News from May...2004


Branden Stearns Wins Brawl-At-The-Mall Title
Travis Goss Takes 2nd

To say Branden Stearns had a good day wrestling Sunday would be gross understatement. Stearns beat two AA state place winners and a state qualifier at the first annual Brawl-At-The Mall
tournament at the new Born To Run Sports Complex, in Grove City.

Due to a small turnout, Stearns needed only a single win to claim the 190 pound title, but it was a tall order. Stearns faced Slippery Rock's Trevor Gallo, who claimed 6th place at this year's PIAA AA tournament.

Gallo scored the first points with a second period reversal and took a 2-0 lead, but Stearns reversed the Rocket wrestler, took him to his back for five and hung on to win the bout, 5-2. Stearns also won exhibition bouts against Mercer's Braden Bice, who took 5th in the 275 lbs. weight class at the PIAA AA tourney and Bald Eagle Area's Regional 3rd placer, Travis Stem.

Stearns nailed Stem with a takedown and took the Eagle wrestler straight to his back for a 4-0 lead. Stem got a second period takedown to cut Stearns lead to 4-2. Stearns escaped to make it 5-2, but Stem fought off a switch attempt, got another takedown and cut the lead to 5-4. Stearns managed a late escape and made the final 6-4. Stearns was locked in a tight, 5-4 battle with Braden Bice, but hit a takedown at the buzzer for a 7-4 win.

Travis Goss won his semi finals bout in the 180 lbs. weight class, a 2-1 squeaker over Conneaut Lake's Ryan Courtney. Goss scored a takedown on a single, for his only points of the bout. In the finals, Goss met Mercer's Dustin Kelly. He was only down 2-1 in the second stanza, but gave up 3 back points on a bar arm combination. Goss nearly scored back points of his own in the 3rd, but ended up out of bounds and lost the bout, 5-1.

Goss wrestled his final match of the day, an exhibition against Warren 180 pounder, Brian Shontz. Goss got the first takedown on a spin behind and pulled out a solid 4-1 win.





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