March 10, 2013 7:00 a.m. HERSHEY —
Cyphert, Reynolds, Vargo
finish in top five
Cochranton’s Cam Cyphert finished his high school career strong, taking home the bronze medal at the 220 pounds.
“It’s huge,” Cyphert said. “I wanted to finish over .500 in my career at Hershey and with that win I was able to do that so I am happy.”
It was no easy task to get third place for Cyphert. In the third place match, Cyphert took some bumps and bruises, and even had some cuts on his face, but that did not stop him from defeating Jake Temple of Avella, 3-2 in an ultimate tiebreaker.
“He battled back,” Cochranton head coach John Svirbly said. “I know it hit him pretty hard losing in the semis.”
With the score tied at 1-1 entering the tiebreaker, both wrestlers did their job on the bottom to record an escape point. With the score tied at 2-2, Cyphert was awarded the bottom in the ultimate tiebreaker and escaped to end his high school career on a high note.
Saegertown’s Dylan Reynolds also placed in this year’s state championships for the Panthers, earning himself a fourth place spot on the podium.
“It’s a decent feeling finishing in fourth place as a sophomore,” Reynolds said. “I came down here wanting to win it but I guess that’s what I have to train for next year. This gives me a lot of motivation. You see all these guys that are four-time state champs and I still have a chance to be a two-time state champ.”
Reynolds had a chance at third but lost a 7-2 decision to Adam Mackie of Brandywine Heights.
Another local wrestler ending his high school career on a high note was Union City’s Tim Vargo. Coming into the fifth place match, Vargo was in the midst of a two-match losing streak, the only time this season he has lost consecutive matches. Vargo ended that skid with an overtime pin at 5:58 over Alexander Gular of Port Allegany.
Vargo jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and looked like he might put the match away early. However, Gular ended the first with an escape and a takedown to make it 4-3. They he earned another escape point in the second to tie the match. Both wrestlers recorded two points in the third on a Gular takedown, which was immediately followed by a reversal by Vargo to tie it at 6-6.
Vargo controlled the overtime period, eventually getting the takedown and pin.