It was a good night Friday for defending individual champions and the expected top teams at the District 10 Class AA Tournament at Sharon High School.
All six former D-10 champs moved on in the winners bracket, while the “Big Four” teams – Reynolds, Greenville, Fort LeBoeuf and Saegertown – dominated the competition.
Reynolds is going for its 20th D-10 team title and leads after one night with 88 points and has 10 wrestlers into the semifinals. Greenville is in second with 77 points and 8 finalists, followed by Fort LeBoeuf 63 and Saegertown 56.5.
But the big points will be scored today as matmen try to reach the finals.
“Having 10 in the semis is about what I expected,” said Reynolds coach Casey Taylor. “But we won a couple I didn’t think we would win, but lost a couple I thought we would win. But that’s the district tournament for you.”
Greenville coach John Reynolds was also pleased with his squad’s showing: “We have eight in the semis and headed for regions. But my perspective is we have to show up and advance as many others as we can.”
Six former champs advanced, headed by two-time winner Tyler Vath (132) of Saegertown. Others are Michael Bartolo (126) and Levi Stoyer (145) of Reynolds; Fort LeBoeuf’s George McGuire (138); Adam Smith (138) of Seneca; and Dylan Reynolds (182) of Saegertown.
Wrestling starts today at 9 a.m. Consolation finals for 3rd and 5th place are set for 3 p.m. Parade of champions and announcements are at 4:45, with finals at 5:30.
Following is a look at the tournament by weight class:
106 - Reynolds freshman Gage Bayless spent only 48 seconds on the mat Friday and will take on Fort LeBoeuf’s Abe Guarriello in today’s semis. Bayless beat Guarriello, 8-1, in the D-10 Duals finals. On the other side of the bracket, Greenville’s Section 2 titlist Michael Lineman takes on Section 1 champ Nate Munsee of Corry.
113 – Seth Hogue of Reynolds was runner-up last year and drives for the finals again after a 10-second pin on opening night. He faces a semis clash with Jamestown’s Faris Messai. Mercer’s Preston Hoover knocked off Section 1 champ Logan Kuzma of Fort LeBoeuf and tangles with Greenville’s Jase Paxson today.
120 – No Mercer County matmen made it to the semis here. Today, Jarrett Carter of Fort LeBoeuf faces Dustin Weilacher of Union City, while Matt Wheeler of Northwestern goes against Bingbong Elizon of Saegertown.
126 – There’s a Reynolds-Fort LeBoeuf matchup here as Raider defending D-10 champ Michael Bartolo faces Tyler Kuzma, who picked up his 100th victory Friday. In the other semi, Commodore Perry’s John Mott will meet Sharon’s Austin Alfreno.
132 – Two-time D-10 champ Tyler Vath of Saegertown goes up against Reynolds’ Joel Leise, who avenged a regular season loss with a 3-2 win over Greenville freshman Blake Reynolds. In the other semi, Section 2` champ Luke Walter meets Section 3 winner Kyle Lukowich of Conneaut Area.
138 – This shapes up to be a finals confrontation of District champions George McGuire of Fort LeBoeuf and Seneca’s Adam Fish. McGuire, a 2012 winner, meets Greenville freshman Gavin Wilkerson, who topped Reynolds’ Alex DiGregorio, 9-2, in the quarters. Fish, a 2013 champ, takes on Nick Monico of Saegertown.
145 – Defending champ Levi Stoyer of Reynolds opened with a pin and meets Derek Watt of Greenville in the semis. The other side of the bracket shows Conneaut’s Taylor Ellis meeting Saegertown’s Matt Humes.
152 – It’s a Reynolds-LeBoeuf meeting in the semis as Raider Mason McCollum faces familiar foe Brad Malinowski. The two has split a pair of decisions this year. McCollum edged Greenville’s Jacob Rickert, 6-3, in the quarterfinals. In the other semi, Cochranton’s Robert Boozer meets Eisenhower’s Louie Head.
160 – Reynolds’ Kegan Miller and Gage Gladysz of Greenville will square of in the semis in a key bout for team points, while Grove City’s Kenny Bable takes on Matt Newara of Harbor Creek on the other side of the bracket.
170 – Greenville’s Zach Miller faces Franklin’s Dakota Geer in a meeting of section champs, while the other semi pairs Reynolds’ Mike Millero with North East’s Jordan Bryan.
182 - Defending champ Dylan Reynolds of Saegertown meets another Reynolds - Justin of Greenville. The Panther edged the Trojans by decision in an earlier meeting this season. On the other side of the bracket, Reynolds’ Austin Moffett faces Jamestown’s Mohammad Messai.
