Joey Bomberger - Photo by Mallory Wilson

The Juniata Wrestling team has started their year successfully, winning three matches and only losing two at the Gary Woodruff Memorial Tournament at Wyalusing Area. On Wednesday, December 14th, the Wrestling team annihilated the Halifax High School Wildcats 59-9, giving the team a record of four wins and two losses! This win was the first match in which the team did not give up any forfeits since 2017.

Accepting a forfeit in the 107 weight class, Anthony Maradiaga had no opponent to wrestle but received six points for Juniata. Wrestling in the 114 weight class, Joey Bomberger scored two points for a takedown in the first period. Racking up multiple points for tilting, Bomberger ended the match in the second period with a tech fall and a final score of 15-0, scoring 5 points for the team. Amelia Smith, also wrestling in the 114 weight class, moved up a weight class, taking a forfeit and receiving six more points for the team. Taken down early in the first period, Colton Roles, wrestling in the 121 weight class, eventually turned the match around in the third period escaping and getting a takedown, and eventually winning in a 5-3 match by decision, earning 3 team points. Both Ryder Smith and Casey Smith took forfeits for Juniata, earning the team six points each! Wrestling for the 145 weight class, Taylor Smith won his match by decision with a final score of 9-5, bringing in 3 team points for Juniata. Charlie Telfer accepted a forfeit for the 152 weight class, and Livia Arentz bumped up a weight class to take a forfeit, earning the team six points each. Moving up a weight class from 172 to wrestle, Harrison Mummah put up a tough fight, achieving an individual point for a slick escape, but ultimately losing after the difficult matchup. Wesley Woodward, in the 172 weight class, and Jonathan Kauffman, in the 215 weight class, accepted forfeits, gaining Juniata another twelve points for the team. Jason Goss, wrestling in the 285 weight class, put up a fair fight but got pinned in a headlock and lost by fall. We wish each wrestler good luck in the rest of their season and are excited to see what they will accomplish in the new year! 

Joey Bomberger

Photo by Mallory Wilson

Colton Rowles

Photo by Natalie Popp

Harrison Mummah 

Photo by Mallory Wilson

Jason Goss

Photo by Mallory Wilson