While the young, rebuilding Coudersport wrestling team works toward match-to-match improvement, the state-ranked Port Allegany squad has loftier goals, with most observers considering them a serious contender in both the team and individual District 9 tournaments.
Wednesday’s Allegheny Mountain League match in the Port A gym played out along those lines. Even with state-ranked Gator grapplers Bryent Johnson and Justin Young out of the lineup, Port still piled up bonus points in 10 out of the 12 contested weight classes to cruise to a 63-12 victory.
“Our goals are pretty big this year. I told the guys and they did a really good job with it, even matches like this where we should win by quite a few, we want to make sure we don’t have a letdown,” Port coach B.J. Greenman said. “I think all of our kids wrestled really well. We seem to have the right mindset with the kids that we need to wrestle our best match every match, no matter who we’re wrestling.”
Chase Weimer, Scott Fuller, Braedon Johnson and Isaiah Caden got the Gators rolling with first-period pins, with Eli Petruzzi following them with his first tech-fall of the season and Montgomery Tanner netting a 12-0 major decision over Dylan Kelly.
“It’s starting to click that he can beat these good kids,” Greenman said of Tanner, one of 10 regionally-ranked wrestlers on the Port roster. “Dylan Kelly was a regional qualifier last year, and he dominated the match. He’s the one that kind of stuck out tonight.”
Taro Tanaka, Ethan DeBockler, Isaak Baumgarner and Dalton Distrola also notched pins and Trey Ayers received a forfeit for the Gators, while Cale Ayers and Cooper Rossman recorded wins via fall for the Falcons.
Port (6-2, 2-0 AML) has a busy week slated, traveling to Sheffield on Tuesday, hosting St. Marys at Smethport on Thursday, then heading south to Clearfield early Saturday morning for the Bison Duals in advance of next week’s AML showdown at Johnsonburg on Jan. 23. Coudy (2-10, 0-3) was scheduled to host Oswayo Valley on Tuesday, then travel to the Mercer VFW Tournament this weekend.
Before the match, an announcement was made honoring Greenman for recording his 100th victory at the helm of the Gator program at Towanda on Jan. 4. The two-time Big 30 Coach of the Year currently holds a 103-73 overall record (54-11 in league matches), trailing only District 9 Hall of Famer John Kriner (145-85-1) in the PAHS record book.
“That was pretty cool,” he said of the milestone. “I think one of the coolest things to think about is, you look at how many coaches have done it in District 9 history, and I think there’s only 20 or so. That history is kind of cool to have, and in Port history it’s me and John right now, and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon.
“I’m really excited for it. It’s kind of a testament to our program, from our youth program all the way up through. We haven’t had very many losing seasons since we’ve been coaching.”
At Port Allegany, Jan. 8:
Port Allegany 63, Coudersport 12
113: Chase Weimer (PA) 1:21 Wyatt Daisley; 120: Scott Fuller (PA) 0:16 Nash Delp; 126: Braedon Johnson (PA) 1:53 James Culvey; 132: Isaiah Caden (PA) 1:51 Dalton Miller; 138: Eli Petruzzi (PA) TF 18-0 (4:53) Chris Davis; 145: Montgomery Tanner (PA) 12-0 Dylan Kelly; 152: Taro Tanaka (PA) 0:56 Wyatt Morales; 160: Trey Ayers (PA) forfeit; 170: Ethan DeBockler (PA) 1:14 Allen Williams; 182: Isaak Baumgarner (PA) 2:11 Dylan Hajzus; 195: Dalton Distrola (PA) 0:29 Matthew Fleniken; 220: Cale Ayers (C) 1:43 Derek Kallenborn; 285: Cooper Rossman (C) 2:36 Owen Roboski; 106: no match.