Five Wrestlers Named 2017-2018 TCS/CE All-Stars (03/19/2018)
(By CSZ Sports Writer Kenn Staub) Five Bobcat wrestlers were recently named to the Tri-County Sunday/Courier Express (TCS/CE) All-Star Team (March 18). Leading the way was Tom Wurster, who earned a spot on the First Team at 220-pounds. Ryley McMasters was named to the Second Team, while Login Dehner, Cam Boggess, and Cutter Boggess garnered Honorable Mention status.
Tom Wurster: First Team (220-pounds)…Wurster finished his senior season with a team high 29 victories against only 9 losses (.763 winning percentage). Of his 29 wins, 12 came via pin (a team high) and 3 by major decision. He recorded the Bobcats’ only overtime victory of the season. His 64 team were the third highest this year. Among his accolades were a 5-0 finish at the Redbank Valley Duals; second place at the 18th Annual Patrick J. Morales Tournament in Falconer, NY; third place at the Fred Bell Tournament in Grove City; runner-up status at the District 9 tournament; and a fourth place finish at the Northwest Regional tournament which earned him a trip to the PIAA Class AA Championships. Wurster, who achieved TCS/CE Honorable Mention status in 2016-2017, finished his Bobcat career with a 67-29 record (.698 winning percentage). Says Wurster: “Being selected for the All-Star First Team is quite something. It goes to show that if you put your work in and just don’t quit you will be rewarded in the end. Again I would like to thank Coach Luton, Coach Watterson, and Coach Slike for helping me through this season. Without them I wouldn’t have been so successful.” Says Bobcat Head Coach Brian Luton: “Tom made a lot of progress through the season to be able to accomplish some nice feats. Being selected to the First Team puts him with some good company. There is no doubt that Tom was very deserving of the selection. He had a great run in the postseason.”
Ryley McMasters: Second Team (152-pounds)…Due to a lingering injury suffered last season, the Bobcat senior did not wrestle his first match of the 2017-2018 campaign until Jan. 13 at the Morales Tournament. Once on the mat, McMasters compiled a 16-7 record (.696 winning percentage), with 7 of his victories coming as the result of pins. Accolades included a fourth place finish at the Morales Tournament, a 3-2 record at Fred Bell, and a third place finish at the District 9 tournament that secured him a spot at the Northwest Regionals. McMasters finished his career with a record of 60-44 (.577 winning percentage). Says Coach Luton: “Ryley suffered setbacks from injuries last season that rolled into this season. It took him a while to get rolling but once he did Ryley gave his opponents all they could handle. Ryley can be really proud of his effort and attitude this season. Getting to watch him qualify for Regionals was one of the best moments I’ve got to be part of as a coach. He’s such a hard worker and it was nice to see him be rewarded.”
Login Dehner: Honorable Mention (120-pounds)…Dehner, a junior, put together a 21-8 campaign (.724 winning percentage). His 21 victories were the second most on the team. Eight of his victories came from pins and he recorded 1 technical fall (the only one the Bobcats had this season) and a major decision. He led the team with 72 points scored. Dehner’s accomplishments included a 5-0 record at the Redbank Valley Duals, a runner-up finish at the Morales Tournament, and 3-2 record at the Fred Bell Tournament. He compiled a 2-2 record at the District 9 tournament, one win short of qualifying for Northwest Regionals. This was the second consecutive year Dehner was earned TCS/CE Honorable Mention recognition. Says Coach Luton: “Login had a nice season. He was in a very tough weight but was always able to be competitive. It’s nice to see other people recognize that.”
Cam Boggess: Honorable Mention (170-pounds)…The junior compiled a 19-10 record (.655 winning percentage) in his first year as a Bobcat. Boggess’s 11 pins ranked second on the team, as did his 66 points scored. He went 4-1 at the Redbank Valley Duals, finished fifth at the Morales Tournament, and went 2-2 at both the Fred Bell and District 9 tournaments. Says Coach Luton: “Cam worked incredibly hard this season and made improvements almost daily. By the end of the season I felt like he belonged as a real contender to place at Districts. I’m really excited to see what he can accomplish next season.”
Cutter Boggess: Honorable Mention (138-pounds)…Boggess went 20-10 (.667 winning percentage) during his freshman campaign, the third highest win total on the team. Seven of his victories came from pins, with another 4 the result of major decisions (a team high). Boggess went 3-2 at the Redbank Valley Duals, was a runner-up at the Morales Tournament, and posted a 4-2 record to reach the consolation quarterfinals at the Fred Bell Tournament. Says Coach Luton: Cutter’s freshman campaign was very encouraging from a coaching stand point. He improved a great deal throughout the season. There should be big things on the horizon for Cutter in the future. He has the potential to be a state quality wrestler.”
All other Clarion County wrestlers recognized were Redbank Valley products and included Second Team 106-pounder Trenten Rupp (freshman, 21-13) and 113-pounder Mason Songer (junior, 28-15). Bulldog grapplers attaining Honorable Mention status were junior Brayden Altobelli (120-pounds, 27-22), junior Hunter Martz (126-pounds, 25-17), senior Logan Minich (195-pounds, 20-9), and freshman Aiden Gardner (220-pounds, 24-13).
Clearfield’s Luke McGonigal, who claimed the Class AAA State Championship at 195-pounds, was named the2017-2018 TCS/CE Wrestler of the Year.