Murin's Win over Hoffman Highlights Sheetz Tournament

Sometimes, when a match is as highly anticipated as the Max Murin-Jimmy Hoffman final at the Sheetz Holiday Classic was, it’s tough to live up to they hype.

Saturday’s showdown between the 2016 PIAA runners-up – Murin in AA and Hoffman in AAA – didn’t disappoint.

Murin came from behind to beat Hoffman in a 138-pound match that most fans stuck around for in a bid to save the best for last at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson.

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Hoffman, who was the tournament’s outstanding wrestler in winning the 132-pound crown a year ago, was the aggressor in the first period. He nearly came up with a takedown but couldn’t quite get his hands locked on a cradle, and Murin fought off the attempt to send the match to the second period scoreless.

Hoffman chose the bottom position in the second and didn’t have much going through the first 1:51. He got to his feet a few times but was never really close to escaping. Facing a restart with 9 seconds remaining in the second, Hoffman came up with a big move. He hit a Peterson that took Murin to his back, but the Central Cambria senior – who was a state champ in 2014 – managed to flop back and forth enough to avoid a two-count.

Trailing 2-0 entering the third, Murin chose bottom and quickly escaped. He got in deep on a shot and tried to stack Hoffman. He came close, but wasn’t able to get a fall and instead cut off for a takedown. He finished in a Turk position and was able to take Hoffman to his back that way. It was very tight – so tight in fact that it appeared to be cutting off Hoffman’s air supply – and eventually was stopped, but not until before Murin pushed the lead to 6-2.

The Iowa recruit showed the type of gas tank that makes him a nice fit for the Hawkeyes and was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler after winning his fourth Sheetz title.

Hoffman, a Lehigh recruit who sat down with us on the PA Power Podcast prior to the finals, proved that he’s more than capable with sticking with some of the top guys in the country, although his conditioning might not be where it needs to be yet.

Here’s a look at the complete results:


Top 10 Teams: 1. Woodbridge (Va.) 156.5. 2. St. Marys 156. 3. Hazleton 152.5. 4. Altoona 142. 5. Archbishop Wood 135. 6. Hollidaysburg 108.5. 7. Tunkhannock 106.5. 8. Mifflinburg 105. 9. Forest Hills 104. 10. Berlin Brothersvalley 91.5.

Key: Altoona (AL), Archbishop Wood (AW), Bellwood-Antis (BA), Berlin Brothersvalley (BB), Cambria Heights (CH), Carlynton (CAR), Central Cambria (CC), Chartiers Valley (CV), Commodore Perry (CP), Conemaugh Township (CT), Corry (CR), Everett (EV), Forest Hills (FH), Glendale (GL), Hazleton (HZ), Hollidaysburg (HOL), Laurel Highlands (LH), Ligonier Valley (LV), Mifflinburg (MF), Mount Pleasant (MP), Mount Union (MU), Penn Cambria (PC), Penns Valley (PV), Portage (PO), Richland (RI), St. Joseph’s Academy (SJA), St. Marys (SM), Shamokin (SH), Souderton (SD), South Allegheny (SA), South Park (SP), Tunkhannock (TK), Tyrone (TY), Williams Valley (WV), Woodbridge (WB).

Championship Finals

145-Dalton Long, HOL, dec. Jared Hurd, PV, 1-0.

152-Connor Law, FH, dec. Cole Sossong, PO, 3-2.

160-Robert Patrick, LV, dec. Cody Jenkins, SA, 5-0.

170-Tyler Burlew, CR, dec. Shane Noonan, HZ, 3-2 (UTB).

182-Brinton Simington, AL, dec. Wes Graham, EV, 5-3.

195-Parker McClellan, AL, dec. Carson Kinney, HZ, 7-5.

220-Ian Edenfield, LH, dec. Shamil, Zaynullaev, CV, 3-2.

285-Toby Cahill, BB, maj. dec. Sam Rishel, MF, 15-6.

106-T.J. England, AW, dec. Sergio Morales, WB, 4-2 (TB).

113-Josh Boozel, MU, dec. Garret Cornell, EV, 6-4.

120-Byron Daubert, FH, dec. Tyler Dilley, 10-6.

126-Nate Gaines, WB, dec. Hunter Hileman, AL, 7-5.

132-Tommy Traver, TK, tech. fall Al Miscovich, MP, 16-0.

138-Max Murin, CC, dec. Jimmy Hoffman, HZ, 6-2

Outstanding Wrestler: Max Murin, Central Cambria.

Third Place

106-Baylor Shunk, PV, maj. dec. David Evans, TK, 9-1.

113-Jacob Maurer, HZ, dec. Doug Bittner, MP, 2-1 (UTB).

120-Darren Yearick, PV, pinned Stephen Veneziale, AW, :58.

126-Tristan Pugh, BB, dec. Alex Shaffer, AW, 5-4.

132-Caleb Dowling, SJA, pinned Devin Pietkiewicz, SH, 3:31.

138-Nathan Swartz, HOL, dec. Alec Bittler, SM, 6-2.

