GROVE CITY — Sophomore 126-pounder Jake Lancaster’s charge through the wrestlebacks to earn third place and senior heavyweight Brad Stubbs’ school-record seven-second pin were the brightest highlights for Curwensville in the 30th Annual Fred Bell Memorial Tournament at Grove City High School Friday and Saturday.
Pinned in just 39 seconds by Conneaut’s Kyle Lukowich in the preliminary round, Lancaster bounced back to reel off six wins, four via falls.
The Golden Tide matman avenged his loss by beating Lukowich 2-0 in the consolation semifinals and followed that up by decking Redbank Valley’s Mitch Blose at the 1:53 mark of the third-place match.
Earlier, Lancaster rolled through the consy rounds with falls against Trevor Fowler of Mercer in 2:10, Trevor Williams of Lakeview in 44 seconds and Riley Gunter of Clarion in 27 seconds after advancing via default over Brandon Mackie of St. Marys.
“I was really happy with Jake Lancaster’s performance,” Curwensville coach Duane Wriglesworth said. “We had talked about where he thought he could finish, and he said he wanted to finish at least third.
“So, I was really pleased with how he mentally prepared himself for that tournament. And to come back and beat the kid he lost to shows the determination he had.”
Stubbs etched his name in the Golden Tide record book when he pinned Conneaut’s Brian Lipps in the quarterfinals.
The previous record was a nine-second fall by Dave Riddle in 1970.
Stubbs, who was seeded No. 2, appeared on his way to the finals with a late 9-5 lead against Sharpsville’s Kaleb Robertson in the semis, but overaggressiveness in the neutral position cost him. Robertson, the No. 3 seed, countered a throw attempt for two-and-three.
Stubbs escaped to send the bout into overtime, only to have Robertson secure the takedown for a 12-10 sudden victory.
“Stubbs injured his shoulder when Robertson fell on him in the third period, and I think that injury held him back,” Wriglesworth said. “Robertson was a quality opponent, and he just made an aggressive mistake.”
Stubbs defaulted after one minute of his consolation semi bout with Ben Carillo of Redbank Valley and did not wrestle against Jonathan Hennegan of Mercer in the fifth-place match.
Curwensville had one other placewinner, Sam Bressler finishing fifth at 113 with a 6-1 decision over Kaleb Chase of Titusville after splitting four previous matches.
The Golden Tide sophomore got off to an impressive start, rolling up a 16-0 technical fall against Adam Dosch of Lakeview and then lateral dropping No. 3 seed Nathan Kline of Cochranton right to his back for a 1:26 fall.
“That definitely was a confidence-booster for him and put him in the semis,” Wriglesworth said.
Bressler lost his next two bouts, 6-2 to Stroudsburg’s Manny Flores and 7-1 to Northwestern’s Bruce Copeland before beating Chase.
Tyler Mays (4-2) at 120 and Trey McKenzie (3-2) at 145 also had winning records while Austin Pollick (2-2)
“It was good to see Mays have a good run through the consolation bracket,” Wriglesworth said. “He was one match away from placing.
“As a team, we definitely had a much better performance than last year.”
The Golden Tide collected 75 points to place 11th among the 27 teams.
Led by a trio of champions and four runners-up, General McLane amassed 258.5 points to claim the title, while Redbank Valley was a distant second with 222.5.
Four District 9 wrestlers won crowns, Redbank Valley’s Willis Gruver at 113 and Ty Haines at 145 and Coudersport’s Cody Bova at 138 and Kyle Bova at 152.
Other champions were Joe Wheeling of General McLane at 106, Jones Reaugh of Jamestown at 120, D.J. Feldman of Warren at 126, Shane Gentry of South Side at 132, Ossie Bowers of General McLane at 160, Austin Andrews of Cochranton at 170, Chris Laird of General McLane at 182, Dan Geer of Franklin at 195, Cam Cyphert of Cochranton at 220, Sam Breese of Lakeview at 285.
Outstanding Wrestler honors went to Gentry for five falls, all in the first or second periods.
Curwensville (6-10) will return to dual meet action Thursday at Moshannon Valley.
The Golden Tide was scheduled to host Philipsburg-Osceola Tuesday, but that match has been postponed because the Mounties are wrestling Bald Eagle Area in the District 6 Class AAA Team Duals.
