Web-only: Coudy sends eight wrestlers/OV three to regionals

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Coudy medalists from District 9 Class AA wrestling championships at Clearfield High School, who will all be moving on to next weekend’s Northwest Regional at Sharon: Isaac Wright (1st), Gage Arnold, David Kudrick (both 2nd), Trevor Olney, Eli Ayers, Corey Thompson (all 3rd), Dustin Kudrick, Julian Smith (both 4th). Coudy finished second overall to four-time defending champ Brookville, setting school records for points (144) and regional qualifiers. (Photo: Lori Chase)

The Coudersport Falcons were ready to make some noise at last weekend’s District 9 Class AA individual wrestling championships, walking into Clearfield High School on Friday afternoon with seven top-four seeds and a team-championship silver medal in tow.

The bus pulled out of the parking lot the next evening with eight regional qualifiers, a gold medal for 170-pounder Isaac Wright, and a school record for team points. Defending state AA champ Brookville scored 242 points to cruise to its fourth-straight district title, but the Falcons’ superior depth allowed them to edge Ridgway for second place, 144-142.5, despite the Elkers coming away with champions in four weight classes.

“We brought 13 down here, and to get over half of those out is pretty outstanding. I think eight is the most Coudersport’s ever taken to regions,” said assistant coach Aaron Rendos, filling in while head coach John Bishel is temporarily sidelined with medical issues. “So proud of the guys. They stepped up this year. District runner-ups – they wanted to prove something, and they did.”

In addition to Wright, who outlasted top-seeded Garrett McClintick of Brockway, 2-1, in the final, the Falcons will send David Kudrick (second at 138), Gage Arnold (second at 160), Trevor Olney (third at 120), Eli Ayers (third at 182), Corey Thompson (third at 220), Dustin Kudrick (fourth at 145) and Julian Smith (fourth at 152) to Sharon this weekend. It’s the third year in a row for Arnold, who placed fourth there last year to qualify for states, while Olney, Dustin Kudrick, and Smith will each be going for the second time.

“We got eight through. Not the places I know some of these kids were hoping for, but it’s just a qualifier and we’re going to gear up for next week,” Rendos said. “It’s a whole new ballgame when we add District 10. I’m confident. We’ve wrestled twice in District 10, so we’re familiar with some of the kids and some of the styles they have. So the goal is to keep moving on. The top four from there go to states, so we’re hoping to get just as many through to the next level.”

Wright (28-9), starting from the No. 3 seed at 170, opened with a fall over Adam Sicher (Kane) in 3:48, then needed just 1:00 to flatten Seth Nellis (Clarion) in the quarterfinals. Facing sixth-seeded Braden MacBeth (Brookville) in the semis, Wright got the only takedown in a 3-2 decision, sending him into his first D-9 medal-round match.

“It was really intimidating, going up against a first seed. And Brockway, they’re so well-schooled, they have a great wrestling program,” he said of facing McClintick. “But I just knew if I wrestled my match and I kind of kept my head about me, I think the biggest thing was to not look at the outcome, to focus on the here-and-now inside the match. That’s what’s most important.”

In the final, Wright once again jumped out to an early lead, then held on for dear life to claim the top spot on the podium.

“We knew coming into that match, that kid was tough on top,” Rendos said. “So I told (Isaac), we’re going to keep it on our feet the whole time. I said, ‘You’re comfortable on your feet.’ Got the takedown in the second period, which put us up by two. Then he chose top in the third, so we had to fend him off pretty good to win a district title.”

For the final two minutes, McClintick tried everything he could to tilt Wright and get the back points he needed to flip the score in his favor, but the Falcon junior managed to thwart his attempts.

“I’ll definitely admit I was purposely stalling just a little bit,” he confessed, grinning. “I knew I was up, and I knew if I could just hang on, I’d be able to accomplish something that not a lot of people can say they’ve done. But you know, a win’s a win, as my coach just told me. So all in all, I’m just happy with the way it turned out. Actually, I didn’t know if I had won or not. I thought I had a lot more time, another 20 seconds. In fact, as soon as the buzzer rang, I stood up and looked at my coach and I said, ‘Did I win?’

“It was thrilling. It was something I’ve honestly never felt before. It was really incredible. I’m just happy for the opportunity to be here and wrestle with my team. All of our guys have come so far, and it’s such a big payoff for the work we’ve put into it. I’m definitely excited, and I’m not ready to stop working. I want to keep going, and I want to press as hard as I absolutely can and really show the guys at regionals what I’m made of, what our team is made of.”

Arnold (33-1), the only unbeaten wrestler entering the weekend, pinned his way to the 160-pound finals, decking Brent Rodney (Sheffield) in 1:30, Eben Wry (Cranberry) in 5:11, and fourth-seeded Teddy Race (Kane) in 2:56 in the semis. The championship match was against Port Allegany junior Jake Kallenborn, a longtime friend who Arnold had beaten twice in close matches earlier in the season. After a scoreless opening period, Arnold started the second on top, but Kallenborn managed to escape. A scramble led to an Arnold takedown, but Kallenborn wriggled free again, and the match went to the third tied 2-2. This time, it was the Coudy senior escaping from the bottom to go up 3-2, but with both wrestlers battling for position in the final few seconds, Kallenborn got the 2 just before the buzzer to hand Arnold his first loss.

“That’s the third time they wrestled this year, and it’s been one or two points each time, so you know it could go either way,” Rendos said. “It’s a tough loss for him. He’s been under the weather for the past couple days, but he’ll regroup, come back. He’s a tough kid.

“At the end of the match, we need to learn to close those matches out without getting into scrambles, getting put in a position where we have an opportunity to lose, put ourselves into a position where we have an opportunity to win. He’ll learn his lesson, and we’ll go into next week tougher than this week, and hopefully feeling a lot better.”

David Kudrick (30-7), the No. 2 seed at 138, earned his silver by pinning Josh Rees (Port A) and Jacob Cable (Brookville) to get to the semis, then rolling to a 7-1 win over third-seeded Oswayo Valley sophomore Isaiah Barney. In the championship match, No. 1 seed Logen McClain (Ridgway) managed the only takedown in a 3-1 decision.

Second-seeded Olney, Ayers, and Thompson each fell to the No. 3 seed in their semifinal matches but won out to take bronze, while Smith placed fourth to match his seeding and Dustin Kudrick knocked off fourth-seeded Tyler Watts (Johnsonburg) in the quarterfinals to put himself in medal contention.

So now it’s on to Sharon … and, after that, back to Hershey?

“We’ll be set to go,” Rendos said. “Our guys are really ramping up, they’re getting ready. They were pumped about this week and we did well, and I’m going to get them up for next week.”

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Oswayo Valley District 9 wrestling medalists/regional qualifiers: junior Dylan Pesock (4th at 106), senior Grant West (4th at 182), sophomore Isaiah Barney (3rd at 138). (Photo: Lori Chase)

Oswayo Valley sent three top-four seeds to Clearfield, and the same number of Green Wave wrestlers will move on to Sharon.

