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Bobcat Junior High Wrestlers Win Their Own Tournament (12/17/19)

(Photo submitted) Clarion Bobcats – Clarion Junior High Tournament Champions

The Clarion Junior High Wrestling Team won the 27th Annual Clarion Junior High Wrestling Tournament, on Saturday, December 14th. Thirteen teams competed in this year’s event.

Following the Bobcats, in the trophy race were Curwensville in second and Port Allegany in third.

Coach Lee Weber shared this summary about his team’s day:

With so many inexperience kids, I did not expect a first place finish.  Many of the inexperienced wrestlers won just by grinding it out!  So proud of them!  

We had three finalists Derek Smail 3-1, Joshua Beal 3-1, and Mason Gourley 5-0. 

Mason dominated his weight class by not giving up a point!  I just want to thank Coach Joel Rosko and Randy Cathcart for their work with getting the kids ready for this tournament. 

We had one champion.  Usually with only one champion, a team would not win the tournament.  We won the tournament because 13 out of our 16 wrestlers finished in the top 4 places!  That was team balance!

I just want to thank Coach Joel Rosko and Randy Cathcart for their work with getting the kids ready for this tournament. Thank you David Smail, Randy Boggess, and Brian Luton for running a great tournament!  Thank you Rob Powell, Braun Gourley, and Joel Rosco for taking care of our wrestlers! 

Thank you parents and volunteers for working the tournament and providing donations!  Thank you wrestlers for doing a great job at the tables! 

Our next match is at home against Cranberry on Friday, December 20th at 6 PM. 

Bobcat individual finishes (weight class listed in front of wrestler’s name):

80 Kaden Ferguson – 4th

87 Ethan Lloyd – 5th

94  Zane VanTassel – 3rd

101  Logan Powell – 3rd

108  Mason Gourley – 1st

115  Ryan Altman – 6th

115  Jase Ferguson – 6th

130  Jacob Smith – 3rd

130  Ben Rearick – 3rd

138  Gavin Hannold – 3rd

138  Holden Sparks – 4th

145  Noah Naser – 3rd

155  Dawson Smail – 3rd

170  Colby Wright – 4th

190  Derek Smail – 2nd

210  Joshua Beal – 2nd

Brock Champluvier, Doug Fox, Seth Weckerly, and Brady Quinn – Were not available to participate.

(Thanks to Coach Weber for the article and to Clarion Junior High Wrestling for the photo. Great job, Bobcats!!!!)