Punxsy JHers keep rolling with win over Bradford

PUNXSUTAWNEY — In a similar tale to the varsity match that took place after it, the dual meet between Punxsy and Bradford's junior high wrestling teams Tuesday in Punxsutawney was a tale of numbers, a common occurrence for the Chucks this season. But in this case, Punxsy's numbers were better than Bradfords, as the Chucks outdid the Owls both on and off the mats for a 47-15 victory.

With Bradford being a larger school, Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said he was surprised and a bit disappointed to see the Owls' numbers down, as they brought just seven grapplers.

"It's a shame to see Bradford's numbers way down once again," Burke said. "A few years ago, they had built up a fairly nice program. It's sad for such a large AAA school."

Similar to Punxsy's last match, last Wednesday against St. Marys, the Chucks were dominant on the mat, winning four of the six contested matches, but Punxsy was also on the winning side of the forfeit battle, fielding four combatants in weight classes the Owls couldn't.

"It was kind of what I expected," Burke said. "We were only able to get six true bouts and one exhibition in, but our guys wrestled well. They came out very aggressive and dominated for the most part."

The bout started at 75 pounds with Punxsy's Zoie Smith receiving a six-point win via forfeit to give the Chucks an early 6-0 advantage, a lead they would never relinquish.

Neither team could send a wrestler to the table at 80 or 85 pounds, and Punxsy's Eli Lambiotte received a forfeit at 90 pounds to extend Punxsy's lead to 12.

In the next three weight classes, 95, 100 and 105 pounds, only Bradford's Alex Daughenbaugh answered the call at 100 pounds to narrow the gap to 12-6.

The first actual match of the evening took place at 110 pounds, during which Punxsy's Ryan Jones faced off against Joradn McCalla.

Jones came out firing and wasted no time earning a six-point victory by pinning McCalla in just 48 seconds.

Punxsy's Kaleb Young was next at 115 pounds, where he met the Owls' Jeremy Bowen. After picking up a quick takedown, Young controlled the entire match, which ended short due to a technical fall, giving Punxsy five points and a 23-6 lead.

At 122 pounds, Punxsy's success continued with another pin for Jared Weber over Michael Frederick in just 38 seconds.

Levi Campbell completed the four-class sweep for Punxsy with a pin fall of his own in just 33 seconds over Bradford's Andrew Miller to further extend the Chucks' lead to 35-6.

Bradford earned its first victory on the mat at 138 pounds when Tim Schuster pinned John Mark Miller, and the Owls picked up three more team points with a matt Moonan decision, 7-4, over Punxsy's Jeff Bottenhorn at 155 pounds.

Punxsy grabbed 12 more points through two forfeits, one for Travis Perry at 165 pounds and one for Austin Covatch at 210, to set the final score at 47-15.

After the official match was over, Lambiotte took to the mat for an exhibition against Daughenbaugh, who was one weight class too high for him to bump to in the official bouts.

Lambiotte dominated the entire way, keeping Daughenbaugh off the scoreboard and grabbing a 15-0 technical fall victory in the second period.

Punxsy will take to the mats again tonight at 6 p.m. against the DuBois Beavers, a squad that Burke said always fields a large team.

"I'm sure this is one we'll have to focus on winning on the mats," Burke said. "I know their numbers will be big. They always seem to get kids to come out over there. We'll do what we can, though. There should be some good matches."