Huntingdon scored a comeback win in the first bout of the evening and never looked back, as the Bearcats whacked Bellefonte 48-15 in a dual meet on Thursday night.
Huntingdon, the No. 1 seed in Class AA for the District 6 team duals, owned a huge 26-3 edge over the Red Raiders, who are the No. 3 seed in Class AAA, as it romped to its 14th win in 15 meets this season.
And 126-pounder Matt Wilson triggered the victory for Huntingdon in the meet’s first match.
Bellefonte freshman Chase Gardner held a 4-3 lead until the final five seconds of the bout, when Wilson reversed him to his back for a five-point move and an 8-4 victory.
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Bellefonte drew even in the next bout, as Trevor Corl topped Devin Greene 5-0 with two of Bellefonte’s takedowns providing the winning points.
After that, the Bearcats got on a roll as Nate Russell edged Nathan Rosenberger 3-2, thanks to a takedown and escape at 138; and Jacob Oliver rolled to a 24-9 tech fall over Zach Musser in 5:08, getting 11 takedowns in the win at 145.
At 152, Jon Wagner had three takedowns an an escape in the third period to major Tanner Day while at 160, as Eric Lynn used a third-period escape and takedown to beat Dillon Kephart 5-1 at 171.
“We started out a little sluggish,” said Huntingdon coach Jon Mykut. “We knew Bellefonte would give us trouble. They have a quality program and a great tradition. It’s a feather in our cap to beat a good program like Bellefonte.
“There’s nothing better than good competition to get us ready for the district duals. I’d rather we wrestled a team like this that will push us.”
Huntingdon’s Logan Fisher pinned Brock Hockenberry in 3:26 at 182, the first of four Bearcat falls.
Bellefonte got a fall from Brian McChesney at 195, when he pinned Logan Gallagher from the top position in 2:31, while losing 2-1.
At 220, Huntingdon’s Mitch Lauer decked Toby Cain in 3:37, and Tyler Morningstar pinned Tim Benfer in 58 seconds at 285 to make the meet score 39-9.
Bellefonte’s Aaron Witherite pinned John Kline in 1:35 at 106 pounds, while holding a 14-0 lead, setting up the feature bout of the evening at 113 between Huntingdon’s Colin Glorioso and Bellefonte’s Luke Leathers.
After a scoreless first period, Leathers reversed midway through the second only to have Glorioso escape to halve the lead. In the third period, Glorioso reversed Leathers early and locked up a cradle, riding Leathers the rest of the period with it and gaining a pair of back points for a solid 5-2 win.
The final bout of the night saw Huntingdon’s Tyler Scott pin Aaron Coslo in 1:15 at 120.
“We didn’t wrestle well and Huntingdon’s a good team,” said Bellefonte coach Mike Maney. “We were flat, maybe because we haven’t recovered from the weekend (Red Raider Rumble tournament.). And it’s hard when you don’t have your full arsenal. We had one of our better wrestlers out. (Bellefonte was without Brock Port, who was ill).
“But this match pointed out that we need to be tougher in practice. There were three or four matches where we were right in them and they were just tougher than we were. Huntingdon’s solid. They have a lot of good individuals. They set the tone early.”