Penn State

Tuesday Takedowns

1. Momentum for the Mounties

Philipsburg-Osceola handled its biggest rival and won a tournament in a four-day period last week. 

The Mounties defeated Bald Eagle Area 37-36 on criteria Wednesday. P-O won the meet by taking eight of 14 bouts. 

P-O capped its week by breezing to a 5-0 record at Juniata‘s Junior/Senior Duals. The Mounties (7-2) entered this week third behind Central Mountain and Mifflin County in the District 6 Class AAA points standings. 

2. The last unbeaten 

One of Centre County’s smallest wrestlers is producing big victories.

P-O 106-pounder Chris Thompson improved to 21-0 with five victories at Juniata. Thompson had four first-period falls and a forfeit victory. Thompson has wrestled six minutes just four times this season.  

Teammates Logan Walstrom and Jared Smith suffered their first losses last weekend. Juniata’s Zach Beitz, a PIAA Class AA finalist, majored Walstrom 19-8. 

An illegal slam resulted in Smith losing by disqualification to Clarion’s Addison Hockins. Smith still went 4-1 at Juniata, defeating PIAA Class AAA placewinner Daniel King of Susquehanna Twp. and PIAA Class AA qualifier Brandon Rowles of Juniata.

Bald Eagle Area’s Jake Taylor lost to Bethlehem Catholic’s Elliot Riddick 7-3 in the Escape the Rock Tournament semifinals. Taylor recovered to take third place.

3. The week ahead

Tonight -- West Branch at Penns Valley; Bellefonte at Shikekllamy; Wednesday -- Bald Eagle Area at State College; Saturday -- Red Raider Rumble at Bellefonte. 

Bellefonte, BEA, State College and Central Mountain are entered in the Red Raider Rumble. Teams are guaranteed five duals Saturday. This marks the tournament’s second year. 

4. CD sets record 

District 3 Central Dauphin increased its Pennsylvania record dual meet winning streak to 82 by going 5-0 at its own duals. The Rams set the record with a 70-3 victory over Central Bucks East in their opener. They could face a test Wednesday against Big Spring.