For Bald Eagle Area, the dual meet with Huntingdon began and ended the same way — with a fall.
But between those two bouts, it was all Huntingdon as the Bearcats hung a 54-12 decision on the Eagles on Thursday night.
The Bearcats registered three falls, three major decisions and had a 12-5 edge in takedowns, as they picked up their first win in history over BEA.
And even though the Eagles are currently struggling, the significance of the win was not lost on Huntingdon coach Jon Mykut.
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“It’s still Bald Eagle,’’ he said. “We told the kids on the way up here that no matter how things might be right now, the tradition is still here and they had to go out and go after it. They did that tonight.’’
But only after Clayton Giedroc staked the Eagles to a 6-0 lead with a fall in 1:46 over John Kline.
Huntingdon than ran off 12 straight wins, beginning with Collin Glorioso’s pin of Mike Kachik in 1:10 at 113.
After that, Tyler Scott scored four points in the final 30 seconds to beat BEA’s Coby Bainey 7-4 at 120, getting a penalty point, escape and takedown for the win.
Matt Wilson followed with a 3-0 shutout of Garrett Proctor thanks to takedown and penalty point, Devon Green pinned Jacob Noll in 2:28 and Nathan Russell rolled over Clint McCaslin 8-1 at 138.
“The match at 120 was a key one,’’ Mykut said. “We knew that would be close. An d we knew they had a solid kid (McCaslin) at 138. After we won those two we felt pretty comfortable.’’
A pair of major decisions followed as Noah Brooks topped BEA’s Ryan Guenot 11-3, thanks to five back points, two reversals and a takedown, while Jon Wagner took down Colton Comly three times and turned him for four points on his way to a 12-2 major.
Eric Lynn pushed Huntingdon ahead, 35-6 when he pinned Corey Thompson at 160.
BEA nearly stopped the Bearcat run at 170, when Mitchell Taylor scored a pair of takedowns while giving up two escapes and a reversal to Logan Fisher, sending their bout into overtime, where Fisher countered a Taylor shot and turned it into the winning points.
Matt Norris bounced Chase Meyers 10-0, thanks to a pair of three-point near falls in the second period.
BEA forfeited the next two bouts before Josh Fye took down Tyler Morningstar and pinned him in 18 seconds to end the meet.
“I don’t know what you learn from losing, but I hope these kids are tired of it,’’ said BEA coach Steve Millward. “Huntingdon came in here and wrestled well and we didn’t. We have to wrestle better than that, that’s for sure. That was just a butt-whipping, that’s what that was. After all of those years of winning here, when teams get a shot at us, they take it. We have to go out and win matches, they’re not going to be given to us.’’