One of the goals set by Reynolds High coach Casey Taylor was for his Raiders to return to the top of the District 10 Class AA wrestling this season after 2 years without a D-10 trophy.
Having already won the D-10 Dual-Meet Championship earlier, the Raiders are well on their way to securing their 19th team title at the postseason D-10 tourney.
Reynolds put 9 wrestlers into today’s semifinals and held a lead in points with 76.5 after opening night action Friday at Sharon High. Fort LeBoeuf is in 2nd with 56, followed by Saegertown 48.
The tourney continues at 8:45 a.m. today with the continuation of the consolation 1st round, starting at 132 pounds. The consolation finals will begin at 3 p.m. with the Parade of Champions starting at approximately 4:30.
The Raiders are led by 3-time defending champ Austin Matthews (152) who seeks to become only the 9th Mercer Countian ever to win 4 crowns.
Others seeking to defend their 2012 titles are: Tyler Vath (120), Saegertown; Jarray Norris (126), Sharon; Cam Cyphert (220), Cochranton; and Jeff Burger (285), Union City.
Following is a look at the tourney by weight class after Friday:
106 – Three Mercer County matmen — Reynolds’s Seth Hogue, Greenville’s Jase Paxson and Jamestown’s Faris Messai — advanced to the semis. Paxson, who edged Hickory’s Justin Walter, 5-4 by rideout in the Ultimate Tie Breaker, meets favorite Devin Brown of Saegertown, while Hogue takes on Messai.
113 – Reynolds’ Michael Bartolo escaped a 1st-round upset with an overtime fall over Saegertown’s Bingbong Elizon and will take on Fort LeBoeuf’s Jarrette Carter, who defeated Bartolo, 10-7, in the D-10 Duals. Sharon’s Cody Buchanan moved on and will face Nate Kline of Cochranton in the other semi.
120 — Saegertown sophomore ace Vath, who won the 106 title last season, will face Slippery Rock’s Dave Huselton in the semis, while Fort LeBoeuf’s Tyler Kuzma meets Matt Wheeler of Northwestern.
126 – A pair of county matmen are looking for a finals rematch from the Section 2-AA tournament where Reynolds’ Mason McCollum upset Sharon’s Norris. The defending D-10 champ, Norris meets Conneaut Area’s Kyle Lukowich, who edged the Tiger senior earlier in the season. McCollum faces familiar foe Nick Monico of Saegertown, who McCollum beat 5-1 at the D-10 Duals.
132 – A pair of locals go at in it the semis today when Grove City’s Luke Walter faces Jamestown’s Nick Floch in a clash of section champions. The other match pairs Seneca’s Adam Fish against Maplewood’s Zak Dennis.
138 – Sharon’s Michael Bonner was a runner-up here last year and wants to climb higher on the medals stand. He faces Chris Hibbler of Seneca, while the other semi shows Jamestown’s Seth Thurber meeting Matt Humes of Saegertown.
145 – This could be a another finals rematch from Section 2 if champion Levi Stoyer of Reynolds and Grove City’s Trey Maher win their semifinal bouts. Stoyer faces Eisenhower’s Louie Head, while Maher, who topped Section 1 champ Brad Malinowski of Fort LeBoeuf, 2-1, Friday will face Section 3 champ Robert Boozer of Cochranton.
152 – Raider superstar Matthews (40-1) goes against a familiar face in Tyler Harrington of LeBoeuf in his drive to become only the 9th 4-time champ from Mercer County. The other semi has Greenville’s Blake Horne tangling with Franklin’s Dakota Geer. Horne nipped Mercer’s Alex Shaffer, 5-2, in the OT tiebreaker periods in the quarterfinals.
160 – Two county grapplers remain here as Ben BuCher of Sharpsville and Reynolds’ Michael Millero advanced to the semis. BuCher will face LeBoeuf’s Taylor Fox, while Millero takes on Ryan Northcott of Cochranton. Northcott won by injury default in the quarters over North East’s Jordan Bryan, who came in with a 28-1 record.
