SHARON – The Northwest AA Regional Wrestling Championships on Friday night is like the proverbial “calm before the storm.”
While there were few upsets during the opening night, most District champions advanced as well as all the defending champions.
The tournament resumes at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, with consolation finals for 3rd and 5th set for 3:30 p.m. and parade of champions at 5:30. The top 4 finisher advance to the state tourney.
Beau Bayless (120) of Reynolds continues his drive for a 4th region crown, while teammate Gary Steen (106) and Greenville’s Jacob McMasters each go for their second. Saegertown’s Tye Varndell (132) is on pace to win a third title, while other defending champs are Kane’s Alec English (160) and Union City’s Gavin Henry (182).
Reynolds, seeking the 22nd regional crown in school history is off to a good start. The Raiders made a powerful showing as they moved 10 wrestlers into the semifinals and have a team score of 94 points. Greenville is second with 45 and has 5 in the semis. Union City is third with 31 points.
Following is a look at how the weight classes shake out:
106 – Defending region and state champ Gary Steen (35-1) and D-9 champion Owen Reinsel (31-3) of Brookville both scored first-period falls in the quarterfinals. In the semis, Steen will face Port Allegany’s Bryent Johnson (22-5), while Reinsel meets Hunter Robison (31-5) of Gen. McLane. Johnson was 4th at this weight last year.
113 – Reynolds junior Cole Bayless (22-10) knocked off District 9 champ Trenton Rupp of Redbank Valley, 11-2, and faces familiar foe Andrew Brest (34-5) of Gen. McLane. Brest edged Bayless, 2-1, in the D-10 quarters. On the other side of the bracket, D-10 champ Logan Jaquay (32-3) squares off with Harbor Creek’s Connor Pierce.
120 – Reynolds senior ace Beau Bayless (34-7) had a 58-second fall Friday and could be headed for a finals rematch for a third straight week with Hunter Thompson (36-3) of Titusville. But first in the semis, Bayless meets Alex Kightlinger of Saegertown, while Thompson tangles with Braedon Johnson (32-1) of Port Allegany, the D-9 winner.
126 – The Reynolds romps continued here as Andrew Ischo (28-9) won by fall and will meet District 9 champ Andrew Glasl (32-1) of Brockway. Glasl beat the Raider in the semis last year, 5-2. On the other side of the bracket, D-10 winner Bryce Knauf (39-3) continued his impressive tournament run with a pin and faces William Burgess (30-4) of Union City. Knauf topped Burgess, 6-4, in the district semis.
132 – Two-time champ Tye Varndell (37-0) of Cambridge Springs and Reynolds’ Kaeden Berger (29-9), who had two pins Friday, meet in one semi, while D-9 winner Ethan Wiant of Redbank Valley faces Northwestern’s John Wheeler.
138 – D-10 champion Alex Chess (35-3) of Mercer faces a known opponent in the semis as he takes on Reynolds’ Rocco Bartolo (31-11). Chess defeated Bartolo, 10-4, in the section finals. District 9 champ Noah Blankenship (26-6) faces a tough draw against Saegertown’s Kenny Kiser (35-4).
145 – It’s an all District 10 semis here. Marshall Matentz (29-9) of Girard downed D-9 champ Zach Holland of Curwensville, 7-6, and will meet Northwestern’s Caiden Mooney (28-7). Conneaut Area’s Wes Davenport (32-9) faces D-10 title-holder Jackson Spires (12-3) of Gen. McLane.
152 – Greenville’s district champ Mason Karpinski (42-2) meets Johnsonburg’s Cole Casillio (33-3), while on the other side of the bracket Sharon’s Sully Allen (33-2) tangles with Kane’s Aiden Hulings (27-3).
160 – Defending champ Alec English (30-1) of Kane takes on Reynolds’ Hunter Thompson (26-10), while Conneaut Area’s Peyton Hearn (35-2) faces Tyler Greer (34-9) of Grove City. English beat Hearn last year in the 152 final, 3-1 in sudden victory overtime.
170 – Greenville district champ Brady Gentile (39-3) had to go to overtime before pinning Marshall Vantassel of Union City and today will take on Reynolds sophomore Cole Toy (28-10). Gentile beat Toy, 8-5, in sections this season. D-9 winner Ethan Finch (28-8) goes against Mtt Petrilla (31-11) of Corry.
182 – Defending champ Gavin Henry (36-3) of Union City faces Braden McBeth (22-11) of Brookville, while Brockway’s Garrett McClintock (32-1) meets Slippery Rock’s Kaleb Kamerer (29-4).
195 – Both district champions fell here. Cael Black of Eisenhower pinned Titusville’s Parker Harvey in 33 seconds, while Conneaut Area’s Austin Kelly decked Brockway’s Eric Johnson in 3:20. Black faces Hayden Linkenhof of Corry, while Coudersport’s Elijah Ayers meets up with Kelly.