195 - Lakeview’s Marquise Spence is the lone Mercer Countian remaining here and he faces Ryan Morris of Corry in the semis. The other pairing shows Garrett Reinwald of Fort LeBoeuf taking on Zach Stafford of Cambridge Springs.
220 - Not one section champ advanced here, a vary rare event. A big win came from Greenville’s Randall Peabody, who pinned Reynolds’ Cole Rickert. “He’s been working hard with coach Brent Beckstein,” said Trojan mentor Reynolds of Peabody. Peabody will face Conneaut’s Connor Overman, who knocked off Section 1 champ Andrew Phelps. The other semis pairs Mercer’s Colton Smith, a winner over Sectin 3 champ Jason Shappee of Jamestown, against Seneca’s Troy Pusateri.
285 - Unlike the previous weight, all the section champs move on. Defending state champ Sam Breese of Lakeview will meet Fort LeBoeuf’s Nate Conti, while Reynolds’ Gene Ringer tangles with Evan Miller of Cochranton.
Top 10 Teams – Reynolds 88, Greenville 77, Fort LeBoeuf 63, Saegertown 56.5, Conneaut Area 27, Mercer 25, Grove City 20, Lakeview 19, Cochranton 18, Jamesotnw 18, Seneca 18.
106 – Michael Lineman (Greenville) dec. Andrew Benden (North East), 5-0; Nate Munsee (Corry) dec. Dominic Vadala (Hickory), 7-3; Gage Bayless (Reynolds) pinned Nathan Lehman (Youngsville), :48; Abe Guarriello (Fort LeBoeuf) dec. Hunter Goodlin (Jamestown), 3-2.
113 – Seth Hogue (Reynolds) pinned Jarrett Ruhl (Saegertown), :10; Faris Messai (Jamestown) pinned Sam Svetz (North East), 1:06; Preston Hoover (Mercer) dec. Logan Kuzma (Fort LeBoeuf), 4-0; Jase Paxson (Greenville) dec. Justin Walter (Hickory), 3-0.
120 – Jarrette Carter (Fort LeBoeuf) pinned Joey Safner (Greenville), :58; Dustin Weilacher (Union City) dec. Chaise Hauck (Reynolds), 11-6 SV; Matt Wheeler (Northwestern) maj. dec. Logan Gray (North East), 15-2; Bingbong Elizon (Saegrtown) dec. Ben Shaffer (Mercer), 4-1.
126 – Tyler Kuzma (Fort LeBoeuf) pinned Dreux Harper (Franklin), 3:49; Michael Bartolo (Reynolds) maj. dec. Steven Haner (Eisenhower), 15-4; John Mott (Comm. Perry) dec. Adam Ballew (North East), 10-4; Austin Alfreno (Sharon) dec. Alex Smith (Harbor Creek), 10-5.
132 – Luke Walter (Grove City) maj. dec. Shane Newell (Fort LeBoeuf), 8-0; Kyle Lukowich (Conneaut Area) dec. Chris HIbbler (Seneca), 5-3; Tyler Vath (Saegertown) pinned Jared Morrison (Cochranton), 2:13; Joel Leise (Reynolds) dec. Blake Reynolds (Greenville), 3-2.
138 – Gavin Wilkerson (Greenville) dec. Alex DiGregorio (Reynolds), 9-2; George McGuire (Fort LeBoeuf) pinned Hunter Cook (Franklin), 1:13; Adam Fish (Seneca) pinned Troy Hejazi (Sharon), 5:43; Nick Monico (Saegertown) maj. dec. Tony Leonard (Comm. Perry), 9-1.
145 – Taylor Ellis (Conneaut) pinned Gavin Kroesen (West Middlesex), 5:19; Matt Humes (Saegertown) pinned Derek Steetle (Franklin), :31; Levi Stoyer (Reynolds) pinned Isaac Merritt (Northwestern), 1:03; Derek Watt (Greenville) dec. Jared Sample (Grove City), 6-3.
152 – Brad Malinowski (Fort LeBoeuf) dec. Jeremy Parsons (Maplewood), 6-2; Mason McCollum (Reynolds) dec. Jacob Rickert (Greenville), 6-3; Robert Boozer (Cochranton) pinned Garrett Zuver (Saegertown), 3:18; Louie Head (Eisenhower) maj. dec. Chet Simoni (Grove City), 10-2.
160 - Miller (Reynolds) dec. Lance Neuscheler (Saegertown), 1-0; Gage Gladysz (Greenville) pinned Zach Ishman (Youngsville), 3:25; Matt Newara (Harbor Creek) dc. Cory Buchanan (Sharon), 3-2; Kenny Bable (Grove City), 8-6.
