BVA wrestlers overwhelm EF, 66-3
Belle Vernon Area overpowered a shorthanded Elizabeth Forward wrestling team, taking advantage of six forfeits and winning six of seven matches wrestled – four by way of fall – en route to a 66-3 Section 2-A victory.
“We are in disarray,” Elizabeth Forward coach Rich Sheuermann said. “Belle Vernon has a strong team. We need to regroup and get some guys back. We have some injuries, some guys quit, some guys ineligible due to grades, just a smorgasbord of everything that could be wrong.”
The Leps (6-1, 2-0) – ranked eighth in the WPIAL by WPIALWrestling.net – got pins from Dylan Lundy (132), Luke Durigon (145), Austin Bell (170) and Austin Sluk (285). Jacob Dunlop (106) and Derek Verkleeren (152) won decisions.
“I thought we wrestled pretty well,” BVA coach Tyler Nauman said. “Obviously, they don't have a lot of guys so we didn't have a lot of great matches, but we did have one good one out of it. For the most part our guys went out and took care of business, wrestled for the win and didn't look flat, which was big since we just wrestled this weekend.”
Colt Belardia was the lone wrestler to record a victory for EF (0-1, 0-1), defeating a previously unbeaten Milton Kobaly, 3-2, at 182 pounds.
“It was a close match,” Sheuermann said. “There were a couple different calls, I thought we should have had two near-fall points there in the third, but the ref thought differently. They are two evenly matched kids and we came out on top this time.”
BVA got off to a quick start as Sluk turned and pinned Elizabeth Forward's Drake Gillie for a fall 32 seconds into the second period and Jacob Dunlop (ranked eighth in the WPIAL) used two takedowns to power a 5-2 victory over Alex Lukart.
After several forfeits, Lundy was able to pin Frank Weber with a cradle in the second period. Then, Durigon pinned Jacob Provins with just 16 seconds left in the second period, and No. 3 Verkleeren defeated Jake Terrick by a 7-4 score.
In the final matches, the Leopards chose to bump their wrestlers up to eliminate a forfeit at 182. Bell, ranked number 6 at 160, jumped up to 170 and dominated Tyler McConahy, earning the pin at the 3:00 mark and setting up the night's marquee match.
Kobaly, ranked seventh at 170 with a 9-0 record, bumped to take on Belardia, ranked sixth at 182.
Belardia used a first period takedown and a penalty point for locking hands to give Kobaly his first loss of the season.
“We chased a good kid to try and get a type of match that we are going to need to advance out of WPIAL s and get to the state tournament,” Nauman said. “I thought Milty wrestled well, he has a couple things to work on, protecting his legs, things like that.”
Elizabeth Forward is back in action on Wednesdayagainst Laurel Highlands. BVA, meanwhile, will travel north to take on fifth-ranked North Allegheny in a match featuring 14 wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in their respective weight classes.
“We are improving in all aspects already,” Nauman said. “We are struggling on bottom the most right now, but the kids are getting better every day. Thursday is going to be a great match.”