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HERSHEY â€“ It wasnâ€™t about how Ridgway wrestling started Thursday, it was how the Elkers finished.
After a slow start, Ridgway closed with nine straight wins in a 54-21 dual victory over Lower Moreland in the second round of the PIAA Team Wrestling Championship.
Ridgway now faces Towanda in the state quarterfinals at noon Friday. Towanda won over Ridgway 40-23 at the Towanda Duals on Jan. 8.
Of the nine wins to close out the dual, five of them were pin. Ridgway had six pins overall along with two technical falls and two major decisions.
JOHNSONBURG â€“ With a pinfall victory just 47 seconds into his match, Johnsonburg senior Max Zimmerman strutted off the mat Thursday night with 99 career wins to his credit. While the Rams lost 58-11 to visiting Kane, Johnsonburg head wrestling coach Tom Launer had nothing but praise for his senior standout.
DuBOIS â€“ Hollywood couldn't have written a script with as much symmetry as what Ridgway wrestling experienced Saturday.
A fifth consecutive district championship, toppling the top-seeded team in the district. The program's 600th win. And an Elker freshman clinching it all with a pinfall.
Cody Stahl's pin at 103 pounds sealed a 32-29 win over top-seeded Brookville in the championship of the District Team Duals Saturday at DuBois High School.
Despite being traditionally heralded as a run-first, pass-later offensive football team, two Steeler wide receivers in particular, rookies Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, are making an immediate impact on the field.
While Brown had 16 receptions in the regular season for 167 yards, good enough for a 10.4 average, his 58-yard reception versus Baltimore set up a game-winning touchdown. The following week, Brown had a 14-yard reception at the end of the game that enabled the Steelers to kneel the ball and earn their third Super Bowl trip in six seasons.
Itâ€™s finally Super Bowl week and at some point, after all the hype whether Green Bay Packer linebacker Clay Matthews or Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has better hair, the hoopla of Media Day and the â€śimportanceâ€ť of learning about which player thinks Lady Gaga is better than Justin Bieber, there will actually be a football game played at around 6:30 p.m. Sunday night. Itâ€™s Pittsburghâ€™s eighth Super Bowl appearance, the Steelers have the most wins with six and are tied with the most appearances with the Dallas Cowboys. Green Bay has won 12 NFL championships, the most in the league.
Safe to say, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's life and certainly his career hit rock-bottom last spring with the aftermath of his night in Georgia at a Milledgeville bar.
He was never charged legally but that means he wasn't punished for his lapse in judgment.
On the night of Brookville's 50th anniversary celebration, fans got a dual worthy of the occasion.
Highlighted by a 119-pound bout between two state-ranked wrestlers, Ridgway lost 42-24 at Brookville Saturday night at Brookville Area High School.
"I'm really pleased, the kids gave us everything they had," Ridgway coach Gary Gerber said.
Brookville coach Dave Klepfer said the Raiders wrestled well.
"It's definitely nice to get the win," he said. "The guys wrestled hard, it's nice to perform like that."
After seemingly never finding a way to get out of the minor leagues, Garrett Jones has established himself with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Jones appeared in 158 games with 21 home runs, 86 RBIs, 34 doubles and a .247 average for the middle-of-the-lineup presence. That also included home runs in his first two at-bats on Opening Day last season.
Jones was a featured part of the Pirates Caravan at Ridgway Area Middle School to promote the new season
Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan knows a new year means new excitement for baseball.
Hanrahan was part of the Pirates Caravan which visited Ridgway Area Middle School Tuesday to promote the upcoming season.
Ridgway wrestling coach Gary Gerber earned his 400th career coaching win at the Towanda Duals Saturday.
Gerber's 400th win came as the Elkers opened the Duals with a 41-24 victory over Milton.
"It felt great," Gerber said. "It's been great to be a part of Ridgway wrestling."
Ridgway finished with a 4-1 record in Towanda.
"The kids wrestled well all weekend," Gerber said. "We beat Port Allegany, another good team in the district and Towanda was a tough team."