Indians stack on pins in TVL victory

NEWPORT – Indian grapplers piled up pins at a fast and furious pace against Newport during their final Tri-Valley League dual meet Wednesday.

Five of the first six bouts were ended by Juniata falls – four of which came in the first period – as the visitors headed home with a 48-30 victory.

The outcome reversed a prior meeting this year between the two teams at a Juniata tournament, which the Buffaloes won 42-35.

“Our guys showed up ready to wrestle and rose to the occasion,” Juniata coach Mike Robinson said. “We avenged some losses from the last time we wrestled Newport.”

Cole Kellison got things rolling at 145 with a quick pin of Mason Arbogast at the 1:48 mark of the opening to match gave the Big Red a quick 6-0 lead. Jared Benner followed that with one of the best matches of the night as he and Colby Stroup put a thrilling back and forth tussle.

Benner lead 5-0 after the first period on the strength of a takedown and three back points, but Stroup picked up a takedown and a trio of back points of his own to start the second and the 5-5 score held to the third.

Stroup went ahead 7-5 on reversal before being penalized a point for stalling. The two then traded a pair of reversals before Benner showed Stroup the lights with only 6.5 seconds remaining.

“You have to give Benner all the credit in the world,” Robinson said. “He took on one of Newport’s best. We were hoping to get that match to see were we stand going to post season, and it worked out well. He did a great job.”

“We knew that 152 bout would be a critical one,” Newport coach Mike Capozzoli said. “I don’t exactly know what happened at the end whether (Stroup) got hit in the gut or what.”

Josh Clinton’s second period pin of Jefry Galeas at 160 put Newport on the board at 12-6, but Derek Beitz (170), Taylor Foster (182) and Ty Treaster (195) delivered lighting fast pins as each took less than a minute to subdue their Buffalo foes.

August Snyder’s win by fall at 220 stopped the Buffalo bleeding, and Josh Bower’s pin made the score 30-18 as the lineup rolled over to the lightweights.

However, Juniata’s Tylynn Miller felled Jordan Frey to quash the Buffalo momentum.

“I can’t say enough good things about Miller,” Robinson said. “He really stepped it up for us tonight.”

Newport’s Ben Clay defeated Cole Walters 8-3 at 113 to cut the Indians’ edge to 36-21, and teammate Patrick O’Toole pinned Zack Snyder late in the first period to put Newport with striking distance at 36-27.

“Clay and O’Toole have been delivering solid performances for us. We have spots in the lineup we know we have to win in order to be successful,” Capozzoli said.

Unfortunately for Newport not enough of those spots delivered.

Kobe Benner’s second period pin of Drew Paden clinched the match for the visitors.

Indian Richie Gilson’s win by fall at 132 put the icing on the cake. It was the eighth Juniata pin of the night, and the fifth occurring in the first period of a bout as he needed only 30 seconds to hogtie Ian Ritzman.

Newport had the last word as Dalton Klinger defeated Dylan Feltman 8-4, rallying back from a 4-3 early deficit to make the final margin 48-30.

The win marks the final regular season dual meet for Juniata, which must wait and see if it qualifies for the District 6 Class AA dual meet tournament.