Reynolds Outlasts Boiling Springs and WPIAL Finals Rematch Set

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Franklin Regional Michael Kemerer turns Nazareth Area Brock Wilson at 138 lbs.

Franklin Regional Michael Kemerer turns Nazareth Area Brock Wilson at 138 lbs.

The buzz around the GIANT Stadium on Friday night was who would come out on top of the #2 Boiling Springs and #4 Reynolds semifinal meeting. Well as most had expected, the final result came down to the last mach in the last possible moment. With a shot at Bethlehem Catholic on the line the match came down to 220 lbs. as #4 Reynolds held a 28-26 lead over the Bubblers. In the match Boiling Springs Kyle Taylor made the usual bump up from 195 lbs. to face Reynolds’ talented freshman Cole Rickert at 220 lbs. After wrestling all the way to ultimate tiebreaker it was the freshman who recorded a reversal to end the match (4-2) and send #4 Reynolds into the PIAA Class AA State Finals 31-26. In the match a total of 5 matches were decided by two points or less with the District 10 Champions winning 3 of those 5 bouts.

Class AA wasn’t the only semifinal to come down to the final bout. WPIAL studs North Allegheny and Greater Latrobe battled to a 30-29 Latrobe lead with one match remaining. North Allegheny senior Drew Landefeld was bumped up from 145 lbs. to take on returning PIAA State Qualifier Jake Shaffer at 152 lbs. With Latrobe up a point Landefeld needed to generate a win. Latrobe sophomore Jake Shaffer did not allow that to happen, despite a valiant effort by Landefeld, securing the dual meet victory with an 11-1 major decision at 152 lbs. ending the dual meet 31-29. ALthough the match came down to the final bout there were plenty of other matches that helped determine the outcome of the score. In the most antipated mtches North Allegheny freshman Luke Landefeld continued his hot streat against the WPIAL’s best 113 lbs. by defeating Latrobe’s  Ethan McCoy (7-5). The 31-29 win by the Greater Latrobe Wildcats sent them into the PIAA Class AAA State Dual Team finals where they would have a WPIAL rematch against Franklin Regional.

In the two other Championship semifinals the #1 State ranked teams advanced to the finals in convincing fashion. #1 Bethlehem Catholic did something they had not done previously in the tournament: they gave up a point to an opponent. #17 Hamburg Area’s s hot streak came to a cooling end as BECA dominated 59-3.

In Class AAA #1 Franklin Regional may have had their closest match of the State Tournament but it was nonetheless impressive winning 38-22 over #4 Nazareth Area. The score was made closer when at 145 lbs. part-time IndyCar racer, part-time high school senior Sage Karam stunned the crowd with a jaw dropping fall over 2x PIAA State Medalist Josh Maruca. Karam is definitely still getting back into wrestling shape after taking a month off to compete on the race track but his pin over the savvy Josh Maruca showed why he is considered a dangerous and formidable wrestling in the State. In the match Maruca racked up a series a takedowns, scoring with relative ease against the winded Karam. Up 11-4, and looking for more points from the neutral, Maruca was thrown to his back by Karam who used a lateral drop to secure the upset victory. What made the win so impressive was the fact Karam, despite physically out of the match, never gave up and when given the opportunity, capitalized and executed. There is no doubt it my mind Maruca was the more technically sound wrestler of the match but Karam showed a lot of guts considering his month long absence from the practice room.


Class AAA Semifinal Results


Greater Latrobe Hs 34 vs North Allegheny Hs 29
160 Dominic Scalise (Greater Latrobe Hs) TF Jake Woodley (North Allegheny Hs) 17-2 4:36
170 Colton Byerly (North Allegheny Hs) Dec Luke Shaffer (Greater Latrobe Hs) 7-3
182 Justin Short (Greater Latrobe Hs) Fall David Tallman (North Allegheny Hs) 1:38
195 Zachary Zavatsky (Greater Latrobe Hs) Major Clay Byerly (North Allegheny Hs) 17-5
220 Zach Smith (North Allegheny Hs) Dec Travis Schmeling (Greater Latrobe Hs) 8-3
285 Tyler Mears (Greater Latrobe Hs) Fall David Probert (North Allegheny Hs) 1:00
106 Zack Stedeford (North Allegheny Hs) Fall Carson Palmer (Greater Latrobe Hs) 1:16
113 Luke Landefeld (North Allegheny Hs) Dec Ethan McCoy (Greater Latrobe Hs) 7-5
120 Luke Pletcher (Greater Latrobe Hs) Fall Will Baierl (North Allegheny Hs) 1:06
126 Scotty Stossel (North Allegheny Hs) Dec Joel Cawoski (Greater Latrobe Hs) 9-3
132 Domenic Forys (North Allegheny Hs) TF Ethan Stas (Greater Latrobe Hs) 25-10;5:19
138 Jake Hinkson (North Allegheny Hs) Fall Jake Willochell (Greater Latrobe Hs) 2:43
145 Ethan Smith (Greater Latrobe Hs) Dec AJ Boeh (North Allegheny Hs) 8-3
152 Jake Shaffer (Greater Latrobe Hs) Major Drew Landefeld (North Allegheny Hs) 11-1


