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High School Sports

January 18, 2014

Berlin upsets Greenville in Mountaineer Duals

BERLIN — Jason Cornell said his Berlin Brothersvalley wrestling team doesn’t worry too much about state rankings, but he did know that Greenville was better than the Mountaineers, according to the experts.

And he was thrilled when Berlin beat Greenville 31-27 to cap a 5-0 day in the second annual Mountaineer Duals.

“It was a good day. The boys all wrestled real well,” Cornell said. “We were kind of expecting a finals matchup with them and looking forward to it.”

And the fact that Greenville is the 10th best team in Class AA while Berlin was No. 18, according to Off the Mat?

“We try not to focus on it much, but seeing them in the rankings made us realize how tough they are,” Cornell said. “Obviously, with a 31-27 win, it was good. It was a nice building block and showed us how good of a team we can be.”

The Mountaineers (10-1) jumped out to a 9-0 lead thanks to wins by Stew Trulick (220 pounds) and Anthony Collins, but the Trojans rallied to tie it at 9.

Pins by Joe Swank and E.J. Custer put Berlin firmly in control at 21-9.

“We really picked up a lot of momentum after that,” Cornell said.

Bryce Fochtman’s major-decision victory at 145 and Taylor Cahill’s win at 152 made it 28-12, but Greenville rallied with three straight victories, starting with a big one at 160.

Gage Gladysz, who is ranked No. 11 by PA Power Rankings, beat Bryce Fochtman, who is No. 4 according to both Off the Mat and PA Power, 6-5.

Freshman Toby Cahill sealed the victory with a decision at 195.

Berlin also beat Virginia’s Osbourn Park (55-6), West Virginia’s Frankfort (68-12), Moshannon Valley (55-18) and Claysburg-Kimmel (69-3).

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