Penn Manor sent seven wrestlers to the finals and crowned three champions to win the 2015 Thomas GMC Wrestling Tournament on Saturday evening at Richland High School.
Penn Manor amassed 196.5 points to easily outdistance Ridgeway (166.0 points).
The Somerset Golden Eagles placed third at 148.5 points.
Cambria Heights sent five wrestlers to the finals – second highest amongst the 13-school field – but only crowned one champion to finish fourth at 144.5 points.
At 106 pounds, Penn Manor’s Jordan Harsh hooked up a far-side cradle in the third period for two near-fall points and a 4-1 win over Cambria Heights’ Hunter Campbell.
Conemaugh Township’s Nathaniel Thomas used a third period escape and a throw-by takedown in the final 25 seconds to edge Cambria Heights’ Bryce Campbell at 113 pounds.
In the 120-pound bracket, Penn Manor’s Brandon Marsh recorded the fastest fall of the finals. Facing Somerset’s Quinn Cole, Marsh countered a single leg effort and was able to roll Cole through to his back for a fall at 1:30 of the first period.
Top-seeded Drew Baumgratz from Ridgeway started the third period in the top position and a 4-2 lead over Richland’s Stephen Rouser. Baumgratz utilized a power-half to turn Rouser for three near-fall points to take home the 126-pound title with a 7-2 win.
At 132 pounds, Richland’s Adam George gave the host squad its only champion with a 2-1 double-overtime rideout over Central York’s Xavier Musti.
Central York’s Dylan Chatterton turned in the afternoon’s most dynamic performance with a 15-0 technical fall over Penn Manor’s Lee Estep. Chatterton (19-0) rolled up an 8-0 first period lead before ending the match with a takedown at the start of the third frame.
Somerset’s Jon Fabian, the second seed, was able to utilize a double-leg takedown in the third period to build up an 8-4 lead and then held off top-seeded Mike Manges from Shade for an 8-7 win at 145 pounds.
At 152 pounds, Austin Hemminger gave up two near-fall points in the third period before roaring back with a reversal a takedown, and three near-fall points to win the 152 pounds title by a 9-6 score over Cambria Heights’ Austin Gill.
Top-seeded Andrew Doak needed a takedown in the final 30 seconds for a 3-1 win at 160 pounds over Penn Manor’s Jonah Barley.
Cambria Heights’ Levi Niebauer improved his season record to 18-1 with a comfortable 7-1 win over Penn Manor’s Jack Zimmerman at 170 pounds. Niebauer built a 2-0 lead through two periods and then exploded with an escape and two takedowns to set the final.
At 182 pounds, Penn Manor’s Jesse Kann scored a 3-0 win over Blairsville’s Channing Cavender.
Blairsville’s Scott Thompson delivered a 3:03 fall over Ridgeway’s Ryan Geyer to win the 195-pound title. Leading 9-1 in the second period, Thompson converted a near-fall tilt to a headlock for the pin.
Top-seeded Tyler Oliver from United used two first period throws to build a 10-1 lead and coasted to a 14-5 win over Penn Manor’s Zeb Pfeiffer at 220 pounds.
United’s Andrew Deitman finished the evening with a fall at 5:23 over Cambria Heights’ Alex Albright to win the 285 pound title. Trailing 1-0 after two periods, Deitman selected the defensive position to open the third period and reversed Albright to take the lead before turning him for the pin.
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