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1. Efficient Eagles
Bald Eagle Area finished second behind Central Mountain in the 17-team Top Hat Tournament despite entering just 11 wrestlers. The Eagles received a boost from champions Jake Taylor (170), Aaron Varner (195) and Nate Sharkey (220). Travis Giedroc (second, 106), Tyler Baney (fourth, 152) and James Grieb (fourth, 182) also had top-four showings.
The Eagles are as thin as an iPad. Their roster includes a county-low 16 wrestlers. But if injuries are avoided, they might be a serious factor in the District 6 Class AAA team race.
2. Has the rise started?
Philipsburg-Osceola seemed poised for a breakout season before the Mountaineer Tournament’s opening whistle. They are a step closer toward returning to prominence after winning the tournament with 165 points.
Chris Thompson (106), Jared Smith (145) and Logan Walstrom (152) won titles while Jeff Thompson (160) finished second.
3. Red Raiders ready to rumble with Wildcats, Mounties
Bellefonte clobbered Penns Valley 54-24 in its opener last Friday. Life gets tougher for the Red Raiders when Central Mountain visits tonight. Bellefonte then visits Philipsburg-Osceola on Thursday before participating in the super-sized King of the Mountain Tournament.
So how good is Bellefonte? Get back to us on Saturday night.
4. PSU recruit goes down
The Walsh Ironmman Tournament proved unforgiving to Pennsylvania’s most accomplished wrestler.
Penn State recruit and Derry Area senior James Gulibon, a three-time PIAA champion, was pinned by St. Edward (Ohio) standout Dean Heil in 4:16 during the 126-pound finals. Seeing the future Penn State lightweight on his back is an odd sight. Gulibon led 4-3 at the time of the fall.
Pennsylvania struggled in the annual tournament. Bethlehem Catholic‘s Randy Cruz (126) was the state‘s lone champion. Wyoming Seminary and Bethlehem Catholic, which finished fourth and sixth, respectively, were the lone Pennsylvania schools to finish in the top 10. Wyoming Seminary is a prep school and doesn’t participated in PIAA-sanctioned postseason events.