NORTH EAST - Eisenhower entered Saturday's action at the 31st Annual North East Wrestling Classic with a pair of wreslters - Logan Head and Brendan Beedle - in the semifinals.
By the time Saturday's action was completed, the Knights boasted four placewinners and a strong 13th-place team showing in the 20-team field.
The team's top showing was from the 171-pound senior Beedle. Beedle worked his way into the semifinals on Friday and was benefitted by a forfeit in the championship semifinals when Grove City's Wes Phipps couldn't compete.
Photo courtesy of R.L. McCray
Eisenhower’s Logan Head, rear, wrestles in the third-place finals of the 31st Annual North East Wrestling Classic Saturday at Eisenhower High School.
From there, Beedle squared off with Union City's Tim Vargo in the championship finals, fighting hard until being pinned at the 2:27 mark of the second period.
His teammate in the semifinals, the 152-pound Head, completed his Saturday with a 2-1 mark. Head lost in the semifinals, being pinned by Mercer's J.T. Mannozzi in 1:56, but rebounded nicely to end the day with two more wins.
Head pinned Saegertown's Jeremy Mitchell in the consolation semifinals before knocking off North East's Josh Klenz, 7-3, to claim third place.
Saturday's results from the 31st annual North East Wrestling Classic:
Final team standings: 1. Saegertown (Sae) 146, 2. Redbank Valley (RV) 138.5, 3. Seneca (Sen) 131.5, 4. Kane (K) 128, 5. Sharon (Sh) 126.5, 6. Conneaut Lake (CL) 116, 7. Union City (UC) 111, 8. Smethport (Sm) 110.5, 9. Corry (Cy) 106.5, 10. Cochranton (Coc) 104.5, 11. Mercer (M) 100, 12. Harbor Creek (HC) 97, 13. Eisenhower (E) 93, 14. North East (NE) 81, 15. Franklin (F) 70, 16. Grove City (GC) 46.5, 17. Iroquois (I) 37, 18. West Middlesex (WM) 36, 19. Keystone (Key) 35.5, 20. Fairview (Fv) 12.
152: J.T. Mannozzi (M) p Logan Head (E) 1:56; Joe Hibbler (Sen) tf Brandon Bittler (Sh) 21-5.
171: Brendan Beedle (E) d Wes Phipps (GC) by forfeit; Tim Vargo (UC) d Trevor Beiter (Sen) 9-2.
171: Tim Vargo (UC) p Brendan Beedle (E) 2:27.
103 pounds: Steve Haner (E) d Samantha Boozer (Coc) 3-1
112: Ben Eckstrom (E) d Justin Palmer (HC) 3-0.
119: Dylan Baker (E) md Glenn Gregory (NE) 10-2
125: Matt Humes (Sae) d Tommy Fedorchuck (E) 4-1.
140: Trey Maher (GC) p Cade Hefferman (E) :36
189: Jake Johnson (E) p Mark Strother (RV) 4:10
285: Jordan Hefferman (E) p Clay Kennemuth (RV) 3:55
103 pounds: Teixeira d Haner 12-6.
112: Buchanan d Eckstrom 7-3.
119: Baker p Smith 2:05
189: Johnson d Hennegan 5-3
285: Stafford d Hefferman 1-0
119: Norris md Baker 17-9
152: Head p Mitchell 3:24
189: Tomiczek p Johnson 1:37
119: Baker d Peterson by forfeit.
189: Martell p Johnson 2:43.
152: Head d Klenz 7-3.
Two Knights who failed to make the semifinals worked hard through the wrestlebacks to place, including Dylan Baker and Jake Johnson.
At 119 pounds, Baker started his day with a 10-2 win over North East's Glenn Gregory in the second round consolations. In the consy quarterfinals, he pinned Lucas Smith of Saegertown before falling to Sharon's Jarray Norris in the semifinals.
Baker claimed fifth without even having to take the mat, defeating Cochranton's Ross Peterson via forfeit.
Johnson's day at 189 pounds started with a pin of Redbank Valley's Mark Strother and continued with a 5-3 decision over Mercer's Jon Hennegan to advance to the consolation semifinals.
However, from there, Johnson was pinned in two straight matches, having to settle for a strong sixth.
The Knights don't wrestle again until Friday and Saturday, competing in the annual Grove City Tournament.
Saturday's results from the North East Wrestling Classic (for Eisenhower wrestlers) are listed below:
Youngsville at Burgettstown Tournament
BURGETTSTOWN - Saturday was a busy day for the Youngsville wrestling team.
After a Snow Day in the Burgettstown School District postponed Friday's mat action, the entire Burgettstown Wrestling Tournament was contested on Saturday.
"It was a busy day with a lot of action," said Youngsville coach Greg Barnett. "There were some strong weight classes and some weaker competition in others, but we held our own and had a pretty nice tournament."
In the team standings, the Eagles ended up 10th in the 17-team field.
Despite the top ten showing, the Eagles were only able to place two wrestlers. However, those two placewinners were a nice example of the youth and experience that this team has.
Senior Nick Lucas placed second at 145 pounds, finishing the day with a 4-1 record. Youngsville's other placewinner was 189-pound freshman Jaykup Durlin who showed his outstanding potential with a third-place finish in his bracket.
"Jaykup wrestled outstanding," said Barnett. "Considering that he is just a freshman as well as the tough competition he faced, I'm very happy with his result."
Several Eagles grapplers ended the day with 2-2 marks, narrowly missing out on placing. Those athletes included Tim Suydan (215), Chester Ciukaj (112), Aaron Niemeyer (285) and Hunter Proctor (130).
The Eagles return to dual match action Wednesday, finishing the region season by hosting region powerhouse Fort LeBoeuf.