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.
106 – Taylor Ortz (Brookville) pinned Evan Clayton (Lakeview), 1:31; Seth Hogue (Reynolds) pinned Sam Bressler (Curwensville), 3:47; Isaac Bengel (Fort LeBoeuf) dec. Casey Vollmer (Port Allegany), 6-2; Devin Brown (Saegertown) pinned Ryan Carlson (Brockway), 5:46.
113 – Cody Blankenship (Kane) pinned Bingbong Elizon (Saegertown), 2:49; Cole Aaron (Brookville) dec. Cody Buchanan (Sharon), 9-3; Willie Gruver (Redbank Valley) maj. dec. Jarrette Carter (Fort LeBoeuf), 9-0; Michael Bartolo (Reynolds) dec. Logan Gray (North East), 5-3.
120 – Tyler Vath (Saegertown) pinned Dave Huselton (Slippery Rock), 1:35; Tyler Kuzma (Fort LeBoeuf) forfeit; Matt Wheeler (Northwestern) dec. Brandon Saline (Cameron County), 4-0; Trent Neely (Smethport) tech fall Cyle Yaple, 4:13.
126 – Kyle Lukowich (Conneaut) pinned Jake Lancaster (Curwensville), 1:37; Brett Himes (Ridgway) dec. Mason McCollumn (Reynolds), 3-1; Nick Monico (Saegertown) dec. Mitch Blose (Redbank Valley), 5-2; Jarray Norris (Sharon) pinned Jared Morrison (Cochranton), 1:22.
132 – Adam Fish (Seneca) maj. dec. Zak Dennis (Maplewood), 9-0; Cam Cianci (Reynolds) dec. Alex Zimmerman (Johnsonburg), 15-11; Dalton Zimmerman (Brookville) pinned Gavin Kroesen (West Middlesex), 3:33; Karl Lightner (Kane) dec. Luke Walter (Grove City), 7-2.
138 – Michael Bonner (Sharon) tech fall Matt Leise (Reynolds), 21-6, 4:58; Cody Bova (Coudersport) dec. Chris Hibbler (Seneca), 7-5; Matt Humes (Saegertown) dec. Darren Brown (Kane), 7-3; Brock Zacherl (Brookville) pinned Rodney Brant (Mercer), 1:48
145 – Levi Stoyer (Reynolds) dec. Trey Maher (Grove City), 4-2 OT; Ty Haines (Redbank Valley) dec. Brad Malinowski (Fort LeBoeuf), 3-0; Robert Boozer (Cochranton) pinned Zac McKnight (Ridgway), 3:49; Zach Vroman (Brookville) dec. Talor Ellis (Conneaut), 7-1
152 – Austin Matthews (Reynolds) maj. dec. Jimmy Miller (Brookville), 12-0; Taylor Harrington (Fort LeBoeuf) dec. Samuel Colebert (Oswayo Valley), 6-5; Sam Kysor (Port Allegany) dec. Blake Horne (Greenville), 5-3; Kyle Bova (Coudersport) maj. dec. Chet Simoni (Grove City), 20-9.
160 – Taylor Fox (Fort LeBoeuf) dec. Logan Warnick (Port Allegany), 5-0; Cole Shirey (Redbank Valley) maj. dec. Ben BuCher (Sharpsville), 14-4; Brodie Zacherl (Brookville) dec. Ryan Northcott (Cochranton), 2-0; Evan DeLong (Kane) tech fall Mike Millero (Reynolds), 19-4, 4:30.
170 – Tim Vargo (Union City) maj. dec. Zach Miller (Greenville), 17-6; Alex Gular (Port Allegany) dec. Shane Taubert (Corry), 5-2; Austin Andrews (Cochranton) maj. dec. Brandon Bailey (Redbank Valley), 14-2; Chris Matthews (Franklin) dec. Anthony Benson (Brockway), 2-1.
182 – Aaron Hook (Redbank Valley) dec. Joe Hines (Hickory), 7-3; Jamar Henry (Reynolds) forfeit; Zachary Bruce (Cranberry) dec. Justin Reynolds (Greenville), 6-4; Dylan Reynolds (Saegertown) maj. dec. Forest Tuttle (Coudersport), 11-3.
