Ligonier Valley wrestlers prepare for regionals
The Ligonier Valley High School wrestling team competed in the District 6 Tournament recently, finishing sixth out of 26 teams. Three Rams finished in the top four of their weight classes and will compete in the PIAA Southwest Regional Tournament.
Dalton Clark, wrestling at the 132-pound weight-class and Ray Marsh, 220-weight class, both won three bouts and lost one, finishing second in their divisions. Carlos Chavez finished in fourth place in the 106-pound class, winning three matches and losing two.
Dan Croyle won five matches and lost two, finishing in fifth place at 138 pounds. Croyle will be an alternate for regionals, wrestling if another top-four finisher is unable to compete in the event.
Clark blew through three opponents before losing late in his fourth match. He only needed 14 seconds to score a pin in his first match then won 11-2 and 16-2 major decisions. Clark's loss came at 5:48 of his final match, when he gave up a pin.
In similar fashion, Marsh also won his first three bouts. He pinned his first opponent in 3:51, then won 4-3 and 6-5 decisions. However, Marsh lost by pin in 1:47 in his final match-up of the day.
Chavez won his first bout in 3:54, when he scored his only pin of the tournament. He then went on to win a 9-5 decision, but gave up a pin in 2:51 of his third match. Chavez won a 15-13 sudden victory before giving up a pin in 2:05 of his final contest.
Croyle won his first two matches, first with a 3:31 pin, then a 19-4 technical fall at 4:32. He then lost a high-scoring 14-10 decision. Croyle then bounced back with a pair of wins, first by pin at 4:27, then a 7-1 decision. He then gave up a pin at 2:25 of his sixth match and won a 7-3 decision to close out the day.
Wrestling at 160 pounds, twin brother Dereck Croyle won three matches and lost two. He won his first by pin in 2:23, but gave up a pin at the 3:09 mark of his second bout. Croyle won his next match without having to take the mat when his opponent forfeited. He also scored his second pin of the tournament at the 2:39 mark, but lost a 9-2 decision in his final bout of the day.
Three Ligonier Valley wrestlers split their matches 2-2, Joseph Neiderhiser, Gordon Matson and Nathan Trottier. Neiderhiser at 152 pounds book-ended his matches starting and finishing with a loss by pin, but pinning two opponents in between. Matson blanked his first opponent at 120 pounds to win an 11-1 major decision. He then gave up a pin in 14 seconds, scored a pin at 4:24, then lost by pin in 3:38. Trottier gave up a pin in between two, winning twice by pin. He lost a close-fought 2-1 decision in his final match-up.
Max Caldwell, 126 pounds, lost a 1-0 decision and gave up a technical fall. Joseph Shafron, 285 pounds, gave up pins in 43 seconds and 1:14. Thomas Mauk lost by pin and a 7-0 decision in the 145-pound division.
Four Rams will travel to the PIAA Southwest Regional Tournament Friday and Saturday to compete at the Cambria County War Memorial.
Peter Turcik is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.