300 wins

Grove City Coach Marty Ruley warms up a wrestlers during a recent match. The veteran mentor recorded his 300th career victory Thursday night at Lakeview.


GROVE CITY -- Slippery Rock coach Bob Becker didn’t want to be a footnote in the record books.

The Slippery Rock wrestling coach avoided his date with destiny when his Rockets clipped rival Grove City, 41-29, Tuesday evening at The Eagles’ Nest and kept GC veteran mentor Marty Ruley at 299 career wins.

(Ruley did reach the 300-win plateau Thursday night with a 50-27 victory at Lakeview.)

“We haven’t been winning a lot of matches as a team, but I wanted to win here,” said Becker, who earned his first win over Ruley. “I wrestled for Marty and I coached under Marty. I sent him a lot of good wrestlers over the years. I helped him get a lot of those wins, so absolutely I didn’t want him to get his 300th against me.”

Ruley admitted he wasn’t going to lose any sleep over missing out on his milestone Tuesday night.

“I’ve got that,” Ruley said, pointing towards the school’s wrestling room dedicated in his honor after he retired 2 years ago. “I retired with 294 (wins), so how important is it? I retired with 294. I never planned on coming back. It’s interesting that I got the chance to come back and it’ll be nice to get it, but am I holding my breath? No! The kids wanted it as much if not more than I did. I’ll be fine.”

After Grove City’s Brad Cavolo was awarded a forfeit at 160 pounds, SR’s Vito Pilosi and Grove City’s Tyler Greer thrilled the crowd with a tightly contested bout at 172 pounds. Greer -- who took second place at a tournament over the weekend in Niagara Falls -- took a 1-0 lead into the final period before the duo traded reversals, but ultimately found himself on his back as Pilosi secured the fall with just 27 seconds left.

“I was seriously considering that was a 3-point toss up,” Becker said. “Someone was walking away with 3 points there -- not 6. It was surprising to get a pin out of that. It was a tight match. They’re both battlers and I like them both. We -- everyone in this place -- all knew it was going to be a battle and it’s not going to be like that every time. We were just fortunate to be on the good side tonight.

“You have to watch Vito, because he’s sneaky in certain situations. He catches a lot of guys. It’s not all luck. He puts in a lot of preparation in the room.”

The Rockets sandwiched bonus points from Kaleb Kamerer and Elijiah Hilliard to take a 16-6 lead into the heavyweight bout. Kamerer needed 2:55 to earn the pin at 182 pounds, while the 220-pound Hilliard narrowly escaped a pin to post a 15-5 major decision.

Brendon Good picked up a major decision for the Rockets at heavyweight with a 10-2 major decision before the teams traded forfeits at 106, 113 pounds and 120 as SR secured a 32-12 cushion entering the 126-pound match.

“I don’t like to move guys around, but I thought it was better to bump Elijiah up to 220 rather than trading forfeits,” Becker said. “This is (Good’s) second year and he’s starting to come around. He’s starting to listen when he goes out there. He pulled out a big win for us. It was huge.”

The Eagles charged back with a tech fall from Logan Breese (126) and pins from Collin Meals (132) and Alec Petry (138) to pull within 32-29 with two matches left.

“We’re working on our kids, but they’re not quite there yet,” Ruley said. “They’re coming together. The kids are doing just fine. I’m not unhappy. We’re pushing them. By the end of the year, we’re going to be much better. They just need a little bit of seasoning.

“Logan’s a good kid. He’s aggressive and he did well out there. He’s got the flu and he tried to get (the win) early, because he does have the flu. He needed a pin early, so no one would know.”

Armed with its “big guns” at 145 and 152 pounds, Slippery Rock slammed the door with a pin from state medalist Mikey Doerflinger and a decision from Mikey Antal in the final two bouts of the evening.

“I wanted to keep it close and keep the momentum on our side (as the match went on), because I had my two studs at the back end in Doerflinger and Antal,” Becker said. “It’s going to be tough to beat us if I have a lead going into those two. Maybe Reynolds would, but I don’t know that anyone else would.”


