The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

March 19, 2013

Matthews shines at Dapper Dan Classic


Herald Staff Writer

MERCER COUNTY — Reynolds High star Austin Matthews put on a strong showing in the annual Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic Sunday at the University of Pittsburgh.

Matthews, who recently won the PIAA Class AA title and was a 4-time state place-winner, dominated 4-time Minnesota state champ Jake Short, 8-2, in the 152-pound match. However, the USA squad edged the Pennsylvania team, 22-18. In the preliminary match, the WPIAL All-Stars beat Virginia, 29-18.

Matthews finished his career at Reynolds with a 184-17 record. Short had a career mark of 237-20 in Minnesota.

Zain Retherford (138) of Benton was named Outstanding Wrestler for Team Pa., while Zachary Beard (170) of Oklahoma was OW for Team USA.

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USA 22, PENNSYLVANIA 18

 145—Benjamin Whitford (Michigan) dec. Michael Racciato (Pen Argyl), 7-3; 113 —Zach Fuentes (Norristown) dec. Paul Mascarenas (New Mexico), 3-2; 120—Nathan Tomasello (Ohio) dec. Darian Cruz (Bethlehem Catholic), 3-2; 285—Aaron Bradley (Nazareth) dec. Brooks Black (New Jersey), 3-1 (OT); 160—Isaiah Martinez (California) major dec. Cody Law (Forest Hills), 20-8; 182—Domenic Abounader (Ohio) dec. Eric Morris (Wyoming Seminary), 1-0; 132—Dean Heil (Ohio) dec. Ryan Diehl (Trinity), 6-1; 220—Ryan Solomon (Milton) dec. Frank Mattiace (New Jersey), 2-1 UTB (rideout); 152—Austin Matthews (Reynolds) dec. Jake Short (Minnesota), 8-2; 126—Joey Dance (Virginia) dec. Connor Schram (Canon-McMillan), 2-1 UTB (rideout); 195—Jake Hart (Hampton) dec. Broc Berge (Minnesota), 2-1; 138—Zain Retherford (Benton) dec. Anthony Ashnault (New Jersey), 2-1; 170—Zachary Beard (Oklahoma) dec Cody Wiercioch (Canon-McMillan), 7-4.