Meadville Tribune


March 8, 2013

PIAA WRESTLING: Locals off to fast start at Class AA tournament


March 8, 2013 7:00 a.m. HERSHEY — Vargo, Cyphert, Breese use experience

One thing Union City’s Tim Vargo, Cochranton’s Cam Cyphert and Lakeview’s Sam Breese have in common is their experience in the PIAA championships. Last year each of them made an appearance in the tournament and each are still hungry for more.

At 170, Vargo won by bonus points with a 10-2 major decision over Josh Asper of Biglerville. Vargo jumped out to an early lead, recording two takedowns in the first period. With the score 4-1 entering the second, Vargo went back to business, recording another four points to put the match away. Vargo added two insurance points in the third.

“It was important but you have to focus on one match at a time,” Vargo said. “I could have wrestled better, I thought, but I am moving on to the next round so I will take it.”

Vargo will have his hands full in the quarterfinals today when he faces the 4th ranked Tyler Dibert of Chestnut Ridge. Vargo is ranked seventh.

Cyphert wasted no time showing that he came to Hershey to reach the finals, disposing of North Schuylkill’s Tanner Dean by fall at 1:06.

“It is a lot different feeling this year,” Cyphert said. “Last year I came in here just wanting to win a medal. I am going after the state championship. I’m ready to go. I don’t want to waste any time out there.”

Cochranton head coach John Svirbly knows Cyphert means business after coming up short in last year’s championships.

“He’s not slowing down until it is over,” Svirbly said. “He has been waiting for this all year. I will be anxious to see how he keeps motoring on.”

Cyphert will continue his path in the quarterfinals against Dylan Otis of Wyalusing, who is ranked sixth. Cyphert will enter the match ranked No. 4 at 220 pounds.

At the heavyweight division, Breese continued his dominance with a 9-2 decision over Southmoreland’s Jacob Beistel.

Breese believes his experience had an impact in his first round match.

“One more match and a place,” Breese said. “I want to go for the big one; I worked so hard for this. I’m not as nervous now since I have been here before.”

Breese will be in a heavyweight battle in the quarters today when he faces Alex Shiber of Central Columbia.

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