Boozer takes second for Cards
Cochranton senior Robert Boozer made things look rather easy at 152 pounds leading up to Saturday’s championship final. He had a major decision in Friday’s quarterfinals, and then pinned a tough wrestler in Fort LeBoeuf’s Brad Malinowski in last night’s semis.
In the final, however, the bout belonged to Brookville’s Brodie Zacherl, who scored an 11-2 major decision over the Cardinals grappler.
It was Boozer’s second straight runner-up finish at regionals. Now he’ll aim for his first PIAA medal.
Spa’s Stafford heads to states
Cambridge Springs 195-pounder Zach Stafford had a strong tournament, earning a spot in the final with a 6-5 decision over District 10 champion Garrett Reinwald of Fort LeBoeuf n the semifinals.
However couldn’t quite finish the evening off with a win, as the Blue Devil lost a close championship bout to Corry’s Ryan Morris 6-4.
“I’m really proud of (Stafford),” said Cambridge Springs coach Jim Beach. “The semifinal was a match with Reinwald who he lost to in overtime at districts. But Zach took it to the kid, he got in leg attacks, scored points and really impressed me, especially for a sophomore.”
Now the 10th-grader Stafford will get an early look at Hershey, giving him plenty to grow on during the next two years.
Pair of Messai’s headed to states
While both Faris Messai (113 pounds) and Mohamed Messai (182) will make the trip to Hershey, neither will do so as champions, as both missed out on their respective first-place crowns.
Faris Messai came the closest, making it to the 113-pound final to take on Brookville’s Taylor Ortz, who entered the bout on quite a hot streak. Ortz had pinned his last 19 opponents entering the finals, and that streak continued as he pinned Faris Messai in 2:24, leaving the Jamestown sophomore with a second place finish.
Mohamed Messai ended his tournament with greatly satisfying victory. At the district 10 tournament, Mohamed Messai and Reynolds’ Austin Moffett met in the semifinals. Moffett scored a late takedown in overtime to send Messai into the consolation bracket.
For their rematch in yesterday’s third-place match, Messai dominated Moffett, posting a 12-1 major decision to finish third and advance to states.