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High school wrestling: Philipsburg-Osceola, Penns Valley flourish at Juniata Duals

Philipsburg-Osceola reached the finals. Penns Valley maintained its perfect record.

The Mounties went 4-1, losing to Huntingdon 36-29 in the title match, and the Rams went 5-0 in Saturday’s 11-team Juniata Duals.

The odd number of teams created an usual situation as P-O received a spot in the finals over Penns Valley. Both teams went undefeated, defeating the same four teams in pool wrestling. The Mounties received the finals berth because of a larger combined margin of victory.

Penns Valley defeated Juniata 42-27 in the third-place match to improve to 15-0.

Tournament organizers agreed to create a setup that prevented the Mounties and Rams from facing each other because the teams met last month in Spring Mills. Penns Valley won the Mountain League meet 36-28.

P-O (6-3) encountered little resistance in pool wrestling, defeating Camp Hill-Trinity 55-24, Clarion 58-15, Newport 69-6 and Susquehanna Twp. 55-20. Penns Valley defeated Susquehanna Twp. 56-10, Newport 45-28, Camp Hill-Trinity 51-27 and Clarion 54-21.

P-O’s Chris Thompson (113) and Jay Prentice (170) had pins and Andrew Greenawalt (152) added a technical fall in the final. But Huntingdon won eight bouts, including two by fall.

Penns Valley won eight bouts in the third-place match. Isacc Bierly (106), Curtis Decker (113), Corey Hazel (160), Maverick Swartz (195) and Mike Confer (285) had pins against Juniata.

The Rams lost just two bouts from 145 to 195 in the five duals.

“That was big, especially against Juniata,” Penns Valley coach Joel Brinker said. “When we hit that stretch, we were able to reel them back in. Those guys know what they need to do and they wrestle with intensity.”

This marks the second straight weekend Penns Valley finished 5-0 in a dual meet tournament. The Rams also won last week’s Anthracite Duals at Panther Valley.

Penns Valley visits Bellefonte and P-O plays host to Tyrone on Tuesday.

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