TEAM STANDINGS AND KEY: 1. General McLane, 258.5 points; 2. Redbank Valley, 222.5; 3. Stroudsburg, 188; 4. Cochranton, 157; 5. Franklin, 118.5; 6. Jamestown, 116.5; 7. St. Marys, 99; 8. Seneca Valley, 98; 9. Lakeview, 97; 10. Mercer, 92; 11. Curwensville, 75; 12. Titusville, 73.5; 13. (tie) Coudersport and South Side Beaver, 73; 15. Grove City, 68; 16. Northwestern, 67.5; 17. Sharpsville, 64.5; 18. (tie) Conneaut and Hickory, 62; 20. Warren, 57.5; 21. Clarion, 41; 22. Oil City, 36; 23. Commodore Perry, 31; 24. Laurel, 30.5; 25. Cambridge Springs, 25.5; 26. Keystone, 21; 27. West Middlesex, 18.
106 - Joe Wheeling, General McLane, major dec. Evan Clayton, Lakeview, 14-2.
113 - Willis Gruver, Redbank Valley, pinned Manny Flores, Stroudsburg, 4:20.
120 - Jonas Reaugh, Jamestown, dec. Matt Wheeler, Northwesteren, 2-1.
126 - D.J. Fehlman, Warren, dec. Kellar Watkins, General McLane, 8-3.
132 - Shane Gentry, South Side Beaver, pinned Nick Floch, Jamestown, :57.
138 - Cody Bova, Coudersport, injury default over Ken Stoll, General McLane.
145 - Ty Haines, Redbank Valley, pinned Taylor Ellis, Conneaut, :57.
152 - Kyle Bova, Coudersport, pinned Dakota Geer, Franklin, 1:15.
160 - Ossie Bowers, General McLane, dec. Connor Payne, South Side Beaver, 6-5.
170 - Austin Andrews, Cochranton, dec. Tyler Hendricks, General McLane, 6-5.
182 - Chris Laird, General McLane, dec. Joey Hines, Hickory, 10-5.
195 - Dan Geer, Franklin, dec. Jake Baker, General McLane, 4-2 (OT).
220 – Cam Cyphert, Cochranton, pinned Keamus Schulen, Jamestown, :47.
285 - Sam Breese, Lakeview, pinned Kaleb Robertson, Sharpsville, 3:07.
CONSOLATION FINALS (THIRD-PLACE)
106 - Jake Jones, Stroudsburg, pinned Justin Walter, Hickory, 1;59.
113 - Bruce Copeland, Northwestern, dec. Nathan Kline, Cochranton, 6-2.
120 - Shane Jones, Stroudsburg, dec. Nick Zoria, Seneca Valley, 4-0.
126 - Jake Lancaster, Curwensville, pinned Mitch Blose, Redbank Valley, 1:53.
132 - Dean Twitchell, General McLane, pinned Hunter Cook, Franklin, 2:30.
138 - Brian Morales, Stroudsburg, dec. Rodney Brandt, Mercer, 7-5.
145 - Trey Maher, Grove City, dec. Austin Leon, Seneca Valley, 3-1.
152 - Jake Jakobson, Stroudsburg, dec. Mike Sutton, General McLane, 1-0.
160 - Cole Shirey, Redbank Valley, dec. Ehrin Lee, Titusville, 7-2.
170 - Ben BuCher, Sharpsville, dec. Christopher Matthews, Franklin, 2-1.
182 - Aaron Hook, Redbank Valley, dec. Joe Palmisano, Stroudsburg, 5-0.
195 - Matt Borden, Stroudsburg, pinned Luke Hinderliter, Redbank Valley, 4:37.
220 - Ian Mallory, General McLane, dec. Cal Haines, Redbank Valley, 7-2.
285 - Cody Cooper, Stroudsburg, dec. Ben Carillo, Redbank Valley, 4-2.
CONSOLATION FINALS (FIFTH PLACE)
105 - Preston Hoover, Mercer, pinned Raymond Dent, St. Marys, 3:57.
113 - Sam Bressler, Curwensville, dec. Kaleb Chase, Titusville, 6-1.
120 - Tanner Altobelli, Redbank Valley, major dec. Kenny Bable, Grove City, 14-6.
126 - Kyle Lukowich, Conneaut, pinned Jared Morrison, Cochranton, :57.
132 - Luke Walter, Grove City, dec. Kyle Pecht, St. Marys, 4-3.
138 - Tony Leonard, Commodore Perry, pinned Brad Carlini, Cochranton, 4:15.
145 - R.J. Boozer, Cochranton, injury default over Alex Shaffer, Mercer.
152 - Chet Simoni, Grove City, dec. Caleb Peterson, Cochranton, 11-5.
160 - Ryan Northcutt, Cochranton, dec. Trent Zdark, Oil City, 6-1.
170 - Brandon Bailey, Redbank Valley, injury default over Dalton Rosta, Laurel.
182 - Joey McLaughlin, St. Marys, injury default over Forest Tuttle, Coudersport.
