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February 24, 2013

H.S. WRESTLING: Panthers set new district highs

SHARON — All season long the Saegertown wrestling team has shown it can compete with the best. The Panthers proved once again at the District 10 class AA championships at Sharon High School on Saturday that they are among the elite after finishing third in the team standings with 135 points. Jim Mulligan’s squad also wrote its name into the record books, finishing with three District 10 champions.

“The most we ever had in one district tournament was two in 1962, so to break a school record with the history we have at our school is amazing,” Mulligan said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling right now. It is a defining moment for this program.”

Devin Brown started the championship bouts off in impressive fashion, pinning Reynolds’ Seth Hogue in the second period. Brown entered the match as the No. 1 wrestler in the state in his weight class, according to Off the Mat. Hogue is ranked No. 14 in the state. Brown took an early 5-0 lead after the first round and then made his move. In the second period, Brown was able to cradle Hogue, resulting in the pin at 3:06.

“Total excitement,” Brown said about winning the district title. “I couldn’t think of a better move. At the time he was wide open so whatever is open I have to go after it.”

There wasn’t much of a layoff before the next Panther sought the gold medal. At 120 pounds, Saegertown sophomore Tyler Vath, ranked No. 2 in the state, went up against Matt Wheeler of Northwestern. Vath, a district champion last year at 106 pounds, came on strong late for a 10-6 victory. Vath fell behind 2-0 in the first, but he was able to use his quickness and agility to tire Wheeler out.

“It was one of my goals this year to get the district championship and it is just an awesome feeling to win it two times in a row,” Vath said. “I just wanted to keep the pace with him and keep my feet and hands moving fast.”

Dylan Reynolds completed the trifecta for the Panthers with a 7-3 decision over Reynolds’ Jamar Henry. Reynolds and Henry came into the contest ranked 10th and 11th, respectively.

Saegertown had a fourth competitor in the finals, but Matt Humes fell to Sharon’s Michael Bonner 14-5. The match was even at 2 entering the third, but Bonner rattled off six points in 42 seconds to take control of the match.

With the top six in each weight class advancing to the Northwest Regional next week at Sharon, the Panthers also advanced Bingbong Elizon, Nick Monico and Andrew Boylan. Elizon made it to the fifth-place match at 113 pounds before losing to Logan Gray of North East. Monico took third place at 126 with a 1-0 decision over Conneaut’s Kyle Lukowich. Boylan will also be back next week after finishing in sixth place at 160 pounds.

Saegertown was edged in the team standings for second place by Fort LeBoeuf, which tallied 139 points. Reynolds blew out the competition for the District 10 title with 204 points.

Bears’ Vargo crowned

In a battle of two local wrestlers ranked in the top 10 at 170, Union City’s Tim Vargo came out victorious over Cochranton’s Austin Andrews in overtime.

Vargo, ranked No. 6, and Andrews, No. 9, battled to the extra period where Vargo recorded a takedown for a 4-2 victory.

“It feels good,” Vargo said. “It was a fun match and it was tough and I am glad I came out on top. My job isn’t done yet. I have to come back next week and hopefully get a region medal and then move on to states.”

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