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Lee leads 15 D-10 grapplers to Class AAA states
ALTOONA — Ehrin Lee entered the 2013-14 season on a mission. He now stands just four wins from the golden ring.
Lee finished off a stellar Northwest Regional Class AAA Tournament by grinding out a 3-2 win over Central Mountain’s Chad Reese in the 160-pound title match on Saturday. Lee was solid all the way through the bracket, starting with his 8-1 decision over Mifflin County’s Brandon WIlson in Friday’s quarterfinals. Earlier Saturday, Lee rolled to a 17-1 technical fall over Saint Marys’ William Gabor in 4:52.
Lee was the only Rocket to advance to Hershey, but District 10 as a whole will send 15 grapplers to the state tournament.
Leading the way for the area was General McLane, which saw five of its matmen advance. Joe Wheeling and Deane Twitchell each won region titles to pace the Lancers.
Wheeling collected his title wit ha 5-3 decision over Hollidaysburg’s Damian Huff. Twitchell needed overtime, but it did not stop him from grabbing a 3-1 decision over Central Mountain’s Demetri Probst.
Chris Laird was second at 195 pounds after running into a buzzsaw in DuBois’ Tom Sleigh. Sleigh won all three of his matches by techincal fall, including a 15-0, 3:43 showing against Laird in the final. Ian Mallory also took second for the Lancers. Mallory dropped a 9-4 decision to Shikellamy’s Dwayne Pepper in the 220-pound final.
Ethan Laird was the fifth McLane grappler to advance. The 160-pounder was third thanks to a 10-4 decision over Jersey Shore’s Seth Young.
Meadville came up short on its two bids for a state berth. Aaron Ehrgott wrestled for third but fell to Philipsburg-Osceola’s Chris Thompson by 11-4 decision. Kyle Luben also went for third at 126 pounds but dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to Clearfield’s Noah Cline.
The other D-10 grapplers to punch their ticket to states are:
McDowell: Charlie Lennox (1st, 106); Coleman Cousins (2nd, 170); Tyree Spearman (3rd, 182); Scot Augustine (1st, 285).
Strong Vincent: Carmine Ciotti (2nd, 106); John Ciotti (3rd, 132).
Cathedral Prep: Jame Gromacki (1st, 120).
Warren: D.J. Fehlman (2nd, 126).
Oil City: Trent Zdarko (1st, 170).