That’s how many pins Bald Eagle Area wrestling got in its season opener.
“I guess I am a little bit surprised by that,” Eagles coach Ron Guenot said when asked about the possibility of that coming into the match. “I didn’t really realize that. We will take that any day.”
Guenot made his debut in the BEA corner in a 45-27 romp of Clearfield on Tuesday night.
BEA pinned the Bison early and often. The Eagles began the night with three straight.
Garrett Giedroc started the night with a 55-second pin of Peyton Smay at 106 pounds. Alec Nyman followed suit at 113 pounds in 3:09 over Kyler Rosinsky. The Eagles were out to an 18-0 lead after Drew Koleno’s fall in 1:44 over Jonathan Thomas.
Garrett Rigg, Seth Koleno and Dylan Bisel contributed the other pins.
Rigg, who was coming off a title at the Top Hat tournament, dispatched Quentin Edwards in 4:29 at 138 pounds. Koleno followed with the quickest pin of the night in 14 seconds over Jacob Carter at 145 pounds. Bisel was tied 4-4 with Zane Morgan midway through the second period. He turned Morgan to his back and finished it off in 3:14 at 170 pounds.
“I guess we kind of expect that,” Guenot said. “We’ve told the kids anytime they can get bonus (points) that’s what we want them to do. Bonus points are huge whether it be an individual tournament or a dual meet.”
The pin parade took a break after Lucas Holderman’s match at 126 pounds. The junior squared off with Matt Ryan, and the two put on a show. Holderman raced out to a 10-3 lead after one period thanks to two takedowns and two sets of three near-fall points. He led 15-7 after two and the points didn’t stop coming. In the end, Holderman won 19-13 and BEA held a 21-0 lead.
Gage McClenahan and David Close earned the other victories on the night for the Eagles. The duo are both freshmen, joining Drew Koleno in the starting lineup.
McClenahan is a five-time Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling state champion. He finished second in the Top Hat tournament at 145 pounds last weekend.
On Tuesday, he wrestled at 152 pounds as Guenot bumped several wrestlers up. McClenahan came away with a 9-2 victory over Caleb Freeland.
Close had the tightest match of the night. Trailing 1-0 to start the third period, he escaped just 23 seconds into the period to tie it up. Thirty seconds later, he took down Steven Sawyer and rode him out for the 3-1 win.
“They are going to be a big part of our success this year,” Guenot said of his younger wrestlers. “Obviously, Gage is not your normal freshman. He is a tough kid and we are expecting big things out of him this year. Drew and Close, we are going to need them all year long. I think they are going to respond. We are excited.”
The Bison earned wins at 132, 160, 182 and 285. Jude Pallo ruined the shutout with a 5-2 win over Clayton Giedroc at 132 pounds. Hunter Wright (160), Luke McGonigal (182) and Avry Gisewhite (285) earned pins.
BEA forfeited at 220 pounds but the match was already in hand. Guenot couldn’t have been prouder of his team.
“The kids have bought into what we are trying to do here with the program,” he said. “Obviously, beginning of the year we still have a lot of work to do. It’s exciting for the kids and the program.”