“Not as good as we’d hoped, but it’s still good. Still going. That’s the goal, to get to the next round,” coach Denny Bloss said. “We’re okay. We had six into the second day, and the kids wrestled hard, wrestled well.”

Junior Dylan Pesock dropped a tough 4-2 decision in the 106-pound semifinals, then ran up against Port sophomore Reese Vollmer, a longtime friend and practice partner, in the third-place match.

“We see those guys a lot. They come over in the summer, they practice a lot with us,” Gator coach B.J. Greenman said. “So you know your opponent, but it’s not an advantage to either of them because they both know each other. They wrestle all the time, so their matches are always going to be close, but you don’t really know which way they’re going to go.”

This one was their closest yet. After three periods and three overtimes, the score was deadlocked at 3-3, sending the match into the ultimate tiebreaker round. With Pesock starting on top, Vollmer managed the escape for the 4-3 win.

After falling to David Kudrick in the semifinals, sophomore 138-pounder Isaiah Barney didn’t lose another match, downing fourth-seeded C. J. Shreffler (Cranberry) for the bronze. At 182, West dropped a tough 8-4 decision to eventual silver medalist Kaleb Witherite (Curwensville) in the quarters, then wrestled his way back before being edged by Ayers, 2-1, in the third-place bout.

It’s the second consecutive trip to regionals for Pesock and West, a senior, while Barney (third at 138) will be making his first appearance.

“So if that means we get four next year, that would be pretty nice, but we’ll wait and see,” Bloss said with a grin.

District 9 Class AA
Brookville (Bkv) 242, Coudersport (Cou) 144, Ridgway (Rdg) 142.5, Kane 96.5, Brockway (Bkw) 81, Curwensville (Cv) 73, Cranberry (Cr) 64, Redbank Valley (RV) 63, Port Allegany (PA) 62, Bradford (Brad) 60.5, Clarion (Cl) 56, Oswayo Valley (OV) 50.5, Johnsonburg (J) 41, Keystone (Key) 30, Smethport (Sm) 28, Sheffield (Sh) 13, Cameron County 0.

Championship Finals:
106: Anthony Glasl (Bkw) 3:46 Zach Holland (Cv)
113: Keelan Kunselman (Bkv) 7-5 Kyle Bush (Rdg)
120: Gavin Park (Bkv) 1:11 Hunter Martz (RV)
126: Bryce Barclay (Rdg) 3-0 Noah Blankenship (Kane)
132: Lukas McClain (Rdg) 11-0 Devon Norlin (J)
138: Logen McClain (Rdg) 3-1 David Kudrick (Cou)
145: Dillon Keane (Brad) 4-2 Alec English (Kane)
152: Caleb Hetrick (Bkv) 7-6 Aiden Hulings (Kane)
160: Jacob Kallenborn (PA) 4-3 Gage Arnold (Cou)
170: Isaac Wright (Cou) 2-1 Garrett McClintick (Bkw)
182: Noah Cieleski (Bkv) TF 15-0 5:49 Kaleb Witherite (Cv)
195: Xavier Molnar (Bkv) 0:55 Tyler Van Tassel (Key)
220: Tyler Cook (Bkv) 8-1 Tom Wurster (Cl)
285: Colton McClain (Rdg) 5-4 UTB Stephen McClure (Cv)

Third-place matches:
106: Reese Vollmer (PA) 4-3 UTB Dylan Pesock (OV)
113: Blake Passarelli (Cv) 8-3 Mason Songer (RV)
120: Trevor Olney (Cou) 2:52 Luke Tomaski (Rdg)
126: Kai Sorbin (Bkv) 12-2 Trey Stiles (PA)
132: Dontae Constable (Bkv) 2-1 Tyler Thompson (Brad)
138: Isaiah Barney (OV) 4-2 C.J. Shreffler (Cr)
145: Josh Hancock (Cr) 6-2 Dustin Kudrick (Cou)
152: Mike LeFay (Cl) 4-3 Julian Smith (Cou)
160: Caleb Peace (Bkv) 4-3 Teddy Race (Kane)
170: Braden MacBeth (Bkv) 2-1 UTB Akete Kindle (Sm)
182: Eli Ayers (Cou) 2-1 Grant West (OV)
195: Ty Stahli (Kane) 2-0 Ben Smith (Cl)
220: Corey Thompson (Cou) 9-7 Justin Smith (Bkw)
285: Timmy McCauley (Cr) 10-7 Colby Whitehill (Bkv)

Tentative regional matchups for Coudy/OV wrestlers:
106: 9-4 Dylan Pesock (Oswayo Valley, JR, 22-5) vs. 10-5 10-5 Logan Jaquay (Eisenhower, FR, 26-12)
– 10-1 Beau Bayless (Reynolds, SO, 27-4 )
120: 9-3 Trevor Olney (Coudersport, SR, 25-11) vs. 10-2 Kenneth Kiser (Saegertown, FR, 36-7)
138: 9-2 David Kudrick (Coudersport, JR, 30-7) vs. 10-3 Hunter Wagner (Titusville, SR, 30-4 )
138: 9-3 Isaiah Barney (Oswayo Valley, SO, 25-6) vs. 10-2 Mike Doerflinger (Slippery Rock, JR, 21-4 )
145: 9-4 Dustin Kudrick (Coudersport, JR, 28-10) vs. 10-5 Cole Ruffo (Hickory, JR, 26-12)
– winner to face 10-1 John Mott (Commodore Perry, SR, 32-5)
152: 9-4 Julian Smith (Coudersport, JR, 8-5) vs. 10-5 Spencer Head (Eisenhower, JR, 31-6)
– winner to face 10-1 Cameron Prebble (Sharpsville, JR, 30-4 )
160: 9-2 Gage Arnold (Coudersport, SR, 34-1) vs. 10-3 Joe Galvin (Iroquois, JR, 28-4)
170: 10-4 Nick Enos (Sharpsville, SR, 30-9) vs. 10-6 Jarrett Ruhl (Saegertown, SR, 28-19)
– winner to face 9-1 Isaac Wright (Coudersport, JR, 28-9)
182: 9-3 Elijah Ayers (Coudersport, SO, 29-8) vs. 10-2 Julian Gorring (Fort LeBoeuf, SO, 35-6)
182: 9-4 Grant West (Oswayo Valley, SR, 20-8) vs. 10-5 Khalil Messai (Jamestown, JR, 30-4)
– winner to face 10-1 Cody Mulligan (Saegertown, JR, 39-3)
220: 9-3 Corey Thompson (Coudersport, SR, 27-10) vs. 10-2 Tyler Zebrovious Lakeview, JR, 28-6

D-9 wrestling: Kallenborn wins gold, three Gators headed for regionals

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MEDAL RUSH: From L-R, Port Allegany medalists Reese Vollmer (3rd, 106 pounds), Jake Kallenborn (1st at 160/tie for Most Outstanding Wrestler Award), Trey Stiles (4th at 126) from the District 9 Championships held last weekend at Clearfield High School. (Photo: Pam Fischer)

(Ran short of room in the print version. Here’s the unedited story.)

Jake Kallenborn knew he needed a takedown.