170 – Dakota Geer (Franklin) maj. dec. Deven Simpson (Camb. Springs), 10-0; Zach Miller (Greenville) pinned Jeremy Lyon (Youngsville), 5:13; Jordan Bryan (North East) dec. Troy Sagulla (Mercer), 8-1; Mike Millero (Reynolds) dec. Jacob Parsons (Youngsville), 8-7.
182 – Justin Reynolds (Greenville) pinned P.J.Campoli (Sharpsville), 1:02; Dylan Reynolds (Saegertown) tech fall Eric Lucich (West Middlesex), 16-1, 1:55; Austin Moffett (Reynolds) maj. dec. Anthony Rivera (Fort LeBoeuf), 9-1; Mohammed Messai (Jamestown) pinned Beau Dignall (Sharon), 2:40.
195 – Marquise Spence (Lakeview) dec. Zach Staffor (Saegertown), 7-0; Ryan Morris (Corry) dec. Isaiah Stearns (Maplewod), 9-4; Garrett Reinwald (Fort LeBoeuf) dec. Denton Zeronas (Reynolds), 3-2; Zach Stafford (Camb. Springs) dec. Chris Mueller (Sharpsville), 3-1.
220 – Connor Overman (Conneaut Area) dec. Andrew Phelps (North East), 6-4; Randall Peabody (Greenville) pinned Cole Rickert (Reynolds), 1:29; Colton Smith (Mercer) dec. Jason Shappee (Jamestown), 9-6; Tory Pusateri (Seneca) dec. Andrew Clayton (Lakeview), 5-3.
285 – Nate Conti (Fort LeBoeuf) pinned Clay Markovich (Northwestern), :34; Sam Breese (Lakeview) pinned Brian Lipps (Conneaut), 2:28; Evan Miller (Cochranton) dec. Brian Phillips (Mercer), 8-4; Gene Ringer (Reynolds) pinned Austin Slocum (Youngsville), 1:13.
106 – Benden dec. Jules Hicklin (Sharon), 3-2; Vadala dec. Kenyoun Andrews (Maplewod), 19-16; Lehman dec. Devan Davis (Cochranton), 9-2; Guarriello pinned Derick Uber (Lakeview), 4:36.
113 – Ruhl pinned Tanner Rhoades (Conneaut), 1:09; Svetz dec. Owen Clayton (Lakeview), 4-2; Hoover maj. dec. Zach Walker (Camb. Springs), 14-0; Paxson maj. dec. Logan Munsee (Corry), 10-0.
120 – Safner dec. Nick Enos (Sv), 7-3; Weilacher pinned David Marvin(Maplewood), 4:15; Gray dec. Jake Heim (Lakeview), 8-2; Shaffer dec. Matt Kemper (Girard), 1-0.
126 – Harper dec. Nate Kline (Cochranton), 7-5; Haner dec. Cam Adamson (Conneaut), 7-1; Ballew pinned Stanford Dessaw (Hickory), 5:55; Alfreno dec. Brandon Moss (Greenville), 11-5.
132 – Newell dec. Ethan Mitchell (Northwestern), 7-2; Hibbler bye; Morrison dec. Jordan Templeton (Sharon), 6-0; Reynolds pinned Alex Stafford (Harbor Creek), :19.
138 – DiGregorio dec. Dustin Tomcho (Union City), 6-2; Cook pinned Jacob Reaugh (Jamestown), 4:27; Fish pinned Shayne Vorse (Northwestern), 3:34; Monico pinned Dalton Meals (Grove City), :53
145 – Kroesen pinned Jake Lanjewicz (Iroquois), :38; Steetle tech fall Jake Yarnell (Cochranton), 16-1, 5:55; Merritt dec. Aaron Hoover (Youngsville), 7-6; Sample maj. dec Casey Krotoszynski (Harbor Creek), 11-3.
152 – Parsons pinned Tyler Carey (Franklin), 1:38; Rickert pinned Marquise Precha (Corry), 4:15; Zuver dec Noah Bianco (Hickory), 7-2; Simoni dec. Jordan Friend (Girard), 8-3.
160 – Neuscheler maj. dec. Logan Jacobs (Cochranton), 10-1; Ishman pinned John Sims (Hickory), :58; Buchanan pinned Jacob Alexander (Maplewood), 3:2`1; Noble pinned Kodi Skarzenski (North East), 1:03.
170 – Simpson pinned Dan Kuhn (Harbor Creek), 3:10; Lyon pinned Giovanni Volpe (Sharon), 1:17; Sagulla dec. Brad Carlini (Cochranton), 7-2; Parsons maj. dec. Dan Simmerman (Saegertown), 12-0.
