Friday’s portion of the PIAA individual wrestling championships started with Class AA quarterfinal-round bouts at the Giant Center in Hershey. Ten of 21 wrestlers from the WPIAL advanced to the semifinals, which begin at 6:30 p.m. tonight.
At 106 pounds, Southmoreland sophomore Austin Griffiths lost, 4-2, to Line Mountain sophomore Cameron Newman. Griffiths scored a third-period reversal to make the score, 3-2, but Newman secured a late escape.
At 113: South Fayette senior Seth Carr and Derry freshman George Phillippi both secured spots in the semifinals. Carr led, 5-3, when Bishop McDevitt sophomore David Pipa defaulted out of the bout with two seconds left due to a knee injury. And Phillippi topped Redbank Valley junior Willie Gruver, 6-1.
Carr will wrestle Claysburg-Kimmel senior Josh Brown in the semifinals; Carr beat Brown a week ago in the Southwest Region semis,
Phillippi will wrestle Boiling Springs sophomore Korbin Myers, a returning state finalist.
At 120: South Side Beaver senior Nathan Reckner survived a high-scoring affair with Benton senior to win, 14-11. Reckner gets Bedford junior Ryan Easter in the semifinals.
At 126: Jefferson-Morgan junior John Demaske upset the Northeast Region champ, Southern Columbia sophomore Kent Lane, 6-2. Demaske gets returning state champion Ryan Diehl of District 3’s Trinity in the semifinals.
At 132: Keystone Oaks senior Nick Zanetta and Kittanning junior Jason Nolf both returned to the state semifinals. Zanetta, a returning PIAA finalist, topped Lake-Lehman junior Austin Harry, 5-0, in the quarterfinals. And Nolf, who placed third a season ago and won a title as a freshman, defeated Annville Cleona sophomore Jeff Inman, 8-2.
Zanetta meets Hanover junior Ian Brown in the semifinals. Nolf gets Pius X sophomore Michael Comunale.
At 138: Charleroi junior Nick Gavazzi lost a 3-1 heartbreaker to Line Mountain senior Seth Lansberry in overtime. Gavazzi pressured Lansberry into a stall point with two seconds left in the third period. But he then allowed a takedown 15 seconds into the extra period.
Burrell junior Steve Edwards lost by pinfall in the first period to Benton senior and Penn State recruit Zain Retherford.
At 145: Chartiers-Houston senior Tanner Sutton dropped an 8-3 decision to Tri Valley senior Blake Bowman. In a rematch of the WPIAL finals, Sutton will wrestle Burrell senior Phil Marra in the consolation round.
At 152: Freedom senior Boe Bonzo lost, 7-2, to Coudersport junior Kyle Bova.
At 160: South Fayette sophomore Jared Walker came up short against Tri Valley senior Ty Schoffstall, who won, 6-3.
At 170: Jefferson-Morgan senior Dustin Conti fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 2-1 tiebreaker loss to Port Allegany senior Alex Gular. Conti failed to escape from bottom in the latter half of the tiebreaker period of overtime. His record is now 38-1.
South Fayette senior Mike Fetchet, meanwhile, lost 8-0 to Brandywine Heights senior Pete Renda.
At 182: Burrell senior Dakota DesLauriers guaranteed himself a fourth PIAA medal with his 4-1 win over Lancaster Catholic junior Stephen Loiseau. He’ll wrestle Saegertown sophomore Dylan Reynolds for a shot to make his second straight final-round appearance.
Valley junior Terrell Fields lost by pinfall to Brandywine Heights senior Adam Mackie in the first period of their quarterfinal-round bout.
At 195: Kittanning senior Zac Croyle and Chartiers-Houston senior Garrett Vulcano both assured themselves a first state medal with quarterfinal-round victories. Croyle escaped with 14 seconds left in the third period to win, 2-1, over Chestnurt Ridge senior Dan Albright. Vulcano topped Western Wayne Conner Rosensweet, 5-1.