Trailing top-seeded Gage Arnold by a point late in the third period of their District 9 Class AA 160-pound championship match on Saturday evening at Clearfield High School, the Port Allegany junior made his move. Arnold countered, but an instant before the buzzer sounded to end the contest, the referee’s arm shot up. Two points – and a 4-3 win for the gold – for Kallenborn.

“I didn’t have anything to lose, and he was undefeated and expected to win, so I guess that was in my favor,” he said. “I was just hoping that he would either let go of my leg or I would be in control long enough that I would get the 2. When I did, I was so happy. It was crazy.”

And after avenging two earlier losses to Arnold (33-1) by handing the Coudersport senior and returning state qualifier his first setback of the season, Kallenborn (28-4) picked up another piece of hardware in addition to his medal, sharing the Joseph J. Kata Most Outstanding Wrestler Award with Brookville three-time champ Gavin Park. He’s just the second Gator to claim the honor, joining two-time state medalist Isaac Greeley, who also split the award with a Brookville wrestler in 1993.

Reached via Twitter direct message later in the evening, Greeley was “glad we got another one!” He added, “That’s so awesome he won, he has had a great year. I’m really hoping he and Gage can get on the podium at states. I think they both can.”

“Pretty amazing,” Port coach B.J. Greenman said. “The kids work all year around just for the postseason, and to come out with that on top of a district title is amazing for Jacob.”

“I beat the only undefeated kid, but I certainly didn’t expect to get M.O.W. It was kind of crazy,” Kallenborn repeated. “This is the highlight of my varsity career, definitely. That and winning, being a district champ.”

Sophomore Reese Vollmer took third at 106 pounds and junior Trey Stiles placed fourth at 126 to join Kallenborn at this weekend’s Northwest Regional at Sharon High School, giving the Gators multiple qualifiers for the 19th consecutive year. It’s the second trip for Kallenborn and Stiles (14-6), with Vollmer (29-6) making his first appearance. The three medalists paced Port to a ninth-place finish in the 17-team field.

“When we looked at this weekend, we thought we could take anywhere from maybe one to five or six, so right there in the middle’s pretty good,” Greenman said. “The two kids that made it there last year, we kind of expected them to be able to make it again. And then Reese came up huge, winning some big matches against Dylan Pesock, and then the other one in the consi semis against a kid that beat him earlier in the season. That’s huge for him to get wins over those kids.”

In a matchup of state-ranked wrestlers, eventual 106-pound champ Anthony Glasl (Brockway) tech-falled Vollmer in the semifinals, but the Port sophomore rebounded with a 4-2 win over No. 3 seed Ethan Wiant (Redbank Valley), who he’d lost to at the season-opening Hickory Tournament, to move into the third-place match against Pesock, a longtime friend and practice partner who downed Vollmer 9-2 in the dual meet at Oswayo Valley.

“We see those guys a lot. They come over in the summer, they practice a lot with us,” Gator coach B.J. Greenman said. “So you know your opponent, but it’s not an advantage to either of them because they both know each other. They wrestle all the time, so their matches are always going to be close, but you don’t really know which way they’re going to go.”

The two traded reversals in the second period, with the Green Wave junior adding an escape to take a 3-2 lead into the third. Starting on the bottom, Vollmer got the escape he needed to send the match to overtime, and after a sudden-victory period and two rideouts failed to break the deadlock, the bout went into the ultimate tiebreaker. With Pesock deciding to start on top, Vollmer managed to wriggle free for the thrilling 4-3 win.

“Going into it, I’m kind of glad it was Coach Bloss’ decision on picking top or bottom, because I had no idea what we were going to do with Reese,” Greenman admitted. “Dylan’s really good on top, and he’s been getting out on Reese, so I’m glad that it was taken out of our hands and we just had to let Reese wrestle and he ended up coming out with the escape.”

Greenman was also pleased with Stiles’ performance, unsure how he’d come back after missing time due to injury and not wrestling in a dual meet since mid-January. Dropping a 3-0 decision to eventual champ Bryce Barclay (Ridgway) in one semi while Kane’s Noah Blankenship stunned top-seeded Kai Sorbin in the other, Stiles ended up facing the Brookville junior, who eased to a 12-2 major decision to earn the bronze.

“For Trey, that’s a complete style mismatch, to get a guy that’s really, really good on top and can really control your hands,” Greenman said. “He doesn’t do anything too exciting, just wrestles a solid, controlled match, and that kind of hurts Trey. He wasn’t able to get into his shots like he likes to, he wasn’t able to move on his feet until the third period. Once he got down and Kai started running some tilts, he got in trouble. But he still wrestled a good match and competed to the end, which is what we ask all our kids to do. Don’t give up, even if you’re down 10, 11, 12 points.”

Three other Port grapplers fell just short of qualifying, dropping tough matches in the consolation semifinals. Junior Payton Caden ran up against returning state qualifier Blake Passarelli, the second seed at 113, with the Curwensville sophomore earning a 7-1 decision. Freshman Montgomery Tanner also saw a No. 2 seed in the consi semis, as Coudersport’s Trevor Olney got the pin to advance. And at 132, an upset in the semis dropped top-seeded Bradford junior Tyler Thompson into the wrestlebacks, where he downed Port sophomore Issac Smoker.

“We had a couple bad-luck draws, where we needed to win the first match to be able to go and it didn’t fall our way,” Greenman said. “But it’s a learning experience, and everybody that wrestled here is going to be back next year, so that’s a great sign for us. We don’t have to say goodbye to any kids after they lose their last varsity match. It’s really, really nice that we get all of our kids back, and we get a really good group of eighth-graders coming up next year.”

Two-time defending Allegheny Mountain League champion Coudersport finished second to Brookville, which won its fourth consecutive D-9 crown, with 170-pound champion Isaac Wright leading Arnold, Olney, and five other Falcons (David Kudrick, Dustin Kudrick, Julian Smith, Eli Ayers, Corey Thompson) into Sharon. Bradford 145-pounder Dillon Keane won the only other AML gold in the Owls’ first foray into the Class AA division and will join his teammate Tyler Thompson, while Kane (Blankenship, Alec English, Aiden Hulings, Teddy Race, Ty Stahli), Oswayo Valley (Pesock, Isaiah Barney, Grant West), Smethport (Akete Kindle), and Johnsonburg (Devon Norlin) will also be represented.

District 9 Class AA Championships
At Clearfield, Feb. 24-25:
Brookville (Bkv) 242, Coudersport (Cou) 144, Ridgway (Rdg) 142.5, Kane 96.5, Brockway (Bkw) 81, Curwensville (Cv) 73, Cranberry (Cr) 64, Redbank Valley (RV) 63, Port Allegany (PA) 62, Bradford (Brad) 60.5, Clarion (Cl) 56, Oswayo Valley (OV) 50.5, Johnsonburg (J) 41, Keystone (Key) 30, Smethport (Sm) 28, Sheffield (Sh) 13, Cameron County 0.

