The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


March 2, 2013

Matthews going for 4th crown at Northwest Class AA Regional Wrestling Championships

---- — The Reynolds High Raiders made a great start Friday as they seek to pull in their 16th Northwest Class AA Regional Wrestling Championship this weekend at Sharon High School.

Coach Casey Taylor Raiders put 7 wrestlers, led by 3-time champion Austin Matthews (152) into this morning’s semifinal round which begins at 9 a.m. The consolation finals are set for 3:15 p.m. with parade of champions at 4:45 and finals at 5.

Every defending champ advanced. Besides Matthews, those hoping to win a second crown are Sharon’s Jarray Norris (126); Redbank Valley’s Willis Gruver (113); Saegertown’s Tyler Vath (120); Kane’s Evan Delong (160); and Fort LeBoeuf’s Evan Daley (220).

While the big team points will the scored today, some other top contenders to stop Reynolds’s march to the top are Brookville with 6 in the semis and Fort LeBoeuf and Saegertown with 5 each. The team standings are: Reynolds 42, Brookville 33, Saegertown 29, Fort LeBoeuf and Redbank Valley 24 each, with Cochranton at 33.

Every District 10 champion advanced, but three D-9 winners were dumped in the quarterfinals Friday. 

Following is a quick look at the tournament semifinals by weight class:

106 – The state’s top-rated wrestler Devin Brown (42-1) of Saegertown faces a familiar foe in the semis, Fort LeBoeuf’s Isaac Bengel, while on the other side of the bracket, Reynolds’ Seth Hogue tangles with D-9 champion Taylor Ortz of Brookville. Brown, Ortz and Hogue all recorded falls in the quarterfinals.

113 – Defending champ Willis Gruver (Redbank Valley) faces Reynolds’ Michael Bartolo in one semi today, while Kane’s Cody Blankenship, who defeated Gruver in the D-9 finals, meets Brookville’s Cole Aaron.

120 – Saegertown sophomore ace Tyler Vath takes on Fort LeBoeuf’s Tyler Kuzma this morning, while Northwestern’s Matt Wheeler meets D-9 winner Trent Neely of Smethport. Vath beat Wheeler in the D-10 finals last weekend.

126 – Defending champ Jarray Norris (33-2) of Sharon grabbed a first-period pin Friday and faces Saegertown’s Nick Monico in the semis. Ridgway’s Brett Himes edged Reynolds’ Mason McCollum, 3-1, on opening night and will meet Conneaut Area’s Kyle Lukowich, who pinned District 9 champion Jake Lancaster of Curwensville.

132 – Unbeaten Karl Lightner (29-0) of Kane goes up against Brookville’s Dalton Zimmerman in one semi, while Reynolds’ Cam Cianci faces Seneca freshman ace Adam Fish, the D-10 champion, in the other. 

138 – Sharon senior Michael Bonner, the D-10 winner, cruised past Reynolds Matt Leise by tech fall Friday and takes on Coudersport’s Cody Bova this morning. On the other side of the bracket, D-9 champ Brock Zacherl of Brookville faces Matt Humes of Saegertown. If both district champs advance, the finals would be a rematch of last year’s regional semis, won by Zacherl, 13-7, over Bonner.

145 – Reynolds’ Levi Stoyer had a tough go Friday in edging Grove City senior Trey Maher, 4-2, in overtime. Today Stoyer faces Ty Haines of Redbank Valley. In the other semi, D-9 winner Zach Vroman of Brookville meets Cochranton’s Robert Boozer. Maher came back with a consolation victory for his 100th career win.

152 – Reynolds’ Austin Matthews (43-1) rolled to a major decision in his opener in his quest for a 4th straight regional crown. Matthews will meet long-time rival Tyler Harrington of Fort LeBoeuf, who the Raider beat 10-1 last week in the D-10 semis. Coudersport’s undefeated Kyle Bova (35-0) tangles with Port Allegany’s Sam Kysor.

