March 1, 2013 7:00 a.m. MEADVILLE —
Cards stay strong
It was a rough final day for Cochranton’s wrestling team in the District 10 championships last week. Entering Saturday, the Cardinals had four finalist but were unable to come away with a District champion. Even with the heartbreaking finish, Cochranton head coach John Svirbly knows that his team has an opportunity to make another splash this week.
“We have to keep their confidence up,” Svirbly said. “It is a brand new slate. We just have to keep them relaxed and not put to much pressure on them. They need to stay focused and determined.”
Like the Panthers, the Cardinals were also able to advance seven grapplers to the regional.
“This is my seventh year coaching and this is the most kids I have had that went to the regional,” Svirbly said. “I took five there a couple years ago. It is real exciting.
Last weeks finalist — Robert Boozer (145), Ryan Northcott (160), Austin Andrews (170) and Cam Cyphert (220) — received byes into the quarterfinals. Each will face the task of seeing a new face with all their opponents coming from District 9.
“It is tough for the other kid too,” Svirbly said about facing a new opponent. “Our style of wrestling is that we teach them to adjust to the situation. Adjust your stance and attack and don’t leave yourself vulnerable.”
Boozer will face Ridgeway’s Zac McKnight in the quarterfinals. Northcott will begin with a matchup against Brookville’s Brodie Zacherl. Andrew’s will compete with Redbank Valley’s Brandon Bailey and after a tough overtime loss to Fort LeBoeuf’s Evan Daley at 220 pounds last week, Cyphert will begin his quest against Port Allegany’s Trent Neal.
“He was pretty upset about last week’s loss,” Svirbly said. “He can’t get frustrated. He needs to just go out there and wrestle for six minutes. When Cam gives up those points he starts to panic and doesn’t keep that aggressive nature.”
Competing in the preliminary round for the Cardinals are Kline, Jared Morrison (126) and Caleb Peterson (152).