Tyrone wrestlers lose first home match vs Bellefonte

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Tyrone won more matches than it lost but could not overcome forfeits in five weight classes, dropping their home opener to the visiting Bellefonte Red Raiders 58-21 on Tuesday night.

Senior Phoenix Farias began the evening with a win.  Farias scored two takedowns and two escapes, winning his match 6-4 vs Bellefonte’s Luke McClure.

“He was a strong kid,” said Farias, “he was quick and knew how to wrestle. Coming off a knee injury I knew I’d have a hard time with him, but when it came down to the end of the match my style of wrestling beat his.”

Junior Devon Brown then upped his record to 3-0 with a pin at 1:30.

Junior Steve Colyer pinned Bellefonte’s Timmy Berford at 1:32.

“The wrestler was pretty athletic,” said Colyer, “I knew it was going to be a good match. I did good and was able to work all the moves I wanted to do.”

Sophomore Jamal Hicks won 6-0 over Bellefonte’s Cam Coppolo due to a head injury.

“A win is a win, but I wish we could have went a full match,” said Hicks.

Sophomore Derrick Harris had 6 escapes but lost his match 14-6 against Aaron Witherite.

In the second period, junior Sage Dixon took the fall at 3:44.

Sophomore Aaron Bakhsheshe took the fall at 1:09 and senior Eric Ixtopan at 1:06.

“We need more kids,” said Colyer, “we don’t have the numbers.”