In other recent Mercer County High School wrestling action the following were reported to The Allied News or The Herald:

• Grove City 50, Lakeview 27 – At Sandy Lake, Coach Marty Ruley captured his 300th career win as his Eagles defeated the Sailors.

Tyler Greer earned a fall at 170 pounds for Grove City while Logan Breese (126) and Collins Meals (132) won by major decision.

Greg Ferlin posted a pin at 182 for Lakeview and Zac Tingley won by decision at 138 pounds.

• Reynolds 60, Sharpsville 9 – At Sharpsville, Coach Casey Taylor’s Raiders rolled past the Blue Devils.

Adam Wilcox (113), Hunter Michaels (145), Mason Wilkerson (152), Jarod Miller (195) and Wyatt Owen (220) earned falls for Reynolds.

Also for the Raiders, Gary Steen (103) and Cole Matthews (138) won by tech fall and Andrew Ischo (126) and Cole Toy (170) picked up wins by major decision.

Cameron Prebble (160), Peyton Schell (182) and Tristan Stoner (285) all won by decision for Sharpsville.

• Hickory 44, Franklin 21 – At “The Hive” in Hermitage, the Hornets beat the Knights.

Cole Ruffo (145) and Troy Scurry (195) posted pins for Hickory, Aidan Thompson won by technical fall at 132 pounds and Braelin Stewart (138), Daniel Wachisn (160) and Nate Marchand (182) all won by major decision.

Gage Shoemaker (126) and Holden Cook (170) earned falls for Franklin.

• Commodore Perry 52, Cambridge Springs 25 – At Cambridge Springs, the Panthers won 6 of the contested 8 matches – 5 of them by pinfall.

Jonny Rodgers (126), Brennan McTighe (145), Ryder Knierman (170), Domanic Leonard (182) and Joey Calvin (195) notched falls for Commodore Perry. Keegan McCaan won by major decision at 138 pounds.

Jared Jones picked up a major decision at 120 pounds for Cambridge Springs and Tye Varndell won via decision at 132.

• Mercer 54, Franklin 15 — At Franklin Tuesday, the Mustangs of Coach Jerry Gawne rolled to the Region 1 victory, recording 3 pins and 4 forfeits. Notching falls for Mercer were Alex Chess (132), Brad Filer (138) and Mason Hessselgesser (195).

• Greenville 48, Jamestown 18 – At Greenville, the Trojans beat the Muskies just prior to the Greenville and West Middlesex boys basketball teams tipping off. 

Kason Smeltzer (113), Joshua Christner (160) and Brenden Calvin (195) earned falls for Greenville. Also, Trey Wilt (285) won in the ultimate tiebreaker period and Jacob McMaster (220) decisioned Khalil Messai, 12-7, at 220 pounds.

Chase McLaughlin (106) and Ashtin Conn (182) posted pins for Jamestown and Mitchell Headley (120) and Hunter Cowher (145) won by decision.

• Reynolds 66, Lakeview 12 – At Transfer, the Raiders rolled past the Sailors, who forfeited 6 of the 14 matches.

Andrew Ischo (126), Rocco Bartolo (132), Cole Matthews (138), Cole Toy (170) and Jarrod Miller (195) won by fall for the Raiders. 

Tyler Zebrovious, who advanced to the finals over the weekend at the annual Tool City Tourney in Meadville, won by pin at 220 pounds for Lakeview. Also, Greg Ferlin (182) and Max Wills (285) earned wins for Lakeview.

• Hickory 44, West Middlesex 21 – At West Middlesex, the Hornets captured 8 of the contested 12 bouts (2 double forfeits) to beat the Big Reds.

Braelin Stewart (138) and Trevor Lightner (heavyweight) earned falls for Hickory while A.J. Hammond (152) won by tech fall and Skylar Collins won a decision at 220.