220 – Reynolds’ Wyatt Owen pinned D-9 champ Ty Stahli of Kane and today meets Joseph Bauer of Eisenhower. Bauer beat Owen, 9-3, in the D-10 semis last week. On the other side of the bracket, defending champ Jacob McMaster (42-0) scored a fall and today takes on Maplewood’s Joey King. The Trojan senior pinned King in 21 seconds last week.
285 – Reynolds’ Derek Skeehan (27-3) takes on Greenville’s Max Wills (30-9) in one semifinal. Wills bounced back from an ankle injury last week to score a pair of victories Friday. Undefeated Colby Whitehill (33-0) of Brookville faces Union City’s Matt Long (33-5).
NORTHWEST AA REGION
Top 5 team scores: Reynolds 94, Greenville 45, Union City 31, Conneaut Area 28.5, Gen. McLane 26.
106 – Owen Reinsel (Brookville) pinned Jack Martinec (Cochranton), 1:10; Hunter Robison (Gen. McLane) pinned Mark Palmer (Brockway), 5:22; Bryent Johnson (Port Allegany) pinned Ashten Armagost (Comm. Perry), 1:00; Gary Steen (Reynolds) pinned Lucas Munsee (Corry), 1:12.
113 – Logan Jaquay (Eisenhower) dec. Chase McLaughlin (Jamestown), 7-2; Connor Pierce (Harbor Creek) dec. Reese Vollmer (Port Allegany), 5-1; Andrew Brest (Gen. McLane) dec. Seth Donovan (Titusville), 7-3; Cole Bayless (Reynolds) maj. dec. Trenton Rupp (Redbank Valley), 11-2.
120 – Braedon Johnson (Port Allegany) pinned Shane Peterson (Cochranton), 2:29; Hunter Thompson (Titusville) maj. dec. Brayden Altobelli (Redbank Valley), 12-0; Alex Kightlinger (Saegertown) dec. Harley Morris (Kane), 12-6; Beau Bayless (Reynolds) pinned Dom Inzana (Brockway), :58.
126 – Bryce Knauf (Greenville) pinned Connor Hadden (West Middlesex), 1:25; William Burgess (Union City) dec. Blake Passarelli (Curwensville), 3-0; Andrew Ischo (Reynolds) pinned Mason Songer (Redbank Valley), 1:55; Anthony Glasl (Brockway) maj. dec. Carter Gill (Hickory), 9-1.
132 – Ethan Wiant (Redbank Valley) dec. Matthew Leehan (Gen. McLane), 5-2; John Wheeler (Northwestern) pinned Eli Peruzzi (Port Allegany), 5:02; Kaeden Berger (Reynolds) pinned Nolan Shaffer (Johnsonburg), 4:41; Tye Varndell (Camb. Springs) maj. dec. Dawson Bartholomew (Saegertown), 16-5.
138 – Alex Chess (Mercer) pinned Justin Boozer (Cochranton), 2:38; Rocco Bartolo (Reynolds) pinned Hunter Martz (Redbank Valley), 2:24; Kenny Kiser (Saegertown) maj. dec. Tino Inzana (Brockway), 12-0; Noah Blankenship (Kane) dec. Adam Huck (Ft. LeBoeuf), 8-2.
145 – Marshall Marfinetz (Girard) dec. Zach Holland (Curwensville), 7-6; Caiden Mooney (Northwestern) dec. Colton Gietler (Oswayo Valley), 7-3; Wes Davenport (Conneaut Area) maj. dec. Issac Smoker (Port Allegany), 15-3; Jackson Spires (Gen. McLane) dec. Jarrod Rodgers (Titusville), 6-0.
152 – Mason Karpinski (Greenville) dec. Daiveon Say (Grove City), 9-7; Cole Casillio (Johnsonburg) dec. Gage Musser (Comm. Perry), 3-2 TB; Sully Allen (Sharon) dec. Brendan Laird (Conneaut Area), 5-1; Aiden Hulings (Kane) dec. Dylan Muscarella (North East), 6-3.
160 – Alec English (Kane) dec. Jason Bratt (Harbor Creek), 5-0; Hunter Thompson (Reynolds) dec. Cole Karpinski (Greenville), 3-0; Tyler Greer (Grove City) dec. Noah Bash (Brockway), 7-3; Peyton Hearn (Conneaut Area) maj. dec. Luke Gaston (Sharon), 3-1.
170 – Brady Gentile (Greenville) pinned Marshall Vantassel (Union City), 6:45 SV; Cole Toy (Reynolds) maj. dec. Tyler Watts (Johnsonburg), 10-0; Matt Petrilla (Corry) dec. Elijah Hilliard (Slippery Rock), 4-2; Ethan Finch (Sheffield) dec. Jed Goodlin (Jamestown), 3-0.
182 – Garrett McClintock (Brockway) pinned Holden Cook (Franklin), 4:52; Kaleb Kamerer (Slippery Rock) dec. Teddy Race (Kane), 6-3; Braden McBeth (Brookville) dec. Bryce McCloskey (Reynolds), 3-1; Gavin Henry (Union City) pinned Hudson Martz (Redbank Valley), 1:22.
