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McGregor earns 100th career win as Braves down rival Seals

Jan. 25—SUNBURY — As Shikellamy and Selinsgrove fans packed Lockcuff Memorial Gymnasium for Thursday's dual meet between the cross-river rivals, you could tell from the start that it was going to be an intense atmosphere.

Even before the varsity match started, spectators from both sides were immersed in the bouts between the junior varsity wrestlers.

The junior varsity wrestlers set the stage for the varsity match as each bout had both sides heavily involved. The home fans exited in high spirits as Shikellamy defeated Selinsgrove 37-22 in a Heartland Athletic Conference Division-I bout.

Thursday's meet also saw Shikellamy senior Isaac McGregor pick up his 100th career win at 133 pounds.

"This is one of those matches that it's easy to get excited for," said Shikellamy coach Tim Boetsch. "It's one of our stepping points in the season that we look forward to every year. The guys have been working really hard up until this point. We had a pretty good read on what Selinsgrove was gonna do. We had a pretty good idea on some of the tactics they were planning on using."

The match started with the lightweights at 107. In that match, Shikellamy freshman Jacob Hendricks gave the Braves fans even more reason to be invested in the dual after he pinned Martin Wilson halfway into the first period.

Then at 114, Max Hallman and Anthony Snook were involved in a close match. The match was tied at 3-3 when Hallman earned a takedown as time expired in the second period. After Snook collected a point via an escape, Hallman picked up another takedown in the third period to seal the match at 7-4. Hallman's decision gave the home side a 9-0 lead.

At 121, Alex Reed gave Shikellamy another first-period pin when he took care of Mike Zettlemoyer for a 15-0 Braves lead.

"That was the perfect way to start the night out," Boetsch said. "You can't argue the fact that momentum is a factor when it comes to high school sports. With Jake Hendricks going out there and starting the night off with a pin, they really set the tone, raised the energy in the room, the crowd went wild and it just kept rolling from there."

Selinsgrove got on the board at 127 when freshman Alex Kadryna registered a 5-4 decision against Eben Kisner. After Kisner earned a takedown to end the second period, the match was tied 4-4 going into the final two minutes. However, Kadryna picked up an escape that gave the Seals their first three points.

Then at 133, McGregor earned his milestone win with a 6-0 decision over Nathan Martin. McGregor, who improved to 16-5 on the season, gave the Braves another three points for an 18-3 advantage.

"There was definitely a lot of pressure built up throughout the week, but I tried to keep my cool for the match and stay clam," McGregor said. "That's what happened.

"It felt amazing. It was electric. It just felt like everybody was supporting me and rooting for me. It was an amazing feeling."

Selinsgrove got on track during the following three matches. At 139, Ryan Harpster pinned Derek Brubaker in 37 seconds. Trent Turner gave the visitors another six points at 145 after he pinned Max Irving in 52 seconds to cut the Braves' lead to 18-15.

Then at 152, Landyn Lukens picked up a 3-0 decision over A.J. Benedict to knot it up at 18-18. The match was scoreless after two periods, but Lukens secured an escape and takedown to earn the win.

"Those three for us were must-wins," said Selinsgrove coach Seth Martin. "We had to win those, and we ended up winning them with a couple more points than what I was planning on. So I was pleased with that."

The Braves then responded at 160 when Cole Wetzel defeated Luke Smith in an 8-0 major decision to give the Braves the lead again at 22-18. Then at 172, Christian Boetsch pinned Owen Huffman in the third period to extend the Braves' lead to 28-18.

After Boetsch's pin, the most anticipated match of the night occurred at 189. In that match, Connor Wetzel took on Tucker Teats in a meeting of two reigning state qualifiers. Wetzel, who usually competes at 172, moved up to take on Teats. The move paid off as Wetzel garnered a 4-0 decision over Teats. Wetzel picked up two points via a takedown and two more after an escape and penalty. Like McGregor, Teats was also looking for his 100th win on Thursday.

Wetzel's win gave the Braves a 31-18 lead and secured the victory with two matches left.

"It was a matchup that I talked to Connor about earlier in the week, and he seemed excited about it, so he wanted the challenge" Tim Boetsch said. "Moving up a weight against that level of a wrestler is tough, but he was ready for the challenge, went out there and wrestled a really sharp match."

After Wetzel win against Teats, each side concluded the meet with a win at the heavier weights. At 215, Brody Rebuck pinned Jarrod Bullington late in the second period to extend the Braves' lead to 37-18. Selinsgrove ended the night with a win at 285 after Jack Peters picked up a 9-0 major decision over Preston Spontarelli.

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SHIKELLAMY 37, SELINSGROVE 22

107: Jacob Hendricks (Shik) pinned Martin Wilson, 1:35; 114: Max Hallman (Shik) dec. Anthony Snook, 7-4; 121: Alex Reed (Shik) pinned Mike Zettlemoyer, 1:49; 127: Alex Kadryna (Sel) dec. Eben Kisner, 5-4; 133: Isaac McGregor (Shik) dec. Nathan Martin, 6-0; 139: Ryan Harpster (Sel) pinned Derek Brubaker, :39; 145: Trent Turner (Sel) pinned Max Irving; :52; 152: Landyn Lukens (Sel) dec. A.J. Benedict; 3-0; 160: Cole Wetzel (Shik) maj. dec. Luke Smith, 8-0; 172: Christian Boetsch (Shik) pinned Owen Hoffman, 4:51; 189: Connor Wetzel (Shik) dec. Tucker Teats, 4-0; 215: Brody Rebuck (Shik) pinned Jarrod Bullington, 3:27; 285: Jack Peters (Sel) maj. dec. Preston Spontarelli, 9-0.