Justin O’Neill (113), Connor Haddon (126) and Zeb Rubaker (170) notched falls for WM and Shane Slicker won by decision at 182 pounds.

• Sharpsville 45, Sharon 21 – At Tiger Gymnasium in Sharon, the visiting Blue Devils dominated. Forging falls were Tristan Stoner (285), Zack Herman (106), Austin McFeaters (126), Brock Salvatore (138), Tyler Layman (170) and Kevin Evans (195).

For Sharon, Zach Dignall (220) tallied the Tigers’ lone pin.

Arguably the match’s best bouts occurred at 152 pounds, where Sharon’s Sully Allen annexed a 3-2 decision over the Blue Devils’ Cameron Prebble, and at 145 pounds, where Luke Gaston triumphed for the Tigers, 4-2, over Ryan Whalen.

• Conneaut Area 46, Commodore Perry 25 – At Sheakleyville, CASH copped 9 of the 14 matches in the win over the Panthers.

Henry Piatt (113), Brenden Laird (145), Trevor Tursky (182) and John Patterson (285) posted falls for CASH while Evan Gerber won via major decision at 220 pounds.

Zach Helstern (132) and Evan Hamilton (170) won by fall for the Panthers and Gage Musser registered a major decision at 152.




132 – Collin Meals (GC) maj. dec. Dallas Barber, 12-4; 138 – Zac Tingley (L) dec. Alec Petry, 8-5; 145 – Daiveon Say (GC) forfeit; 152 – Nate Henriquez (GC) forfeit; 160 – Brad Cavolo (GC) forfeit; 170 – Tyler Greer (GC) pinned Doug Lumley, 3:06; 182 – Greg Ferlin (L) pinned Isaac Walk, 3:02; 195 – Sawyer Daugherty (L) forfeit; 220 – Tyler Zebrovious (L) forfeit; 285 – Max Wills (L) pinned Ricki Corner, :27; 106 – Gage Lewis (GC) forfeit; 113 – Brayden Barr (GC) forfeit; 120 – Julian Barr (GC) forfeit; 126 – Logan Breese (GC) maj. dec. Ryan O’Polka, 12-2.



152 – Mason Wilkerson (R) pinned Kaleb Haun, 3:54; 160 – Cameron Prebble (S) dec. Hunter Thompson, 12-7; 170 – Cole Toy (R) maj. dec. Tyler Layman, 15-2; 182 – Peyton Schell (S) dec. Evan Miller, 2-1; 195 – Jarod Miller (R) pinned Slade Sherman, 3:43; 220 – Wyatt Owen (R) pinned Kevin Evans, 1:57; 285 – Tristan Stoner (S) dec. Derrick Skeehan, 4-3; 106 – Gary Steen (R) tech. fall Zack Herrman, 17-2, 4:52; 113 – Adam Wilcox (R) pinned Alex Walker, 1:41; 120 – Beau Bayless (R) forfeit; 126 – Andrew Ischo (R) maj. dec. Austin McFeaters, 15-3; 132 – Rocco Bartolo (R) forfeit; 138 – Cole Matthews (R) tech. fall Brock Salvatore, 21-6, 5:55; 145 – Hunter Michaels (R) pinned Ryan Whalen, 2:27.



195 – Troy Scurry (H) pinned Christian Alcorn, :27; 220 – Zach Baughman (F) dec. Skylar Collins, 5-3; 285 – Trevor Lightner (H) dec. Josh Nettles, 5-3; 106 – double forfeit; 113 – Matt Vincent (F) forfeit; 120 – Noah Rust (H) forfeit; 126 – Gage Shoemaker (F) pinned Jayden Rogers, 2:30; 132 – Aidan Thompson (H) tech. fall George Coon, 18-0, 2:32; 138 – Braelin Stewart (H) maj. dec. Justus Baker, 11-2; 145 – Cole Ruffo (H) pinned Conner Jones, 2:31; 152 – A.J. Hammond (H) forfeit; 160 – Daniel Wanchisn (H) maj. dec. Austin Sanford, 11-3; 170 – Holden Cook (F) pinned Andrew Bungar, 1:39; 182 – Nate Marchand (H) maj. dec. Dawson Jones, 10-1.



