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February 23, 2013

H.S. WRESTLING: Panthers, Cardinals lead local contingent at D-10 tourney

February 23, 2013 7:00 a.m. SHARON — Coming into the District 10 Class AA championships on Friday night at Sharon High School, Crawford County had a strong showing with 54 wrestlers competing. The local grapplers proved they mean business with 20 of them advancing to the semifinals and securing themselves a spot in the Northwest Region championship next week back in Sharon. There are also several wrestlers still in contention in the consolation rounds, which continue today at 8:45 a.m.

Saegertown picked up right where it left off after winning the Section 2-AA tournament last week in Sharon, advancing five wrestlers into the semifinals.

Devin Brown, Tyler Vath, Nick Monico, Matt Humes and Dylan Reynolds — who received first round byes — all breezed through their quarterfinal matches.

Brown, who is ranked No. 1 at 106 pounds in the state according to Off the Mat, won a 21-7 major decision over Lakeview’s Evan Clayton. Clayton remained in contention with his 59-second pin over Northwestern’s Austin Howard in the consolation first round.

Vath, who was last year’s district and region champion at 106 pounds, won a 13-2 major decision over Maplewood’s Daniel Simmerman at 120 pounds.

At 126, Monico outlasted Cochranton’s Jared Morrison 5-2 in the quarterfinals. Morrison stayed alive with a 13-0 major decision over Maplewood’s Henry Coyle in the consolation round.

Humes, who provided the biggest scare for the Panthers, narrowly defeated Mercer’s Rodney Brant 3-2 to advance to take on Jamestown’s Seth Thurber in today’s semis.

Reynolds was the last Panther to reach the semifinals with a 9-2 decision over Hickory’s Joe Hines.

Also alive for Saegertown after an upset victory in the opening round is Bingbong Elizon. Elizon, who came into districts with a 13-20 record, was a 4-2 victor over Northwestern’s Bruce Copeland, who entered the night with a 22-11 record. Elizon almost topped his first round performance in the quarterfinals, taking Reynolds’ Michael Bartolo into overtime. But Bartolo notched a late pin over Elizon.

Elizon later stayed alive with a pin over Maplewood’s David Marvin in 4:15 in the consolations.

Saegertown currently stands in third place as a team with 45 points. Reynolds leads the pack with 75.5 points and Fort LeBoeuf is in second with 52.

Cardinals send five into semis

Saegertown wasn’t the only Crawford County school to send a handful of grapplers to the semifinals. Cochranton put itself in prime position to make a run today with five semifinalists of its own.

“We are wrestling fantastic today,” Cochranton head coach John Svirbly said. “All of our kids can win any match if they continue to push themselves. This is when we need to peak and that’s exactly what we are doing.”

The Cardinals’ Nate Kline, Robert Boozer, Austin Andrews and Cam Cyphert all reached the semifinals after receiving a bye in the first round. Ryan Northcott was the only Redbird wrestler that made the semifinals without a bye.

Northcott started his night off with a 3-0 decision over Clay Ruffo from Mercer in the preliminary rounds at 160 pounds. Northcott was then matched up with North East’s Jordan Bryan, who came into the bout with a 28-1 record. Northcott jumped out to a 2-0 advantage and that’s when things took a turn for the worse for Bryan. Two and a half minutes into the match, Bryan needed assistance from the trainer and was unable to return, forcing him to an injury default.

“It was an unfortunate injury for the kid from North East, but Ryan was winning at the time,” Svirbly said. “A win is a win and he definitely earned it.”

Kline, at 113, was the first Cardinal to advance to the semifinals with a pin in 1:36 over Seneca’s Brad Nowakowski. Boozer, the Cards’ 145-pounder, also advanced via pin, defeating Sharon’s Andrew Campbell in 1:11.

Andrews (170) advanced by winning a close quarterfinal bout over Corry’s Shane Taubert 3-1. And Cyphert (220) pinned Union City’s Storm McDonald in 1:23.

Cochranton currently is in fourth place with 42 points.

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