Bald Eagle Area’s Seth Koleno had the top area finish and State College used five top-five results to tie for eighth in the Manheim Holiday Wrestling Tournament, which concluded Tuesday.
Koleno placed second in the 126-pound weight class. He recorded two falls and a win by decision to advance to the finals, where he lost a wild 11-10 decision against Garnet Valley’s Mathew Marino.
The Eagles, who placed 10th with 63 points, also got third-place finishes from Clint McCaslin at 138 and Josh Fye at 285. McCaslin advanced to the semifinals with a fall and a win by decision before falling 3-2 to Kiski’s Vaughn Curico. McCaslin won by injury default over La Salle College’s Andrew McClaren. Fye advanced to the semifinals with a bye and a decision before falling 5-4 in overtime to Spring-Ford’s Zach Dorsey. Fye won by decision in a consolation semifinal before taking a 6-2 decision against State College’s Jack Vandevort, the second time the two had met in the meet.
The Little Lions were led by Adam Stover’s third-place finish at 106. Stover reached the semifinals with a major decision and a fall before dropping a 6-5 decision and Spring-Ford’s Brandon Meredith. Stover won by decision in the consolation semifinals and then pinned La Salle College’s Michael McLaren in 1:27 in the third-place match.
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Vandevort pinned his first opponent before falling 10-8 to Fye in the quarterfinals. He received a bye in his first consolation match, then won with a pin and a 10-6 decision before falling to Fye again in the third-place match.
The Little Lions also got fifth-place finishes from Anthony Myers (126), William Roeshot (170) and Cory Dreibelbis (195). Myers topped Easton’s Anthony Roche 5-4 in the fifth-place match. Roeshot pinned Solanco’s Hunter Smith in 1:35 for fifth, while Dreibelbis took a 4-3 decision over Council Rock North’s Mike Rademacher.
State College got points from 10 of its 14 wrestlers and tied with Council Rock North for eighth with 76 points.
Spring-Ford dominated the event, finishing with 218.5 points. Kiski (186.5), Easton (169), North Allegheny (138) and Solanco (117.5) rounded out the top five in the 14-team event.