182 – Campoli maj. dec. Brandon Kent (Union City), 12-3; Lucich dec. Austin Binkert (Maplewood), 4-2; Rivera dec. Kyle Panko (Northwestern), 3-1; Dignall pinned Stone Sivak (Youngsville), 5:46.
195 – Stafford (Saegertown) pinned James Wilkerson (Greenville), 4:23; Morris pinned Zane Wolf (Slippery Rock), 1:37; Zeronas pinned William Shappee (Jamestown), 2:55; Stafford (Camb. Springs) pinned Austin Spear (Youngsville), :22.
220 – Overman pinned Brad Garman (Hickory), 3:33; Peabody pinned Markell Aviles (Iroquois), :49; Smith pinned Storm McDonald (Union City), :34; Clayton maj. dec. Lane Hall (Cochranton), 13-0.
285 – Markovich dec. Mike McCool (Franklin), 9-8; Lipps dc. Jeff Kraemer (North East), 6-2; Phillips pinned Dalton Gaetner (Saegertown), 3:18; Ringer pinned Mason Horne (Greenville), 2:13.
It was a good night Friday for defending individual champions and the expected top teams at the District 10 Class AA Tournament at Sharon High School.
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Lakeview senior heavyweight star Sam Breese had a goal coming into the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships this weekend at Hershey Giant Center — besides winning a second state crown, that is.
WM knocks off Neshannock in PIAA playoffs
SLIPPERY ROCK — The notion of Trey Staunch sneaking up on opposing teams is laughable. At 6-foot-3 and approximately 225 pounds, the stout Staunch is not sneaking up on anyone.
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“It feels great to get the win (Saturday),” said veterans Hickory coach Jeanette Whitehead. “We’ve been at this place over the last few years and we’ve been sent home in the first round so it was a huge win for us. I’m very proud of our team effort."
KC girls roll past California in PIAA playoffs
SLIPPERY ROCK — Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball team was in the ’hood Saturday afternoon.
Led by senior Taylor Hood, the Lady Golden Eagles eased past California, 53-34, in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
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!
Out of the dozen wrestlers that Mercer County sent to Hershey for the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships, only four (.333) will reach the medal stand today — led by Lakeview senior Sam Breese who shoots for a second straight gold medal.
Farrell edges Montour, 60-57, in PIAA opener
Montour High boys’ basketball coach Adam Kaufman lamented another season-ending setback. However there are several hundred coaches across the Commonwealth who envy his program’s recent success and would trade places with him in a heartbeat.
But during Friday night’s PIAA Class AAA playoff opener, Kaufman & Co. could not overcome those streaky Steelers ... those survivin’ Steelers.
“ ... Hey, survive and move on,” summarized Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse following Farrell’s 60-57 win at Sharon High.
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The Mercer Lady Mustangs were outscored 16-4 in the final quarter of the first round of the state playoffs by the Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions, ending their season Friday night 56-31 at Sharon High School.
Senior Lexie Arkwright had a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double performance for the Lady M’s. She also snagged three steals. Adelyn Cook and Haylie Glass each added 4 points for Mercer.
5 area matmen to quarterfinals in Hershey
HERSHEY — Mercer County matmen had mixed results on the opening day of action in the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.
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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West Middlesex High boys basketball team did not play its first home game until after the first of the year, but competing at New Castle, Farrell and Youngstown’s Covelli Centre has served it well.
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Who: Farrell (22-3) vs. Montour (16-8).
What: Opening round.
When: 7:30 p.m. today.
Where: Sharon High’s Tiger Gymnasium.
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Who: Hickory (25-0) vs. Greater Johnstown (11-14).
What: PIAA Playoffs, 1st round.
When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Slippery Rock University.
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Breese eyes repeat at state mat tourney
There is no doubt that winning a state championship in wrestling is a difficult thing to do. Winning two is even tougher.
“There’s a target on your chest,” pointed out Lakeview High coach Tom Tingley in preseason this year, referring to his star wrestler Sam Breese who won a state heavyweight crown as a junior last year.
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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THERE’S definitely a youth movement in Mercer County wrestling as demonstrated by the group of 11 matmen who are advancing to the PIAA State Class AA Championships on Thursday.
Eight of the locals are underclassmen. The only seniors are Lakeview’s Sam Breese (285), Reynolds’ Levi Stoyer (145) and Jamestown’s Mohamed Messai (182).
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
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Kennedy Catholic High disclosed Monday the discovery of an academically-ineligible player, who competed in last Friday’s District 10 Class A consolation contest.
Kennedy Catholic edged Eisenhower in double-OT, 66-62, earning a berth in the statewide tournament. The Golden Eagles were to meet District 9 champion Ridgway Friday at Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium in the opening round; instead, Eisenhower will represent D-10 as its 3rd-place team.
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