The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 28, 2013

H.S. wrestling: Lewis continues roll at Selinsgrove Touranment


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---- — By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- Austin Lewis has been on a roll since pinning Shikellamy's Dwayne Pepper two weeks ago.

The Selinsgrove senior had falls in all but one match and needed 16 seconds at the start of the second period to pin Joe Gladish of Whitehall for the 195-pound championship of the Selinsgrove Holiday Tournament on Saturday afternoon.

The win came at a price for Lewis, the tournament's top seed at 195.

He has to shave his head.

"It started out as a friendly bet that I would win all my matches and the title or get my head shaved," he said. "Then it went to getting pins in all of my matches and in my fourth match, I won it by a 5-0 score so I have to have my head shaved."

Lewis was all smiles while talking about the wager as he was one of three Seals -- with junior Nathan Bingaman and freshman Bryce Reichenbach -- who made it to the finals. The Seals finished fourth in the eight-team round-robin tournament with 76 points.

West Scranton took the title with 140 points, while Montoursville was second with 131 and Whitehall was third with 114 points.

Fifth through eighth place in the team scores were Shamokin, 65 points; Williamsport, 53; Wellsboro, 53; and Salisbury, 52.

Garrett Hoffman of Montoursville, the No. 3 seed at 170, was named the outstanding wrestler.

"There were some performances that I was happy with and some that I was not," said Seals coach Seth Martin. "We are still struggling with sloppiness."

The 113-pound final pitted two unbeatens: Reichenbach, the No. 2 seed, and West Scranton's top-seeded Jimmy Forsetter.

Forsetter got an early takedown and then got Reichenbach into a cradle, but Reichenbach worked his hips to get out before getting pinned in the first period.

It was the fifth pin in as many matches for Forsetter while Reichenbach ended the day with two pins.

"At first I thought I had a chance to win and then he shot in on me and I thought I could defend it," Reichenbach said. "He walked around me and I thought I could grab his leg and that's when he got me in the cradle. If I had a little more time, I could have broken the lock and gotten out of it."

In the 170-pound final, Bingaman was leading for most of the bout when Hoffman, the tournament's MVP, got a 2-on-1 on him and a quick pin in the third.

"Overall, I thought the tournament went well for me," Bingaman said. "I was happy with the results, although the (finals) match could have gone better. I just kept my head down too long."

Bingaman, who moved up to wrestle 170 from 152 last year, had three pins on the day.

In Lewis' championship match, he took down the lanky Gladish for an early 2-0 first-period lead.

Gladish was able to get an escape in the second to make the score 2-1 and it remained that way heading into the third.

Lewis opened the period in the down position and quickly got a two-point reverse and then capitalized on a mistake by Gladish for the pin.

"I had never wrestled him before," Lewis said of his opponent. "I just fell into him and I was a able to get him over with his hip for the pin."

Lewis said that the team can clean up it sloppiness by getting down to work in practice and committing to improvement.

West Scranton coach John Fox said his team has been wrestling well this year.

"We won the title at the Berwick Duals last weekend and we have just one loss on the year," he said. "We had two starters out of the lineup, but the kids pulled through. There are some very good teams here and Montoursville is a solid team top to bottom."

Four wrestlers for the Invaders won their respective weight classes: Stephan Caple, 106; Forsette, 113; Angel Ortiz, 138; and Kyle Kroptavich, 160. All four were top seeds.