournament.
Next up for State will be a dual meet with Altoona Thursday night at the State High North gym.
In a sidelight, McGuffey's Jeff Breese, a two-time PIAA champion, injured his knee in the semifinals and was beaten in the finals.
Sunday, December 30, 2001
Three Little Lions earn titles at Powerade tourney
From CDT staff reports
State College reeled in Canon-McMillan, the first day leader, with a dominant performance in the championship round of the PowerAde Tournament Saturday night at Trinity High School.
The Little Lions sent five wrestlers into the finals and crowned three champions -- Matt Storniolo, Nathan Galloway and Marc Decker, giving them the team crown. The final team scores showed State with 170 points, Canon-McMillan with 156.50, Walsh Jesuit with 144, Waynesburg with 133.50 and North Allegheny with 128.
Bald Eagle Area finished third to Easton and Parkland at Manheim. The Eagles had three finalists, all of whom were defeated, and finished with seven medalists. Easton easily won the team title, placing 13 of its wrestlers.
Bellefonte had Mike Reish in the finals at Manheim where he lost to two-time PIAA champion Matt Ciasulli of Easton, 8-2. The Raiders placed12th in the team race and had four placewinners.
At Conestoga Valley, Philipsburg-Osceola had champions in Matt Bush at 135 and James Yonushonis at 171 and a runner-up in Adam White at 145. The Mounties finished fifth in the team race, which was won by Wilson of District 3.
Other Mounties placewinners were: Brian Jones, fourth at 103; David Wood, sixth at 130; Dustin Minarchick, seventh at 152; Mike Shingledecker, sixth at 160.
Penns Valley placed fifth at the Newport tournament and had one champion, Craig Herrold, at 160 and a runnerup in Brett Gephart at 130. The Rams also had top-four winners in Jeremy Hopkins, who was fourth at 135, Bobby Thompson, who was third at 140, Alex McNitt, who was third at 171 and Kendall Ridenour, who was fourth at 189. No further details were reported.
Juniata dominated the Newport tournament, scoring 306.5 points to 186 for second-place Warrior Run.
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