BENNETT WINS TITLE, McCARTHY-GARDNER RUNNER-UP FOR LADY 'CATS AT QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAIN

By: Tim Birney | AthensWildcats.com | December 18, 2021

 
BENNETT WINS TITLE, McCARTHY-GARDNER RUNNER-UP FOR LADY 'CATS AT QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAIN
 

MILL HALL, Pa. - Junior Layla Bennett pinned her way to a title, and senior Raven McCarthy-Gardner finished second at the Queen of the Mountain tournament Sunday here at Central Mountain High School.

Bennett finished the 4-0 to win the round-robin 117-120-pound bracket,while McCarthy-Gardner was 3-1 in the 158-175-pound bracket. Braelynn Wood (131-136 pounds), Lily Galasso (135-140) and Halei Schlosser (151-164) all went 0-4 on the day.

Athens finished 11th in the 23-team field.

Bennett opened the day with a 30-second fall of Brooklyn Southwick of Crawford, and followed it up with a pin of eventual second-place finisher Anna Krieider of Annville-Cleaona in 3:37.

After a bye in Round 3, Bennett decked Sky Kophazy of Crawford in 30 seconds, and finished off her perfect day with a pin of Chloe Hills of Parkland in 3:11.

McCarthy-Gardner opened with a 30-second fall of Selinsgrove's Emily Genet, then pinned Sarah Lynn of Big Spring in 2:33.

McCarthy lost via first-period fall to eventual champ Natalie Rush of Canon-McMillan in Round 3. She bounced back with a pin of third-place finisher Kylee Dean of North Allegheny in 23 seconds.

Athens will wrestle Western Wayne Wednesday at the Athens Duals.

 

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Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020). Southern Tier Sports Report is set to launch in 2021.