The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 28, 2014

North Star secures berth in District 5-AA duals

MEYERSDALE — North Star got hot on a very cold night, and it helped the Cougars move up a spot in the District 5-AA Dual-Meet Wrestling Tournament.

The Cougars beat Meyersdale 48-24 on Tuesday to clinch the fourth spot in the duals. They will travel to No. 4 Somerset on Thursday.

“It was real good,” North Star coach Tim Rosa said. “With no school the last two days, I was worried about how our guys were going to wrestle, but they responded really well.”

North Star (8-5) benefited from the fact that it wrestled its match while Northern Bedford did not compete in its scheduled dual with Juniata Valley.

That means the Black Panthers dropped to the No. 6 seed and will visit No. 3 Berlin Brothersvalley on Thursday.

Top-seeded Chestnut Ridge and No. 2 Bedford each receive a bye to Saturday’s semifinal round at Chestnut Ridge.

The Cougars won nine out of 10 matches during one stretch on Tuesday night against the Red Raiders (6-5).

“We didn’t perform,” Meyersdale coach Chadd Sines said. “North Star showed up and they were absolutely ready to wrestle. We threw everything that we had at them and it wasn’t enough. We got every matchup we wanted, but in the end it didn’t matter. We weren’t ready to wrestle those tough matches.”

The Red Raiders got off to a good start, with Ty Smith edging Kevin Horner, 4-3, at 220 pounds.

Blake Hoover followed with a 3-0 decision over Brady Vinisky to give Meyersdale a 6-0 advantage.

That was quickly erased, as Lenny Beeman pinned Lucas Carnell at 106. Eric Colangelo and Colton Gennett followed with forfeit victories to put North Star ahead 18-6.

Brady Gardner pinned John Arnold at 126 to make it 24-6. Tanner Hetrick momentarily stopped the bleeding for Meyersdale with a first-period fall over Michael Baker at 132, but the Cougars got rolling again at 138. That’s where Tyler Supanick pinned Brock Ackerman.

It was Supanick’s first varsity match of the season and gave North Star a big boost.

“That set us on a nice path for the rest of the night,” Rosa said.

It certainly did. The Cougars pulled out three consecutive close matches. Tevin Mostoller and Brady McKenzie were tied at 2 going into the third period, but Mostoller came up with a big pin to put the Cougars ahead 30-12.

“Tevin just went to work, putting a nice ride on him,” Rosa said. “He was able to eventually catch him in a half and pin him.”

North Star won another close match at 152, as Corey Fritch took Seth Deist down in overtime for a 5-3 victory that denied Deist his 100th career victory.

“Fritch beating Seth Deist, that’s always a great win,” Rosa said. “Seth’s a real tough kid.”

Gus Strasiser kept North Star’s momentum going with a 5-4 victory over Chris Hutzell at 160.

That avenged a 4-0 loss to Hutzell at the WestPAC Tournament earlier this season.

“Gus was excited to wrestle (Tuesday night’s) match,” Rosa said. “I thought he controlled most of that match and was able to wrestle his style this time instead of wrestling Hutzell’s style.”

Dillion Charlton pinned Ryan Lishia to make it 48-12 before Meyersdale won the final two bouts.

Gavin Berkley pinned Hunter Connor at 182 and Tristan Deal pinned Thomas Miller at 195 to set the final.

Despite the loss, Sines saw some positives.

“Tristan Diehl and Ty Smith and Blake Hoover were big wins,” he said. “Those were guys that could go either way.”