170 – Tourney favorite Tim Vargo (18-1) of Union City pinned Reynolds’ Austin Moffett in the quarters and today meets another Mercer County matman in Greenville’s Zach Miller. On the other side of the bracket, Franklin’s Chris Matthews meets Cochranton’s Austin Andrews.
182 – It’s a Reynolds war here and not just the team. Greenville’s Justin Reynolds faces Saegertown’s Dylan Reynolds in one semifinal, while Jamar Henry of Reynolds takes on Isiah Sterns of Maplewood in the other.
195 – In a wide-open weight class, 2 county grapplers are still alive in the semis. Sharpsville’s Cody Huges takes on Ryan Morris of Corry, while Jamestown’s Jason Shappee faces Trevor Beiter of Seneca. Hughes and Beiter are section champions.
220 – One of the best matches of last year’s finals saw Cyphert edge Fort LeBoeuf’s Evan Daley in overtime, and this year shapes up to be a possible rematch. Daley, the 2011 champion at heavyweight, meets Reynolds’ Logan Rickert in one semi, while Cyphert clashes with Jaykup Durlin of Youngsville.
285 – In one of the best heavyweight classes in years, the semis should be exciting. Defending champion Burger will take on Lakeview’s Sam Breese, while Slippery Rock’s Forrest Christmann meets Reynolds’ Gene Ringer. Ringer edged Greenville’s Braden Gladysz, 3-2, with an escape in the Ultimate Tie Breaker period.
106 – Jase Passon (Greenville) dec. Justin Walter (Hickory), 5-4 UTB; Devin Brown (Saegertown) major dec. Evan Clayton (Lakeview), 21-7; Seth Hogue (Reynolds) dec. Isaac Bengal (Fort LeBoeuf), 3-1; Faris Messai (Jamestown) dec. Preston Hoover (Mercer), 8-4.
113 – Cody Buchanan (Sharon) dec. Logan Gray (North East), 5-2; Nate Kline (Cochranton) pinned Brad Nowakowski (Seneca), 1:36; Jarrette Carter (Fort LeBoeuf) pinned Joey Safner (Greenville), 1:06; Michael Bartolo (Reynolds) pinned Bingbong Elizon (Saegertown), 6:64 OT.
120 – Tyler Vath (Saegertown) major dec. Daniel Simmerman (Maplewood), 13-2; Dave Huselton (Slippery Rock) major dec. Jonathan Hammond (Corry), 11-2; Matt Wheeler (Northwestern) dec. Cyle Yaple (Seneca), 3-1; Tyler Kuzma (Fort LeBoeuf) pinned Nick Nottingham (Reynolds), 2:56.
126 – Nick Monico (Saegertown) dec. Jared Morrison (Cochranton), 5-2; Mason McCollum (Reynolds) dec. Adam Borgia (Fort LeBoeuf), 7-5; Kyle Lukowich (Conneaut Area) dec. Justin Tomcho (Union City), 1-0; Jarray Norris (Sharon) tech fall Adam Ballew (North East), 4:00, 23-8.
132 – Luke Walter (Grove City) pinned Mack Heitzenrater (Harbor Creek), 4:53; Nick Floch (Jamestown) pinned Troy Hejazi (Sharon), 1:20; Adam Fish (Seneca) dec. Trevor McCray (Girard), 5-3; Zak Dennis (Maplewood) pinned Gavin Kroesen (West Middlesex), 3:30.
138 – Seth Thurber (Jamestown) dec. Hunter Proctor (Corry), 12-8; Matt Humes (Saegertown) dec. Rodney Brant (Mercer), 4-3; Michael Bonner (Sharon) pinned Zach Krein (Cambridge Springs), 1:30; Chris Hibbler (Seneca) major dec. Gage Dalton (Girard), 14-3.
145 - Robert Boozer (Cochranton) pinned Andrew Campbell (Sharon), 1:19; Trey Maher (Grove City) dec. Brad Malinowski (Fort LeBoeuf), 2-1; Levi Stoyer (Reynolds) dec. Aaron Jackson (Saegertown), 1-0; Louie Head (Eisenhower) dec. Talor Ellis (Conneaut), 10-6.