Championship Finals:
106: Anthony Glasl (Bkw) 3:46 Zach Holland (Cv)
113: Keelan Kunselman (Bkv) 7-5 Kyle Bush (Rdg)
120: Gavin Park (Bkv) 1:11 Hunter Martz (RV)
126: Bryce Barclay (Rdg) 3-0 Noah Blankenship (Kane)
132: Lukas McClain (Rdg) 11-0 Devon Norlin (J)
138: Logen McClain (Rdg) 3-1 David Kudrick (Cou)
145: Dillon Keane (Brad) 4-2 Alec English (Kane)
152: Caleb Hetrick (Bkv) 7-6 Aiden Hulings (Kane)
160: Jacob Kallenborn (PA) 4-3 Gage Arnold (Cou)
170: Isaac Wright (Cou) 2-1 Garrett McClintick (Bkw)
182: Noah Cieleski (Bkv) TF 15-0 5:49 Kaleb Witherite (Cv)
195: Xavier Molnar (Bkv) 0:55 Tyler Van Tassel (Key)
220: Tyler Cook (Bkv) 8-1 Tom Wurster (Cl)
285: Colton McClain (Rdg) 5-4 UTB Stephen McClure (Cv)

Third-place matches:
106: Reese Vollmer (PA) 4-3 UTB Dylan Pesock (OV)
113: Blake Passarelli (Cv) 8-3 Mason Songer (RV)
120: Trevor Olney (Cou) 2:52 Luke Tomaski (Rdg)
126: Kai Sorbin (Bkv) 12-2 Trey Stiles (PA)
132: Dontae Constable (Bkv) 2-1 Tyler Thompson (Brad)
138: Isaiah Barney (OV) 4-2 C.J. Shreffler (Cr)
145: Josh Hancock (Cr) 6-2 Dustin Kudrick (Cou)
152: Mike LeFay (Cl) 4-3 Julian Smith (Cou)
160: Caleb Peace (Bkv) 4-3 Teddy Race (Kane)
170: Braden MacBeth (Bkv) 2-1 UTB Akete Kindle (Sm)
182: Eli Ayers (Cou) 2-1 Grant West (OV)
195: Ty Stahli (Kane) 2-0 Ben Smith (Cl)
220: Corey Thompson (Cou) 9-7 Justin Smith (Bkw)
285: Timmy McCauley (Cr) 10-7 Colby Whitehill (Bkv)

Port/Coudy/OV first-round matchups at regionals:
106: 9-3 Reese Vollmer (Port Allegany, SO, 29-6) vs. 10-2 Steve McGarvie (Fort LeBoeuf, SR, 32-6)
106: 9-4 Dylan Pesock (Oswayo Valley, JR, 22-5) vs. 10-5 10-5 Logan Jaquay (Eisenhower, FR, 26-12)
– winner to face 10-1 Beau Bayless (Reynolds, SO, 27-4 )

120: 9-3 Trevor Olney (Coudersport, SR, 25-11) vs. 10-2 Kenneth Kiser (Saegertown, FR, 36-7)

126: 9-4 Treyton Stiles (Port Allegany, JR, 14-6) vs. 10-5 Aiden Thompson (Hickory, JR, 23-14)
– winner to face 10-1 Tye Varndell (Cambridge Springs, SO, 33-3)

138: 9-2 David Kudrick (Coudersport, JR, 30-7) vs. 10-3 Hunter Wagner (Titusville, SR, 30-4 )
138: 9-3 Isaiah Barney (Oswayo Valley, SO, 25-6) vs. 10-2 Mike Doerflinger (Slippery Rock, JR, 21-4 )

145: 9-4 Dustin Kudrick (Coudersport, JR, 28-10) vs. 10-5 Cole Ruffo (Hickory, JR, 26-12)
– winner to face 10-1 John Mott (Commodore Perry, SR, 32-5)

152: 9-4 Julian Smith (Coudersport, JR, 8-5) vs. 10-5 Spencer Head (Eisenhower, JR, 31-6)
– winner to face 10-1 Cameron Prebble (Sharpsville, JR, 30-4 )

160: 10-4 Dylan Proper (Maplewood, JR, 27-8) vs. 10-6 Gavin Henry (Union City, SO, 23-9)
– winner to face 9-1 Jacob Kallenborn (Port Allegany, JR, 28-4)
160: 9-2 Gage Arnold (Coudersport, SR, 34-1) vs. 10-3 Joe Galvin (Iroquois, JR, 28-4)

170: 10-4 Nick Enos (Sharpsville, SR, 30-9) vs. 10-6 Jarrett Ruhl (Saegertown, SR, 28-19)
– winner to face 9-1 Isaac Wright (Coudersport, JR, 28-9)

182: 9-3 Elijah Ayers (Coudersport, SO, 29-8) vs. 10-2 Julian Gorring (Fort LeBoeuf, SO, 35-6)
182: 9-4 Grant West (Oswayo Valley, SR, 20-8) vs. 10-5 Khalil Messai (Jamestown, JR, 30-4)
– winner to face 10-1 Cody Mulligan (Saegertown, JR, 39-3)

220: 9-3 Corey Thompson (Coudersport, SR, 27-10) vs. 10-2 Tyler Zebrovious Lakeview, JR, 28-6

Gators, rest of AML ready to take the mat for D-9 wrestling

After wrapping up the regular-season with a 51-18 takedown of Smethport on the Hubbers’ mat last Wednesday, a pair of 2016 Northwest Regional qualifiers, Jake Kallenborn and Trey Stiles, will lead the Port Allegany wrestling team into this weekend’s District IX Class AA individual championships at Clearfield High School.

Both Gator juniors finished fourth at districts last season to earn their first trip to Sharon, where Kallenborn (25-4, 68-26 career) won a consi match before bowing out and Stiles (11-4, 49-24 career) shocked eventual state medalist Ryan Carlson with a first-period near-fall before the Brockway senior recovered to win by decision.
With Bradford High dropping from Class AAA to AA this season, ten other Allegheny Mountain League grapplers will seek another shot at regionals, with the Owls’ Tyler Thompson and Dillon Keane joining Oswayo Valley’s Dylan Pesock and Grant West, Kane’s Alec English, Johnsonburg’s Devon Norlin, and the quartet of Trevor Olney, Dustin Kudrick, Julian Smith and Gage Arnold from two-time league champion Coudersport.

Defending state champion Brookville seeks its fourth consecutive D-9 title and sixth in the last seven years, while Port (9-11 overall, 6-2 AML) hopes to match its fourth-place finishes from 2015-16. The tournament will get underway with preliminary and quarterfinal rounds at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, followed by first and second-round consolation matches. The Class AAA wrestlers take the mat at 9:30 Saturday morning, while Class AA action will resume at 10:30 a.m. with semifinals and third and fourth-round consis. The Parade of Champions for both classes and District IX Hall of Fame induction is set for 3:30 that afternoon, with medal-round matches beginning at 4 p.m.

Ticket prices will be $6/adults and $3/students for each session, or $18/adults and $9/students for the entire championship.

