Ligonier Valley High School wrestling team continues hot streak

Nickolas Stahl (top) prepares to pin his United opponent.
Nickolas Stahl (top) prepares to pin his United opponent.
Photo by Peter Turcik | for the Ligonier Echo This photo was taken Feb. 2, 2013 by Peter Turcik at the Ligonier Valley High School gym.
| Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

The Ligonier Valley High School wrestling team competed in seven dual matches last week winning all but one match. The Rams went four for five in a dual match tournament at West Shamokin High School, finishing second behind United.

Ligonier won matches against Indiana, 66-18, Cranberry, 42-36, Marion Center, 48-36 and West Shamokin, 60-12. The Rams also beat Cambria Heights, 39-35 and Northern Cambria in a 78-0 sweep.

Josh Patrick earned his 100th career win in the match against Marion Center. Coach Brian Matson said the milestone was somewhat delayed as the result of injuries against the past two years, however, Matson noted that Patrick's persistence paid off and any pressure that might come from reaching the milestone has ceased.

“At this point I think he is just relieved to add the accomplishment to his resume and now he can focus on preparing for the post-season and will hopefully make a run at a state title,” Matson said. “I'm proud of the dedication and hard work that went into Josh reaching the milestone.”

In addition to his win by forfeit at Marion Center, Patrick also scored pins against United and Cranberry opponents, wrestling at 126 pounds. Patrick's win against Marion Center as well as forfeit against Indiana were in the 120-pound weight class.

Dominick Shawley gave up a pin against United at 182 pounds, but won the rest of his matches in the tournament, including a pin against Marion Center, two forfeits against West Shamokin and Indiana, and a pin against his Cranberry opponent at 195 pounds. Justin Patrick went undefeated in the tournament winning by pin twice against Cranberry and Marion Center and grabbing forfeit victories against United at 120 pounds. Patrick also won a forfeit at 113 pounds against Indiana.

Max Caldwell pinned his Marion Center and Indiana opponents and won by forfeit against United and West Shamokin, wrestling at 126 pounds. He also pinned his Cranberry opponent in the 132-pound weight class.

Gordon Matson also went undefeated winning four matches at 106 pounds by forfeit. Against West Shamokin, Matson moved up a weight class to 113 pounds, and scored a pin. Derek Croyle at 152 weight class lost by pin to United and won twice by pin against Indiana and Marion Center, as well as two forfeits from Cranberry and West Shamokin.

Dan Croyle won all of his matches including pins against Marion Center and West Shamokin, a 12-1 major decision against his United opponent and a forfeit from Indiana. Nickolas Stahl won three of his matches and lost two all at 145 pounds. Stahl scored pins against his United and Indiana opponents and won a forfeit against Cranberry. He lost by pin to Marion Center and West Shamokin.

Joseph Neiderhiser split his four matches in the 138-pound division. He won by pin against Indiana and won by injury default against West Shamokin. Neiderhiser gave up pins to Marion Center and Cranberry. Raymond Marsh lost two matches by pin to United and Marion Center and won two forfeits from Indiana and Cranberry, all in the 220 pound weight class.

Benjamin Hoch at 195-pound division also lost two pins and won two forfeits. The forfeits came from Indiana and West Shamokin, and Hoch lost to United and Marion Center. Justin Bellas lost two matches in the 182-pound class to Cranberry and Marion Center and won a forfeit at 170 pounds.

Kyler Kruel at 285-pound weight won his bout against Marion Center by pin and gave up pins to United, Cranberry and Indiana. Oliver Hall lost his three matches against United, Cranberry and West Shamokin by pin in the 170-pound class.

Ligonier gave up points by forfeit the 160 pound weight-class in every match, except for a double forfeit in the West Shamokin match. In the dual match against Cambria Heights, Daniel Croyle, who dropped down to 145 pounds, along with Derek Croyle and Matson, all scored pins. Justin Patrick won by technical fall, Shawley wrestling in the 220-pound division won by a decision and Josh Patrick received a forfeit victory.

Marsh, who wrestled at 285 pounds, as well as Hoch, Bellas, Stahl and Hall all gave up pins. Max Caldwell lost a decision and Ligonier forfeited the 160-pound class. In the shutout win against Northern Cambria, Derek Croyle, Shawley, Justin Patrick and Neiderhiser all won by pin. Northern Cambria forfeited every other weight class. The 160-pound class was a double forfeit.

Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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