145-Dallas Bulsak, SP, maj. dec. Cameron Resch, SM, 14-2.

152-Andrew Sharer, PV, pinned Sage Dixon, 2:27.

160-Sahm Abdulrazzaq, WB, dec. Jake Carpenter, SH, 3-1.

170-Harry Green, AW, dec. Jarred Stoy, 7-6.

182-Zyon Betts, WB, dec. Mason McCready, HOL, 5-2.

195-Sam Rice, TK, dec. Caliber Castel, CC, 6-3.

220-Christian Steffan, SM, dec. Jake Ryan, MU, 5-1.

285-Hunter Gill, HOL, maj. dec. Ian Minnich, WV, 9-1.

Fifth Place

106-Tylor Herzing, SM, dec. Allen Simmons, CH, 11-4.

113-Zachary Macy, CV, forfeit over Max Shaffer, AW, forfeit.

120-Charles Everdale, HZ, pinned Logan Munsee, CR, 3:21.

126-Chris Lasecki, HZ, maj. dec. Clayton Reed, MF, 10-1.

132-Anthony Martoccio, HZ, dec. Trevor Bingaman, MF, 6-2.

138-Jerrell Kephart, AL, dec. Alex Caldwell, LV, 8-4.

145-John Mott, CM, dec. Brock Talko, PC, 2-1.

152-Samir Bawezir, WB, dec. Garret Cook, SM, 6-3.

160-Tyler Stolzfus, MF, dec. Logan Witwicki, CAR, 7-4.

170-Collin Eger, CV, dec. Mohamed Ibrahim, WB, 3-0.

182-Brandon Cherry, SM, med. forfeit over Dylan Rabuck, WV.

195-Luke Walter, MF, pinned Levi Hockenberry, MU, 1:45.

220-Nate Simmers, AL, dec. Daymian Shoop, WV, 7-4.

285-Daniel McGeough, CV, dec. Felix Dabdub, WB, 2-1.

Seventh Place

106-Ed Heuhn, CAR, maj. dec. Hunter Fink, CR, 11-2.

113-Yousef Hammad, WG, dec. David Gavek, TK, 7-1.

120-Devon Brown, TY, pinned Chett Pesta, WV, 1:56.

126-Austin Mihalchik, MP, tech. fall Chase Proudfit, PC, 15-0.

132-David Congleton, WB, tech. fall Marcus Reed, SM, 15-0.

138-Liam Flaherty, EV, dec. Evan Courts, SJA, 4-2.

145-Seth Link, CH, dec. Kobe Harr, AL, 11-6.

152-Hayden Boutiller, AL, dec. Brody Mezzelo, CH, 2-1.

160-Derek Brown, PC, dec. Brandon Stahl, CT, 4-3.

170-Isaac Thompson, CC, pinned Gavin Wills, EV, 3:23.

182-Nathan Wingard, FH, dec. Noah Schratzmeier, BA, 6-0.

195-Zack Charlesworth, MP, dec. Mitchell Cashmer, SM, 3-0.

220-Connor Bishop, AW, dec. Jack Gill, CR, 10-5.

285-Cody Bogus, CH, dec. Kyle Peterson, EV, 4-2.


106-Morales, WB, dec. Shunk, PV, 3-2; England, AW, dec. Evans, TK, 3-0.

113-Boozel, MU dec. Macy, CV, 4-3 (UTB); Cornell, EV, dec. Maurer, HZ, 3-0.

120-Dilley, SM, dec. Veneziale, AW, 2-1; Daubert, FH, pinned Yearick, PV, 3:09.

126-Gaines, WB, dec. Lasecki, HZ, 3-1; Hileman, AL, dec. Reed, MF, 3-1.

132-Traver, TK, dec. Dowling, SJA, 6-2; Miscovich, MP, dec. Martoccio, HZ, 3-1.

138-Murin, CC, pinned Swartz, HOL, 1:20; Hoffman, HZ, maj. dec. Bittler, SM, 11-0.

145-Long, HOL, dec. Bulsak, SP, 6-3; Hurd, PV dec. Mott, CP, 6-1.

152-Sossong, PO dec. Cook, SM, 3-0; Law, FH dec. Dixon, TY, 6-0.

160-Patrick, LV, maj. dec. Abdulrazzaq, WB, 10-0; Jenkins, SA, dec. Carpenter, SH, 4-2.

170-Noonan, HZ, dec. Green, AW, 6-5; Burlew, CR, dec. Eger, CV, 11-4.

182-Simington, AL, dec. McCready, HOL, 3-2; Graham, EV, dec. Betts, WB, 7-4.

195-Kinney, HZ, dec. Walter, MF, 3-2; McClellan, AL, dec. Castel, CC, 4-3.

220-Edenfield, LH, pinned Simmers, AL, 1:34; Zaynullaev, CV maj. dec. vs. Shoop, WV, 21-8.

285-Cahill, BB, tech. fall Minnich, WV, 20-5; Rishel, MF dec. Gill, HOL, 1-0.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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