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February 27, 2014

Four ’Dogs among area Class AAA grapplers aiming for spot at states

MEADVILLE — After missing out on last year’s state championship tournament, the Meadville wrestling team has four grapplers looking to earn a spot in next week’s big show at Hershey. To get there, they’ll need to be among the top three at this weekend’s Class AAA Northwest Regional tournament, which gets going today at 5 p.m. at Altoona High School and continues all day Saturday.

Among those in the hunt is Bulldogs 113-pounder Aaron Ehrgott, who just missed out last year, falling a couple wins short of states. This year, the junior enters as the third seed out of District 10 holding a record of 26-5. His opening round opponent is District 8 second seed Mikel Chadcleaf of Perry Traditional Academy who is 7-10.

Meadville sophomore Kyle Luben looks to advance out of the 126-pound bracket. He was also third at the D-10 championships and is 25-6 on the season. He’ll open the tournament against Bellefonte freshman Chase Gardner (18-9), the second seed from District 6.

Senior Cameron DeMaison (9-17) will compete at 160 pounds after finishing fourth at districts. His first opponent will be St. Marys senior William Gabor (23-7) who was a District 9 champion.

And Luke Carr, wrestling at 220, will pit his third-place finish in the district and 22-7 record against Mifflin County senior Kyle Kahley, who is the second seed out of District 6 and has a 10-4 record.

Area schools General McLane — led by District 10 champions Joe Wheeling (113), Keller Watkins (132), Deane Twitchell (145), Chris Laird (195) and Ian Mallory (22) — and Titusville — led by 160-pound D-10 champ Ehrin Lee — both have numerous wrestlers competing this weekend. Here’s a rundown:

GENERAL MCLANE

113: 10-1 Joe Wheeling, Sr. (31-1), drew bye.

126: 10-4 Hunter Hendricks, So. (22-9) vs. 4-2 Noah Ulmer, Jr., Jersey Shore (18-11).

132: 10-4 Owen Watkins, Fr. (15-10) vs. 6-2 Isaac Underhill, Jr., Mifflin County (20-9).

138: 10-1 Keller Watkins, Jr. (27-5). First roundt: 9-3 Kyle Pecht, So., St. Marys (26-6).

145: 10-1 Deane Twitchell, Sr. (29-8), drew bye.

152: 10-2 Mike Sutton, Sr. (24-4) vs. 9-3 Alex Feldbauer, Sr., St. Marys (19-11).

160: 10-2 Ethan Laird, Fr. (22-13) vs. 9-3 Keegan Discher, Jr., Punxsutawney (14-14).

195: 10-1 Chris Laird, Sr. (31-3) vs. 4-3 Nate Lose, So., Jersey Shore (21-10).

220: 10-1 Ian Mallory, Jr. (22-13), drew bye

285: 10-4 Jacob Lenhardt, Fr. (15-14) vs. 4-2 Bruce Charles, So., Jersey Shore (12-7).

TITUSVILLE

106: 10-5 Steven Machen, Jr. (16-9) vs. 6-2 Aaron Witherite, So. Bellefonte (23-7).

113: 10-4 Kaleb Chase, Sr., 23-10 vs. 6-2 Chris Thompson, Sr., Philipsburg-Osceola, (25-6).

120: 10-4 Hunter Wagner, Fr. (19-10) vs. 8-1 Isaiah Slappey, Sr., Allderdice (18-10).

138: 10-2 Dalton Burns, Jr. (19-9) vs. 6-3 Nate Rosenberger, Jr., Bellefonte (22-11).

160: 10-1 Ehrin Lee, Sr., (29-1), drew bye.

182: 10-3 Dan Stearns, Jr. (22-13) vs. 6-2 Dennis Lumadue, Sr. Philipsburg-Osceola, Sr., (26-7).

285: 10-3 Jason Oakes, Jr. (19-4) vs. 9-1 Jacob Verchick, Sr., Clearfield (23-7).

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