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Sweigart, Smith named TVL All-Stars

Indians’ duo recognized as All-Stars

Juniata Casey Smith, right, finished his opening season at 28-11 at 106 pounds, advancing to the Class 3A Regional in Altoona.

MIFFLINTOWN – Two Juniata grapplers earned selections on the 2020 Tri-Valley League All-Star Wrestling team.

Indian freshman Casey Smith (106) and sophomore Cameron Sweigart (120) made the squad after both advanced to the Northwest Regionals in Class 3A.

Smith capped off a solid rookie season with a 28-11 record and a fourth-place finish at the District 6 Class 3A championships. Smith was 2-2 at the NW regionals.

“Casey wrestled tough all season. I believe he weighed in at around 94 pounds, so he was giving up 16 pounds, almost 20 percent of his body weight,” Juniata co-coach Adam Barrick said. “He toughed it out and consistently won matches all season as the smaller wrestler. We will work on getting him up to size for next season. Casey as a full-size 106-pounder will be very dangerous to anyone.”

Sweigart improved on last season when he went 15-10 and didn’t get out of districts as a freshman. This year, he finished with a 28-10 record and placed fourth at districts before going 2-2 at regionals. The Indian sophomore is 43-20 for his career.

Sentinel photo by WILLIAM WHISLER
Juniata’s Cameron Sweigart, top, advanced to the Northwest Class 3A Regional in Altoona. Sweigart finished the season 28-10 at 120 pounds. Sweigart is 43-20 in two seasons.

“Cameron stepped up this year. We got to see a lot more of what we suspect from the sophomore this season,” Barrick said. “I believe he had his best performance during the postseason. We saw him do the little things right that we’ve been trying to correct all season. All of his losses except one were by decision. He has to take those close matches and learn from them next season.”

Juniata ended the season 9-10 overall and 2-3 in the TVL.

“We are very happy with the season both underclassmen had. We got to see their best wrestling here at the end which means they peaked at the right time,” Barrick said. “Both guys wrestled tough at regionals battling through the loser’s bracket. Hopefully, this sets the tone for them and the rest of our young team. They have a bright future on the mat.”

Line Mountain led the league with six all-stars, including state qualifiers Matty Collier, Blake Wirt, Jacob Feese and Dominick Bridi. Newport is next with five, Susquenita and the Indians had two, with Halifax and Upper Dauphin getting one each. Nine TVL wrestlers were state qualifiers in 2020.

Ethan Rode of Newport won TVL Wrestler of the Year and Line Mountain’s Chuck Johnson is TVL Coach of the Year.

Rode was 42-5 and placed fourth in the state his senior season. He ends his career with a 121-31 record.

Under Johnson, the Eagles won the league with a 5-0 mark. Line Mountain ended the season 19-4 and second in District 4 Class 2A to Southern Columbia. The Eagles lost to Montoursville and Saucon Valley in the PIAA Duals.

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