152 – Taylor Harrington (Ft. LeBoeuf) dec. Chet Simoni (Grove City), 6-2; Austin Matthews (Reynolds) pinned Sebastian Rinehardt (Northwestern), 1:00; Blake Horne (Greenville) dec. Alex Shaffer (Mercer), 5-2 TB; Dan Geer (Franklin) major dec. Matt Newara (Harbor Creek), 17-6.
160 – Ben BuCher (Sharpsville) dec. Josh Reinke (Union City), 6-3; Taylor Fox (Ft. LeBoeuf) dec. Gage Gladysz (Greenville), 3-1; Ryan Northcott (Cochranton) injury def. over Jordan Bryan (North East), 2:26; Michael Millero (Reynolds) dec. Andrew Boylan (Saegertown), 9-5.
170 – Chris Matthews (Frankin) major dec. Jeremy Mitchell (Saegertown), 10-1; Austin Andrews (Cochranton) dec. Shane Taubert (Corry), 3-1; Tim Vargo (Union City) pinned Austin Moffett (Reynolds), 3:01; Zach Miller (Greenville) dec. Marquis Spence (Lakeview), 4-2.
182 – Justin Reynolds (Greenville) dec. Chris Mueller (Sharpsville), 7-1; Dylan Reynolds (Saegertown) dec. Joe Hines (Hickory), 9-2; Jamar Henry (Reynolds) tech. fall over Vitaliy Kleschevinikov (Girard), 21-6, 5:43; Isiah Stearns (Maplewood) pinned Stone Sivak (Youngsville), 3:46.
195 – Cody Hughes (Sharpsville) dec. Garrett Reinwald (Ft. LeBoeuf), 2-1 TB; Ryan Morris (Corry) pinned Zach Stafford (Camb. Springs), 0:14; Trevor Beiter (Seneca) dec. Denton Zeronas (Reynolds), 6-4; Jason Shappee (Jamestown) dec. Dan Geer (Franklin), 6-5.
220 – Evan Daley (Fort LeBoeuf) major dec. Keamus Schuhlen (Jamestown), 14-0; Logan Rickert (Reynolds) dec. Tim Suydan (Corry), 3-0; Cam Cyphert (Cochranton) pinned Storm McDonald (Union City), 1:12; Jaykup Durlin (Youngsville) pinned Colton Smith (Mercer), 4:58.
285 — Jeff Burger (Union City) pinned Kaleb Robertson (Sharpsville), 1:21; Sam Breese (Lakeview) pinned Evan Miller (Cochranton), 1:17; Gene Ringer (Reynolds) dec. Braden Gladysz (Greenville), 3-2 UTB; Forrest Christmann (Slippery Rock) dec. Nate Conti (Ft. LeBoeuf), 5-1.
106 – Walter tech. fall Tyler Nowakowski (Seneca), 17-2, 3:12; Clayton pinned Raven Mangrino (Conneaut), 0:18; Bengal pinned Austin Howard (Northwestern), 5:24; Hoover major dec. Dustin Weilacher (Union City), 10-2.
113 – Gray pinned David Marvin (Maplewood), 0:43; Nowakowski dec. Aiden Bellucci (West Middlesex), 7-0; Safner dec. Austin Szugye (Sharpsville), 1-0; Elizon dec. Bruce Copeland (Northwestern), 4-2 OT.
120 – Simmerman pinned Dreux Harper (Franklin), 4:57; Hammond pinned Dave Schwab (Cambridge Springs), 3:31; Yaple dec. Jake Heim (Lakeview), 5-4; Nottingham bye.
126 – Morrison pinned Sanford Dessaw (Hickory), 5:11; Borgia dec. Isaac Howard (Northwestern), 9-4; Tomcho major dec. Ryan Grace (Grove City), 10-0; Norris pinned Henry Coyle (Maplewood), 1:12.
132 - Heitzenrater dec. Ian Pettis (Northwestern), 4-1; Hejazi dec. Garrett Zuver (Saegertown), 4-3; McRay pinned Cam Cianci (Reynolds), 5:27; Dennis dec. Tyler Gourley (Eisenhower), 6-4.
