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Ringgold wrestlers edge USC

| Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, 12:56 a.m.
Rich Downer / For The Valley Independent
Ringgold's Brandon Heinzelman controls Upper St. Clair's Andrew Troy en route to a 12-5 decision in their 152-pound match that proved to be the difference in Ringgold's 27-25 win.

Ringgold moved on to the WPIAL wrestling team playoffs Wednesday by beating host Upper St. Clair, 27-25, in a fifth-place consolation match for Section 2 AAA.

The Rams trailed 25-24 going into the final match of the night before Brandon Heinzelman (152 pounds) won a 12-5 decision to seal the win for Ringgold.

“That was a huge win for him on several counts,” said Ringgold coach Bob Bove. “Not only did it win us the match, but he was a little banged up and I actually didn't want to use him.

“Brandon had an elbow injury and he said he wanted to go. He sucked it up and pulled out the win for the team.”

The Rams (7-8) got a major decision from Kenny Tarpley (132) and decisions from Tyus Bundy (106), Doug Gudenburr (120), Devin Fallenstein (170) and Taylor Bass (Hvy).

Tarpley upped his record to 25-2 on the season as he inches closer to his 100th career win.

Fallenstein is 21-1.

“I didn't expect this match to be this close, but I knew it would be a close match,” Bove said. “We came out like a team that hadn't done anything for two days. We were sluggish. But I'm glad we did enough to pull it out.”

Ringgold will likely wrestle in a pig-tail match Monday against an opponent to be determined. If the Rams win, they will advance to the team tournament.

Section 2 AA

At Derry, Bentworth defeated Yough, 45-38, in the consolation match to advance to the WPIAL team tournament.

The action started with Derry knocking off Bentworth, 43-30, and Yough losing to Jefferson-Morgan, 49-21.

Jeff-Morgan beat Derry in the championship, 54-30.

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