195 – Cael Black (Eisenhower) pinned Parker Harvey (Titusville), :33; Hayden Linkenhoff (Corry) dec. Justin Young, 10-4; Elijah Ayers (Coudersport) dec. Braydon Herbster (Reynolds), 3-0; Austin Kelly (Conneaut Area) pinned Eric Johnson (Brockway), 3:30.
220 – Wyatt Owen (Reynolds) pinned Ty Stahil (Kane), 4:19; Joseph Bauer (Eisenhower) pinned Zack Nesevich (Jamestown), 1:04; Joey King (Maplewood) dec. Seth Yarger (Gen. McLane), 3-0; Jacob McMaster (Greenville) pinned Tyler Hedderick (Union City).
285 – Derek Skeehan (Reynolds) dec. Josh Nettles (Franklin), 8-2; Max Wills (Greenville) dec. Hayden Thompson (Brockway), 3-0; Matt Long (Union City) pinned Nick Knowles (Sheffield), 2:26; Colby Whitehill (Brookville) pinned Jordan Wilson (Sharon), :44.
106 – Martinec maj dec Mitchell Headley (Jamestown), 11-1; Palmer pinned Cody Miller (Hickory), :50; Armagost pinned Zach Rodgers (Titusville), 1:15; Munsee dec. Ridge Cook (Redbank Valley), 7-0.
113 – McLaughlin tech fall Dillon Illerbraun (Kane), 15-0, 3:08; Pierce pinned Stephen Martinec (Cochranton), 2:29; Donovan dec. Cayden Walter (Brookville), 6-1; Bayless dec. Miller (Camb. Springs), 3-1.
120 – Peterson maj. dec. Kason Smeltzer (Greenville), 9-1; Altobelli pinned Tyler Pfaff (Jamestown), :15; Kightlinger pinned Thomas Johnson (Iroquois), 3:27; Inzana dec. Carson Filer (Mercer), 8-3.
126 – Haddon dec. Parker Fleming (Brookville), 5-3; Burgess dec. Jonathan Ploss (Ft. LeBoeuf), 7-0; Songer dec. Michael Berger (Mercer), 4-0; Gill dec. Jaeden Reagle (Saegertown), 4-2.
132 – Leehan maj. dec. Gannon Jaquay (Eisenhower), 10-0; Petruzzi (Pt. Allegany), 4:53; Berger pinned Tallin Henry (Union City), 3:27; Bartholomew pinned Dylan Kelly (Coudersport), 1:08.
138 – Boozer pinned Dalton Stahli (Johnsonburg), 5:13; Bartolo dec. Judah Gardner (Union City), 4-0; Inzana dec. Logan Breese (Grove City), 6-3; Huck tech fall Josh Bortz (Eisenhower), 18-1, 3:02.
145 – Martinetz maj. dec. Kalob Brown (Cochranton), 15-6; Gietler dec. Jack Rimpa (Ft. LeBoeuf), 6-5; Davenport tech fall Harrison Murray (Mercer), 17-1, 3:35; Rodgers pinned Dalton Bish (Redbank Valley), 3:59.
152 – Say dec. Jacob Cable (Brookville), 4-2; Musser dec. Landon Caldwell (Saegertown), 2-0; Laird dec. Jacob Wickett (Ridgway), 2-1; Muscarella maj. dec. Esteban Waldman (Union City), 10-2.
160 – Bratt pinned Mike Antal (Slippery Rock), 1:32; Karpinski pinned Isaac Zimmerman (Johnsonburg), 3:52; Greer dec. Alex Barnett (Eisenhower), 7-4; Gaston tech fall Cole Bressler (Curwensville), 15-0, 4:53.
170 – Vantassel pinned Andrew Hickman (Brockway), 1:26; Toy pinned Jacob Jones (Camb. Springs), :41; Petrilla dec. Cameron Whisner (Kane), 5-3 SV; Goodlin pinned James Laird (Gen. McLane), 3:06.
182 – Cook dec. Mickael McCurdy (Seneca), 7-5 SV; Rice pinned Zeb Rubaker (West Middlesex), 2;53; McCloskey pinned Dylan Gourley (Corry), 3:12; Martz pinned JD McFadden (Maplewood), 4:44.
195 – Black dec. Tyler Vantassel (Clarion), 6-3; Linkerhof dec. Vito Pilosi (Slippery Rock), 4-3; Ayers dec. Domonic Viscuso (Harbor Creek), 11-8; Kelly dec. Barrett Gentile (Greenville), 5-3.
220 – Owen pinned Dalton Boozer (Cochranton), 4:24; Nesevich pinned Cale Ayers (Coudersport), 2:37; King pinned Seth Yarger (Gen. McLane), 1:56; Hedderick dec. Justin Smith (Brockway), 3-1.
285 – Wills dec. Jordan Schell (Girard), 5-2; Knowles pinned Jake DeSimone (Youngsville), 5:01; Wilson dec. Sean Northcott (Slippery Rock), 4-3.