MERCER COUNTY —
They say that all good things must end. Even winning streaks of local powerhouse Reynolds High wrestling team!
The Raiders of coach Casey Taylor dropped a tough 30-25 decision to Erie McDowell Tuesday night at Reynolds, the first home loss for the Raiders since 1993.
The Class AAA Trojans (2-0) last year rallied from a large deficit to beat Class AA Reynolds in Erie, 38-33. On Tuesday, the northerners also rallied from a 25-21 deficit in the final two matches to halt the streak.
Ironically the final bout of the night came down to Reynolds freshman Chase Hauck in his first-ever actual match (he won by forfeit the previous match) against Keegan Fordyce, who just happened to be the son of former Reynolds High mat standout Pat Fordyce.
Charlie Lenox pinned Seth Hogue at 113 to rally McDowell and set up the final match. And then Fordyce edged Hauck, 7-6, at 120 to pull out the victory in a nail-biter.
“There was a lot of pressure on Chase, with the 20-year streak on the line and this being only his first real match,” said Taylor. “I couldn’t be more proud of him, for the way he wrestled and the way he handled himself after the match. He’s a great young kid with a great future.
“We have a lot of young kids. If we had won the match I don’t think we’d have learned as much as we did in losing. I still hate to lose, but we’ll learn more on and off the mat. Now the kids can forget about that streak and the freshmen can now make their mark going forward.”
Taylor praised the work of referees Eric Mount and Andrew Jones for the job they did with a racous crowd and the pressure situation on many close calls.
Several of the individual bouts were close decisions. Austin Moffett (160) scored a pin for Reynolds, while Lenox and Noah Burkhart (138) picked up pins for McDowell.
Reynolds’ Denton Zeronas won by disqualification at 195, while Levi Stoyer (145) won a major decision.
ä Greenville 66, Cochranton 9 — At Greenville Tuesday, the Trojans of coach John Reynolds easily rolled over the Cardinals in the Region 2-AA match to lift their season record to 5-1.
Scoring pins for the Trojans were Jase Paxton (113), Joe Safner (120), Brandon Moss (126), Blake Reynolds (132), Gavin Wilkerson (138), Jacob Rickert (152), Zach Miller (170), Justin Reynolds (182) and Alex Ho (195). Michael Lineman (106) notched a tech fall.
In the highlight match of the evening at 160, Greenville’s Gage Gladysz defeated Robert Boozer, 4-1. Both were Section champions last season at different weights, while Boozer went on to become a state qualifier.
ä Grove City 92, Oil City 72 — At Grove City recently, the Lady Eagles swept all events in the season opener. Senior Meghan Terwilliger, junior Renee Decker and sophomore Kimmi Wendelschaefer each won two individual events each with all 3 girls qualifying for the District 10 meet.
Other individual winners for the Lady Eagles was freshman Emma Rastatter who won the 50 yard freestyle and also qualified for the District 10 meet and senior Cassie Wolowic won the 100 backstroke. The Lady Eagles swept all 3 relays which consisted of: 200 Medley Relay (Decker, Wendelschaefer, Terwilliger, Rastatter); 200 Free Relay (Rastatter, Alaina Thomas, Erin Schmidt and Cassie Wolowic); and 400 Freestyle Relay (Decker, Wendelschaefer, Terwilliger and Wolowic).
ä Grove City 127, Oil City 32 — The Eagles rolled with numerous members qualifying for the District 10 meet.
Sophmore Austin Wilson won the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle, qualifying for the D-10 meet. Freshman Rockwell Pokrant won the 200 IM and 100 butterfly with both times qualifying. Freshman Garrett Shaw won the 100 breastroke and qualified in 100 breastroke and 200 IM.
Freshman Devin Reynolds qualified in the 50 and 100 freestyle, senior Samuel Archibald in the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle, sophomore Thomas Somora in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Sophomore Matt Owrey qualified in the 200 IM and 100 breastroke and junior Ian Craig in the 100 breastroke.
Head Coach Karen Wendelschaefer commented on the boys and girls teams: “They have been working very hard in practice and have some big goals this year. I would definitely have to say we are off to a good start. We have a long ways to go but they are very focused and determined.”
