PA tops Catty in CL tourney
The stands were full of fans from four high schools for the Colonial League Wrestling Championship, but the presence of the Catty Crew wasn't heard. Pen Argyl ended up with a 43-21 win over Catty in the semifinals of the Colonial League playoffs.
The meet began at 132 with Steve Burresci edging Jacob Rusnock 3-2. Burresci got an early headlock on Rusnock and while Rusnock had the Green Knight in trouble, Burresci had to front bridge up to hold onto the win.
Jake Holden pinned Catty freshman Devin Greene in 2:18 for a 9-0 Pen Argyl advantage.
Catty senior Casey Simmons decisioned Ryan Lobb 10-4. The 145 pounder ended the first period with a 6-2 flourish and added four more points in the third period. Catty fans thought Simmons had a pin near the end of the first period, but the decision made the score 9-3.
Undefeated Mikey Racciato moved up to 152 to take on Catty's Nate Doria and got the duke on him in 2:06 to extend the Pen Argyl lead to 15-3.
At 160, Josh Melendez came back with a Catty win. He was tied 0-0 with Phil Ruggiero after one period. Melendez maintained wrist control and went up 2-1. Another take down was had by Melendez with 45 seconds left in second. Melendez kept Ruggerio's head to the mat the last 12 seconds of the second period and eventually squeezed out a 5-2 win to make it 15-6.
Zack Bradley had Jeff Holden back on his feet and got a take down in the second period at 170. Holden would not shoot on Bradley in the third period and Bradley won 2-1 to cut into the Pen Argyl lead, 15-9.
It only took Rhaine Sziy 29 seconds to pin Pen Argyl's Mark Buckley at 182. Sziy's pin tied the meet at 15-15.
At 195 Jared Nosal won by forfeit for a 21-15 Catty lead, but that was the end of Catty's scoring
Nate Black (14-11) won a battle of sophomores at 220 with an 8-5 win over Satchel Stauffer to make it 21-18. Brady Mutton (18-5) was back in action after injury time out beating senior Jacob Schlinkman 3-1 at 285. Schlinkman didn't shoot very well in the bout.
Freshman phnenom Phil Myers, the Pen Argyl Pinball Machine, went up quickly over Nick Mark 4-0 and got a pinfall in 1:17. That insured Pen Argyl of a win with the score 27-21.
Catty's Spencer Phillips got pinned in 22 seconds by Jim Klinger. Matt Williams had a big leg brace on for his match with Ty Kern and rang up a major decision, 18-7 at 120.
Knight Andrew Sutton picked up a forfeit win at 126 to close out the match.