Chucks finish in first place at Cranberry Duals

SENECA — A year after finishing second-best, the Punxsy junior-high wrestling team won the Cranberry Team Duals Saturday.

Punxsy was dominant all day, beating Oil City (76-18), Franklin (62-19), Greenville (55-37) and Warren (69-24) while completing the tournament with a 4-0 record.

Bonus points were the key to Punxsy's victory Saturday, as it won 22 bouts by fall.

The Chucks won seven bouts on the mat against Oil City, with all of those victories coming by pin. Three forfeit wins led to a 18-6 lead before Punxsy won 10-straight weight classes, including all seven pins and three forfeits.

Against Franklin, Punxsy built a 33-3 lead while receiving three victories by pin.

Things were much closer versus Greenville, but the Chucks were ahead 55-16 before losing the final four bouts to create the 18-point separation.

After trotting out to a 33-18 lead against Warren during the final round, Punxsy won six of the final seven bouts to claim the championship.

In all, six Chucks went undefeated Saturday, led by Kaleb Young, who improved to 21-0 on the season with a 4-0 day. He won three bouts by first-period fall and one by forfeit at 100 pounds.

Matt Burke (12-4) also went 4-0, pinning two opponents, beating one by decision and gathering a forfeit.

Jeff Bottenhorn (11-10) was undefeated Saturday, winning twice by fall, once by major decision and once by forfeit.

Perry Arrington (21-2) continued on the winning trail by pinning the opposition twice and earning a major decision and a decision.

Eli Lambiotte (18-4) also won every bout Saturday, registering a fall, a decision and two forfeits, and Zoie Smith (11-11) didn't lose, as she won once by fall and three times by forfeit.

Punxsy's seventh wrestler to finish without a loss was Andrew Bullers (9-10), who went 3-0 while winning by major decision, decision and forfeit.

A trio of Chucks went 3-1, led by Keegan Fischer (15-6), who won each of his bouts by fall. Logan Rend (13-9) earned a decision and two forfeits, and Travis Perry (16-6) twice won by fall and once via forfeit.

Ryan Jones (13-10), Derek Conrad (5-4), Darin James (13-5), Jaydon Grusky (16-6) and Troy Peace (19-5) were each 2-2 Saturday, Jacob Benton (2-9) won once by forfeit, and Austin Covatch (2-19) finished 0-4 at 185 pounds.

The Chucks are now 10-1 this season. They haven't lost since a season-opening 47-39 defeat at the hands of Indiana Dec. 10, 2010.

Punxsy hosts Redbank Valley at 6 p.m. tonight with hopes of extending its winning streak to 11.