160 – Defending champ Evan Delong of Kane faces Brookville’s Brodie Zacherl, while the other semi pairs Fort LeBoeuf’s D-10 champ Taylor Fox against Cole Shirey of Rebank Valley. DeLong sports a 24-1 record, the only loss coming against Union City’s Tim Vargo, a favorite to win at 170.

170 – Vargo (21-1) is probably headed for a District 10 finals rematch with Austin Andrews of Cochranton. The D-10 champ faces Alex Gular of Port Allegany in the semis, while Andrews meets Chris Matthews of Franklin. Vargo won a 4-2 overtime decision over Andrews last week, although Andrews had to go overtime to beat this morning’s opponent Matthews in the semifinals.

182 – Reynolds’ Jamar Henry received a quarterfinal forfeit to advance against D-9 champ Aaron Hook of Redbank Valley this morning. In the other semi, District 10 winner Dylan Reynolds faces Forest Tuttle of Coudersport. This could be a rematch of last week’s district final where Reynolds topped Henry, 7-3.

195 – Both district champs – Jake Wichert of Oswayo Valley and Trevor Beiter of Seneca — moved on. Wichert faces Corry’s Ryan Morris, while Beiter goes against Eisenhower’s Jake Johnson today.

220 – This could be another District 10 finals rematch where Fort LeBoeuf’s Evan Daley beat Cochranton’s Cam Cyphert in overtime. However, this morning Daley meets Reynolds’ Logan Rickert, who he pinned last week, while Cyphert takes on Youngsville’s Jaykup Durlin, who Cypert pinned in the D-10 semis. Durlin decked D-9 champ Cal Haines of Redbank Valley Friday.

285 – Again a possible D-10 finale do-over. Last week Slippery Rock’s Forrest Christman topped Union City’s Jeff Burger. However, in the semis today Burger meets Port Allegany’s unbeaten Nicholas Budd (31-0), who edged Reynolds Gene Ringer, 4-2, Friday. Christmann faces an old nemesis, Sam Breese of Lakeview, to beat Christmann in the Section 2 finals.   

Text Only
  • On to baseball GC coach Bell retired — sort of!

    You can take the man out of coaching, but you can’t take coaching out of the man.
    Former Grove City High football coach Jeff Bell has spent his first few months of retirement hearing the ping of a baseball ricocheting off an aluminum bat instead of clap of shoulder pads coming together.
    “My grandson Maddox (Bell) and a few of his friends play on a traveling team, so I’m helping out with that,” said Bell, who retired as the Eagles’ football coach this past winter. “They’re a good group of kids to work with and this is a lot more enjoyable. It’s a lot less stress.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPORTVIEW: Johnny Football claims he has learned from his 'rookie mistakes'

    HERE ARE some thoughts from a guy who might have made a few “rookie mistakes” in his life, ala Johnny Manziel.
    Johnny Football admitted this past week that he made some rookie mistakes. Really?
    Usually rookie mistakes for most NFL newbies are throwing into coverage or fumbling the football because you don’t tuck it tightly to your side.

    July 27, 2014

  • NFL NOTEBOOK: Ex-Sharon star Austin hopes to spark Lions' defense

    THE TALENTED — albeit underachieving — Detroit Lions commence camp July 27 in Allen Park, Mich. as the National Football League prepares for the 2014 season.

    July 21, 2014

  • Fighting cancer Racing to fight cancer

    Former Hickory High athlete Amanda Budzowski is on the run — the run to raise money to fight cancer.
    Budzowski is part of Team in Training, an organization that has raised more than $1.4 billion for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since forming in 1988. Her division is known as IRONTEAM and she is currently training for the 140.6-mile Ironman triathlon in Mont Tremblant, Canada, in August.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians need fast start after All-Star break

    SO FAR, so good. I’m referring to the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians after the All-Star break on Friday night.
    Both teams rallied to win. The Buccos beat the Colorado Joints — err, I mean Rockies — by coming from behind in the 8th inning. Since they legalized marijuana sales in that state, it gave new meaning to John Denver’s song “Rocky Mountain High.”

