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March 2, 2013

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March 2, 2013 7:00 a.m. SHARON — Cardinals advance three

The Cochranton Cardinals had another fine opening day at a wrestling tournament, advancing three grapplers to the Northwest Regional seminfinal on Friday.

“We are  in good position,” Cochranton head coach John Svirbly said. “Some of them have been hit and miss but as long as they are still calling their name we are in good shape.”

Robert Boozer, Austin Andrews and Cam Cyphert — all District runner-ups — advanced with flying colors.

At 145, Boozer was the first to advance with a pin at 3:49 over Zac McKnight of Ridgeway.

Andrews advanced via a 14-2 major decision over Redbank Valley’s Brandon Bailey at 170.

Cyphert ended his match without breaking a sweat, pinning Trent Neal of Port Allegany in 1:20.

The Cardinals also have three grapplers still alive in the consolation round. Jared Morrison and Caleb Peterson survived their first elimination matches and advanced to the consolation quarterfinal. Ryan Northcott will wrestle in the consolation quarterfinal today. Northcott lost his quarterfinal round match 2-0 to Brodie Zacherl of Brookville.

Nate Kline was the lone Cardinal to be eliminated on Saturday.

Cochranton currently sits in sixth place with 29 points.

Bears, Eagles, Sailors advance to semis

It was the same story as last week for Union City with Tim Vargo and Jeff Burger dominating their weight class. Vargo advanced to the semifinals with an impressive 17-6 major decision  over Zach Miller of Greenville at 170.

Burger advanced at the heavyweight division with a pin at 4:52 over jack Karsten of Cameron County.

At 126, Dustin Tomcho was eliminated in the consolation first round. Josh Reinke was a late scratch at 160 due to an ankle injury.

Conneaut had a slim chance at advancing heading into Friday’s matches. The Eagles entered the regional with two wrestlers and that’s what they will enter Saturday’s elimination bouts with. Kyle Lukowich had a strong outing at 126 pounds, advancing to the semifinals. Lukowich defeated Tomcho in the first round before recording his second pin of the regional against Curwensville’s Jake Lancaster.

“It feels pretty good,” Lukowich said. “This is what I worked for all year. I knew I already beat Lancaster before so I knew I could do it again.”

Talor Ellis is also alive for the Eagles after successfully staving off elimination  in the first round consolation. Ellis defeated Trey McKenzie of Curwensville by a pin at 4:08 to advance to the consolation quarterfinals.

Lakeview sophomore Sam Breese quickly advanced to the semifinals, pinning Dylan Dinch of Smethport in 1:03. Breese will face last week’s district 10 champion, Forrest Christmann of Slippery Rock, in the semifinals today.

The Sailors entered the regional with three wrestlers, but the other two, Evan Clayton and Marquis Spence, were eliminated from the competition.

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