Saegertown 106-pounder Owen Hershelman (top) earned his way into the semifinal round of the District 10 Section 1-AA tournament with a pin of North East’s Jacob Rodgers during Friday’s action at Meadville’s House of Thrills. 

After one day at the District 10 Section 1-AA tournament at Meadville High School, it appears to be Corry and then everybody else. 

The Beavers are leading the way in the team standings with 109 points and 11 wrestlers remaining in the championship bracket following Friday’s round. 

Behind the Beavers is a snarled traffic jam with four teams separated by just a half a point. Eisenhower and Girard are tied for second with 64 points. General McLane and Saegertown are tied for fourth with 63.5. 

The teams will attempt to separate themselves when action resumes today at 9 a.m. at the House of Thrills. The second round of consolations will start the day followed by the championship semifinals. 

The tournament is scheduled to finish up with the consolation finals at 4 p.m. The Parade of Champions and championship finals are slated for a 6 p.m. start.

The top seven finishers in each weight class advance to the District 10 AA championship tournament next weekend at Sharon High School. 


Six for Saegertown

The Saegertown wrestling team has a good shot of climbing the team standings with six grapplers still alive in the championship bracket, while seven others will battle back in the consolations. 

“We got six in the semis. It’s kind of what we figured,” said Panthers head coach Jim Mulligan. “And we got some kids sitting down in the consys. And they know what they have to do. They’ve got to win a couple matches tomorrow to get out.” 

The first to advance for Saegertown yesterday was 106-pound sophomore Owen Hershelman, who won his opening round bout over North East’s Jacob Rodgers by fall in 5:29. Hershelman will face top-seeded Lucas Munsee of Corry in the semis. 

Hershelman was later joined in the semifinals by teammate Alex Kightlinger, who won his 126-pound quarterfinal match against Eisenhower’s Jacob Williams 4-0. Next up for the second-seeded Kightlinger will be a semifinal match against Drew Johnson of Iroquois. 

At 132 pounds, Jaden Reagle advanced to the semis with a pin of Corry’s Lucas Peterson in 3:42. Reagle, seeded second, will take on third-seeded Easton Hedman of Eisenhower in today’s semis. 

At 138, three-time section champion Kenny Kiser opened the tournamet with a fall in :56 over Harbor Creek’s Matt Cassidy. Kiser will try to earn his way into the title bout during a clash with Cochranton’s Justin Boozer this morning. 

Saegertown’s other top seed, 160-pounder Landon Caldwell, opened the day with a 42-second pin of Northwestern’s Michael Kuntz. Caldwell’s semifinal opponent will be Girard’s Abraham Keep. 

At heavyweight, Canyon Smith made it six semifinalists for the Panthers by pinning Cambridge Springs’ Xavier Castillo in 2:15. Up next will be another Xavier for Smith, as he’ll take on Corry’s Xavier Reyda with a berth in the title bout on the line. 


Spa in seventh

The Cambridge Springs wrestling team isn’t too far behind that group of teams battling for second place. 

The Blue Devils are in seventh place with 51 points (just one point behind sixth-place Fort LeBoeuf) and have four wrestlers in the championship bracket and seven alive in the consys. 

Among those wrestling for a spot in today’s title matches is 138-pounder Ayden Miller. His day included a 35-second fall over Iroquois’ Andres Gonzales in the round of 16, and then a 59-second pin of Youngsville’s Collin Clough in the quarters. Up next for Miller will be a semifinal meeting with Girard’s Dustin Roesch. 

At 160 pounds, the Spa’s Colton Smith made it to the semis after pinning Eisenhower’s Benji Bauer in 1:57. The second-seeded Smith will take on Corry’s Dylan Gourley in the semifinals. 

At 170, second-seeded Eli Mosconi advanced to the semis with a pin in 3:49 over Maplewood’s Logan Gross. Mosconi will try to get through Fort LeBoeuf’s Danny Church today in the semifinals. 

Also, at 182 pounds, Jackson Carico made it four semifinalists for the Spa when he beat Girard’s Robert States by fall in 1:08. In the semifinals, Carico will take on Fort LeBoeuf’s Tim Church. 


Cochranton climbing

Right behind Cambridge in the team standings is Cochranton in eighth place with 43 points. The Cardinals have four wrestlers in the semifinals and five alive in the consolations. 

Jack Martinec gave the Cardinals their first semifinalist of the day when he defeated General McLane’s Gabe Bayle 12-0 in the quarters. Martinec’s opponent for today’s semis will be Harbor Creek’s Joe Capan. 

At 138 pounds, Justin Boozer collected a pair of wins on Friday. He pinned Maplewood’s Lucas Kennedy in 4:38 in the opening round. He then upended fourth-seeded Gannon Jaquay of Eisenhower 7-4 in the quarterfinals. Up next for Boozer is a semifinal match up with top-seeded Kenny Kiser of Saegertown. 

The 152-pound semis will include Cochranton’s Stetson Boozer, who will take on Girard’s Mitchell Marfinetz. Boozer advanced with a pin of Iroquois’ Ryan Slupski in :58 in the quarters. 

Kaden Tatters made it four Cardinals in the semis with his pin in 4:57 of Eisenhower’s Jeremyah Aiken. Tatters will next take on top-seeded Matt Petrilla of Corry in the semifinals. 


Tigers take two

It was kind of a tragic tale for the Maplewood wrestling team, as they lost one wrestler to injury while a few others quit just prior to the postseason. 

However, with the wrestlers that showed up for Maplewood, two of them made their way into the semifinals yesterday. 

One of them was 195-pounder Dylan Reed. He opened the afternoon with a fall in 3:25 over Seneca’s Kyle Learn in the first round. He then scored an upset over third-seeded Jacob Jones of Cambridge Springs in the quarterfinals, pinning the Blue Devil in 3:17. Up next for Reed is a semifinal meeting with Corry’s Hayden Linkerhof. 

Joey King then followed Reed into the semifinals at 220 pounds. The top-seeded King won his quarterfinal bout over Cambridge Springs’ Jordan Miller by fall in 1:24. He’ll face Corry’s Shawn Proctor in this morning’s semifinal round. 


Van Tassel leads UC

The lone semifinalist for Union City today will be top-seeded 195-pounder Marshall Van Tassel. He won his quarterfinal match against Saegertown’s Josh Perrine by fall in 1:37. In the semifinals he’ll take on General McLane’s Seth Yarger.


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