The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 14, 2013

Central Cambria, Richland wrestlers win titles


sports@tribdem.com

CRESSON — Central Cambria and Richland each had a pair of champions on Saturday in the Sheetz Holiday Classic wrestling tournament at Penn Cambria while Berlin Brothersvalley didn’t have any titlists but finished second in the team standings.

Max Murin (106 pounds) and Tom Opdenhoff (132) won championships for the Red Devils while Adam George (126) and Nico Pecora (170) captured titles for Richland. Cambria Heights heavyweight Aaron Gill was the other local winner.

Murin had a big day for the Red Devils, knocking off Altoona’s C.J. Manley, 1-0, in the semifinals and beating South Park’s Dallas Bulsak 2-0 for the 106-pound title.

Murin, a freshman, took the lead with six seconds remaining in the third when Bulsak locked his hands, then held off the South Park wrestler’s late takedown attempts for the victory.

George came from the sixth spot to win the 126-pound title. After beating second-seeded Mike Novak of Mount Pleasant in the semifinals, George stunned Berlin Brothersvalley’s Joe Swank with a second-period fall.

Swank, who pulled an upset of his own with a 6-2 victory over Forest Hills’ Triston Law in the semifinals, led George 2-0 late in the second period.

George got in on a leg attack and pinned Swank without ever being credited with a takedown.

Opdenhoff dominated Huntingdon’s Devon Green in a 17-2 victory by technical fall in the finals.

Pecora knocked off top-seeded Anthony Carter of Colonial Forge 5-0 for his title.

Gill beat Berlin’s Anthony Collins 6-1 in last final of the day.

Collins was one of four Mountaineers to finish second. Coach Jason Cornell’s team also had two third-place finishers, two fourth-place medalists as well as ones who placed fifth and seventh.

That depth helped Berlin score 197 points, but it wasn’t enough to win a second straight team title.

Huntingdon finished with 217 team points and three individual champions, including 145-pounder Jacob Oliver, who was voted the tournament’s outstanding wrestler.