Local teams duke it out at Juniata Duals

MIFFLINTOWN – Mount Union was on the precipice of winning Pool A at the Juniata Duals Saturday, but when the Trojans took on host Juniata, it turned out pool play would not end that simply.

Taking an undefeated record into its final pool period, the Mount Union wrestling team needed just a win against scrappy Juniata (2-1), but found out the hard way that the Indians were not to be an easy task. Mount Union fell to the tournament hosts, 41-28, which meant that the three teams in Pool A (Mount Union, Juniata and Towanda) all had a 3-1 record.

From there, after taking into account all three teams’ scores and fall points, it was decided that despite the loss, Mount Union would wrestle in the championship round against Pool B leader Biglerville.

Towanda was next, playing Freedom for third and fourth place, while the Indians battled for fifth against Hamburg, despite their 3-1 record.

Coming into the duals, Mount Union had lost only one match all season, but on Saturday, the Trojans hit some bad luck in their last two matches. Most importantly, the Trojans lost in their attempt at the Juniata Duals Championship, falling 53-18 to a determined team from Biglerville.

In the loss, the Trojans picked up wins from Tyler Foor, defeating Ryan Kuhn at 2:46, Kord Aurand via a forfeit and Philip Kyle with a pin over Nate Mentzer.

“After the three wins we went flat,” Mount Union coach Corey Wertz said. “I am very disappointed in the last three matches. I don’t know what happened.”

For Juniata, the result was quite different after its victory against Mount Union, as it went into its contest against Hamburg and pulled out a hard-fought 38-24 victory. It would be a victory that wasn’t decided until the final three matches, as Dylan Feltman (126) toughed out a decision over Dylan Miller, 16-11. At 132, Adam Barrick kept it going with a 7-2 decision over Chris Kummerer, and finishing off the day on a strong note was 138-pounder Luke Nanna, who pulled out a 5-1 decision over Nick Oswald.

“We ended up on the day at 4-1 and we’re pleased with that. It could have been a little bit better. We had Towanda match in hand and we could have went 5-0 but we’re right back in there Monday working on it,” Juniata coach Mike Robinson said. “We have district duals coming up and I think we are setting in well. Mount Union has a great squad and great talent so they came in this tournament with one loss and we had a great match with them.”

In the Indians’ matchup against Mount Union, Luke Nana pinned Curtis Jury at the 1:25 mark, Sean Heggs pinned Brian Nemyo and Patrick Fitzgerald pinned Philip Kyle at 1:46.

Tylynn Miller picked up the forfeit for Juniata at the 106-pound match.

Also picking up points for the Indians were 152-pounder Jared Benner, defeating Tyler Long by a 5-2 decision, Derek Beitz (160) took a strong decision over Dylan Smith, 5-3, and Tyler Hershey picked up a victory at 182 with a decision over Darrian Stapleton, 6-2. In the lighter weights, 120-pounder Richie Gilson won a 12-2 major decision over Tyler Foor and 132 pound Adam Barrick took an 8-0 major decision over Kord Aurand.

On the Trojans’ end, Mount Union got strong performances from 170-pounder Cory Kylor, who picked up a major decision over Taylor Foster, 16-7.

Pins were aplenty for Mount Union as well as the Trojans got a six-point effort from Devon Kylor (195) pinning Ty Treaster at 2:15. At 285, Nikolas Smith pinned Brendan McDonough, 5:03, Sage Moist (113) pinned Cole Walters, and at 126, Jake Boozel pinned Justin Reid just 30 seconds into their bout.

In earlier round action, Mount Union looked strong, picking up its first victory of the day against Trinity. In the contest, the Trojans out muscled the Shamrocks, 60-21.

Mount Union kept things rolling right along defeating fourth place Towanda, 43-21.

In its final tune-up before going head-to-head against Juniata, Mount Union improved to 3-0 with a 51-24 victory over Mount Carmel.

On Juniata’s route to a 4-1 afternoon, the Indians started off in dominating fashion, defeating Mount Carmel, 66-5.

Juniata’s second match of the day also proved to be a victorious one, winning a 54-24 match over Trinity.

Juniata’s only blemish of the day came against Towanda, as the Indians fell, 31-27. It was a match where the Indians led for much of the match before Towanda ended the match on fire, rattling off enough to drop them into the once-beaten column.

After its victory against the Trojans, the Indians went right back at it, defeating Hamburg and ending the match on a positive note.