106: Fourth-seeded Port sophomore Reese Vollmer (26-5) opens against No. 5 Ben Westerburg (Kane, fr., 16-5) in the quarterfinals, with the winner likely facing top seed Anthony Glasl (Brockway, fr., 26-6) in the semis. Vollmer downed Westerburg 6-0 in January.
AML: (2) Dylan Pesock (Oswayo Valley, jr., 19-3) vs. (15) Gary Emerick (Ridgway, fr., 14-11); (9) Chris Davis (Coudersport, fr., 6-22) vs. (8) Parker Fleming (Brookville, fr., 14-15); (16) Bryent Johnson (Smethport, fr., 19-5) vs. Glasl. Vollmer decisioned Johnson twice and decked Davis in 0:14, but lost 9-2 to Pesock, the returning D-9 fourth-place finisher, on Feb. 8.

113: The top two seeds in this eight-man bracket are both returning state qualifiers, with reigning D-9 106-pound champ Keelan Kunselman (Brookville, sr., 24-10) first and Curwensville’s Blake Passarelli (so., 24-3) second. Fifth-seeded Port junior Payton Caden (18-11) could see Kunselman in the semis if he gets past No. 4 Mason Songer (Redbank Valley, so., 17-6) in his first match.
AML: (6) Caden Smead (Sheffield, fr., 16-9) vs. (3) Kyle Bush (Ridgway, jr., 23-2); (7) Donovan Olney (Coudy, so., 16-14) vs. Passarelli. Caden pinned Olney in their only meeting; three of his losses were to Bush, who finished third at 106 last year to move on to regionals, with another to Passarelli in the Fred Bell Tournament.

120: Two-time state qualifier Gavin Park (Brookville, sr., 32-3) tops this bracket, with fifth-seeded Gator freshman Montgomery Tanner (16-10) drawing No. 4 Ridgway sophomore Luke Tomaski (11-11) in the quarters to determine Park’s likely opponent.
AML: (2) Trevor Olney (Coudy, sr., 22-10) vs. (7) Mason Gasper (Curwensville, so., 6-6); (6) Kole Holden (Sheffield, sr., 22-9) vs. (3) Hunter Martz (Redbank Valley, so., 18-11); (16) Patrick Rounsville (OV, so., 3-9) vs. Park. Tanner pinned Holden and Rounsville, lost via pin to Tomaski and was tech-falled by 2016 regional qualifier Olney during their dual-meet matchups.

126: The top seed is Brookville junior Kai Sorbin (23-10), who edged Stiles in last year’s 120-pound third-place match. Stiles, seeded third, will open his tournament against No. 14 Travis Crate (Cranberry, jr., 9-18).
AML: (4) Noah Blankenship (Kane, so., 17-5) vs. (13) Colton Gietler (OV, fr., 9-10), with the winner to face (5) Colby Keane (Bradford, fr., 20-5); (6) Aristotle Smith (Coudy, fr., 10-12) vs. (11) Jacob Disshon (Sheffield, fr., 9-16). Blankenship and Stiles split their two matches this season.

132: Bradford junior Tyler Thompson (26-3), the Class AAA runner-up at 126 last season, is the top seed. Port sophomore Issac Smoker (11-11) is sixth, and will open against third-seeded Dontae Constable (Brookville, jr., 19-12) in the quarters.
AML: (4) Devon Norlin (Johnsonburg, jr., 20-8) vs. either (5) Dawson Wilson (RV, sr., 15-12) or (12) Ethan Collins (Curwensville, sr., 3-8); (7) Nate Asp (Kane, fr., 12-10) vs. (10) Thomas Wilson (Coudy, fr., 7-17); (9) David Duell (OV, so., 5-9) vs. (8) Frank Weber (Clarion, jr., 18-10); (16) Ethan Fields (Cameron Co., so., 6-11) vs. Thompson. Smoker split two matches against Asp, and lost via decision to Thompson and Wilson.

138: Last year’s 132-pound silver medalist, Logen McClain (Ridgway, jr., 26-3), is the top seed. Port freshman Josh Rees (9-17), seeded 15th, will face No. 2 David Kudrick (Coudy, jr., 27-6) in the first round.
AML: (3) Isaiah Barney (OV, so., 21-5) vs. (14) Bryce Grecco (Brockway, so., 3-10); (7) Kyle Hartman (Bradford, so., 9-9) vs. (10) Jacob Cable (Brookville, so., 5-20); (8) Alex Sanderson (Smethport, jr., 11-9) vs. (9) Cole Bressler (Curwensville, so., 10-14); (11) Albert Haynes (CC, fr., 2-14) vs. (6) Colton Mohney (RV, sr., 15-8); (12) Cameron Whisner (Kane, fr., 5-10) vs. (5) Ryley McMaster (Clarion, jr., 17-12); (13) Tyler Dembinski (Sheffield, sr., 4-8) vs. (4) C.J. Shreffler (Cranberry, so., 18-10); (16) Josh Calla (Johnsonburg, so., 6-18) vs. McClain. Rees, who bumped up to 145 pounds for most of the season, majored Whisner while losing via pin to McClain and Kudrick.

145: Once-beaten Bradford sophomore Dillon Keane takes over as the top seed in this bracket, which was most recently ruled by Smethport two-time regional champ and PIAA medalist Jimmy Duffy. Keane will face Port freshman Devon Smoker (10-14) in the first round.
AML: (3) Alec English (Kane, so., 14-4) vs. (14) Bryce Walter (Brookville, so., 7-5); (4) Tyler Watts (Johnsonburg, fr., 17-10) vs. (13) Kevin Marfink (Sheffield, fr., 8-18); (5) Dustin Kudrick (Coudy, jr., 26-8) vs. (12) Billy Urmann (Ridgway, jr., 1-12); (11) William Russell (OV, jr., 11-8) vs. (6) Travis Crawford (RV, so., 17-15). Smoker lost via fall to Crawford at the Fred Bell Tournament.

152: Last year’s runner-up, Brookville junior Caleb Hetrick (33-3), is the top seed.
AML: (2) Aiden Hulings (Kane, so., 20-3) vs. (7) Jonathan Francis (Ridgway, sr., 15-12) or (10) Angelo Inzana (Brockway, jr., 9-8); (4) Julian Smith (Coudy, jr., 6-3) vs. (5) Jake Zimmerman (Johnsonburg, jr., 16-8) or (12) Simon Peter Couls (OV, jr., 4-16); (6) Jaron Ambrose (Bradford, so., 19-7) vs. (11) Cody Marfink (Sheffield, sr., 6-15).

160: With last year’s top two finishers at this weight, champion Paul Zacherl and Mac Tanner, now teammates at Clarion University, the No. 1 seed is unbeaten Coudy senior Gage Arnold (31-0). The second seed is Kallenborn, whose only two losses in D-9 this season have been via 3-1 and 7-2 decisions to Arnold. The Port junior will face either (7) Eric Johnson (Brockway, fr., 15-12) or (10) Eben Wry (Cranberry, fr., 4-8) in the quarterfinals.
AML: (5) Teddy Race (Kane, fr., 19-7) vs. (4) Clayton Peace (Brookville, sr., 14-9) or (13) Derek Sunafrank (Bradford, fr., 15-11); (6) Joey Elinski (Johnsonburg, jr., 12-5) vs. (11) Josh Summers (CC, so., 4-9); (16) Brent Rodney (Sheffield, fr., 2-3) vs. Arnold. Kallenborn tech-falled Elinski and majored Sunafrank during their AML matches.

170: Garrett McClintick (Brockway, so., 24-6) is the top seed. Port sophomore Wayne Shelley (7-7), seeded ninth, will open against No. 8 Jesse York (Cranberry, so., 18-11).
AML: (2) Akete Kindle (Smethport, sr., 21-4) vs. (15) Matt Berger (Johnsonburg, so., 6-18); (3) Isaac Wright (Coudy, jr., 24-9) vs. (14) Adam Sicher (Kane, so., 2-4); (4) Kevin Evans (Sheffield, jr., 17-11) vs. (13) Caleb Pifer (CC, so., 6-11); (10) Nate Shroyer (OV, sr., 11-6) vs. (7) Braden MacBeth (Brookville, so., 3-8). Shelley decisioned Pifer, and lost to Wright via injury default.

182: Brookville senior Noah Cielski (27-6) is back to defend his title, while the Gators will wait to see if senior Rob Arnett (16-7) can return from injury. If Arnett is ready to go, he’ll face fourth-seeded Redbank Valley junior Logan Minich (18-8) in the first round.
AML: (2) Eli Ayers (Coudy, so., 25-7) vs. (15) Eric Botwright (Brockway, sr., 6-11); (6) Grant West (OV, sr., 18-6) vs. (3) Kaleb Witherite (Curwensville, sr., 21-7); (8) Hunter Gray (Bradford, jr., 3-19) vs. either Cielski or (16) Nolan Nudd (Sheffield, so., 5-3); (10) Shayne Westfall (Smethport, fr., 8-3) vs. (7) Dylan Saltsgiver (Cranberry, so., 13-14). Arnett pinned Gray, and lost via decision to West, last year’s bronze medalist, and Ayers.

195: Brookville junior Xavier Molnar (30-6), last year’s 170-pound champ, is the top seed.
AML: (5) Matt Stratton (Smethport, jr., 16-8) vs. (4) Pierce Yahner (Brockway, jr., 5-12); (6) Ty Stahli (Kane, so., 16-7) vs. (3) Ben Smith (Clarion, fr., 16-8); (10) Troy McKeone (Coudy, sr., 12-13) vs. (7) Gavin Shilling (RV, 2-4).

220: With the Gators’ two-time champion Ethan Budd continuing his career at Gannon University, last year’s runner-up, Brookville junior Tyler Cook (32-4), moves up to the No. 1 line.
AML: (2) Corey Thompson (Coudy, sr., 24-9) vs. (7) Austin McCracken (Bradford, so., 9-12); (11) Michael Vandergrift (OV, so., 8-12) vs. (6) Dasan Manross (Cranberry, so., 7-5); (14) Dakota Menteer (Kane, jr., 3-5) vs. (3) Tom Wurster (Clarion, jr., 19-8).

285: The 2016 bronze medalist, Ridgway senior Colton McClain (23-3), is the top seed. Port junior Brock Veilleux (1-21), seeded 15th, opens against No. 2 Timmy McCauley (Cranberry, jr., 14-5).
AML: (4) Billy Morrison (OV, sr., 14-8) vs. (13) Thomas McGuire (Kane, sr., 7-6), with the winner to face (5) Nick Knowles (Sheffield, so., 20-8); (7) Brendon Dickenson (Smethport, sr., 16-7) vs. (10) Jeff Gunn (Coudy, jr., 11-18); (9) Zach Hodgdon (Johnsonburg, jr., 6-13) vs. (8) Hayden Thompson (Brockway, so., 10-9); (11) Timmy Hasselman (CC, fr., 2-14) vs. (6) Colby Whitehill (Brookville, fr., 8-2). Veilleux lost via decision to Hodgdon and Morrison, and was pinned by McClain, Gunn, and Dickenson in league action.

Port A soccer continues stellar start

GIRLS:
Port Allegany 4, Smethport 0
Port Allegany 4, ECC 2
Port Allegany 2, Kane 0

Chalk up three more in the win column for the Port Allegany girls soccer team.
The Lady Gators (7-1, 3-0 UAVSL North) continued to explore uncharted territory last week, running their program-best winning streak to seven games with victories over Smethport, Elk County Catholic, and Kane.

On Monday, Port downed their rivals from Hubberville by the same 4-0 count as earlier in the season, with Autumn Buchsenschutz finding the net twice, freshmen Cailey Barnett and Tara Briggs also scoring. Goalkeeper Brianna Roys made four saves to pick up her second career shutout.

Wednesday’s game was a close call, with the visiting Lady Crusaders holding the edge on the scoreboard for most of the cloudy afternoon. But as the sun came out late in the second half, so did the Gator offense.

After Barnett leveled the score with a left-footed strike at 11:29, Evie Russell made her first career goal a huge one, knocking in the rebound from a corner kick with 4:44 remaining to give Port its first lead of the game. The Gator girls continued to apply pressure, adding an insurance goal at the 1:20 mark as Autumn Freer sent home a cross from Buchsenschutz.

“This was a great win. They’re in the upper echelon,” Port coach Travis Cowburn said.

Roys stopped eight shots, while Catherine Cerroni and McKayla Wilson scored and Mackenzie Cashmer made four saves for ECC.

Saturday was Senior Day at the Moose Park field, with Sydney Fitzsimmons, Lorilei Smith, and co-captains Buchsenschutz, Russell, and Kennedy Dates honored. The Gators celebrated with a 2-0 clean sheet over Kane, with Buchsenschutz notching her 15th goal of the season and junior Leah Garzel her first while Roys kept the Wolves at bay with three saves.

“Different people have been stepping up. I think that shows a lot of character for our team,” Cowburn said. “Looking for that spark, there’s not a one of them that isn’t able to give it. I think that’s what I’m most proud of, so far, anyway.”

This week’s schedule includes games at St. Marys on Wednesday and Genesee Valley (N.Y.) at 7 p.m Friday, with the rematch against Smethport (Sept. 28) the only contest on next week’s slate. Beyond that, a pair of matchups against unbeaten division co-leader Ridgway await in October.

While mentioning the Lady Elkers as the “top of the heap” in the UAVSL North, Cowburn said, “I think it’s wide open. If we can hold it together, we can make a good run. If we get Katie Ernst back full-speed, we can make some noise. We’re hoping to, anyway.”

BOYS:
Port Allegany 4, ECC 1
Port Allegany 4, Smethport 1
Port Allegany 4, St. Marys 1

The Port Allegany boys prepared for Tuesday’s showdown against Coudersport with a trio of 4-1 victories last week, downing Elk County Catholic in a physical non-league contest on Tuesday before earning UAVSL North wins against Smethport and St. Marys.

On Tuesday, Brandon McCaslin scored the only goal of the first half against ECC, with Mackenzie Elliott heading home a direct kick by Bryce Baker 12 minutes into the second session to give the Gators a 2-0 lead.

With the game turning increasingly chippy, Elliott converted the second of two Port penalty kicks at the 16:42 mark before the Crusaders tallied late to avoid the shutout.

