Luke McGonigal Wins Tool City Tournament; Hunter Wright Impresses Crowd With 3rd Place Finish

MEADVILLE – Concluding the 39th Annual Tool City Wrestling Tournament, Clearfield’s Luke McGonigal captured the gold medal at 195 to lead the Bison to a 14th place finish out of 22 teams.


Luke McGonigal stands on top of the podium at 195 pounds. He placed 2nd here one year ago. (Photo courtesy of Melissa McGonigal)

In spite of being the only wrestler to pin all four of his opponents, McGonigal (12-0) was not awarded the Outstanding Wrestler Award. McGonigal spent a combined 5:31 on the mat over the weekend, winning by fall in the semi-finals over Eisenhower’s fifth seed Matt Huling in 2:15, and then turning Harbor Creek’s third seed Lucas Folmar with a bar and reverse half for the pin in 1:46 in the finals.

Luke McGonigal pins Lucas Folmar in 1:47 to capture the gold! (Photo courtesy of Melissa McGonigal)

The two other place winners for Clearfield were Hunter Wright (7-7), who took third place and Matt Ryan (9-4), who placed sixth. Wright had an outstanding second day, winning four matches in a row in the consolation wrestle-backs. He had wins over the third seed from Boiling Springs, Zach Martin, and the first seed from Shaler Area, Jake Pollak. He beat Martin 5-1 and pinned Pollack in 2:48.

Hunter Wright wrestled tough, pinning Jake Pollack in 2:48 to take third place over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Melissa McGonigal)




Senior Bison Matt Ryan had a rough second day, dropping three matches in a row. He lost to the eventual champion, Tye Varndell, 7-5 in the semi-finals, and it seemed he was unraveled after that loss the rest of the tourney.


Matt Ryan is close to finishing a takedown. (Photo courtesy of Melissa McGonigal)










The remaining survivor from day one, junior Caleb Freeland (6-5), lost his first match. He went 1-2 over the weekend.

There were other notable wrestlers for Clearfield at Tool City. 106 Angelo Maines (4-8) went 1-2, 120 Peyton Smay (5-5) went 1-2, 132 Jude Pallo (6-6) went 2-2, 138 Quinten Edwards (3-7) went 1-2, and 220 Avry Gisewhite (6-6) went 2-2.

Seneca Valley won the tournament with 244 points, followed by Boiling Springs in second place with 189 points.

Clearfield (3-3) will wrestle away this week, traveling to Huntingdon on Tuesday, and St. Mary’s on Thursday.

Full brackets, courtesy of Coach Jeff Aveni, can be found here.

Final Team Standings

Points Team
244 Seneca Valley
189 Boiling Springs
177 Harbor Creek
135.5 Shaler Area
125.5 Fort Le Boeuf
124 Meadville
112.5 Eisenhower
108 Brockway
107 General McLane
106 North Allegheny
92 Cambridge Springs
91.5 Saegertown
89 Titusville
84.5 Clearfield
74.5 Sharpsville
65 Lakeview
63 Franklin
57.5 Williamsport
55 Maplewood
53 Howland
48 Cochranton
30 Girard
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