    July 20, 2014

  • Sky high Rutters earn spot in national motocross event

    The brother-sister racing duo of Elijah and Dannah Rutter of Mercer are set to travel to Hurricane Mills, Tenn., to compete soon in the prestigious 33rd annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn Ranch.
    Elijah, 18, and Dannah, 16, earned a ticket to the event with their performances at qualifiers and then regionals and are among the top 5 percent of riders in the U.S. Overall, 20,000 hopefuls from across the U.S. competed and there are only 1,446 qualifying spots at nationals.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sharon Football scramble Notebook: Sharon football greats meet, reunite at inaugural golf scramble

    Mid-July, with the temperature 80-plus degrees at Avalon at Buhl Country Club; however, it felt like a fall, football Friday.
    The inaugural Sharon Football Boosters 4-man golf scramble took place recently, and served as a Who’s Who in the Tigers’ triumphant tradition.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPORTVIEW: All is right with the world - LeBron has come home!

    HAPPY DAYS are here again. The prodigal child has returned!
    The announcement that “King James” is returning to Cleveland has created a level of euphoria not seen since the Browns won the city’s last major sport championship a couple of years ago.
    What’s that? Oh, yeah — make that 50 years ago (1964).

    July 13, 2014

  • LeBron James Full text of LeBron's essay in SI

    LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday in an essay that he wrote for Sports Illustrated. The following is the full text of that essay.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Snyder, Gordon, Popatak named to All-State team

    Grove City High’s David Gordon, Sharpsville’s Greg Popatak and Lakeview’s Logan Snyder recently were named to the Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association all-state team.
    Synder was selected 1st-Team in Class A as a designated-hitter, while Gordon was honorably-mentioned in Class AAA and Popatak similarly was honored in AA. Gordon gained his laurels as a pitcher; Popatak as a 3rd baseman.

    July 10, 2014

  • Oprah lands first interview with Jerry Sandusky's adopted son, Matthew

    Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, is breaking his silence for the first time since his father's 2012 conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, sitting down with Oprah to tell his story.

    July 8, 2014

  • County champs Little League Tournaments

    Sharon won the District 2 Major Division (12-year-olds) Championship, while Greenville 9-10 and West Middlesex 11 teams notched tournament victories in recent action.

    Hermitage Brennan Chiropractic won the Mercer County 14-under championship recently.

    Following are game reports:

    July 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • John Cook The First Tee of Sharon celebrates 15th anniversary

    Professional golf star John Cook has received many honors and awards in his illustrious career, but probably none mean as much as those similar to the one he received Monday afternoon at The First Tee of Sharon.
    During a special ceremony to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the local program, a permanent plaque was unveiled in his honor describing the contributions he has made to junior golf.

    July 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPORTVIEW: John Cook here Monday for First Tee; other celebs on July 11

    THE RETURN of Tiger Woods to a PGA event sparked a lot of interest this past week. The return of John Cook to Buhl Farm Golf Course Monday will do the same locally.
    Cook, a standout on the Champions Tour and outstanding TV golf analyst, will conduct a clinic at 11 a.m. Monday at the course to help celebrate the 15th anniversary of The First Tee of Sharon program.
    It is open to the public at no charge.

    June 29, 2014

  • Tri-Athletes Hickory honors Tri-Athletes

    Hickory High honored its 2013-14 tri-athletes in a recent ceremony, the latest installment in a program that began in 2003-04.
    Fifty student-athletes (grades 9-12) were cited for having competed in at least one sport in the fall, winter and spring while maintaining a minimum B (85 percent) grade-point-average during the first three 9-week grading periods of the  academic year.

    June 22, 2014 1 Photo

Top 25 (AP Poll)
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter