Montoursville wrestling defeats Hughesville 61-12, improves to 11-1 in dual meets
HUGHESVILLE — While Hughesville’s gym certainly wasn’t quiet, everyone could hear the pins drop. Montoursville’s wrestling team took four timely falls in a 61-12 dual meet win over the Spartans Tuesday.
Hunter Miller (145), Josiah Schans (152), Kayden Frame (160) and Cole Yonkin (215) all pinned their opponents for a combined 13 minutes, 57 seconds spent on the mat.
The wealth of bonus points for the Warriors is the product of Montoursville’s focal point at practice as of late, coming off the Powerade in which pins were aplenty.
“That’s kind of what we’ve been working on. The aggressiveness, the attacks,” Warriors coach Matt Yonkin said. “I’m very proud of the kids for going for falls and it kind of started back at the Powerade. We made a statement out there, pinning many of our opponents and we carried that into a series of dual meets here. Something we’ve been working on, and it’s going to pay off.”
Hughesville forfeited five weight classes, three of which were to start from 106 to 120 pounds. Spartans coach Troy Charles told his wrestlers who did compete to not think about the automatic 18-point hole and focus on the task at hand.
“The message is always the same. We talk about effort and when we go on the mat we compete hard for six minutes no matter what the circumstance is,” Charles said. “Don’t look at the score, just go out and compete. And when you’re done, be proud of your effort when you walk off the mat.”
Keagan Smith (138) put Hughesville on the board by pinning Owen Kleiman at 1:52. Smith’s bonus points carved out what became a 25-point deficit after Blaize Vogel took a 6-5 decision over Caiden Puderbach at 132, and Cole Johnson posted a 9-1 major on Kadin Fetterman.
Chase Snyder also came up with a pin for the Spartans, taking a fall in one minute, 38 seconds over Nate Fisher at 189.
“We talk about how if you have the opportunity to get six (points) for the team, take advantage of it and try to do that,” Charles said.
Miller’s pin of Wyatt Gavitt was a crushing response for Montoursville, which at that point took its fifth win in the first five weight classes. Smith’s bonus points were mirrored by Miller, who came up with his own.
“It was really important because our spirits were down,” Miller said on his pin, which came in response to Kleinman’s loss.
The two other forfeits from Hughesville came at 172 and the heavyweight bout.
With the win, Montoursville now sits at an 11-1 record in dual meets, the Warriors’ sole loss coming at the hands of Central Mountain in December.
“We’ve been wrestling really well lately, we just won our duals on Saturday,” Miller said. “We’re on fire.”
More like a wildfire, really. Montoursville swept its five opponents at the Flynn Propane Duals Saturday, outscoring the opposing lineups 274-54 along the way.
With three dual meets left before the postseason, the Warriors face a tall order against Southern Columbia. But Montoursville has built a dual team that’s potent throughout its lineup. According to Yonkin, a tournament-heavy schedule early on with the Top Hat, King of the Mountain and Powerade on deck has allowed positive translation into more duals in the back half of the season.
“The tournament experience is what we use to prepare the kids for the level of competition that we’re going to face later in the season. That’s all in preparation for postseason stuff,” Yonkin said. “We’ve got a number of dual meets out of the way and we have a week and a half break here before we get back into Southern (Colombia) and Milton, the Clearfield Duals which always has a lot of tough competition. We’ve got a lot of tough competition coming up and that early preseason prepares us for these moments.”
MONTOURSVILLE 61, HUGHESVILLE 12
106: Ryan Aguirre (M) via forfeit. 113: Branden Wentzel (M) via forfeit. 120: David Kennedy (M) via forfeit. 126: Cole Johnson (M) MD 9-1 over Kadin Fetterman. 132: Blaize Vogel (M) 6-5 Dec. over Caiden Puderbach (H). 138: Keagan Smith (H) Fall 1:52 over Owen Kleinman (M). 145: Hunter Miller (M) Fall 5:37 over Wyatt Gavitt (H). 152: Josiah Schans (M) Fall 3:30 over Reese Moon (H). 160: Kayden Frame (M) Fall 1:12 over Luke Stutzman (H). 172: Isaac Corry (M) via forfeit. 189: Chase Snyder (H) Fall 1:38 over Nate Fisher (M). 215: Cole Yonkin (M) Fall 1:18 over Austin Gray (H). 285: Gaven Farquharson (M) via forfeit.