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Six Chucks place at New Oxford tournament

February 2, 2011

Punxsy's Nathan McGregor (top) was one of six Chucks to place at the New Oxford tournament last Saturday. (File photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

NEW OXFORD — Led by the 7-1 performances of wrestlers Seth Spack and Kody Young, six Chucks placed at the New Oxford Tournament this past weekend.

Spack led the tournament for Punxsy with a second-place finish, while Young's loss came in the championship semifinals. Young finished in third place overall.

Also placing for Punxsy were Nathan McGregor (fourth, 6-2), Josh Schuckers (fifth, 6-2), Neko Cappella (sixth, 5-3) and Carl Langley (eighth, 4-4). Wrestlers had to finish in the top eight to be a place-winner.

As a team, Punxsy finished 11th out of 20 schools with 41 1/2-points. Norristown ran away with the team title after tallying 111 1/2-points; Line Mountain was a distant second with 71 points; and Mechanicsburg was even further away with 59 1/2-points for third place.

Rounding out the top five were District VI's Bellefonte (59 points) and Delaware Valley (58).

Punxsy bested the other two District VI schools — Altoona (36 points) and Philipsburg-Osceola (21 1/2).

There were up to 20 wrestlers in each weight class, as performances during Friday's action set up Saturday's championship and consolation rounds. The top eight wrestlers from each weight class after Friday's matches competed for their weight classes' title Saturday.

Spack, Young, McGregor and Cappella each went 4-0 with three pins apiece after the first day, while both Spack and Young went 3-1, McGregor finished 2-2 and Cappella was 1-3 Saturday.

At 135 pounds, Spack (24-4) upset Line Mountain's Adam Kritzer during the semifinals, 6-1, before losing in the championship bout to Norristown's Mikey Springer, 9-3. Kritzer is ranked as one of the top-10 135-pounders in the state.

At 125 pounds, Penn Manor's Bobby Rehm defeated Young, 8-4, in the semifinals before winning the championship. Young (24-2) bounced back from his second loss this season by claiming third place with an 11-6 victory over Pittsburgh Central Catholic's Chris Nuss.

McGregor's great tournament at 145 pounds concluded with a 16-7 major-decision loss to Philipsburg-Osceola's Logan Walstrom in the consolation final.

McGregor (22-6) reached the third-place match with an upset over Delaware Valley's Lucas Markowitz. He earned a 4-2 victory in overtime.

McGregor fell to the consolation round after losing to Brandon Parker, 10-7, in the semifinals. Parker, a top-10 wrestler in the state, finished second.

At 103 pounds, Schuckers (18-10), a freshman, pinned Blue Mountain's Bryant Pennberth in 1:53 to finish in fifth place.

While going 6-3 at 130 pounds, Cappella (24-4) was pinned by Philipsburg-Osceola's Andrew Greenawalt in 3:25 during the fifth-place match.

Punxsy's final place-winner was Langley (13-14), whose final bout at 160 pounds was a loss by fall in 5:34 to New Oxford's Cory Bixler.

Eight other Chucks competed Friday and Saturday. The following is their records during the tournament and overall records this season: Joel Bowers (4-4, 16-11); Caesar Maruca (4-4, 10-17); Duell Thompson (3-3, 13-13); Josh Neal (2-5, 8-14); Tige Woodson (2-6, 12-16); Devan Snyder (2-6, 6-21); Tyler Titus (0-7, 3-21); and Brennan Knarr (0-7, 1-8).

The Chucks will now prepare for their final home match of the season. Punxsy hosts Brookville Thursday, as the junior-high match begins at 6 p.m., and the varsity match will follow around 7:30 p.m. Immediately after the junior-high match, Punxsy's seniors — Thompson, Woodson and Young — will be honored.

After taking on the Raiders, Punxsy will wrestle three-straight road matches against District IX Class AAA foes — Feb. 9 at St. Marys, Feb. 15 at Bradford and Feb. 17 at DuBois.

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