High School Sports

Penns Valley wrestlers chasing SJCA trio in wins; Abraham Allebach takes pin lead on leaderboards

Bald Eagle Area’s Cooper Gilham became the 23rd county wrestler to go over 20 wins this season. His 20th victory was a pin of Richland’s Ethan Zukus (not pictured) in 1:33.
Bald Eagle Area’s Cooper Gilham became the 23rd county wrestler to go over 20 wins this season. His 20th victory was a pin of Richland’s Ethan Zukus (not pictured) in 1:33. Centre Daily Times, file

Mother Nature wreaked havoc this week on Centre County’s wrestling teams that were taking part in the District 6 dual championships.

Only Philipsburg-Osceola and Bellefonte competed on the days they were scheduled for. Bald Eagle Area and Penns Valley had their matches moved from Wednesday night to Friday afternoon.

The wrestlers for those teams were the only ones to make any moves in this week’s rankings, which saw minimal change.

Let’s take a look at how things stand with the postseason only one week away for Class 2A schools.


The top-10 names remained the same, but the placement of the wrestlers changed.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy’s Kolby Franklin, Caleb Dowling and Tyler Stoltzfus still hold the top-three spots with 30-plus wins. However, there are a quartet of wrestlers hot on their trail with 27 victories apiece.

The Rams’ Abraham Allebach and Baylor Shunk each collected a win this week. They were able to tie teammate Clayton Royer, who was leading Penns Valley in wins this season. The Wolves’ Keegan Rothrock joins that trio of Rams with 27 wins.

Penns Valley’s Dillion Covalt is at the cut-off line with 25 wins, good for 10th in the county.

The Red Raiders have a trio of wrestlers just outside the top 10 with 24 wins. Ethan Richner, Ethan Rossman and Ryan Smith have been leading Bellefonte most of the season with their victories.

The Eagles’ Cooper Gilham was the lone wrestler to earn his 20th victory this week. He added two wins overall and has 21 now, with his 20th coming by way of pinning Richland’s Ethan Zukus in 1 minute, 33 seconds.

The Red Raiders’ Kyle Myers, who didn’t get on the mat until the beginning of January due to recovering from a football injury, earned his 10th and 11th victories of the season. His 10th was a 1:28 pin of Altoona’s Adam Zerbee in the District 6 Class 3A semifinals on Saturday.


Penns Valley’s wrestlers started out the year pinning just about every opponent they faced. They haven’t stopped.

The Rams now have 126 falls as a team, and it was no surprise to see Allebach earn another this week. The senior now has 23 this year to break a tie he had with St. Joseph’s Amonn Ohl last week.

Allebach decked Forest Hills’ Corey Miller in 1:41 of the Distirct 6 Class 2A quarterfinals.

Covalt jumped into a three-way tie for fourth with his 16th pin of the year. He took care of the Rangers’ Matthew Kelley in 1:04.

Bellefonte’s Cole Stewart and Penns Valley’s Carter Felker leaped into a four-way tie for eighth with their 14th falls of the year. They are tied with Royer and State College’s Jude Swisher.

Felker, who is a senior, topped Forest Hills’ Mason Rodgers in 1:30. Stewart pinned Altoona’s Andrew Beach in a minute flat.

Rossman earned his 10th and 11th pin this week. His 10th came over Altoona’s Josh Keirn in 3:21.

Major decisions

This week, there were just a trio of new faces that joined the top 10 with a logjam of wrestlers tied with two such victories this year.

Bald Eagle Area’s Richard Taylor, Bellefonte’s Lane Aikey and Philipsburg-Osceola’s Parker Moore were those wrestlers to join the other 10 that had already had two major decisions this season.

Taylor’s came with an 11-2 defeat of Richland’s Jason Cutuli in the first round of the District 6 Class 2A dual championships at Huntingdon on Friday. Aikey’s was a 10-1 victory over Altoona’s Damion Finnegan to close out the Red Raiders’ District 6 Class 3A semifinals win on Saturday.

Moore, who had his first major decision last week, topped Southern Huntingdon’s Aaron Kough 11-1 in the first round of the District 6 Class 2A dual championships at Westmont Hilltop on Tuesday.

Technical falls and fastest falls

The Mounties’ Matt Shimmel was the lone addition to the top 10 this week in the technical falls category.

He earned a 16-1 rout of Southern Huntingdon’s Wyatt Campbell in 4:23 of P-O’s District 6 Class 2A first round match.

Last week, a pair of BEA wrestlers added new times to the fastest falls list. This week, it was another Eagles wrestler jumping into the mix.

Drake Holderman pinned Richland’s Trevor Layton in nine seconds. It was just Holderman’s fourth pin of the year. His time is tied for second with Dowling and Dowling’s teammate Zach Rosenberger.

County wrestlers have to now get a pin in less than 17 seconds to get into the top 10. Penns Valley’s Andrew Sharer still holds the fastest pin in eight seconds.

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1. Kolby FranklinSt. Joseph’s Catholic Academy32
T2. Caleb DowlingSt. Joseph’s Catholic Academy31
T2. Tyler StoltzfusSt. Joseph’s Catholic Academy31
T4. Abraham AllebachPenns Valley27
T4. Baylor ShunkPenns Valley27
T4. Clayton RoyerPenns Valley27
T4. Keegan RothrockSt. Joseph’s Catholic Academy27
T8. Amonn OhlSt. Joseph’s Catholic Academy26
T8. Cole UrbasState College26
10. Dillon CovaltPenns Valley25


1. Abraham AllebachPenns Valley23
2. Amonn OhlSt. Joseph’s Catholic Academy22
3. Cole UrbasState College20
T4. Dillon CovaltPenns Valley16
T4. Keegan RothrockSt. Joseph’s Catholic Academy16
T4. Tyler StoltzfusSt. Joseph’s Catholic Academy16
7. Kolby FranklinSt. Joseph’s Catholic Academy15
T8. Cole StewartBellefonte14
T8. Carter FelkerPenns Valley14
T8. Clayton RoyerPenns Valley14
T8. Jude SwisherState College14

Fastest Falls

1. Andrew SharerPenns Valley:08
T2. Drake HoldermanBald Eagle Area:09
T2. Caleb DowlingSt. Joseph’s Catholic Academy:09
T2. Zach RosenbergerSt. Joseph’s Catholic Academy:09
T5. Drew KolenoBald Eagle Area:13
T5. Andrew SharerPenns Valley:13
7. Zach RosenbergerSt. Joseph’s Cathoilc Academy:14
8. Clayton UpcraftPenns Valley:16
T9. Dylan BiselBald Eagle Area:17
T9. Amonn OhlSt. Joseph’s Catholic Academy:17

Technical Falls

T1. Baylor ShunkPenns Valley9
T1. Caleb DowlingSt. Joseph’s Catholic Academy9
3. Owen WoolcottState College8
4. Ethan RichnerBellefonte7
5. Zack WitmerSt. Joseph’s Catholic Academy6
T6. Lane AikeyBellefonte3
T6. Keegan RothrockSt. Joseph’s Catholic Academy3
T8. 10 wrestlers


Major Decisions

T1. Caleb DowlingSt. Joseph’s Catholic Academy6
T1. Kolby FranklinSt. Joseph’s Catholic Academy6
T3. Garrett GiedrocBald Eagle Area4
T3. Ethan RossmanBellefonte4
T3. Clayton RoyerPenns Valley4
6. Evan CourtsState College3
T7. 13 wrestlers