“I don’t think either team played particularly well. It was an ugly game. Luckily we scored four goals in a bad game,” Port coach Aaron Clark said. “I was proud we kept our composure.”

Josh Mealy stopped four shots to earn the win in net, while Payton Caden notched his second goal in as many games with 0:23 left to cap off the scoring.

“Payton was great. He has flashes where he reminds me of Scotty Brookens at times,” Clark said. “He works hard out there. It’s nice to see him rewarded for his effort.”

McCaslin scored twice, Elliott and David Talkington each added a goal, and Caden had three assists in Thursday’s win over Smethport, with Mealy making three saves. On Saturday, Elliott scored his seventh goal of the season to match McCaslin for the team lead, with Caden, Adam Doan and Leo McDowell also adding goals as the Gators earned the road win against the Dutch.

Following the Coudy game, a matchup between the last two UAVSL North champions, Port heads to Eisenhower on Thursday for a non-league contest against the Knights.

AML Week 4: Tide rolls

PORT ALLEGANY GATORS (0-4)

6

CURWENSVILLE GOLDEN TIDE (4-0)

63

Lori Chase
Sept. 22, 2016

Even in Port Allegany’s better football seasons, a matchup against Curwensville usually ended up as a loss on the Gators’ schedule. Port has only beaten the Golden Tide once since the Clearfield County team joined the Allegheny Mountain League in 1999, and never at Riverside Stadium, the site of this year’s contest.

That streak continued on Friday night, with the Tide rolling to five second-quarter touchdowns on the way to a 63-6 victory, remaining unbeaten at 4-0, while Port dropped to 0-4 in its run through the gauntlet of the AML South.

With team rushing leader Trey Stiles added to the injury report, the already-overmatched Gators were forced to send out as many as five freshmen at a time against the deep, physical Tide.

“I told them at halftime, it’s not fair you guys have to play,” coach Justin Bienkowski said of his first-year varsity players. “I didn’t mean that in a derogatory manner at all; I told them that it’s unfair that you’re asked to have to play against maybe not the best team in the league, but certainly as physical as the best team in the league. But they didn’t back down. They tried.”

Jake Kallenborn scored the first Gator touchdown touchdown of the season on a 15-yard run early in the fourth quarter, stopping an 18-quarter scoreless streak that dated back to the first quarter of last year’s District 9 playoff game against Kane.

“The kids were excited,” Bienkowski said, “and they should have been. I was proud of them, happy that they were able to see some kind of success.”

For the game, the junior quarterback was 8-of-18 for 117 yards and an interception, with Devin Gustin (five catches, 60 yards) and Jared Mahon (2-53) his favorite targets. Curwensville’s Bryce Timko went 5-for-6 with three touchdowns, while standout running back Nick Stewart added 161 yards and three scores on the ground.

With the crossover part of the schedule finally in the rear view mirror, the Gators enter AML North play with the same 0-0 division record as the other five teams, which collectively managed just one win in 24 games against the South. Bienkowski reminded his team of that fact after the game, telling them, “We have just as much right to win the North as any of the other five teams do, because that’s the only record that counts.”

The defending division champs begin defending their title with a trip to Otto-Eldred on Friday night. The Terrors are also 0-4, but threw a scare into Bradford last week before the Class AAAA school managed to escape with a 14-6 win.

“They couldn’t hit any big plays, but they drove the ball,” Bienkowski said after watching the game film.

O-E running back Seth Drummond is a definite threat despite continuing to battle the lingering effects of a knee injury which ended his junior season, and the Gators will also have to be wary of the pass-catch combination of Drummond’s younger brother, Sawyer, and ends Grant West and Garret Babcock.

“They’re struggling up front, so that will minimize some of the sheer overpower-up-the-middle type of glitches we’ve seen. It’ll be a fun night. We’ll look to play, look to compete for four quarters. Some type of productive football, unlike the first four weeks,” Bienkowski said.

“The message that I told the kids at the end of the game on Friday night was, not that we didn’t want to try to win these first four games, but we always want to be realistic. Now our goals is to put crooked numbers in the win column. We need to figure out a way to compete. We have to start trying to put together drives, change field position in our favor, not just bandage up our wounds and get through four quarters. We want to win.”

Score by quarters:
Port Allegany Gators 0 0 0 6 6
Curwensville Golden Tide 15 35 7 6 63

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
C (6:23) – Nick Stewart 2 run; Stewart run, 0-8
C (0:49) – Alec Opaliski 24 fumble return; Madison Weber kick, 0-15
Second Quarter
C (11:50) – Zach Marshall 29 pass from Bryce Timko; Weber kick, 0-22
C (10:06) – Avery Francisco 17 pass from Timko; Weber kick, 0-29
C (8:34) – Stewart 46 run; Weber kick, 0-36
C (6:37) – Caleb Withering 19 run; Weber kick, 0-43
C (5:29) – Eli Jacobs 20 pass from Timko; Weber kick, 0-50
Third Quarter
C (10:55) – Stewart 70 run; Weber kick, 0-57
Fourth Quarter
PA (10:01) – Jake Kallenborn 15 run; kick blocked, 6-57
C (1:20) – Blake Mozzarella 26 run; pass failed, 6-63

Team Statistics:
First downs: Port 12, Curwensville 15. Rushes-Yds: Port 25-14, Curwensville 23-246. C-A-I: Port 8-18-1, Curwensville 5-6-0. Passing yards: Port 117, Curwensville 90. Total offense: Port 131, Curwensville 336. Fumbles-Lost: Port 1-1, Curwensville 0-0. Punts-Avg: Port 3-28.3, Curwensville 0. Penalties-Yds: Port 10-70, Curwensville 5-35. Plays: Port 43, Curwensville 29.

PAHS sports briefs: Sept. 15

The Port Allegany soccer teams continued their successful start last week, with each team opening UAVSL play with a win and the Gator girls adding a pair of non-conference victories.
The volleyball team began its season with a split in North Tier League action, dropping its opener to Coudersport before rebounding to sweep Austin.

GIRLS SOCCER:
Port Allegany 6, St. Marys 1
Port Allegany 3, Eisenhower 1
Port Allegany 4, Wellsboro 1

Autumn Buchsenschutz,  who scored a team-best nine goals last season, has already surpassed that total just five games into the 2016 campaign. The senior midfielder netted a hat trick in all three games to move her total to 11 and maybe could’ve had more, but chose to pass to an open teammate on several occasions.

“Autumn Buchsenschutz can do anything in any sport. It takes a special person to be as unselfish as her. The sky’s the limit for her,” said Port coach Travis Cowburn, praising Buchsenschutz and fellow co-captains Kennedy Dates, Evie Russell, and Julia Young for their leadership.

Dates (1 goal, 1 assist), Shaylee Caulkins  (1 goal, 2 assists), and Tara Briggs (goal) each found the net in Port’s home opener on Tuesday, with Caulkins also opening the scoring at Wellsboro on Saturday morning.

Junior goalkeeper Brianna Roys has stepped seamlessly into the lineup, replacing graduated four-year starter Laura Fox. She hasn’t allowed more than one goal in any game, stopping 11 shots against the Dutch, seven at Eisenhower, and 16 against Wellsboro.

