The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Breaking News

Local Sports

March 2, 2014

Central Cambria’s Murin earns championship at 106 pounds

JOHNSTOWN — Central Cambria freshman Max Murin was the only area wrestler to capture gold Saturday during the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional tournament at Cambria County War Memorial Arena.

The 106-pounder edged out Penn Cambria’s Nolan Link 2-0 in the bracket’s championship bout.

The match was scoreless until the very end, when Murin (35-0) scored a reversal just before the buzzer sounded to end the third period.

“(Link) is a tough opponent,” Murin said. “It’s nice that we both made it to the final. We just keep making each other better, which is nice.”

And about that dramatic reversal.

“I just saw an opportunity, so I try  to take it when I can.”

Link, 29-8 on the season, nearly worked his way into points during the second period when near-escapes were thwarted by Murin regaining his grip on the Penn Cambria junior and maintaining control.

“I just tried my best to hold him down and that’s what I accomplished,” Murin said.

Murin dispatched South Park’s Dallas Bulsak 6-2 in the morning’s semifinal match and Link pinned Chestnut Ridge’s Aaron Burkett at 5:01.

Burrell won the team title with 98 points. Jefferson-Morgan’s 90 points easily outdistanced South Fayette (69) for third. Valley sat in fourth with 62 points, while Bedford finished fifth with 56.5 points.

Chestnut Ridge (54) and Cambria Heights (49) were also in the top 10 with the Lions tied for sixth with Huntingdon and the Highlanders in a tie for eighth with Southmoreland and Penns Valley.

Forest Hills’ Triston Law (120), Cambria Heights’ Levi Niebauer (160) and United’s Tyler Oliver (195) also reached championship bouts, but took second in their respective weight classes.

Law, who decisioned Berlin Brothersvalley’s Joe Swank in the semifinals at 120, fell to Derry Area’s George Phillippi 8-2.

Niebauer, a 5-3 overtime winner over Berlin’s Bryce Fochtman in the semis, battled South Fayette’s Jared Walker through two scoreless periods before an early reversal from Walker gave the District 7 champion a 2-0 lead. Walker held off Niebauer to secure the 2-0 win.

“The match was pretty close the whole time,” Niebauer said. “I just couldn’t get to my feet (after the reversal). Other than that, it was a good match.”

Niebauer, the District 6 champion, still punched his ticket to Hershey by reaching the final.

“I still made it, so that’s all that matters,” Niebauer said. 

Oliver gave up a technical point before knotting the score on a technical point against HOPE for Hyndman’s James Bennett in the second period of their championship match at 195.

Bennett then worked a reversal just before the second period ended to gain a 3-1 lead. Oliver’s escape in the third drew him closer, but Bennett held the Lions junior off for a 3-2 decision.

“I’m proud of the way I performed (Saturday),” Oliver said. “Sometimes, matches don’t go your way. I’ve got next week and just keep working hard and anything can happen at states.” 

Kittanning’s Jason Nolf became the fifth wrestler to win four southwest region titles when he pinned Burrell’s Corey Falleroni in 2:58.

Southmoreland’s Austin Griffiths decisioned Burgettstown’s Austin McDermitt 7-1 in their final at 113. Jefferson-Morgan’s John Demaske took the title at 126 by decisioning Valley’s Patrick Dewitt 4-2.

South Fayette’s Mike Carr won the 132-pound championship by blanking John Andrejcik 5-0.

South Park’s John Wentzel (138) pinned Jefferson-Morgan’s Jason Miller at 3:30.

Burrell’s Steve Edwards edged Blairsville’s Andrew Doak 3-2 in an ultimate tiebreaker to top the podium at 152. Avella’s Jake Temple won by the same score and circumstance at 220 over West Branch’s Buzzy Maines.

In the 170 final, Penns Valley’s Corey Hazel pinned Jefferson-Morgan’s Bill Bowlen in 3:05.

Terrell Fields’ 7-3 decision over Blairsville’s Scott Thompson earned the Valley senior the 182-pound title. At 285, Burrell’s Aaron Beattie decisioned Jake Beistel 3-0 to take gold.  

Shawn Curtis is the sports editor of The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at


Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Pirates 0720 Pirates rally to keep sweep

    Taking the extra base was the key for the Pittsburgh Pirates in completing a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies.
    Andrew McCutchen hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, Neil Walker followed with a home run and the Pirates overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Rockies 5-3 Sunday.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • LAG 0720 AAABA League playoffs: Laurel Auto Group moves closer to advancing

    Second-seeded Laurel Auto Group fell behind early against No. 3 Berkley Hills Renegades on Sunday afternoon at Roxbury Park. But Laurel’s players didn’t lose their composure.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Urtz, Pope lead AAABA League award votes

    Logan Urtz hadn’t fielded a ground ball as an infielder or swung a bat in a game for a couple seasons.
    But you can’t take the former infielder out of a starting pitcher.

    July 20, 2014

  • Blairsville pegged as team to beat

    As Heritage Conference football coaches assembled at United High School during Wednesday’s media day event at Thomas J. Madill Field, the near-consensus opinion is that Blairsville – under second-year coach Rick Artley – is going to be the team to beat once the season begins on Aug. 29.
    After the Bobcats, the forecasted picture gets a little foggier.

    July 30, 2014

  • tim Baserunning blunder helps Giants end six-game losing streak

    Clint Hurdle says he and a pal often marvel over how there’s always something new to see at a baseball game.
    Too bad for Hurdle. What he watched Wednesday wrecked the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 7-5 loss.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • shazier Rookie linebacker making impression at Steelers camp

    Ryan Shazier grew up the football equivalent of a Rorschach test.
    Some coaches looked at Shazier’s 6-foot-1 frame with plenty of room to grow and saw a defensive end.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greene’s No. 75 will be retired at Ravens game

    Joe Greene’s No. 75 now belongs to the ages.
    The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Wednesday the team will retire the Hall of Fame defensive end’s number during a game against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 2.

    July 30, 2014

  • levon Bell planning to do better

    Le’Veon Bell kept watching the tape over and over, equal parts pleased and puzzled by what he saw.
    There were times during his rookie season when the Pittsburgh Steelers running back would place his hand on an offensive lineman’s back and wait patiently for the hole to open.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Boilers advance in Pony series

    July 29, 2014

  • Martella’s Pharmacy, LAG name AAABA pickup players

    July 28, 2014