138 – Proctor dec. Matt Leise (Reynolds), 11-6; Brant major dec. Jacob Riffe (Greenville), 14-0; Krein dec. Shane Newell (Ft. LeBoeuf), 3-2; Hibbler dec. Chris Enos (Sharpsville), 5-2.
145 – Campbell pinned Jacob Kruize (Iroquois), 1:57; Maher tech. fall Jeremy Parsons (Maplewood), 17-1, 2:43; Jackson dec. Jacob Rickert (Greenville), 5-2; Head dec. John Sims (Hickory), 12-5.
152 – Simoni dec. Caleb Peterson (Cochranton), 12-10; Rinehardt pinned Robbie Wilston (Eisenhower), 4:58; Shaffer dec. Lance Neuscheler (Saegertown), 4-0; Geer tech. fall. Tyler Osborne (Comm. Perry), 17-2, 6:00.
160 – Reinke major dec. Christian Bock (Girard), 12-0; Fox pinned Derek Steetle (Franklin), 1:06; Northcott dec. Clay Ruffo (Mercer), 3-0; Boylan dec. Jeff Parsons (Maplewood), 3-2.
170 – Mitchell dec. Mohammed Messai (Jamestown), 8-1; Taubert pinned Zane Wolf (Slippery Rock), 3:15; Moffett dec. Garrett Behringer (Northwestern), 6-4; Miller dec. Jack Middleton (Ft. LeBoeuf), 9-2.
182 – Mueller dec. Alex Suydan (Corry), 9-7; Hines pinned Paul Beresford (Conneaut), 1:33; Kleschevinikov pinned Cody Thomas (Union City), 3:58; Sivak pinned Ryan Brunson (Merecer), 4:06.
195 – Reinwald pinned Alex Ho (Greenville), 3:04; Morris dec. Andrew Clayton (Lakeview), 12-6; Zeronas major dec. Dan Daugherty (Girard), 14-5; Shappee dec. Jake Johnson (Eisenhower), 6-2
220 – Schulen pinned Jeff Rial (Franklin), 3:18; Suydan dec. Ryan Cardman (Fairview), 6-4; McDonald pinned Jake Llewellyn, 3:34; Smith pinned James Wilkerson (Greenville), 1:39.
285 – Robertson pinned Tim Galford (Maplewood), 1:12; Miller dec. Dylan Raines (Eisenhower), 4-2; Ringer pinned John Macken (Saegertown), 2:24; Christmann pinned Brian Lipps (Conneaut), 1:51.
Consolation 1st Round
106 – Hoover tech. fall Nowakowski, 2:57, 16-0; Bengal pinned Mangrino, 0:20; Clayton pinned Howard, 0:59; Weilacher pinned Walter, 2:05.
113 – Elizon pinned Marvin, 4:15; Safner dec. Bellucci, 6-3; Nowakowski dec. Szugye, 4-0; Gray pinned Copeland, 3:58.
120 – Nottingham dec. Harper, 6-4; Yaple dec. Schwab, 5-0; Heim maj. dec. Hammond, 12-1; Simmerman bye.
126 – Ballew dec. Dessaw, 12-8; Tomcho dec. Howard, 1-0; Borgia dec. Grace, 9-2; Morrison major dec. Coyle, 13-0.
One of the goals set by Reynolds High coach Casey Taylor was for his Raiders to return to the top of the District 10 Class AA wrestling this season after 2 years without a D-10 trophy.
Roundup: GC girls edge Sharpsville; Hickory, Mercer win
ä Grove City 40, Sharpsville 37 — At the Devils’ Den in Sharpsville, the visiting Lady Eagles escaped with their record remaining unscathed; however it was not until the final 2.6 ticks to play.
With Sharpsville on the short end of a 38-37 margin, Grove City committed the last of its 7 second-half turnovers with 27 seconds left.
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Reynolds 20-year home mat streak halted
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.
Roundup: Sharon rallies to beat WM, 72-56
When West Middlesex High’s wonderful 2013 Final Four run ended last March 22, it was at Sharon’s Tiger gymnasium. And while Tuesday night’s circumstances were considerably less dramatic, they ended similarly.
