HUNTINGDON – Penn Cambria pulled off a minor upset on Wednesday but couldn’t come up with the big one in the District 6 Dual-Meet Wrestling Tournament.
The Panthers (11-5), who were the ninth seed in the tournament, beat No. 8 Moshannon Valley 40-33 in the opening match, but fell 55-9 to No. 1 Huntingdon in the quarterfinal round.
The top-seeded Bearcats will advance to the semifinal round, where they will face No. 4 Central at 10 a.m. Saturday in Tyrone.
Penn Cambria, which had won six consecutive duals entering Wednesday, prevailed in six of seven bouts between 113 and 152 pounds against Moshannon Valley (14-5).
Nolan Link, Jarred Stoy and Zach Stevens picked up falls while Brock Talko and Mike Eckenrode recorded major decisions.
Dominic Farabaugh earned a decisions during the run. Jacob Driskel added a technical fall at 182 and Darion Conrad received a forfeit at 220.
“It was a team effort,” Penn Cambria coach Todd Niebauer said. “We didn’t look extremely sharp in that match, but we had some guys come through in certain situations.”
The quarterfinal round was a different story. Huntingdon (18-2) was beset by injury problems early in the year, but the Bearcats are nearly back to full strength, which could mean trouble for other teams in District 6.
“They’re tough,” Niebauer said. “I think them and Central could be a good battle. They’re just solid. They don’t have too many big holes. It’s going to be a good match with Central. Now, it brings Huntingdon up to the favorite. Not to take anything away from anyone else, but they’re so solid in 12 of the 14 weight classes.”
Penn Cambria only won two bouts against the Bearcats. Nolan Link picked up a fall at 113 pounds that gave the Panthers a 6-3 lead, but they never led again. Austin Farabaugh earned a 4-2 overtime victory over Jon Wagner, a regional qualifier last season, at 170 pounds.