Meadville Tribune


March 1, 2014

Saegertown, other locals shine on first day at Class AA regionals


SHARON — Muskies get it done

Good things happened to Jamestown Friday, as top-seeded Faris Messai at 113 pounds beat Hickory’s Justin Walter in an 8-3 decision to move to the semifinals. Not to be outdone, senior Jason Shappee took care of Redbank Valley’s Cal Haines in a 7-4 decision to also move on to the semis today, putting a pair of Muskies in a good spot to get to Hershey.

“I was really happy to see Faris open up and beat Walter,” Jamestown head coach Steve Pfaff said. “He went after him like he has been doing the last couple of weeks, and he was strong and won the match. He looked positive, and hopefully that keeps up for tomorrow.”

Shappee looked sharp as well, taking out a strong competitor in Haines.

“Haines was the No. 1 wrestler in the region all winter long,” Pfaff said. “We watched some film on him and put plans together last night, and he went to town and worked it. Jason did very well.”

At 182 pounds, Mohamed Messai won his preliminary round match against Northwestern’s Kyle Panko in style with a 16-8 major decision, but ran into Cranberry’s Zachery Bruce in the quarterfinals. There, Bruce picked up the 10-2 major decision.

Joining Mohamed Messai in the consolation bracket is 106-pounder Hunter Goodlin, who dropped his preliminary bout to Corry’s Nate Munsee 5-3.

Panthers place four in semifinals

Out of the seven wrestlers the Saegertown wrestling team brought to regionals, four of them advanced to today’s semifinal round, led by 182-pounder Dylan Reynolds.

Reynolds had little trouble in his opening bout in the quarterfinals, pinning Sharon’s Beau Dignall in 3:08.

Fellow Panther Nick Monico, a sophomore wrestling at 138 pounds, did a job on Redbank Valley’s Luke Gallo, winning the bout with a 7-0 decision. Other Saegertown wins came from Bingbong Elizon at 120 pounds and Tyler Vath at 132 pounds, both of which sit one win away from states.

Elizon earned a 4-2 decision over Kane’s Jon Gelsick, while Vath knocked off Greenville’s Blake Reynolds with a 5-2 decision.

Matt Humes (145 pounds), Garrett Zuver (152) and Lance Neuscheler (160) all dropped their matches Friday.

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