Bison Are Runner-up Team at 8th Annual Bison Duals; Montoursville Cruises to Title

HYDE — Despite the treacherous weather to portions of the state on Friday in to Saturday, nine of the 13 teams slated for the 8th Annual Bison Duals were in attendance at Clearfield Area Junior-Senior High School on Saturday.

When three teams (Altoona, Penn Cambria, and Southern Huntingdon) were forced to pull out on Friday, the tourney had to be re-drawn. Then, when one team (Valley), just didn’t show up Saturday morning, the tourney once again had to be re-figured.

Basically, the Duals became six rounds of pool action, which set up the teams for the medal round of matches.

The host Bison went 4-0 in pool play, which slated them in the championship finals against the 2015 Bison Dual runners-up, Montoursville, which was also 4-0 in pool matches.

Clearfield defeated Port Allegany 57-16, James M. Coughlin 63-15, General McLane (the 2015 champions) 46-21, and Curwensville 64-15 to reach their first finals since 2011.

The dual meet against Port marked the 1,000th all-time in Bison wrestling history. The Bison wrestling all-time record currently stands at 755-240-9, according to Jessica Shirey, secretary for the Clearfield wrestling program.

Because of the (un)luck of the draw, Curwensville (0-4) wrestled the top four finishers in the tourney and ended up having to settle for ninth place. In addition to Clearfield, their results were 64-12 against Montoursville, 66-8 against West Branch, and 61-14 against General McLane.

In the championship finals, Montoursville was unkind to their hosts and defeated the Bison 57-13 for their first Bison Duals crown.

The battle for third place was between the two 3-1 teams from pool matches – West Branch and General McLane. The Warriors won the team title in 2014, while the Lancers won last year. This year the tight battle went to West Branch 39-31.

Butler defeated Port Allegany 42-30 for fifth place and DuBois handled Coughlin 57-21 for seventh place.

Pool Results:

Round 1 – Montoursville 54 West Branch 15; Clearfield 57 Port Allegany 16; General McLane 43 Butler 23

Round 2 – Montoursville 64 Curwensville 8; Clearfield 63 Coughlin 15; General McLane 43 DuBois 31

Round 3 – West Branch 66 Curwensville 8; Port Allegany 33 Coughlin 21; Butler 40 DuBois 38

Round 4 – Montoursville 62 Port Allegany 12; West Branch 41 Butler 34; Clearfield 46 General McLane 21

Round 5 – Montoursville 50 DuBois 25; West Branch 63 Coughlin 7; General McLane 61 Curwensville 14

Round 6 – DuBois 42 Port Allegany 24; Butler 48 Coughlin 31; Clearfield 64 Curwensville 15

Clearfield (10-2)  will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Tyrone, while Curwensville will head to Brookville on the same night.

Bout by bout Results:
Clfd
Cur
195
Travis Ogden (Clearfield) over Jeff Harvey (Curwensville) (Fall 1:42)
6
0
220
Nate Lash (Clearfield Area Hs) FORFEIT
12
0
285
James Lee (Curwensville) over Hunter Bumbarger (Clearfield) (Fall 2:47)
12
6
106
Blake Passarelli (Curwensville) over Matt Ryan (Clearfield) (Dec 10-5)
12
9
113
Cole Smay (Clearfield Area Hs) FORFEIT
18
9
120
Jude Pallo (Clearfield) over Seth Woolcock (Curwensville) (MD 9-1)
22
9
126
Hunter Blake (Clearfield) over Dylan Meyers (Curwensville) (Fall 3:29)
28
9
132
Josiah McClarren (Clearfield) over Ethan Collins (Curwensville) (Fall 1:20)
34
9
138
Logan Gilbert (Clearfield) over Logan Charles (Curwensville) (Fall 0:47)
40
9
145
Tallin Norris (Clearfield) over Jordan Peters (Curwensville) (Fall 1:45)
46
9
152
Zane Morgan (Clearfield) over Nick Hecei (Curwensville) (Fall 0:55)
52
9
160
Shae Bloom (Curwensville) over Hunter Wright (Clearfield) (Fall 5:00)
52
15
170
Luke McGonigal (Clearfield) over Tristan Bressler (Curwensville) (Fall 0:45)
58
15
182
Levi Wisor (Clearfield) over Hunter Lancaster (Curwensville) (Fall 2:34)
64
15

 

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