195 - Zach Sintobin, Clarion, pinned Jason Shappee, Jamestown, 3:18.
220 - Gary Fledderman, St. Marys, pinned Tyler Miller, Seneca Valley, 4:01.
285 - Jonathan Hennegan, Mercer, injury default over Brad Stubbs, Curwensville.
Results for other Curwensville wrestlers:
113 - Copeland, Northwestern, dec. Bressler, Curwensville, 7-1.
126 - Lancaster, Curwensville, dec. Lukowich, Conneaut, 2-0.
285 - Carillo, Redbank Valley, injury default over Stubbs, Curwensville, 1:00.
113 - Flores, Stroudsburg, dec. Bressler, Curwensville, 6-2.
285 - Robertson, Sharpsville, dec. Stubbs, Curwensville, 12-10 (SV).
120 - Nick Zoria, Seneca Valley, pinned Tyler Mays, Cur, 4:20.
126 - Lancaster, Cur, pinned Riley Gunter, Clarion, :27.
182 - Aaron Hook, Redbank Valley, major dec. Austin Pollick, Cur, 9-0.
CONSOLATION FOURTH ROUND
120 - Mays, Curwensville, dec. Nicholas Moss, Conneaut, 5-4.
126 - Lancaster, Curwensville, pinned Trevor Williams, Lakeview, :44.
145 - Boozer, Cochranton, dec. Trey McKenzie, Curwensville, 2-0.
182 - Pollick, Curwensville, pinned Chris McNeal, Warren, 3:00.
113 - Bressler, Curwensville, pinned Kline, Sharpsville, 1:26.
285 - Stubbs, Curwensville, pinned Brian Lipps, Conneaut, :07.
CONSOLATION THIRD ROUND
120 - Mays, Curwensville, tech fall over Dreux Harper, Franklin, 16-0 (4:25>0
126 - Lancaster, Curwensville, pinned Trevor Fowler, Mercer, 2:10.
145 - McKenzie, Curwensville, injury default over Harley Peterson, Laurel.
182 - Pollick, Curwensville, pinned Kyle Canon, Lakeview, 2:40.
CONSOLATION SECOND ROUND
106 - Nathan Spielvogel, Franklin, dec. Jake Koptchak, Curwensville, 12-8.
120 - Mays, Curwensville, pinned John Herrmann, Commodore Perry, :28.
126 - Lancaster, Curwensville, won by forfeit over Brandon Mackie, St. Marys.
132 - Dalton Burns, Titusville, pinned Brandon Sass, Curwensville, 4:27.
138 - Joey Pagliaroli, Sharpsville, tech fall over Shawn Ebersole, Curwensville, 16-0 (2:23).
145 - McKenzie, Curwensville, pinned Zachary Carter, Titusville, 2:23.
152 – Garrett Morgan, Jamestown, pinned Dakota Royer, Curwensville, 1:25.
170 - Brad Hensler, Seneca Valley, dec. Nate Wriglesworth, Curwensville, 7-1.
220 – Joshua Ebright, Cambridge Springs, dec. A.J. Bloom, Curwensville, 2-1.
CHAMPIONSHIP PRELIMINARY ROUND
106 - Jones, Stroudsburg, pinned Koptchak, Curwensville, 1:14.
113 - Bressler, Curwensville, tech fall over Adam Dosch, Lakeview, 16-0 (3:24).
120 - Jake Heim, Lakeview, dec. Mays, Curwensville, 6-1.
126 - Lukowich, Conneaut, pinned Lancaster, Curwensville, :39.
145 - T. Haines, Redbank Valley, tech fall over McKenzie, Curwensville, 23-8 (5:50).
170 - Andrews, Cochranton, dec. Wriglesworth, Curwensville, 7-0.
182 – Tuttle, Coudersport, dec. Pollick, Curwensville, 3-0.
220 - Fledderman, St. Marys, pinned Bloom, Curwensville, :40.
285 - Stubbs, Curwensville, won by forfeit over Mark Brenizer, Jamestown.
CHAMPIONSHIP PIGTAIL ROUND
120 – Seth Johnson, Warren, dec. Mays, Curwensville, 14-9.
126 - Lukowich, Con, pinned Lancaster, Curwensville, :39.
132 - Gentry, South Side Beaver, pinned Sass, Curwensville, 3:07.
138 - Easton Hogue, Titusville, pinned Ebersole, Curwensville, 1:01.
145 - McKenzie, Curwensville, dec. Dan Wiesen, South Side Beaver, 3-1.
152 - Keshon Truitt, Redbank Valley, pinned Royer, Curwensville, 3:25.