145 – Brennan McTighe (CP) pinned Austin Jones, :36; 152 – Gage Musser (CP) forfeit; 160 – Evan Hamilton (CP) forfeit; 170 – Ryder Knierman (CP) pinned Jaden Grubbs, 2:51; 182 – Domanic Leonard (CP) pinned Jacob Jones, 1:46; 195 – Joey Calvin (CP) pinned Timothy Lucas, 3:33; 220 – Clay Verbanac (CS) forfeit; 285 – Jerry Mosconi (CS) forfeit; 106 – Ashten Armagost (CP) forfeit; 113 – Ayden Miller (CS) forfeit; 120 – Jared Jones (CS) maj. dec. Radek Cox, 21-11; 126 – Jonny Rodgers (CP) pinned Jacob Peterson, 2:21; 132 – Tye Varndell (CS) dec. Zach Helstern, 10-6; 138 – Keegan McCaan (CP) maj. dec. Eli Mosconi, 12-3. 



113––Skylar Knox (F) forfeit; 120–– Carson Filer (M) dec. Matt Vincent, OT, 7-5, SV-1; 126––Gage Shoemaker (F) pinned Ryan Moore, 1:04; 132––Alex Chess (M) pinned George Coon, 3:06; 138––Brad Filer (M) pinned Justus Baker, 0:35; 145––Harrison Murray (M) dec. Austin Sanford, 4-0; 152––Aiden Bright (M) forfeit; 160––Will Chess (M) forfeit; 170––Austin Hesselgesser (M) dec. Dawson Jones, 6-2; 182––Logan Conner (M) dec. Holden Cook, 12-6; 195––Mason Hesselgesser (M) pinned Christian Alcorn, 1:00; 220––Zach Baughman (F) dec. P.J. Boggs, 3-1; 285––Bob Gregory (M) forfeit; 106–– Kara Peters (M) forfeit.



152 – Mason Karpinski (G) forfeit; 160 – Joshua Christner (G) pinned Nicholas Calloway, :53; 170 – Barrett Gentile (G) dec. Jed Goodlin, 12-5; 182 – Ashtin Conn (J) pinned Justin Upperman, 5:16; 195 – Brenden Calvin (G) pinned Zach Nesevich, 3:09; 220 – Jacob McMaster (G) dec. Khalil Messai, 12-7; 285 – Trey Wilt (G) dec. Mitchell Nesevich, 4-3 UTB; 106 – Chase McLaughlin (J) pinned Blayke Knauf, 1:36; 113 – Kason Smeltzer (G) pinned Tyler Pfaff, 3:39; 120 – Mitchell Headley (J) dec. Deavon Rainey, 13-11; 126 – Aarron Gelvin (G) forfeit; 132 – Bryce Knauf (G) forfeit; 138 – Logan Summerlin (G) dec. Glenn Lenhardt, 7-5; 145 – Hunter Cowher (J) dec. Jarred Wilkerson, 4-2.



132 – Rocco Bartolo (R) pinned Dallas Barber, 5:10; 138 – Cole Matthews (R) pinned Zac Tingley, 4:26; 145 – Hunter Michaels (R) forfeit; 152 – Mason Wilkerson (R) forfeit; 160 – Hunter Thompson (R) forfeit; 170 – Cole Toy (R) pinned Doug Lumley, 3:41; 182 – Greg Ferlin (L) dec. Evan iller, 3-1 SV-1; 195 – Jarrod Miller (R) pinned Sawyer Daugherty, 5:14; 220 – Tyler Zebrovious (L) pinned Xavier Coburn, :59; 285 – Max Wills (L) dec. Derrick Skeehan, 2-1 TB-1; 106 – Gary Steen (R) forfeit; 113 – Adam Wilcox (R) forfeit; 120 – Beau Bayless (R) forfeit; 126 – Andrew Ischo (R) pinned Ryan O’Polka, 3:14.



