Clearfield Turns Punxy Into Ground Chuck

PUNXSUTAWNEY – The Bison took on the Chucks Friday night, and in less than an hour they were shaking hands. Of the 10 matches wrestled, seven were pins, and nine counted for bonus points. Clearfield received four forfeits, but the 24 point lead wouldn’t have made a difference in the outcome.

The match started in traditional style at 106 where Bison freshman Angelo Maines (2-6) took down Punxy’s Jacob Good. Maines used eight takedowns and an escape to defeat Good 17-7. With the major decision, Clearfield was up 4-0.

Then the Bison received three forfeits in a row, before 126-pound Bison senior Matt Ryan (6-1) bumped up to 132 to wrestle Punxy’s Dan Smith. It only took Ryan 1:08 to take down Smith, turn him and pin him. This put the match up to 28-0, Clearfield.

At 138, Bison junior Jude Pallo (4-2) bumped up to 138 to wrestle Punxy’s Jake Skarbek, in the closest match of the evening. Pallo jumped ahead with a takedown, but gave up an escape and Skarbek got his own takedown to be up 3-2 at the end of the first period. Pallo chose bottom and reversed Skarbek to make the match 4-3, Pallo. To begin the third period, Skarbek chose bottom. Skarbek was turned for two near fall points before getting a reversal and two near fall points of his own off of an elbow roll. Pallo was able to recover, though and hipped over for another reversal. The score was 8-7, Pallo, and Clearfield remained unbeaten on the night with a score of 31-0.

Then Bison senior Quinten Edwards (2-5) faced off against Punxy’s Zach May at 145. Edwards quickly made hamburger out of the Chuck and pinned him in 1:40, and Bison sophomore Nate Barr (3-1) received a forfeit at 152 to make the match 43-0, Clearfield.

Riding high with momentum, Clearfield was quickly humbled when Bison senior Hunter Wright (2-5) got caught in the grinder by Punxy’s Stone Smith. Smith was up 7-0 at the end of the first period, and was able to ride Wright for the entire second period. In the third, Smith utilized a reversal and two sets of near fall points to win 15-0 by tech fall in 5:13. Punxsutawney had finally put points on the board, but they were way too far behind to mount a come from behind victory, being down 43-5 with five matches remaining.

Over the next two matches, sophomore Brett Zattoni (1-5) and senior Luke McGonigal (7-0) added two more pins. Zattoni scored his first victory of the season at 170 with a hard-fought pin over Punxy’s Robin Wagner at the end of the second period, while McGonigal pancaked Punxy’s Garrett Eddy at 182 in 20 seconds, making the match 55-5, Clearfield.

Then Punxy’s Tristen Bair pinned Bison sophomore Brandon Daubs (1-5) in 1:40 before Bison junior Avry Gisewhite (5-3) wrestled Punxy’s Jacob Shuckers. Shuckers got the first takedown, but Gisewhite quickly got a reversal. With an escape by Shuckers and a takedown by Gisewhite, the first period ended with a score of 4-3, Gisewhite. Taking bottom to start the second period, Gisewhite got another reversal before getting three near fall points. The score was 9-3 to start the third period, and Shuckers chose neutral, wanting no part of the mat against Gisewhite. It only took Gisewhite 14 seconds to pancake Shuckers and get the fall, making the team score 61-11, Clearfield.

To end the match, Bison junior Kevin Helsel (0-6) met Punxy’s Alex Neal, and was pinned in 1:30.

The final score of the night was 61-17, Clearfield. With this victory, Clearfield is now 2-2 overall. The Bison will head home for the holidays, before wrestling Penns Valley on Wednesday, January 3 at home.

Bout by Bout Recap

106 Angelo Maines (Clfd), Major Decisioned Jacob Good (Punxy) 17-7 4-0

113 John Thomas (Clfd), Forfeit 10-0

120 Kyler Rosinsky (Clfd), Forfeit 16-0

126 Peyton Smay (Clfd), Forfeit 22-0

132 Matt Ryan (Clfd), Pinned Dan Smith (Punxy) 1:08 28-0

138 Jude Pallo (Clfd), Decisioned Jake Skarbek (Punxy) 8-7 31-0

145 Quinten Edwards (Clfd), Pinned Zach May (Punxy) 1:40 37-0

152 Nate Barr (Clfd), Forfeit  43-0

160 Stone Smith (Punxy), Tech Falled Hunter Wright (Clfd) 5:13 43-5

170 Brett Zatoni (Clfd), Pinned Robin Wagner (Punxy) 3:48 49-5

182 Luke McGonigal (Clfd), Pinned Garrett Eddy (Punxy) 0:20 55-5

195 Tristen Bair (Punxy), Pinned Brandon Daubs (Clfd) 1:40 55-11

220 Avry Gisewhite (Clfd), Pinned Jacob Shuckers (Punxy) 4:14 61-11

285 Alex Neal (Punxy), Pinned Kevin Helsel (Clfd) 1:30 61-17

Bison Scoreboard:

Date Opponent Score Record
12/08 & 09 Top Hat Tourney @ Williamsport 112 pts. 8th
12/12 BALD EAGLE AREA 30 – 40 0 – 1
12/15 @ DuBois 8 – 53 0 – 2
12/19 @ Central 45 – 30 1 – 2
12/22 @ Punxsutawney 61 – 17 2 – 2
01/03 PENNS VALLEY
01/05 & 06 @ Tool City Tourney (Meadville)
01/09 @ Huntingdon
01/11 @ St. Marys
01/16 BELLEFONTE
01/20 CLEARFIELD BISON DUALS
01/23 TYRONE
01/26 & 27 @ WB Ultimate Warrior Tourney
02/06 Takedown Cancer Match
02/06 vs. PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA
02/24 District 9 AAA Champs @Clfd HS
03/02 & 03 Northwest Region @ Altoona
03/08-10 PIAA Championships @ Hershey
Clearfield's Bishop Signs With Penn College
DuBois Hangs On To Defeat Lady Bison 41-36

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