The Big Reds built a 20-8 first-quarter bulge. Ultimately, however, West Middlesex made 27 miscues, resulting in a 72-56 District 10 inter-region setback at Sharon.
Roundup: WM girls beat UC; Sharpsville, KC fall
ä West Middlesex 52, Union City 27 — At Union City, coach Mike Williams’ Region 1-A Ms. Reds improved to 2-1 with a win over the Lady Bears of Region 4-AA.
Alyson Pierce scored 15 to lead WM, Noelle Murray registered 13 points and Allie Staunch bucketed 10 markers.
Hickory falls to Lions in PIAA Class AA western region final
SLIPPERY ROCK — Brett Brumbaugh brought Bill Brest back to reality.
Brest seemed, Saturday afternoon, momentarily lost in thought when a post-game question was posed. Perhaps it was because it had been 3 months since he had experienced the disappointment of defeat.
Brumbaugh-led South Fayette’s football team short-circuited a splendid season a step shy of the statewide stage for Brest and Hickory High with a 23-20 win over the Hornets in the PIAA Class AA western regional championship game.
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Kittanning Tipoff Championship
ä Hickory 60, Kittanning 32 — Coach Jeannette Whitehead’s Lady Hornets had an impressive weekend in winning the opening tourney of the season.
“It’s nice to get out of the game with a win,” said Whitehead. “The kids were anxious to get going.”
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ä Kennedy Catholic 48, Imani Christian Academy 40 — The Golden Eagles set up an all local rematch with host Farrell by pulling away in the fourth quarter in a tight battle.
For KC, Gerald Zachar and Sam Crow each scored 13 points to pace the victory, Brown had 14 and Southerner 12 for Imani.
Brookfield boys win season-opener against Py Valley
It was a typical season-opener: Too many turnovers, some questionable shot selection, and careless personal fouls. But for Brookfield High boys’ bench boss Bill Kovach, “ ... always happy with a win.”
The Warriors were 7-for-10 from the free-throw line during the 4th frame, and held off Pymatuning Valley, 59-48, Tuesday night.
Hornets advance to semis with win over Central
DuBOIS, PA. — Some people could say the “third time is a charm.” For the Hickory High Hornets it was much more than that. In fact, it was glorious.
After losing in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs the last two years, the Hornets finally nailed down a victory with a 37-27 triumph over the Central Dragons from Martinsburg.
Lakeview falls to Clarion Area in PIAA quarterfinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — In the scholastic athletic arena, “mercy rule” — while not politically correct in hyper-sensitive 2013 society — is a relatively accepted term.
Clarion High’s football had mercy-ruled all 13 prior opponents this season. And the Bobcats seemed bent on continuing their commanding conquests during Saturday’s PIAA Class A quarterfinal-round meeting with Lakeview.
Hickory focused on winning PIAA opener
The calendar reminds us that Thanksgiving arrives a little later than usual this year. But as holiday traditions go, this one has been pretty productive for Hickory High head football coach Bill Brest.
“My wife always has me put up our Christmas tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving ... and the next day, we’ve won. So I’ll be more than happy to help my wife put up the tree this Friday,” Brest related.
During the past 2 years Hickory has won District 10 titles on Thanksgiving weekend. But this year the Hornets harvested their 3rd consecutive crown last week, jettisoning Girard (21-10). Now Hickory (11-1) has a 1 p.m. date in DuBois Saturday against surprising Central-Martinsburg (11-2) in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.
Smart move by PIAA to schedule games early this weekend
Congratulations to the PIAA for making a good move that helps teams and fans of high school sports.
Wow, I haven’t been able to say that often enough!
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Hornets 3-peat as D-10 champs with win vs. Girard
EDINBORO — When legendary coach Vince Lombardi said “the only good thing that comes from losing is the desire never to lose again,” he could very well have been referencing the future for Coach Bill Brest and his Hickory Hornets.
Since Hickory lost to Sharon, 14-6, in the 2010 District 10 finals in Brest’s first year at the helm of the team, the D-10 Class AA title game has belonged to Hickory. And Saturday afternoon at Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium, it was no different as the Hornets topped Girard, 21-10 for a third straight crown.
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