ä Franklin 73, Sharon 50 — At Franklin Wednesday, the Lady Knights were powered by Angelina Starr who was a true star. She drilled in 31 points, including 5 treys to spark the win.
Franklin led 21-16 after one period and 40-30 at the half, then held off the Lady Tigers in the final two frames.
Mallory Torr led Sharon with 19 points.
ä Greenville 58, Rocky Grove 41 — At Franklin Tuesday night, the Trojans improved to 2-1 with a non-region win over the Orioles (1-2).
Greenville held a slim 12-10 lead after the 1st quarter, but went up 30-21 at halftime and rolled.
Tyler Fattman and Matt Jones scored 12 points each for the Trojans.
White (12) and Davis (10) scored in double digits for Rocky Grove.
SHARON 16 14 8 12 50
FRANKLIN 21 19 11 22 73
SHARON — Mal. Torr 6-4-5-19, Mag. Torr 3-0-1-7, Jacoway 0-0-2-0, Dabney 1-3-4-5, McGranahan 1-0-0-2, Williams 2-0-0-5, Smith 0-5-8-5, Sanders 3-1-4-7. 3-pt. goals: Mal. Toor 3, Mag. Torr 1, Williams 1. Totals: 16-13-24-50.
FRANKLIN — Starr 11-4-6-31, Gravett 3-7-8-14, Groover 0-1-2-1, Peiffer 3-1-1-8, Jones 6-3-3-15, Gabras 2-0-0-4. 3-pt. goals: Starr 5, Gravett 1, Peiffer 1. Totals: 25-16-20-73.
JV — Sharon, 34-27. For Sharon, Tre’Dajah Williams 11.
GREENVILLE 12 18 17 11 58
ROCKY GROVE 10 11 11 9 41
GREENVILLE — Fattman 5-1-2-12, Houpt 3-0-0-8, M. Jones 6-0-0-12, A. Jones 0-0-0-0, Reiser 3-2-7-9, Riggle 1-0-0-2, McCartney 0-0-0-0, VanAken 2-3-5-7, Emmett 1-6-9-8, McErlane 0-0-1-0. 3-pt. goals: Houpt 2, Fattman 1, Reiser 1. Totals: 21-12-24-58.
ROCKY GROVE — Young 0-2-2-2, Davis 4-2-2-10, J. Kirwin 0-0-0-0, White 4-3-3-12, Monaco 1-0-0-2, A. Kirwin 2-1-6-5, Gannoe 2-3-5-7, Sharp 1-0-0-2, Burt 0-1-2-1. 3-pt. goal: White 1. Totals: 14-12-20-41.
JV — No score reported.
McDOWELL 30, REYNOLDS 25
126 - Benji Yates (M) dec. Michael Bartolo, 9-5; 132 - Joel Leise (R) dec. Peterson, 6-5; 138 - Noah Burkhart (M) pinned Alex DiGregorio, 2:27; 145 - Levi Stoyer (R) maj. dec. Paulson, 15-3; 152 - Ryan Dailey (M) dec. Mason McCollum, 11-10; 160 - Austin Moffett (R), pinned Veysalov, 1:28; 170 - Mike Millero (R) dec. Coleman Cousins, 7-4; 182 - Tyree Spearman (M) dec. Trevor Griswald, 13-8; 195 - Denton Zeronas (R) disquaification over Rindfuss; 220 - Bish (M) dec. Robert Folkrod, 9-4; 285 - Scott Augustine (M) dec. Gene Ringer, 3-2; 106 - Gage Bayless (R) dec. Stoler, 5-0; 113 - Charlie Lenox (M) pinned Seth Hogue, 1:40; 120 - Fordyce (M) dec. Chase Hauck, 7-6.