Franklin Regional Hs 38 vs Nazareth Area Hs 22
160 Brandon Yant (Franklin Regional Hs) Dec Tyler Tarsi (Nazareth Area Hs) 3-1
170 Nate Painter (Franklin Regional Hs) Fall Ricky Fornaciari (Nazareth Area Hs) 3:10
182 John Wohlin (Franklin Regional Hs) Dec Connor Williams (Nazareth Area Hs) 6-4 OT
195 Nicolino Sevi (Nazareth Area Hs) Major Jake Pickup (Franklin Regional Hs) 11-1
220 Josh Golden (Nazareth Area Hs) Dec Brett Zanotto (Franklin Regional Hs) 3-1 OT
285 Brandon Lance (Nazareth Area Hs) Fall Charlie Mazon (Franklin Regional Hs) 1:57
106 Devin Brown (Franklin Regional Hs) Dec Tyson Klump (Nazareth Area Hs) 11-4
113 Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional Hs) Fall Travis Smith (Nazareth Area Hs) 2:57
120 Tyrone Klump (Nazareth Area Hs) Dec Augusten Solomon (Franklin Regional Hs) 4-1
126 Dom Giannangeli (Franklin Regional Hs) Major Travis Stefanik (Nazareth Area Hs) 10-2
132 Tyler Smith (Franklin Regional Hs) Dec Chase Zemenak (Nazareth Area Hs) 1-0
138 Mike Kemerer (Franklin Regional Hs) TF Brock Wilson (Nazareth Area Hs) 20-5; 4:48
145 Sage Karam (Nazareth Area Hs) Fall Josh Maruca (Franklin Regional Hs) 2:39
152 Josh Shields (Franklin Regional Hs) TF Dane Guggenberger (Nazareth Area Hs) 16-0;4:30


Class AA Semifinal Results


Boiling Springs Hs 26 vs Reynolds Hs 31
285 Gene Ringer (Reynolds Hs) Dec Noah Davis (Boiling Springs Hs) 3-2
106 Gage Bayless (Reynolds Hs) Dec Jonathan Day (Boiling Springs Hs) 7-3
113 Seth Hogue (Reynolds Hs) Fall Devin Crum (Boiling Springs Hs) :18
120 Korbin Myers (Boiling Springs Hs) TF Chaise Hauck (Reynolds Hs) 25-10; 5:04
126 Grant Bond (Boiling Springs Hs) Fall Alec Reiter (Reynolds Hs) :30
132 AJ Kostyak (Boiling Springs Hs) Dec Mike Bartolo (Reynolds Hs) 9-8
138 Kyle Shoop (Boiling Springs Hs) Fall Alex DiGregorio (Reynolds Hs) 3:30
145 Levi Stoyer (Reynolds Hs) Dec Tyler Kauffman (Boiling Springs Hs) 9-2
152 Mason McCollum (Reynolds Hs) Fall John Vaughn (Boiling Springs Hs) 2:58
160 Travis Wickard (Boiling Springs Hs) Dec Kegan Miller (Reynolds Hs) 8-3
170 Mike Millero (Reynolds Hs) Dec Connor Murphy (Boiling Springs Hs) 5-3
182 Austin Moffett (Reynolds Hs) Major Dylan McCoy (Boiling Springs Hs) 15-5
195 Nathan Gouhin (Boiling Springs Hs) Dec Denton Zeronas (Reynolds Hs) 3-2
220 Cole Rickert (Reynolds Hs) Dec Kyle Taylor (Boiling Springs Hs) 4-2;utb


Bethlehem Catholic Hs 59 vs Hamburg Area Hs 3
285 Paul Aaroe (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) Dec Blake Roberts (Hamburg Area Hs) 3-2
106 Sean Redington (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) TF Romeo Eaddy (Hamburg Area Hs) 18-2;2:24
113 Luke Karam (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) Fall Mike Eicher (Hamburg Area Hs) 1:15
120 Joey Gould (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) Dec Sean Stanish (Hamburg Area Hs) 4-0
126 Zeke Moisey (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) Fall Mike Madara (Hamburg Area Hs) :35
132 Stephen Maloney (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) Dec Chris Kummerer (Hamburg Area Hs) 4-3
138 Mike Labriola (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) Dec Nick Oswald (Hamburg Area Hs) 6-3
145 Mason Angstadt (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) Major Andrew Kochel (Hamburg Area Hs) 10-2
152 Brandon Gallagher (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) Fall Matt James (Hamburg Area Hs) Def :32
160 Adam Soldridge (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) TF Tyler Herber (Hamburg Area Hs) 15-0; 2:38
170 Nick Cortopassi (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) Fall Jake Yoder (Hamburg Area Hs) 3:31
182 Jose Ortiz (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) Dec Cody Miller (Hamburg Area Hs) 5-2
195 Austin Bashore (Hamburg Area Hs) Dec Jody Crouse (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) 8-1
220 Andrew Dunn (Bethlehem Catholic Hs) Forfeit (Hamburg Area Hs)


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