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Cochranton’s Cody Northcott stands over Maplewood’s Nick Bancroft after posting a 6-1 decision over the Tiger in the quarterfinals of the Saegertown Wrestling Tournament on Friday.

SAEGERTOWN — Harbor Creek advanced 12 of 14 wrestlers to the semifinals for the lead with 74 points after Day 1 of the 26th Annual Saegertown Panther Wrestling Tournament Friday.

But Saegertown (57) and Mercer (46.5) will have six representatives apiece and could make a push to dethrone the defending champions.

Six combined Huskies in the championship round are paired against Saegertown and Mercer wrestlers as today’s action gets under way at 10:30 a.m.

The Panthers will have Sean Byham (103), Adam Armstrong (130), Tim Clark (135), Sean Lyons (145) Chad Hunter (152) and Kaleb Jonas (215) in the semis.

Byham stuck Nick Hart of Cambridge Springs in one minute, 41 seconds to advance. He will face Tyler Pier of Harbor Creek.

Armstrong was a 16-3 major decision winner over Northwestern’s Josh Hazlett in the quarterfinals. His draw is J.T. Mannozzi of Mercer.

Clark flattened Don Lisek of Northwestern in 1:07 and will take on Harbor Creek’s Adam Trimble.

Seneca’s Paul Schermer fell victim to Lyons in a technical fall loss. Lyons will see Cochranton’s Cody Northcott in the semis.

Hunter topped Maplewood’s Stephen Graham with a 19-4 technical fall and will take on Ryan Ramsdell of Seneca.

Jonas notched a tough, 4-1 decision over Aaron Snider of Northwestern in the quarters.

“I didn’t wrestle very good,” Jonas said. “I was pretty tired for most of (the match).

“I took a shot and fought it off for a minute or so. After that I just got a few points here and there because I was so tired.”

After a scoreless first period, Jonas was able to score four points in the second. Snider’s lone point was awarded for stalling.

Jonas will face top-seed Jared Burger of Union City, a 44-second fall winner over Don Flynn of Sharon.

The Bears are currently in fourth place. Their other semifinalist will be Ethan Myers at 189.

Union City’s Heath Adams was the only top-seed to be knocked down to the consolation rounds Friday, falling by 2-0 decision to Northwestern’s Ian Chiesa in the quarters.

At 140 pounds, returning PIAA 4th-place winner Jordan Moss of Sharon had a close call in the quarterfinals.

Saegertown senior Kyle Jeannerette had Moss in near-fall position on the edge of the mat with a 4-2 lead in the second period.

“I knew he was a good kid,” Jeannerette said. “I had him in a headlock out of bounds, and I just couldn’t drag him back in.”

Moss went on to score a reversal and pile on seven points in the third on a second reversal and two tilts for an 11-4 win.

Jeannerette, an 11th-year wrestler coming off a one-year hiatus, went on to pin consolation opponent Jordan Babcock of Fairview at the 4:45 mark.

“I had to win to keep going, so I just tried my best,” Jeannerette added of the consolation win.

In one of the better local matchups of the quarterfinals, Cochranton’s Northcott got the best of Maplewood junior Nick Bancroft for the second time this season.

Northcott topped Bancroft 4-2 in a home dual meet Dec. 13.

After a scoreless first, Northcott scored a reversal in the second, finally gaining control after a long struggle.

Bancroft chose bottom in the third and recorded an escape in the first minute, but Northcott took him down and added two back points late for a 6-1 final.

The four-point move came after another extended tussle for control.

“We had a couple of them,” Northcott said. “Nick Bancroft is ranked in the top six in the region, so I knew it was going to be a tough match.

“All that was going through my head was give him one, not two,” he added of a last-stitch attempt by Bancroft to roll through on a headlock before the escape. “I was up by two. He’s real good on the bottom.”

Maplewood is currently in sixth place as a team with Dylan Dennis (103), Scott Burns (119), Ray Moritz (135) and Jeff Greathouse (215) in the semis.

Burns was a last-minute replacement for an injured Matt Graff at 119.

The Cardinals are in eighth with David Young (112), Mike Boughner (140), Northcott (145) and Joe McElhinney (285) still without a loss.

McElhinney recorded the day’s fastest fall in 20 seconds in the quarterfinals.

Rounding out the locals, Cambridge Springs is in 11th and Jamestown 12th.

Alan Mitchell (125), Andrew Weaver (130) and Carl Parkin (160) will represent the Blue Devils in the semifinals.

Top-seed Billy Kuhn (119) moved on for the Muskies and will face Joe Gennaro of Fairview.

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