Butler claims Southmoreland tourney crown



Butler's Ryan Hannon and Slippery Rock's Forrest Christmann each captured individual championships in their respective weight classes on Saturday at the Southmoreland Holiday Wrestling Classic. 
Butler won the 34-team tournament with a total of 193 points, finishing well ahead of second-place Mt. Pleasant's 148 points. 
At 170 pounds, Hannon had a first-round bye, then pinned West Greene's Dalton Wildman at 1:50, earned a 6-4 decision over Meyersdale's Billy Dunbar and 4-2 against Forest Hills' Zach Pinkas, the latter in the semifinals. 
Hannon catured a 5-1 decision over Gateway's Austin Davidson in the championship. 
For Christmann, the top seed at 285 pounds, a first-round bye was followed by first-period pins over Burrell's Jimmy Reedy (at 1:22) and Meyersdale's Justin Dunmyer (:45), before a 3-1 decision over Pine-Richland's Pat Kline sent him to the finals. 
Christmann scored a 5-0 decision over Southmoreland's Jake Beistel to claim the title. 
Butler had four other wrestlers reach the consolation finals. 
Blake Caudill (120) earned an 11-2 major decision over Valley's Josiah Hughes to earn third place. Zach Weaver (182), Korey Caudill (126) and Cody Houston (132) claimed fourth-place finishes. 
Mars finished 21st in the team standings, Slippery Rock 22nd, Grove City 26th and Knoch 29th in the 34-team event. 
Southmoreland Holiday

Wrestling Classic
Place Winners 
113 Conner Foust (Butler), sixth 
120 Blake Caudill (Butler), third; Dave Huselton (Slippery Rock), sixth 
126 Korey Caudill (Butler), fourth 
132 Cody Houston (Butler), fourth; Blaine Elliot (Knoch), fifth 
145 Trey Maher (Grove City), fifth 
152 Chet Simoni (Grove City) fifth; Dave Slomers (Butler), sixth 
160 Will Bortmas (Butler), Ryan McMahon (Mars), double-forfeit in fifth-place match 
170 Ryan Hannon (Butler), first 
182 Zach Weaver (Butler), fourth 
195 Tim Kerr (Slippery Rock), sixth; Brian Mowry (Knoch), seventh; Austin Bitzer (Mars), eighth 
220 Johan VanDyke (Mars), sixth 
285 Forrest Christmann (Slippery Rock), first