Wrestling 10 - Richland vs. Central Cambria Wrestling

Richland's Anthony Jardina (top) works against Central Cambria's Mike Kline during their bout at 130 pounds on Tuesday in Richland. Kline won by decision, 4-2.

Richland’s wrestling team used a solid comeback and a big finish to knock LHAC rival Central Cambria from the unbeaten ranks on Tuesday night.

Freshman 119-pounder Craig Harris closed out the match with a 12-4 major decision to pad a three-point lead provided by 112-pounder Tyler Morder’s 13-second pin.

The Rams won 34-27 and are 4-3. Central Cambria lost for the first time in six matches.

“This is two good programs that in recent years have been on the rise,” Central Cambria coach John Strittmatter said. “It was a great high school wrestling match. It was exciting and fun to be a part of. We had some big wins. They had some big wins. It came down to the last match.

“We were in the position that we wanted to be in. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out the way we wanted.”

The match began at 125, and the Rams took a 5-0 lead after Alexander Lehman’s technical fall.

The Red Devils bounced back with three straight decisions by Mike Kline at 130, Pat Connah at 135 and Andrew Seese at 140.

“Their 140-pounder came through big for them,” Richland coach Dan Sichak said of Seese’s 8-3 win over Travis Lees. “That, in my eyes, was probably their biggest win.”

“Andrew lost to him last year in a real close match,” Strittmatter added. “This year, it was a close match and Andrew won. Travis is a real tough wrestler.”

Central Cambria led 9-5, but the Rams quickly regained an 11-9 advantage after Russ Sichak’s forfeit win at 145.

Richland’s Chad Miller won at 152 to make it 14-9.

Central Cambria used a pin by 160-pounder Nathan Yingling and Brock Shirk’s decision at 171 to take an 18-14 lead.

But Rams 189-pounder Marco Pecora majored Trevin Beyer 14-4 in a bout between two of the area’s top wrestlers in their class to set a tie at 18.

“Pecora had beaten Beyer at the Penn Cambria tournament and I believe that is Trevin’s only loss,” Sichak said. “Pecora will have a possible rematch with his only loss on Thursday against Will Harris of Johnstown. Beyer has beaten Harris. It’s one of those things that’s going around in circles.”

Central Cambria’s Mike Laskowski won at 215 and Alan Averi picked up a forfeit at 285.

Richland’s Michael Hoffman won by forfeit at 103, and Morder’s pin gave the Rams a 30-27 edge entering the final bout.

Harris’ major decision over Anthony Ristan set the final.

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