Mount Pleasant opens section schedule with victory over depleted Ligonier Valley

The Vikings scored four pins and took advantage of a handful of Rams forfeits

Thu Dec 16, 2021 - 12:48AM

Dan Flickinger Dan Flickinger
Mt. Pleasant's Greg Shaulis earned a major decision over Ligonier Valley's Josh Harbert at 132 pounds Wednesday night.Mt. Pleasant's Greg Shaulis earned a major decision over Ligonier Valley's Josh Harbert at 132 pounds Wednesday night.

Last Updated: Thu Dec 16, 2021 - 9:36PM

Mount Pleasant tallied four pins and received five forfeits as the Vikings began Class AA Section-3B action with a 63-12 victory over depleted Ligonier Valley at home on Wednesday.

The Rams forfeited the first bout of the night at 120 pounds but tied the match at six-all after James Brown pinned Ethan Benteler under a minute into the 126 pound match. After that it was all Mount Pleasant, however, as the home team reeled off six straight victories highlighted by a Conor Johnson fall over Jesse Turner with just over a minute left in the third period at 160 pounds.

With Mount Pleasant ahead 39-6, Ligonier Valley picked up its second fall of the night when Abe Mundorff pinned Jackson Hutter at the edge of the mat with 20 seconds left in the first period at 189 pounds.

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Ligonier Valley forfeited the 215 pound bout to the Vikings' two-time state champion Dayton Pitzer to make it 45-12. Joseph Semelko earned a fall against Logan Mulheren at heavyweight and two additional forfeits by the Rams closed out the scoring.

Also collecting victories for Mount Pleasant were Greg Shaulis by major decision (132), Jamison Poklembo by fall (138), Lucas Shaulis in a technical fall (152) and Ty Hornick by fall (172). Joseph Longhi, William Shipley, Sean Cain, Luke Geibig and Pitzer all took forfeits.

The Rams were without a handful of key wrestlers in the match including 145 pounder Ryan Harbert who has been out recovering from appendicitis.

Both teams will compete in the Panther Holiday Classic Tournament at Mount Aloysius College on Friday and Saturday.

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