GREENVILLE 66, COCHRANTON 9
106 -Michael Lineman (G) tech fall Devan Davis, 5:15, 16-0; 113 - Jase Paxton (G) pinned Cole Adams, 3:59; 120 - Joseph Safner (G) pinned Shane Reiser, 3:02; 126 - Brandon Moss (G) pinned Nathan Kline, 5:29; 132 - Blake Reynolds (G) pinned Jared Morrison, 5:14; 138 - Gavin Wilkerson (G) pinned Dylan O’Donnell, 1:22; 145 - Derek Watt (G) maj. dec. Jacob Yarnell, 12-4; 152 - Jacob Rickert (G) pinned Dennis Roberts, :56; 160 - Gage Gladysz (G) dec. Robert Boozer, 4-1; 170 - Zach Miller (G) pinned Blake Miller, :57; 182 - Justin Reynolds (G) pinned Bradleigh Carlini, :51; 195 - Alex Ho (G) pinned Logan Williams, 1:16; 220 - Lane Hall (C) dec. Randall Peabody, 9-6; 285 - Evan Miller (C) pinned Mason Horne, 4:12.
MERCER COUNTY —
They say that all good things must end. Even winning streaks of local powerhouse Reynolds High wrestling team!
Lakeview's Breese to defend PIAA title
HERSHEY, Pa. — If you are Major League Baseball player, a .333 batting average is great. But in wrestling at the state tournament — not so much!
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Only 5 of the county’s dozen entries — led by defending state champ Sam Breese of Lakeview (285) — won their preliminary matches to move into the tournament quarterfinals which begin at 9 a.m. today. However the other 7 lost their first matches, although 3 are still alive in the consolations heading into this morning’s action.
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What: Opening round.
When: 7:30 p.m. today.
Where: Sharon High’s Tiger Gymnasium.
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When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Slippery Rock University.
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Recently at E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the banners above were blowing in the breeze — ’52 ... ’54 ... ’56 ... ’59 ... ’60 ... ’69 ... ’72 — swaying as sprinting players created a vacuum of air rising from the floor. Melodramatic maybe, but there’s a feeling at Farrell that harkens back to the heyday when playoff success was a rite of passage.
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Obviously that target hasn’t bothered the Sailors big man who is a perfect 32-0 this season as he attempts to become only the 12th Mercer County matman to win multiple titles.
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Breese and Stoyer are the only returning state place-winners. Breese, who has verbally committed to Kent State University to wrestle next season, won the heavyweight class and is seeking a second gold medal. Stoyer placed 7th at 145 and wants to climb much higher on the medals stand.
Kennedy boys forfeit win, are out of playoffs
The PIAA basketball playoffs do not begin until Friday, but Mercer County already lost a team.
Kennedy Catholic High disclosed Monday the discovery of an academically-ineligible player, who competed in last Friday’s District 10 Class A consolation contest.
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When Reynolds senior Levi Stoyer came off the mat after his 145-pound championship at the Northwest AA Regional Championships, he wasn’t celebrating his second straight crown. Instead, he turned to head coach Casey Taylor and said, “I did it for the team.”
And the team needed it!
Stoyer defeated Brookville’s Zach Vroman, 3-0, and sent Reynolds on its way to the school’s 17th region team title Saturday night at Sharon High School. Reynolds finished with 147 points, to Brookville’s 138.
Hickory girls capture 1st district title since 1983
MEADVILLE — Depending upon peoples’ perceptions, 31 years can seem like a lifetime ... but so can 16 minutes.
Hickory High girls’ basketball program’s District 10 drought ended Saturday afternoon as perennial power Villa Maria virtually vanished from the 2nd-half scoreboard.
The Lady Hornets erased a 7-point halftime deficit by yielding just 4 second-half points en route to a 39-24 victory over Villa Maria in the District 10 Class AAA championship game.
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Kress connected for all 14 of her points during the 2nd half Saturday afternoon, keying the Kennedy Catholic to a 49-38 conquest of Cochranton.
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In 1986, the Mercer Lady M’s won the school’s first and only girls basketball District 10 title at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House, but in the same gym on Saturday in 2014, the squad in blue wasn’t so lucky.
Mercer led the Gen. McLane Lady Lancers 27-19 entering the fourth quarter, but the Lancers outscored the Lady M’s 19-4 in the final frame to win the Class AA title tilt 38-31.
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