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PIAA wrestling notes Day 1


The PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships began this morning at the Giant Center.

Here’s some notes from the early action from Day 1.

At 106 pounds, Southmoreland sophomore Austin Griffiths (33-4) rolled into the quarterfinals with a 6-1 against Wilson (Easton) senior Jaryd Wilson. He will face Northeast Regional champion Line Mountain sophomore Cameron Newman.

Burgettstown sophomore Austin McDermitt and Jefferson-Morgan sophomore Brendan Howard dropped their opening round matches. McDermitt lost 10-1 to tournament favorite Devin Brown of Saegertown and Howard was beaten 15-0 by Bethlehem Catholic freshman Luke Karam.

At 113: South Fayette senior Seth Carr defeated Bethlehem Catholic Stephen Maloney, 8-3. Derry freshman George ‘Mickey’ Phillippi blanked a Wilkes-Barre GAR opponent, 9-0; Ligonier Valley junior Justin Patrick whipped Warrior Run sophomore Eric Hunt, 9-2; and Redbank Valley junior Willis Gruver edged Tri-Valley sophomore Caleb Bordner, 4-3.

Carr meets Bishop McDevitt sophomore David Pipa in the quarterfinals, Gruver and Phillippi square off and Patrick gets Boiling Springs sophomore Korbin Myers.

At 120: Ligonier Valley senior Josh Patrick and South Side Beaver senior Nathan Reckner both advanced the quarterfinals, while South Fayette freshman Mike Carr and Valley senior Josiah Hughes fell into the consolation rounds.

Patrick defeated Schuylkill Valley sophomore Josh Giorgio, 13-3, and Reckner beat Penn Argyl senior Matt Williams, 3-1.

Patrick will face Wyalusing freshman Collin Edsell and Reckner gets Matt Welliver of Benton.

Also, Ryan Easter of Bedford defeated Saucon Valley senior Bryan Israel, 1-0, in overtime.

126: South Park freshman Greg Bulsak and Jefferson-Morgan junior John Demaske each won, while Valley junior Patrick Dewitt fell.

Bulsak defeated Wyoming senior Jaquan Gordon, 3-0. He’ll face Boiling Springs sophomore Kyle Shoop. Demaske blanked Saegertown freshman Nick Monico, 6-0. He gets Southern Columbia sophomore Kent Lane in the quarterfinals.

At 132: Keystone Oaks Nick Zanetta defeated Brookville’s Dalton Zimmerman, 6-1; and Kittanning’s Jason Nolf won, 6-2, over Bethlehem Catholic’s Lee Todora. South Park’s Jake Wentzel and Burrell’s John Andrejcik were beaten.

At 138: Charleroi’s Nick Gavazzi pinned Bethlehem Catholic’s Ryan Todora in an upset, and Burrell’s Steven Edwards won, 5-1, over Tri-Valley sophomore Hunter Harner.

At 145: Chartiers-Houston’s Tanner Sutton was the only district wrestler to win. He defeated Schuylkill Valley’s Zach Homan, 14-6.

Noah Tarr of Blairsville, Phil Marra of Burrell and Matt Johnston of West Greene fell into the consolation round. Tarr received a flagrant misconduct penalty and was eliminated from the tournament.

At 152: Boe Bonzo of Freedom and Blairsville’s Andrew Doak picked up wins to advance to the quarterfinals. Bonzo won, 9-4, over Palmerton’s Zach Graver, and Doak won, 5-4, over Saucon Valley’s Travis Buddock.

South Fayette’s Grant Fetchet lost his opening round match.

At 160: South Fayette’s J.J. Walker reached the quarterfinals with a 5-4 win over Montgomery’s Isaiah Bobotas.

At 170: South Fayette’s Mike Fetchet and Jefferson-Morgan’s Dustin Conti reached the quarterfinals. Fetchet defeated Mid-West’s Alex Lieberman, 6-1; and Conti edged Bethlehem Catholic’s Nick Cortopassi, 3-1.

At 182: Valley’s Terrell Fields, Blairsville’s Scott Thompson and Burrell’s Dakota DesLauriers all advanced to the quarterfinals.

Fields won, 10-5, over Reynolds’ Jamar Henry, Thompson edged Redbank Valley’s Aaron Hook, 3-2; DesLauriers won, 18-3, over Tri-Valley’s Lyle Troutman.

At 195: Kittanning’s Zac Croyle advanced with a 7-6 win over Williams Valley’s Jonathan Rummel, 7-6; Chartiers-Houston’s Garrett Vulcano won, 10-1, over Hamburg’s Austin Bashore.

At 220: Avella’s Jake Temple and West Greene’s Cody Jacobs advanced to the quarterfinals. Temple defeated Boiling Springs’ Calvin Barrick, 9-5; and Jacobs won, 9-4, over Central Columbia’s Eric McCracken.

At 285: Burrell’s Alan Beattie was pinned by Bethlehem Catholic’s Andrew Dunn. Beattie was leading 6-2 when he got turned, and Southmoreland’s Jake Beistel fell to Lakeview’s Sam Breese, 9-2.

PIAA Class AA Round I consolations (loser is eliminated)

At 106: Burgettstown’s Austin McDermitt and Jefferson-Morgan’s Brendan Howard lost.

At 113: Bentworth’s Jake Rothka stayed alive with a 12-8 win over Warrior Run’s Eric Hunt.

At 120: Valley’s Josiah Hughes and South Fayette’s Mike Carr were beaten.

At 126: Valley’s Patrick Dewitt won, 7-1, over Southern Huntingdon’s Dison Myers.

At 132: South Park’s Jake Wentzel stayed alive with a 4-0 win over Seneca’s Adam Fish, but Burrell’s J.R. Andrejcik was beaten.

At 145: Burrell’s Phil Marra got a late nearfall points for a 2-0 win over Conemaugh Township’s Tanner Cahill, West Greene’s Matt Johnston was beaten.

At 152: South Fayette’s Grant Fetchet was beaten.

At 285: Burrell’s Allan Beattie and Southmoreland’s Jake Beistel were beaten.

Action in Class AA resumes at 9 a.m. Friday

–By Paul Schofield


Afternoon session

The PIAA Class AAA individual wrestling championships began Friday afternoon at the Giant Center in Hershey.
At 106 pounds, Latrobe freshman Luke Pletcher, the WPIAL champion, improved to 38-2 for the season with a 12-6 win over McDowell’s Charlie Lenox. He’ll wrestle Avon Grove junior Edgar Garcia in the quarterfinals, which begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Canon-McMillan junior Brendan Price and North Hills freshman Gage Curry dropped to the consolation bracket after first-round setbacks. Price lost, 6-4, to Solanco’s Connor Sheehan, and Central York freshman Dylan Chatterton pinned Curry, the WPIAL runner-up, late in the second period.
At 113 pounds: Waynesburg sophomore A.C. Headlee held off Twin Valley sophomore Daniel Grant to win, 11-9. He’ll wrestle Owen J. Roberts sophomore Derek Gulotta. North Allegheny junior Dom Forys, the WPIAL runner-up, lost 10-7 to Pennridge junior Scott Parker, and Gateway senior A.J. Wilkins, the third-place finisher, lost by pinfall to Parkland junior Ethan Lizak, a returning state champion.
At 120 pounds: All three WPIAL representatives advanced. District champ Sam Krivus, a Hempfield sophomore, won 8-0 over Oley Valley’s Joey Fick. Runner-up Vincenzo Joseph, a Central Catholic sophomore, secured an 8-0 victory over Solanco senior Ronnie Perry. And Canon-McMillan junior Dalton Macri topped Liberty senior and Northeast Region winner Grimaldi Gonzalez, 7-1. Macri will wrestle Spring Grove junior Zack Clingan in the quarterfinals. Joseph gets McDoweel senior Paul Deitz. And Krivus will meet Nazareth junior Tyler Tarsi.
At 126 pounds: The WPIAL again displayed its might, as North Hills senior Tyler Walker, Franklin Regional sophomore Michael Kemerer and Canon-McMillan senior Connor Schram all won. Walker defeated Manheim Township junior and South-central Region champ Cortlandt Schuyler, 13-7.
Kemerer topped East Stroudsburg South junior Colby Ems, 5-1. Schram defeated Pennsbury senior Josh DiSanto, 11-4. Walker will wrestle Punxsutawney freshman Kaleb Young in the quarterfinals. Kemerer will meet Owen J. Roberts junior Colby Frank. And Schram squares off with Nazareth junior Chase Zemenak.
At 132 pounds: Another trio of WPIAL boys on their way to the quarterfinals. District champ Ethan Kenney of Connellsville won 5-4 over Garden Spot senior Nick Cook. Franklin Regional junior Tyler Smith, the WPIAL runner-up, defeated Middletown senior Bryce Killian, 4-3. And North Hills senior Drew Walker topped Delaware Valley junior Jalen Palmer, 4-1. Smith gets Easton senior Robert Rizzolino in the quarterfinals. Kenney will meet Clearfield senior Christian Stone. And Walker matches up with Cumberland Valley sophomore Patrick Duggan.
At 138: Franklin Regional sophomore Josh Maruca thumped Emmaus freshman Cole Franklin, 19-4, to advance to the quarterfinals, where he’ll wrestle Big Spring junior Chad Wickard. North Allegheny junior Jesse Rodgers, meanwhile, topped Quakertown senior Tyler Seislove, 8-1. He’ll meet Altoona senior T.J. Brandt next. Latrobe freshman Jake Shaffer lost, 9-0, to Central Dauphin senior Tyson Dippery.
At 145: The WPIAL’s top two wrestlers cruised through the first round. District champ and Canon-Mac junior Solomon Chishko won by technical fall (17-2) midway through the third period against Garnet Valley junior John Dambro. Runner-up Josh Shields, a Franklin Regional sophomore, pinned McDowell’s Cody Nolan. Also, Hampton senior Kevin Synan edged Neshaminy senior Ryan O’Connor, 8-7. Chishko will wrestle Spring Grove junior Mason Bentzel in the quarterfinals. Shields gets Manheim Township senior Adam Smith. And Synan meets Clearfield senior Nolan Barger.
At 152: WPIAL just piling up the wins. Norwin senior Heath Coles beats Monsignor Bonner junior Joe Dephillipo, 10-3. Pine-Richland sophomore Brendan Burnham tops General McClane junior Mike Sutton, 7-2. And Greensburg Salem senior Tyler Reinhart edges Central Mountain junior Chad Reese. Coles will meet Dallastown senior Tanner Druck in the quarterfinals. Burnham advances to meet Chambersburg senior Garett Hammond. And Reinhart gets Central Dauphin senior Austin Rose.
At 160: WPIAL champ Zack Zavatsky of Latrobe pins Conestoga senior Logan Kerin in the second period, and Greensburg Salem senior Zach Voytek edges Northampton junior Bobby Fehr, 5-0. Zavatsky will meet Easton senior Evan Disora in the quarterfinals. Voytek gets McDowell junior Tyree Spearman. North Allegheny senior Ben Schweiger lost, 6-2, to Plymouth Whitemarsh senior Justin Staudenmayer in the first round.
At 170: Canon-Mac senior Cody Wiercioch moved one step closer to another PIAA title with his third-period pin of Big Spring junior Cody Seibert in the first round. Chartiers Valley junior Noah Wilps also advanced to the quarterfinals, as he defeated Bellefonte senior Nicholas Shawley, 3-2. Wiercioch will wrestle DuBois junior Tom Sleigh in the quarterfinals. Wilps gets West York junior Kyle Narber. Mt. Lebanon sophomore Kellan Stout lost to Penncrest senior Joe Gartland, 3-1, in overtime.
At 182: North Allegheny senior Alex DeCiantis improved to 33-2 with an 11-1 win over Manheim Township junior John Shorter. He’ll wrestle Norristown senior Brett Harner in the quarterfinals. Norwin freshman Drew Phipps and Belle Vernon’s Adam Nickelson dropped to the consolation level after first-round losses. Phipps dropped a 3-2 decision to Governor Mifflin senior Marcus Johnson, and Nickelson lost, 6-4, to Owen J. Roberts senior Gordon Bolig.
At 195: WPIAL champion Jake Hart, a Hampton senior, cruised to the quarterfinals by pinning Delaware Valley sophomore Matt Wager in the first period of their first-round bout. District runner-up and Kiski Area senior Matt McCutcheon advanced with an 8-2 win over Bald Eagle Area senior Aaron Varner. North Hills senior Alen Turcinhodzic dropped to the consolation bracket after a 3-1 loss to Dieruff junior Jovon Reyes.
At 220: Central Catholic junior Zach DeLuca kept the momentum going after a WPIAL title-winning performance, as he opened the state tournament with a second-period pin of Wilson junior Hunter Hatlee. In the quarterfinals, DeLuca gets Liberty junior Jake Gunning, who edged Westinghouse senior Rodjecko Christian, 7-6. Canon-Mac senior Alex Campbell lost 13-3 to Coatesville junior Michael Boykins, and Montour junior Cole Macek dropped a 4-1 decision to Boyertown freshman Jordan Wood.
At 285: Kiski Area junior Shane Kuhn kicks off his state tournament with a first-period pinfall win over Altoona senior Austin Rosenberry. He’ll meet Warwick senior Tom Devenney in the quarterfinals. Franklin Regional senior Luke Fleck lost by pinfall to Nazareth senior Aaron Bradley, and Canon-Mac senior Angelo Broglia dropped a 5-1 decision to James Coughlin senior Brad Emerick.
In first-round bouts, WPIAL wrestlers finished with a 29-13 record.
Day 1 of PIAA wrestling wraps up with the Class AAA consolation bouts. Here’s a breakdown of who’s still in and who’s out from the WPIAL in each weight class.  But for those who are short on time, here’s a simple summary: Only four WPIAL wrestlers in Class AAA were eliminated.

106: Canon-McMillan junior Brendan Price exited the tournament after a 7-4 loss to Parkland freshman Jacob Lizak. North Hills freshman Gage Curry gets through to Day 2 with a nine-second pinfall win over Marple Newtown junior Jason Rinaldi.

113: Gateway senior A.J. Wilkins and North Allegheny Dom Forys both remain in medal mix after consolation-round wins. Wilkins defeated General McLane freshman Hunter Hendricks, 12-7. Forys won, 5-1, over Spring Grove senior Derek Carlisle.

120: All three WPIAL wrestlers are in the quarterfinals.

126: Ditto.

132: Double ditto.

138: Latrobe freshman Jake Shaffer is eliminated with a 9-2 loss to Great Valley junior Shane Ruhnke.

145: All three WPIAL wrestlers are in the quarterfinals. Allderdice senior Brian Estep won, 10-8, over Norristown junior Mikey Springer
to advance to Day 2.

152: All three WPIAL wrestlers are in the quarterfinals.

160: North Allegheny senior Ben Schweiger lost to General McLane senior Ossie Bowers, 8-3, in overtime, so he’s out.

170: Mt. Lebanon sophomore Kellan Stout is a beneficiary of misfortune, as he wins his consolation bout by forfeit. Mechanicsburg senior Joey Krulock suffered an injury in the first round and did not return.

182: Both Belle Vernon senior Adam Nickelson and freshman Drew Phipps remain alive after consolation-round wins. Nickelson pinned Cedar Cliff freshman Josh Colello, and Phipps edged Central Mountain senior Blaze Buckwalter, 5-4.

195: North Hills senior Alen Turcinhodzic wins a battle of long last names, as he beat Penn Wood junior Karon Lucas-Tillery, 7-2.

220: Canon-Mac senior Alex Campbell pinned Mifflin County junior Kyle Kahley in the second period, Montour junior Cole Macek edged Carlisle junior Hasan Alic, 9-4, and Westinghouse senior Rodjecko Christian beat Wilson junior Hunter Hatlee, 5-4, so they’re all still
in the mix for third.

285: Franklin Regional senior Luke Fleck beat Hollidaysburg senior Matt Barton, 4-1, to make it to Day 2. Canon-Mac senior Angelo Broglia lost, 5-3, to Shippensburg senior Cary Hess, so he’s out.

–By Bill West

For updates on all the WPIAL and City League wrestlers at the PIAA tournament, follow @BWest_Trib and @Bungee18 on Twitter.

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