SHARON — Hunter Robison didn’t wrestle in the postseason last year after his transfer from General McLane to Quaker Valley midseason made him ineligible. The Saegertown junior is making up for lost time this year.
Robison not only won the Section 3-AA championship on Feb. 13, but he went on to win the championship bout at 106 pounds at the District 10 Class 2A tournament Saturday at Sharon High School.
“It’s feels great,” Robison said after winning the title. “It’s my first District 10 championship. It’s something new. I like the feeling.”
Robison is one of four Panthers who wrestled at districts. With the top five placewinners qualifying for the Northwest Region 2A tournament Feb. 27, also at Sharon High School, the Panthers advanced three grapplers.
Robison beat Hickory’s Louie Gill by a 2-1 decision to win the title.
Landon Caldwell placed second at 172 pounds, losing 5-1 to Commodore Perry’s Gage Musser in the finals.
Jaden Reagle placed fifth at 145 pounds to advance after pinning Lakeview’s Ryan O’Polka in 3:52.
Porter Brooks, wrestling at 285 pounds, lost twice and did not advance. He finishes his freshman year with a 6-5 record.
Saegertown coach Jim Mulligan said the Panthers had a good outcome and wrestled well.
“We’re looking for a week of preparation for regionals,” Mulligan said. “I am glad to see Hunter win a district title, and Landon did great, making his first district finals. Jaden will be back with a vengeance next week.”
Conneaut Area Senior High was represented at districts by five wrestlers, and all five advanced to regionals. Conneaut wound up a solid fourth in the team standings with 71 points. Reynolds was first (145) followed by Fort LeBoeuf (114) and Hickory (98.5).
Conneaut had four bronze medalists.
Freshman Hunter Gould (106) beat out Corry’s Lucas Munsee by a 3-0 decision for third. Lantz (113) won 7-3 over Fort LeBoeuf’s Jake Bennett for third. Hearn (152) won 5-0 over Sharon’s Seth Evans for a third-place finish.
Senior Trevor Tursky was also third. He topped Lakeview’s Isaac DeVault 3-0 in the third-place final at 215 pounds. CASH’s Josh Anderson (172) placed fourth, losing 2-1 to Fort LeBoeuf’s Tim Church.
The Cochranton Cardinals took five wrestlers to districts and advanced two — Jack Martinec at 126 pounds and Stetson Boozer at 160.
Martinec placed second, losing to Greenville’s Chase McLaughlin 9-2 in the finals and advancing to regionals for the third year.
“I got messed up at the beginning, but came back,” Martinec said. “He put me in a cradle, and that was not the way I wanted to start, but I got back in my rhythm and now I’m looking forward to going on next week.”
Teammate Boozer also placed second, losing to Reynolds’ Jalen Wagner by a pin in 3:42 in the finals.
Other Cardinals, who did not make it out of districts, were Ethan Shoup (120), who lost in the consolation quarters finals and finished his senior year at 13-5; Stephen Martinec (132), who placed sixth and finished his junior year at 15-5; and Willis Morrell (138), who placed sixth and finished his junior year at (15-7).
Cochranton head coach John Svirbly said he had hoped to get all five wrestlers through to regionals, but was glad for two.
“It’s a tough tournament, and we were lucky with two seconds,” Svirbly said. “We hope to get them to super regions (after regionals).”
Cambridge Springs took three wrestlers to districts and two made it out. Gunner Gage (126) finished fourth with an 8-1 loss to Hickory’s Connor Saylor in the battle for third. Brody Beck (113) pinned Youngsville’s Ian Mancuso in 4:14 for fifth place and a trip to regions.
Also, from Cambridge Springs, Colton Smith (160) finished sixth after being injured. He finished his senior year at 13-5.
DeVault and O’Polka were Lakeview’s two wrestlers at districts, and they both advanced to regionals.
The top three wrestlers from the NW Region AA tournament will advance to the Super Regional tournament the following weekend at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.