152 – A.J. Hammond (H) tech. fall Dylan Wanner, 20-5; 160 – Daniel Wanchisn (H) forfeit; 170 – Zeb Rubaker (WM) pinned Andrew Bungar, 3:09; 182 – Shane Slicker (WM) dec. Nate Marchand, 9-3; 195 – Troy Scurry (H) forfeit; 220 – Skylar Collins (H) dec. Anthony Gioan, 6-3; 285 – Trevor Lightner (H) pinned Rye Yanak, 2:19; 106 – double forfeit; 113 – Justin O’Neill (WM) pinned Noah Rust, 3:15; 120 – double forfeit; 126 – Connor Haddon (WM) pinned Jayden Rogers, 2:52; 132 – Aidan Thompson (H) forfeit; 138 – Braelin Stewart (H) pinned Logan O’Neill, 3:00; 145 – Cole Ruffo (H) forfeit.



160 – Brad Cavolo (GC) forfeit; 172 – Vito Pilosi (SR) pin Tyler Greer, 5:33; 182 – Kaleb Kamerer (SR) pin Isaac Walk, 2:55; 195 – double forfeit; 220 – Elijah Hilliard (SR) maj dec Ricky Corner, 15-5; 285 – Brendon Good (SR) maj dec Cole Forrester, 10-2; 106 – Nicholas Ayers (SR) forfeit; 113 – Brayden Barr (GC) forfeit; 120 – Destan Hoover (SR) forfeit; 126 – Logan Breese (GC) tech fall Ian Heitzenrater, 15-0; 132 – Collin Meals (GC) pin Mason Borland, 129; 138 – Alec Petry (GC) pin Kid Scarborough, 5:31; 145 – Mikey Doerflinger (SR) pin Daishawn Say, 0:34; 152 – Mikey Antal (SR) dec Nate Henriquez, 6-0.



220––Zach Dignall (Sh) pinned Slade Sherman, 1:19; 285––Tristan Stoner (Sv) pinned Robert Hupp, 1:34; 106––Zack Herrman (Sv) pinned Cameron Bliss,1:43; 113––Aaron Humphries (Sh) dec, Alex Walker, 9-8; 120––double forfeit; 126–Austin McFeaters (Sv) pinned Aiman Kanaan, 0:44; 132––William Divens (Sv) forfeit; 138––Brock Salvatore (Sv) pinned Seth Evans, 4:32; 145––Luke Gaston (Sh) dec. Ryan Whalen, 4-2; 152––Sully Allen (Sh) dec. Cameron Prebble, 3-2) 160––Peyton Schell (Sv) dec. DeAndre Young, 4-2; 170––Tyler Layman (Sv) pinned Zach Steines, 3:18; 182––Aidan Buck (Sh) forfeit; 195––Kevin Evans (Sv) pinned Seth Newberry, 3:48.



106 – Brady Gould (CA) forfeit; 113 – Henry Piatt (CA) pinned Ashten Armagost, 2:21; 120 – Kyle Loutzenhiser (CA) dec. Radek Cox, 7-3; 126 – Jonny Rodgers (CP) dec. Josh Anderson, 7-5; 132 – Zachery Helstern (CP) pinned Dakota Cochran, 1:59; 138 – Wes Davenport (CA) dec. Keegan McCaan, 7-1; 145 – Brenden Laird (CA) pinned Brennan McTighe, 4:39; 152 – Gage Musser (CP) maj. dec Dominic Ellis, 9-1; 160 – Peyton Hearn (CA) forfeit; 170 – Evan Hamilton (CP) pinned Jesse Orr, 1:48; 182 – Trevor Tursky (CA) pinned Ryder Knierman, 3:21; 195 – Domanic Leonard (CP) forfeit; 220 – Evan Gerber (CA) maj. dec. Joey Calvin, 11-3; 285 – John Patterson (CA) pinned Ian Wimer, :30.


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