Towanda takes third in their Flynn Propane Duals
By Brian Fees
TOWANDA -- The Towanda Black Knights went 3-2 on the day to finish third at the Flynn Propane Duals on Saturday.
Towanda went 3-0 in pool play, topping North Penn-Liberty 62-12, Central Columbia 51-21 and Western Wayne 40-33.
In the cross-over round Towanda fell to Montoursville 36-33 and Southern Columbia 57-12.
Southern Columbia dominated on their way to the title, with their closest match coming against Towanda. Southern beat Montoursville 63-8 in pool play.
“I’m pretty pleased,” Towanda coach Bill Sexton said. “We went 3-2 on the day. I thought we wrestled real well through our pool. We gutted out a good win against Western Wayne that could have gone either way. I’m pleased with how we wrestled in our other two matches. We gave montoursville a good match. What we put on the mat today, all day long, I thought we got real good work out of the kids. We had a lot of backup kids step in and step up.
“Southern is very good. I don’t think we rolled over and played dead for them. For the most part we gave them a good fight. We gave them their closest match of the day. Our kids wrestled well in those tight matches and they had enough to beat us out in those.”
Southern was first at 5-0 and Montoursville was second at 4-1. Towanda took third at 3-2 and Western Wayne was fourth at 2-3.
West Scranton was fifth at 3-2 and Port Allegany was sixth at 2-3. Central Columbia took seventh at 1-4 and North Penn-Liberty was eighth at 0-5.
Montoursville’s Gavin Hoffman was the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Liberty fell to Towanda 62-12, Western Wayne 54-18, Central Columbia 42-36, West Scranton 54-21 and Port Allegany 42-36.
D.J. Knolles and Tyler Hawley each went 5-0 on the day for Towanda.
“I expect D.J. to be competitive,” Sexton said. “A 5-0 day out of D.J. doesn’t shock me. It’s what you want out of him, what you expect out of him as a four-year starter and a captain. I’m extremely happy for Tyler Hawley. Tyler went 5-0 on the day, one was a forfeit, but the other were wrestled matches and he wrestled tough. I thought he gave us an outstanding effort. He’s a good, outstanding kid, a good wrestler and he’s getting better every day, because he works hard.”
Towanda had some other wrestlers that really stood out to Sexton.
“I thought Cooper Mosier had a real good day today,” Sexton said. “he pulled out one match at the end because he kept working. Same thing with Joe Koss, I thought Joe had a real good day for us as well. I thought Nate (Secules) had real good matches. His two losses, (Southern Columbia’s Shane) Casey was a state qualifier, his other loss was to (Montoursville’s Wyatt) Lutz, who was a state qualifier. I thought he gave both of them good matches. He was pretty competitive. Against Lutz he had one mistake and ended up on his back. he finished that match with an escape and a takedown and kept working. Same against Casey, he made one mistake against Casey, which was the difference in the match to.”
Towanda had a pair of wrestlers, Kadyn DeMoss and Clay Green, step into the lineup filling in for injured wrestlers.
“Those two kids, Kayden DeMoss at 45 and 52 for us and Clay Green, they stepped into the lineup because of injuries and they gave it what they had. Kayden is a first-year wrestler and he gave it what he had. I’m pleased with Clay Green to. Clay had to step into a weight class he’s probably a little small for to,” Sexton said.
Against Liberty the Black Knights got wins from Mike Johnson (170), Koss (182), Seth Johnson (195), Jared Schoonover (220), Hawley (106), Secules (120), Noah Shafer (126), Knolles (132), Mosier (138), Keegan Kisner (152) and Green (160). Mike Johnson, Hawley, Secules, Shafer, Knolles, Kisner and Green all had pins.
Liberty got wins from Cameron Andrews (145) and Justin Kriner (285) with Andrews getting a pin.
In the win over Central Columbia the Black Knights got wins from Koss (182), Dawson Manning (195), Seth Johnson (220), Hawley, Secules, Shafer, Knolles, Kisner and Mike Johnson. Koss, Manning, Seth Johnson, Secules, Shafer, Knolles, and Mike Johnson all had falls for Towanda.
Against Western Wayne the Black Knights got wins from Hawley, Secules, Shafer, Knolles, Mosier, Kisner, Mike Johnson and Koss. Secules, Shafer, Knolles and Kisner had pins for Towanda in the match.
The match was tied at 33 all with two weights left. Mike Johnson gave Towanda the lead with a 9-4 win at 170 and Koss clinched it with an 8-0 major decision at 182.
Western Wayne led 20-6 after five weights, but Secules, Shafer, Knolles, Mosier and Kisner gave Towanda five straight wins as the Black Knights went from down 20-6 to up 33-20.
Against Montoursville the Black Knights got wins from Seth Johnson, Hawley, Knolles, Mosier, Kisner and Koss. Knolles, Mosier, Kisner and Koss all had pints for Towanda in the match.
Hawley, Knolles and Mosier had wins against Southern Columbia for the black Knights. Hawley had a pin in 1:20 over Nicholas Kuzo and Knolles beat Michael Minor 9-3, while Mosier beat Shane Miller 9-8 on a take down in the final seconds.
Secules dropped a tough 3-0 match at 120 pounds to Casey.
Liberty got wins from Kriner, Carl Dinger, Riley Walker, Andrews and Judson Wise against West Scranton. Kriner and Wise both had pins for Liberty.
Against Port Allegany there were wins by Kriner, Dinger, Walker, Andrews, Wise and Hunter May. Kriner, Andrews and Wise all had pins for Liberty in the match.
In the match against Central Columbia Kriner, Roger Learn, Andrews, Wise, May and Grant Gee had wins for Liberty. Kriner, Andrews and May all had pins for Liberty in the match.
Liberty got wins from Dinger, Walker and Gee against Western Wayne, all of them by fall. In a matchup of regional qualifiers, Cole Fuller of Western Wayne bumped up to 285 and beat Kriner 1-0.
For Sexton getting some good competition only helps down the stretch.
“It’s still early, but after what I saw from Southern today, it’s going to take a very solid, deep team to beat them,” Sexton said. “Wrestling that quality of a team, hopefully it gets us ready as we start to see some of the better teams in our league.”