“I’ve always said you have to be half-crazy to want to play goalie, and she says, ‘I fit the bill,'” Cowburn said, chuckling. “She’s coming out at all the right times, she’s doing real well. Her throws are even better than her kicks, which you don’t see very often in high school soccer. She’s making good decisions.”

Port was slated to travel to Smethport on Monday, then host Elk County Catholic on Wednesday.

Looking forward to the rest of the UAVSL slate, Cowburn said, “We knew the division would be weak with the exception of Ridgway. They’re going to be outstanding. But right now, it looks like the division is wide open. We’ll know in a couple of weeks.”

Are the Gators in that mix?

“We’re a lot better than I thought we would be after our first couple of scrimmages,” Cowburn said. “Maybe we’ll make some noise. Who knows?”

BOYS SOCCER:
Port Allegany 10, Kane 0

After two tough tourney tilts to open the season, the Gator boys used Thursday’s UAVSL contest to give their reserves significant playing time.

Brandon McCaslin led the Port offense with a hat trick, Mackenzie Elliott and Howie Stuckey each scored twice, and Payton Caden, Calvin Burleson and Tyler Lashway also found the net against the overmatched Wolves. Josh Mealy and Adam Doan combined for the one-save shutout.

Port was scheduled to host Elk County Catholic on Tuesday and Smethport on Thursday  before traveling to St. Marys for an 11 a.m. start on Saturday, leading into a much-anticipated showdown with Coudersport on Sept. 20.

VOLLEYBALL:

Coudersport,  which dethroned the Gators atop the NTL last season, looks poised to repeat. The powerful Falcons swept Port in last Tuesday’s opener, 25-14, 25-10, 25-13.

On Friday, Port returned the favor against visiting Austin, with Kierra Keck pounding out 11 kills, five aces and two blocks while Mira Terrette dealt out 24 assists in the Gators’ 25-23, 25-19, 25-18 sweep. Hannah Lathrop (nine kills) and Erin Stauffer (five kills) also contributed to the Gator offense.

Port visited Northern Potter on Tuesday before hosting league co-leader Otto-Eldred on Thursday evening.

Rovers run past Gators

BROCKWAY ROVERS (3-0)

72

PORT ALLEGANY GATORS (0-3)

0

Lori Chase
Sept. 15, 2016

Injuries left an already-thin Port Allegany football roster scrambling against one of the best teams in District 9 on Friday night, with the results showing on the Gator Field scoreboard in Brockway’s 72-0 Allegheny Mountain League crossover win.

The deep, talented Rovers (3-0) entered the week tied for third in the D9Sports.com Top 10, behind only Kane and Class AAAA DuBois, and they’ll likely move up following their third dominating victory in a row and the Beavers’ loss to Meadville.

“Mad respect for their program. They’re just a better team than us right now,” said Port coach Justin Bienkowski. “We were at the top of the mountain. Now we’re at the bottom and we have to work our way back up. But I’m super proud of my guys, of the way they continue to battle. That scoreboard is not a sign of the character we have. I firmly believe that.”

Mark Latuska, a 1,000-yard rusher last year, led the Brockway attack with three touchdown runs. The 6-2, 220-pound senior punched in two short scores in the first quarter, then showed breakaway speed on a 90-yard sprint down the visitors’ sideline on his final carry of the game.

The Rovers took advantage of five first-half Gator turnovers to build a commanding 50-0 lead at the break, and began substituting freely during the second quarter.

“I told them at halftime, you’re going to have rough times, but this sport will teach you that you’ve got to keep coming back. I firmly believe that, and I’m proud of our guys for trying to become better,” Bienkowski said.

“We’re 0-3. It shouldn’t taste good. We shouldn’t be okay with it. But at the end of the day, it’s a game. It’s a high school sport where you’re making some friendships and gaining some respect for each other. That’s what we’re taking from it. We’ll come back and try to get better.”

The Gator coaching staff already knew they’d struggle to replace the seven AML all-stars lost to graduation this spring, but the task got even more difficult when both starting quarterback Daniel Jordan and two-way lineman Jesse Rush, one of just three returning starters, were sidelined.

Jake Kallenborn, seeing his first action at quarterback since early in his freshman season, completed 8-of-16 passes for 65 yards with three interceptions. Hunter Kisko, a 5-9, 160-pound freshman, took over for the injured Rush at center, often giving up close to 100 pounds to the Brockway defensive linemen.

“Hunter Kisko fumbled the first snap, could’ve very well checked out, but he played his tail off for us,” Bienkowski said. “As a freshman, playing against one of the best teams in Class AA.”

It doesn’t get any easier this week, when the Gators wrap up their crossover schedule by making the long drive to Curwensville to play the always-tough Golden Tide.

“It’s a challenge. We’ve got to be able to travel and play on the road. It’s always been a tough place to play. We’ve never beaten Curwensville down there since they entered the AML; we were fortunate enough to play them up here during our glory years.

“They’re a good team. Physical. We know what they’re going to do, we know they’ve got Nick Stewart and we know he’s going to run the ball. We just have to figure out a way to stop him.”

At Port Allegany, Sept. 9:

Score by quarters:
Brockway Rovers 29 21 15 7 72
Port Allegany Gators 0 0 0 0 0

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
B (11:42) – LeCates 24 pass from Miller (1 play, 24 yds); Esposito kick, 7-0
B (5:01) – LeCates 10 run (9 plays, 79 yds); LeCates pass from Esposito, 15-0
B (4:03) – Latuska 4 run (2 plays, 4 yds); Esposito kick, 22-0
B (0:05) – Latuska 1 run (3 plays, 57 yds); Esposito kick, 29-0
Second Quarter
B (9:27) – Latuska 90 run (1 play, 90 yds); Esposito kick, 36-0
B (5:44) – Miller 2 run (5 plays, 55 yds); Esposito kick, 43-0
B (0:35) – Serafini 10 run (4 plays, 50 yds); Esposito kick, 50-0
Third Quarter
B (9:23) – Jo. Wood 31 pass from Downer (5 plays, 54 yds); B. Smith pass from Inzana, 58-0
B (1:03) – Inzana 1 run (9 plays, 68 yds); Puhala kick, 65-0
Fourth Quarter
B (1:10) – Glasl 4 run (10 plays, 81 yds); Puhala kick, 72-0

Team Statistics:
First downs: Brockway 25, Port 10. Rushes-Yds: Brockway 28-331, Port 31-27. C-A-I: Brockway 15-22-1, Port 8-16-3. Passing yards: Brockway 243, Port 65. Total offense: Brockway 574, Port 92. Fumbles-Lost: Brockway 0-0, Port 4-3. Punts-Avg: Brockway 0, Port 4-27.3. Penalties-Yds: Brockway 6-70, Port 3-30. Plays: Brockway 50, Port 47.

Other AML Results:
Bradford 76, Cameron County 12
Kane 43, Coudersport 8
Ridgway 38, Smethport 0
Curwensville 43, Sheffield 0
Elk County Catholic 31, Otto-Eldred 0
(game called at half due to weather)