195 – Jake Wichert (Oswayo Valley) pinned Dan Geer (Franklin), 1:28; Ryan Morris (Corry) pinned Nate Moore (Kane), 2:27; Jake Johnson (Eisenhower) dec. Taylor Cudworth (Brookville), 9-2; Trevor Beiter (Seneca) dec. Cody Hughes (Sharpsville), 5-1
220 – Jaykup Durlin (Youngsville) pinned Cal Haines (Redbank Valley), 1:46; Cam Cyphert (Cochranton) pinned Trent Neal (Port Allegany), 1:20; Logan Rickert (Reynolds) maj. dec. Matt Baugher (Cranberry), 11-0; Evan Daley (Fort LeBoeuf) pinned Tim Suydan (Corry), 1:59.
285 – Nicholas Budd (Port Allegany) dec. Gene Ringer (Reynolds), 4-2; Jeff Burger (Union City) pinned Jack Karsten (Cameron County), 4:52; Sam Breese (Lakeview) pinned Dylan Dinch (Smethport), 1:03; Forrest Christmann (Slippery Rock) pinned Ben Carillo (Redbank Valley), 1:22.
106 – Faris Messai (Jamestown) dec. Carlson, 7-5; Jase Paxson (Greenville) dec. Clayton, 8-5; 113 – Gray pinned Nate Kline (Cochranton), 2:50; Elizon dec. Nick Baughman (Keystone), 6-3; 120 – Yaple pinned Ricky Prosen (Sheffield), 3:15; Huselton maj. dec. Daniel Simmerman (Maplewood), 8-0; 126 – Morrison dec. Dustin Tomcho (Union City), 2-0; Jack Glasi (Brockway) pinned Lancaster, 2:14; 132 – Walter dec. Zach Fitzsimmons (Oswayo Valley), 6-1; Dennis pinned Mack Heitzenrater (Harbor Creek), 1:11; 138 - Jacob Abrams (Smethport) pinned Brant, 2:58; Seth Thurber (Jamestown) pinned Leise, 3:15; 145 – Ellis pinned Trey McKenzie (Curwensville), 4:08; Maher dec. Louie Head (Eisenhower), 8-5; 152 – Caleb Peterson (Cochranton) pinned Simoni, 4:43; Miller dec. Sebastian Rinehardt (Northwestern), 5-1; 160 – Millero dec. Andrew Boylan (Saegertown), 5-3 OT; Gage Gladysz (Greenville) pinned Warnick, 2:20; 170 – Benson tech fall Taylor Saline (Cameron County), 17-2, 4:06; Miller dec. Marquis Spence (Lakeview), 10-5; 182 – Tuttle maj. dec. Stone Sivak (Youngsville), 14-0; Hines maj. dec. Isian Stearns (Maplewood), 14-2; 195 – Hughes dec. Jason Shappee (Jamestown), 11-6; Geer pinned Zach Sintobin (Clarion), 4:29; 220 – Haines pinned Nate Rogers (Oswayo Valley), 4:43; Suydan dec. Ryan Cardman (Fairview), 4-2; 285 – Carillo dec. Kaleb Robertson (Sharpsville), 5-2; Ringer dec. Braden Gladysz (Greenville), 3-2.
106 – Clayton dec. Messai, 11-6; Carlson dec. Paxson, 5-4; 113 – Elizon maj. dec. Kline, 10-2; Gray maj. dec. Baughman, 12-1; 120 - Huselton maj. dec. Prosen, 8-0; Yaple dec. Simmerman, 6-4; 126 – Tomcho pinned Lukowich, 1:39; Morrison dec. Glasi, 4-2; 132 – Dennis pinned Fitzsimmons, 3:06; Walter maj. dec. Heitzenrater, 11-2; 138 – Leise dec. Abrams, 5-3; Brant pinned Thurber, 1:04; 145 – Maher pinned McKenzie, 3:20; Ellis dec. Head, 14-11; 152 – Miller dec. Peterson, 7-6; Simoni dec. Rinehardt, 4-3; 160 – Warnick pinned Boylan, :53; Millero dec. Gladysz, 3-1 OT; 170 – Miller pinned Saline, 1:54; Matthews pinned Spence, :34; 182 – Hines pinned Sivak, 2:45; Tuttle maj. dec. Stearns, 12-0; 195 - Geer dec. Shappee, 8-2; Hughes dec. Sintobin, 9-6; 220 – Durlin pinned Cardman, 2:45; Suydan dec. Rodgers, 5-4; 285 – Ringer dec. Robertson, 2-1; Carillo dec. Gladysz, 3-2.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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“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.
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The Warriors were 7-for-10 from the free-throw line during the 4th frame, and held off Pymatuning Valley, 59-48, Tuesday night.
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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.
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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.
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