Croyle will wrestle defending state champion Ryan Solomon of Milton in the semifinals. Vulcano gets Trinity (District 3) senior Adam Geiger.
At 220: Avella junior Jake Temple topped Youngsville junior Jaykup Durlin, 7-1, to advance to the semifinals, where he’ll meet Lewisburg senior Brandon Smith.
West Greene senior Cody Jacobs lost, 8-0, to Saucon Valley senior Ray O’Donnell.
At 285: Both WPIAL wrestlers were eliminated Thursday.
Class AA consolation bouts followed the quarterfinals, and 12 WPIAL wrestlers guaranteed themselves at least an eighth-place finish in the PIAA with wins Friday morning.
The consolation winners will wrestle in third-round wrestleback bouts at 6:30 p.m. tonight.
At 106: Southmoreland sophomore Austin Griffiths scored a second-period reversal to beat Lancaster Catholic freshman Joe Lobeck, 2-0.
Griffiths will wrestle Bishop McDevitt freshman Tyshawn White next.
At 113: Bentworth junior Jake Rothka advanced with a forfeit win, as his opponent, Bishop McDevitt sophomore David Pipa, suffered a knee injury in the quarterfinals that knocked him out of the tournament.
At 120: No WPIAL wrestlers remain in the consolation bracket.
At 126: Valley junior Pat Dewitt and South Park freshman Greg Bulsak both exited the tournament. Dewitt lost, 8-4, to Sharon senior Jaray Norris. And Bulsak, the WPIAL and Southwest Region champion, dropped a 4-0 decision to Saegertown freshman Nick Monico.
At 132: South Park freshman Jake Wentzel defeated Smethport senior Karl Lightner, a Northwest Region champion, 6-0, to advance.
He’ll wrestle Brookville sophomore Dalton Zimmerman next.
At 138: Burrell junior Steve Edwards and Charleroi junior Nick Gavazzi both bounced back from quarterfinal-round losses. Edwards defeated Biglerville junior Jasper Haneky, 5-3, in his consolation bout, and Gavazzi topped Hanover junior Tyler Shafer.
Edwards will wrestle Bethlehem Catholic senior Ryan Todora in the next round. Gavazzi gets Tri Valley sophomore Hunter Harner.
At 145: In a rematch of the WPIAL finals, Burrell senior Phil Marra denied Chartiers-Houston senior Tanner Sutton a last-second escape to win, 4-3. Marra gets Bermudian Springs sophomore Briton Shelton next.
At 152: Freedom senior Boe Bonzo recovered after a quarterfinal-round loss and beat Bedford senior Tanner Williams, 7-4.
Bonzo will wrestle Southern Columbia freshman Blake Marks next.
At 160: South Fayette sophomore Jared Walker edged Bethlehem Catholic senior Connor Hedash, 4-2, in overtime. He gets Benton junior Jeric Kasunic next.
At 170: Jefferson-Morgan senior Dustin Conti and South Fayette senior Mike Fetchet both moved forward. Conti, coming off his first loss of the season, topped Forest Hills senior Zack Pinkas, 5-2. And Fetchet defeated Northwestern senior Michael Ortiz, 3-1.
Conti will wrestle Biglerville senior Josh Asper next. Fetchet gets Chestnut Ridge senior Tyler Dibert.
At 182: A three-point third period gave Valley junior Terrell Fields room to breathe in his 4-0 win over Meyersdale junior Gavin Berkley.
Fields gets Canton junior Garrett Wesneski next.
At 195: No WPIAL wrestlers in the consolation bracket.
At 220: West Greene senior Cody Jacobs edged Halifax senior Joey Kaufman, 4-3, to secure his 100th career win. Jacobs gets Notre Dame GP Dennis Atiyeh next.
At 285: No WPIAL wrestlers in the consolation bracket.
WPIAL wrestlers continued to roll in the PIAA Class AAA championships, which continued Friday afternoon with quarterfinal-round bouts.
Quarterfinal winners will wrestle in the semifinals at 9 a.m. Saturday. Losers will wrestle in consolation bouts that follow the completion of the quarterfinals.
