By: Tim Birney | | January 8, 2022


INDIANA, Pa. — Senior Gavin Bradley continues to wrestle like a man on a mission, winning the 113-pound title here at the Mid-Winter Mayhem Tournament in convincing fashion.

Senior Kaden Setzer finished fifth for the Wildcats at 132 pounds, and junior Jake Courtney was seventh at 138 pounds.

Bradley, who opened the tournament with a technical fall and a pin on Friday, opened Saturday with a 22-6 technical fall win over fourth-seeded Jared Popson of Brookville in the semifinals.

Bradley scored a quick takedown to start the match for a 2-0 lead. Thirty seconds later, Popson escaped to close the gap to 2-1,, but Bradley hit a five-point move to take a 7-1 lead after the opening two minutes.

Leading 8-2, Bradley scored four takedowns, the last coming with 3 seconds remaining, to increase his lead to 16-5 heading into the final two minutes.

After Popson was banged for stalling early in the third period, Bradley hit another five-point move to close out the match at 4:38.

In the finals, Bradley took control early and forged a 9-4 win over second-seed Weston Pisarchick of Brockway.

Bradley scored a takedown 21 seconds into the bout. After Pisarchick escaped with 49 seconds left, Bradley registered another takedown about 20 seconds later to take a 4-1 lead.

After spending the majority of the second period on their feet, Bradley scored a takedown and three near-fall points in the final 20 seconds to take a 9-1 lead.

Bradley cut Pisarchick loose to start the third period, and Pisarchick closed out the scoring with a takedown with 20 seconds remaining.

Bradley is now 13-0 on the season.

At 132 pounds, top-seeded Owen Reinsel of Brookville, who went on to win the title, scored a 7-1 win over Setzer, who was the fourth seed..

Reinsel took control early with a five-point move in the first 20 seconds of the bout. He added a reversal in the third period.

In his first wrestleback match, Setzer dropped a 4-0 decision to Commodore Perry’s Wyatt Lazzar, the 10th seed,

In the fifth-place match, Setzer scored a pair of third-period takedowns to rally for a 6-5 win over fifth-seeded Todd McGann of Quakertown.

Setzer beat McGann, 7-5, Friday in the quarterfinals.

At 138 pounds, Courtney, who was 4-1 on Friday, dropped a 7-4 decision to Marion Canter’s Liam Cornetto in the consolation bracket round-of-4.

In the seventh-place match, Courtney scored a takedown early in the third period to pull out a 2-0 decision over Benton’s Caden Temple.

Athens hosts Canton Tuesday, and travels to North Penn-Liberty Thursday.


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Tim Birney

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 five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).