Bears rout Lehighton
mike feifel/times news Lehighton's Marques Spencer (left) lifts Zach Gutierrez off the mat during their 182 pound bout. Spencer went on to post a 9-4 decision.
Year after year, the Pleasant Valley wrestling program finds a way to reload its light and middleweight classes and be overly dominant for at least seven bouts.
Monday night's Mountain Valley Conference match with Lehighton was no different.
The Bears won seven consecutive matches, from the 113 weight class to the 152 class, and went on to thump the Indians on the mats 53-16. Three of those matches were decided by relatively quick pins, while two others came via major decisions.
"I thought we wrestled pretty well," said Pleasant Valley head coach Mark Getz. "There were two matches I wanted to see coming into tonight and we lost both of them. I know (Lehighton) had a tough freshman at 160 and I wanted to see where Jalil (Aldridge) stood with him. And our 103-pounder, I know they had a tough kid there too so those were the matches I really wanted to see in order to gauge those guys.
"But I thought our kids wrestled well and I expected them to get done what they had to do."
The match opened at the 170 weight class and saw Lehighton take the first two bouts of the night. Dylan Flexer and Marques Spencer both grinded out decisions over their respective opponents. Flexer won 8-6, while Spencer was victorious at 9-4.
Unfortunately for the Indians, their hard work was quickly negated by three consecutive forfeits. Pleasant Valley's Hunter Deihl, Dom Ammirato and Mike Benner all had their hands raised without any effort.
"Getting a start like that was nice," said Lehighton head coach Dan Williams. "It kind of got us energized a little bit. Giving up those three forfeits deflates you, but coming around to 106 we knew we had a shot to get one back with Tegan (Durishin).
"We knew (Pleasant Valley) had a tough kid at 113 and thought maybe we could trade off that win at 120 by bumping around a little bit, but it didn't work the way we wanted it to. It turns out that way sometimes."
Durishin picked up Lehighton's third win of the night when he recorded a major decision (11-0) over the Bears' Jason Jacobi. It was Durishin's 20th win of the year. The freshman leads the team in wins.
However, after that it was all Pleasant Valley. Lehighton gave Kenny Yanovich a forfeit win at 113 and decided to send Zach Kemmerer up against Anthony McCue at 120. As Williams said, the move backfired as McCue posted an 8-0 major decision victory. Brannon Bale followed with a 7-0 decision at 126.
Pleasant Valley then got into the heart of its order and took complete control. James Felipa (pin in 1:31), Garrett Gouger (pin in 1:13), Brody Keefe (13-4 major decision) and Joell Toledo (pin in 27 seconds) picked up 22 points in a hurry and erased any and all doubt there might have been.
"Keefe has been getting a shot at 145," said Getz. "Josh Perry is a little banged up and he has done a good job for us over the last week. He is starting to come on a little bit and we will try to find a way to get him in the lineup more often.
"McCue has been wrestling well too as a freshman. He is a tough kid. Kenny is going to get his matches and I am glad McCue has been getting tested. The other teams bump away from Kenny and they come up to him and he has been winning so that is pretty good."
Connor Frey, another Lehighton freshman, ended the night on a good note for the home team. He pinned Aldridge in 3:38.
"We have four wins now after going 3-2 at our duals," said Williams. "This is a young group of kids. Anytime you can start to put together wins its nice to see them gel. Most of my lineup is freshmen and sophomores, so over the next three years we are going to get to learn how to win more and more."
Pleasant Valley picked up a nice win over Nazareth last week and now has 14 team wins on the year. Getz admitted that is more than even he expected.
"The kids are coming on," Getz said. "This is a very young and inexperienced team and I don't think people know half of our kids' names. Besides Kenny, we don't really have any huge superstars. With 14 wins now, I wasn't expecting that this year. I thought we would take some lumps, but we are finding a way to win and have been doing a pretty good job."
Pleasant Valley 53, Lehighton 16
106 - Tegan Durishin (L) major dec. over Jason Jacobi, 11-0
113 - Kenny Yanovich (PV) won by forfeit
120 - Anthony McCue (PV) major dec. over Zach Kemmerer, 8-0
126 - Brannon Bale (PV) dec. over Anthony Farano, 7-0
132 - James Felipa (PV) pinned Josh Gornick in 1:31
138 - Garrett Gouger (PV) pinned Dustin Koons in 1:13
145 - Brody Keefe (PV) major dec. over Tyler Cann, 13-4
152 - Joell Toledo (PV) pinned Dominik Mystkowski in 0:27
160 - Connor Frey (L) pinned Jalil Aldridge in 3:38
*170 - Dylan Flexer (L) dec. over Trent Thomas, 8-6
182 - Marques Spencer (L) dec. over Zach Gutierrez, 9-4
195 - Hunter Deihl (PV) won by forfeit
220 - Dom Ammirato (PV) won by forfeit
HWT - Mike Benner (PV) won by forfeit
* - match started at 170