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Bellefonte at Philipsburg-Osceola preview

District 6 Class AAA Team Tournament First Round
Bellefonte (8-4) at Philipsburg-Osceola (9-2)
When: 7 p.m. tonight 
The skinny: Philipsburg-Osceola has won nine straight dual meets since losing to Bellefonte and Central Mountain to begin the season. Bellefonte defeated P-O 45-35 on Dec. 15. The Red Raiders won eight bouts, including one because of an illegal slam, and they ended the meet with three straight victories from 113-126 pounds. …Both teams competed in last weekend’s 21-team New Oxford Invitational. Bellefonte finished second with 96.5 points. P-O finished ninth with 56 points. …Bellefonte freshman Luke Leathers dropped from 113 to 106 pounds last weekend and handed P-O sophomore Chris Thompson his first loss. Leathers pinned Thompson in last Friday’s round robin portion of the tournament. Leathers also defeated Thompson 9-0 in last Saturday’s consolation semifinals. … Philipsburg-Osceola senior Logan Walstrom edged Bellefonte Leo Wortman 7-6 in overtime during last Saturday’s 145-pound semifinals. Walstrom won the title and Wortman placed third. Bellefonte’s Tom Traxler (120) and Nick Shawley (182) also won titles at New Oxford. …Both teams wrestled without multiple starters last weekend. Bellefonte competed without 132-pound Cody Fisher and 170-pound Cody McClure. P-O competed without 170-pound Jay Prentice and 195-pounder Brad Anstine. 
Up next: Winner faces top-seeded Central Mountain at 10 a.m. Saturday in the semifinals