At 106: Latrobe freshman Luke Pletcher scored 14 points in the first period on the way to a 20-5 technical fall of Avon Grove junior Edgar Garcia.
Pletcher, who has scored 32 points through two bouts, will wrestle Nazareth junior Tyrone Klump in the semifinals.
At 113: Waynesburg sophomore A.C. Headlee scored three points in the third period, including a takedown with :11 left, to beat Owen J. Roberts sophomore Derek Gulotta, 3-1.
Headlee will wrestle Norristown senior Zack Fuentes in the semis.
At 120: WPIAL wrestlers claimed three of the four semifinal spots. Canon-Mac junior Dalton Macri won, 18-5, over Spring Grove junior Zack Clingan. Central Catholic sophomore Vincenzo Joseph defeated McDowell senior Paul Deitz, 6-2. And Hempfield sophomore Sam Krivus thumped Nazareth junior Tyler Tarsi, 15-0.
Macri meets Joseph in one semifinal. Krivus gets Northampton junior Zach Valley in the other.
At 126: Another WPIAL showcase for the semifinals. North Hills senior Tyler Walker topped Punxsutawney freshman Kaleb Young, 12-7, in the quarterfinals. Franklin Regional sophomore Michael Kemerer dominated Owen J. Roberts junior Colby Frank, 14-2. And Canon-Mac senior Connor Schram cruised to a 20-5 technical fall over Nazareth junior Chase Zemenak, 20-5.
Walker and Kemerer will meet in the semifinals. Schram gets Wyoming Valley West senior Kyle Krasavage.
At 132: Connellsville senior Ethan Kenney jumped out to a three-point lead and held on to win, 6-5, over Clearfield senior Christian Stone. And Franklin Regional junior Tyler Smith beat Easton senior Robert Rizzolino, 7-1.
Kenney will wrestle Cumberland Valley sophomore Patrick Duggan in the semifinals. Smith gets C.B. East junior Francesco Fabozzi.
At 138: Franklin Regional sophomore Josh Maruca edged Big Spring junior Chad Wickard, 3-1. He advances to the semifinals, where he’ll meet Father Judge junior Joe Galasso.
North Allegheny junior Jesse Rodgers lost, 9-0, to Altoona senior T.J. Brandt.
At 145: Franklin Regional sophomore Josh Shields topped Manheim Township senior Adam Smith, 4-2, and Canon-Mac junior Solomon Chishko won, 3-1, over Spring Grove junior Mason Bentzel.
Shields will meet Cedar Cliff senior Chris Vassar in the semifinals. Chishko gets Clearfield senior Nolan Barger, who defeated Hampton senior Kevin Synan in the quarterfinals.
Fun fact: Synan will wrestle Alderdice senior Brian Estep, a former Hampton wrestler, in the consolation bout.
At 152: Norwin senior Heath Coles tops Dallastown senior Tanner Druck, 7-2. And Greensburg Salem senior Tyler Reinhart managed a 2-1 ultimate-tiebreaker win over Central Dauphin senior Austin Rose.
Coles will wrestle Cumberland Valley junior T.C. Warner in the semifinals. Reinhart gets Chambersburg senior Garett Hammond, who defeated Pine-Richland sophomore Brendan Burnham, 16-0, in their quarterfinal bout.
At 160: Latrobe junior Zack Zavatsky cruised to an 8-1 win over Easton senior Evan Disora, and Greensburg Salem senior Zach Voytek upset unbeaten McDowell junior Tyree Spearman, 3-2.
Zavatsky gets defending champion Chance Marsteller of Kennard Dale in the semifinals. Voytek will wrestle a returning champion, Central Dauphin junior Garrett Peppelman.
At 170: Chartiers Valley junior Noah Wilps escaped with 18 seconds left in the ultimate rideout period to top West York junior Kyle Narber, 5-4. And Canon-Mac senior Cody Wiercioch dominated DuBois junior Tom Sleigh during an 11-3 win.
