Meadville Tribune


March 8, 2013

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


March 8, 2013 7:00 a.m. HERSHEY — Lukowich continues to shine

Kyle Lukowich already made history by becoming the first wrestler in Conneaut program history to qualify for the state championships. That wasn’t enough for him though. Lukowich again made history yesterday, becoming the first wrestling in program history to win a match at the state championships.

Lukowich advanced to the quarterfinals with a hard-fought 8-4 decision over Valley’s Patrick Dewitt at 126 pounds.

With a slim 6-4 advantage late in the third period, Lukowich recorded a takedown to give himself some breathing room and seal the victory.

“It’s huge winning that first match,” Lukowich said. “I was getting tired. He was a good wrestler but I just outwrestled him.”

Locals staying alive

Saegertown’s Nick Monico and Cochranton’s Robert Boozer lived to see another day after winning their first round consolation matches on Thursday. After losing 6-0 to John Demaske of Jefferson Morgan in the preliminary round, Monico pitched a shutout of his own. Monico came out victorious with a 2-0 decision over Andrew Sutton of Pen Argyl.

Also advancing to the second round consolations today was Boozer.

“R.J. wasn’t nervous, which is a good thing,” Svirbly said. “It is nice to get that first match out of the way.”

Boozer, who was pinned by Bermudian Springs’ Briton Shelton in the preliminary round, came back with an 8-5 decision over Matt Johnston of West Greene.

Locals eliminated

In one of the most surprising outcomes of the day, Union City’s Jeff Burger was eliminated at 285 pounds. Coming into the tournament ranked No. 5, Burger lost both of his matches in heartbreaking fashion.

In the preliminary round, Burger fell to Tussey Mountain’s Mitchell Hall 3-2 in an ultimate tiebreaker. After both wrestlers recorded an escape point in overtime, Hall took advantage of starting on the bottom in the ultimate tiebreaker and recorded the win with another escape point.

Burger then lost a 2-0 decision to Brent Sterner of Susquenita.

Also ending his season was Saegertown’s Matt Humes after losing his first two matches at 138 pounds by a 9-0 major decision and 6-1 decision, respectively.

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