Skip to main content

Chucks build huge lead before edging Bisons

December 26, 2010

Punxsy eighth-grader Perry Arrington (top) helped lead the junior-high Chucks to a 52-44 victory with a 9-0 major decision over Wyatt Stucke last Wednesday in Clearfield. (File photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

CLEARFIELD — The Punxsy junior-high wrestling team wasn't happy with the way its match against Clearfield ended, but the Chucks still picked up a huge victory over a squad it has lost to many times.

Behind five wins by fall, Punxsy built a 46-3 advantage, only to squeeze out a 52-44 victory last Wednesday in Clearfield.

"It was great to beat Clearfield finally," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "We're certainly happy about that win, but I was a little disappointed with our finish."

With the Chucks (3-1) ahead 46-3, the Bisons earned three victories via forfeit, one by fall, one by technical fall and two by decision to create a 46-38 score.

That's when seventh-grader Kaleb Young (8-0) ended Clearfield's comeback possibilities with a fall over Jake Lancaster in 4:11.

"We knew they were getting 18 forfeit points, but I never expected to lose five out of the last six bouts," Burke said. "Kaleb came through big against a pretty decent kid to seal up our victory."

Punxsy scored the first 22 points of the match, starting with a 29-second pin from Matt Burke (6-2). Once Levi Campbell (2-3) had his hand raised thanks to a forfeit, Perry Arrington (7-1) provided the Chucks with four more team points when he registered a 9-0 major decision over Wyatt Stucke.

The Chucks' 22-0 run concluded once Logan Rend (4-4) pinned Hunter Lancaster in 64 seconds.

The Bisons were able to get on the scoreboard once Justin Grassmyer decisioned Jeff Bottenhorn (3-5) by an 8-2 score, but the Chucks racked up a handful of bonus points during the next four weight classes thanks to three wins by pin and one forfeit.

The first of those three pins came from Keegan Fischer (7-1), who bested Travis Ogden in 2:13. Travis Perry (4-3) then put Josh Kennedy's shoulders to the mat at 3:50.

A forfeit was earned by Austin Covatch (1-8) before Punxsy's next-to-last win came from Troy Peace (7-2), who pinned Nicholas Irvin in 82 seconds.

All three of Clearfield's forfeit wins sandwiched around Punxsy's Zoie Smith's (4-4) defeat at the hands of Hunter Blake.

With Punxsy ahead 46-24, Clearfield scored 11 more points once Andrew Bullers (3-4) suffered a 7-4 loss, Eli Lambiotte (4-3) was defeated by a 15-0 technical fall, and Ryan Jones (4-4) was pinned in 80 seconds.

After Young's victory by fall sealed Punxsy's win, Stephanie Smith (4-3) was pinned during the final bout of the night in 2:18.

Punxsy's Johnathon Koper won by fall, and Brett Starr lost by decision during a pair of exhibition matches.

Clearfield was the Punxsy junior-high wrestling team's final opponent of the 2010 portion of its schedule.

The Chucks visit the Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers for a 5 p.m. start Tuesday, Jan. 4, before hosting Curwensville in Punxsy's first match in the high school gym this season at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6.

View more articles in:
PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsutawney Area Hospital has welcomed a new face as its general surgeon to its Medical Arts Building...
The Jefferson County Farm Bureau held its annual Rural Road Safety Day at Fezell's County Market on Tuesday to bring...
Members of the PAHS Key Club attended the Punxsutawney Area School Board meeting Monday night, at which time they gave...
While it may be spring, the winter weather isn't ready to leave. Because of a mix of snow, cold...
The Chucks will take on the Uniontown Red Raiders tonight at DuBois Area Middle School for its...
After having its Senior Night delayed multiple times, the Punxsy wrestling team will hit the mat...

 

Premium Drupal Themes by Adaptivethemes