Wiercioch gets Central Dauphin senior Colton Peppelman in the semifinals, and Wilps will wrestle Penncrest senior Joe Gartland.
At 182: North Allegheny senior Alex DeCiantis dropped to the consolation bracket after a 6-2 loss to Norristown senior Brett Harner.
At 195: Hampton senior Jake Hart and Kiski Area senior Matt McCutcheon survived nail-biters to advance. Hart hit a late takedown to defeat Governor Mifflin sophomore Jan Johnson, 4-3. And McCutcheon went to overtime with Council Rock south senior P.J. Steinmetz before he won by pinfall with five seconds left in the extra period.
Hart will wrestle DuBois senior Landon Hanna in the semifinals, and McCutcheon gets Dieruff junior Jovon Reyes.
At 220: Central Catholic junior Zach DeLuca defeated Liberty junior Jake Gunning, 5-3 to reach the semifinals, where he’ll meet Boyertown freshman Jordan Wood.
At 285: Kiski Area junior Shane Kuhn scored an early takedown and held on to win, 3-2, over Warwick senior Tom Devenney.
Kuhn, who improved to 40-0 for the season, will wrestle Nazareth senior Aaron Bradley in the semifinals.
The herd of WPIAL Class AAA wrestlers thinned by only a few during the second round of consolation bouts, completed Friday afternoon.
Only seven from the WPIAL — and one from the City League — were eliminated.
All the winners ensured themselves at least an eighth-place finish in the tournament. They’ll resume consolation bouts at 9 a.m. Saturday.
At 106: North Hills freshman Gage Curry defeated General McLane Joe Wheeling, 7-3, to secure his second consolation-level win of the tournament.
He’ll wrestle Avon Grove junior Edgar Garcia next.
At 113: North Allegheny junior Dom Forys moved forward with a 7-2 win over Mifflin County freshman Hayden Hidlay. Forys will wrestle Owen J. Roberts sophomore Derek Gulotta next.
At 120: All three WPIAL wrestlers still are in the winner’s bracket.
At 126: Ditto.
At 132: North Hills senior Drew Walker bounced back from his quarterfinal-round loss with a 9-7 win over Manheim Township senior Alex Smith. He’ll wrestle Middletown senior Bryce Killian next.
Walker’s twin, Tyler, is one of the 126-pound semifinalists
At 138: North Allegheny junior Jesse Rodgers joined the 100 career wins club with his 12-0 major decision over Manheim Central junior Ben Metzler.
Rodgers will wrestle Parkland junior Josh Ortman next.
At 145: Allderdice senior Brian Estep, a former Hampton wrestler, defeated current Talbot Kevin Synan, a senior, 11-1.
Estep will wrestle Spring Grove junior Mason Bentzel next.
At 152: Pine-Richland sophomore Brendan Burnham moved on with an 11-2 win over North Penn junior Jeff Reimel. He’ll meet Central Dauphin senior Austin Rose next.
At 160: Two remaining WPIAL wrestlers are in the semis.
At 170: Mt. Lebanon sophomore Kellan Stout lost, 3-1, to DuBois junior Tom Sleigh.
At 182: Belle Vernon senior Adam Nickelson and North Allegheny senior Alex DeCiantis advanced with wins, so they’ll meet in a rematch of the WPIAL finals.
Norwin freshman Drew Phipps lost 3-1 to Owen J. Roberts senior Gordon Bolig.
At 195: North Hills senior Alen Turcinhodzic lost 2-1 to Governor Mifflin sophomore Jan Johnson.
At 220: Canon-Mac senior Alex Campbell added to his team’s growing medal count with an 8-3 win over Liberty junior Jake Gunning. Montour junior Cole Macek allowed an escape in the tiebreaker period of overtime to lose 3-2. And Westinghouse senior Rodjecko Christian lost 11-3 to Coatesville junior Mike Boykins.
At 285: Franklin Regional senior Luke Fleck failed to escape in the tiebreaker period of overtime in his 2-1 loss to Methacton junior Tracey Green.
–By Bill West
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