HERSHEY, Pa. – Colby Whitehill of Brookville and Alec English of Kane will wrestle for state titles Saturday after advancing to the finals in Class 2A with semifinal victories.
(Photo of Brookville’s Colby Whitehill. Photo by Jared Bakaysa of JB Graphics. See more of Bakaysa’s work here)
Whitehill, who earlier in the day defeated Jalen Stephens of Meyersdale, 5-3, in the quarterfinals at 285 pounds, topped Lear Quinton of Southern Columbia, 8-4, in Friday night’s semifinals. He will take on Jake Ryan of Mount Union in the championship bout Saturday.
English, meanwhile, picked up a late fall (5:26) over Saucon Valley’s Matthew Arciuolo in the 160-pound semifinal bout. He had beaten Southern Columbia’s Cade Linn, 9-2, earlier in the day in the quarterfinals. English will face Thayne Lawrence of Frazier in Saturday’s championship round.
District 9 could have three wrestlers going for gold Saturday if DuBois’ Ed Scott can win his Saturday morning semifinal at 138 pounds in Class 3A. Scott won a 5-4 decision from Antonio Petrucelli of Owen J. Robert in the quarterfinals and will face Devon Britton of Northampton in the semifinals, which get underway at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Back in Class 2A, a pair of Brockway wrestlers will be wrestling for fifth-place finishes Saturday.
At 126 pounds, Anthony Glasl will rematch with Brandon Chelstos of Notre Dame-Green Pond in the fifth-place bout. Glasl fell to Chelstos, 8-3, in his opening bout Thursday but fought his way back through the wrestlebacks to earn a place on the podium.
After topping Blake Passarelli of Curwensville in Thursday’s consolation elimination, Glasl secured a medal spot Friday afternoon by beating Joshua Tuckey of Biglerville, 3-1 and then topping Greenville’s Bryce Knauff by fall at 4:22. He followed that up Friday evening by topping West Branch’s Tyler Denochick, 3-1, to reach the consolation semifinals before falling to Bronson Garber of Upper Dauphin, 1-0, in sudden victory.
Glasl’s teammate, Garrett McClintick, will also wrestle for fifth at 182 pounds where he will face Derek Yingling of West Branch Saturday.
McClintick secured a spot on the podium Friday afternoon in the wrestlebacks when he beat Nick James of Hamburg, 10-0, and topped Palisades’ Adam Marsh, 5-2. He then beat Slippery rock’s Kaleb Kramer, 3-0, to reach the consolation semifinals before falling to Austin Walley of Ellwood City, 5-3.
In Class 3A, three District 9 wrestlers in addition to Scott also secured medals Friday.
At 126 pounds, Trenten Donahue of DuBois’ beat Corey Celenza of West Chester East, 5-2, in his first consolation bout of the day then topped Carlisle’s Rafael Portilla, 5-3, to secure a medal. He will wrestle in the consolation quarterfinals Saturday Braden Ricchini of Council Rock South.
At 132 pounds, St. Marys’ Tyler Dilley earned a place on the podium.
After losing his quarterfinal match to North Hills’ Sam Hillegas, 6-0, Dilley came back to beat Mechanicsburg’s Nick Tewell, 6-2, to reach the consolation quarterfinals where he will take on Bryce Brennan of Red Land.
At 170 pounds, Bradford’s Dillon Keane has earned a medal. Keane will take on Angel Garcia of Mariana Bracetti Academy in the consolation quarterfinals, which he reached by topping West Chester East’s Andrew DiBernardo, 6-0, in his first consolation bout Friday and then beating Emmaus Caden Wright, 7-2.
Eliminated on Friday in Class 2A were Brookville’s Owen Reinsel (106 pounds), Mark Palmer of Brockway (106 pounds), Braedon Johnson of Port Allegany (120 pounds), Noah Blakenville of Kane (138 pounds), Cameron Whisner of Kane (170 pounds), Ethan Finch of Sheffield (170 pounds), Teddy Race of Kane (1882 pounds) an Eli Ayers of Coudersport (195 pounds).
Reinsel fell in the quarterfinals to Joey Fischer of South Park, 5-3, then lost 10-0 major decision to Gary Steen of Reynolds in the consolation round to end his season at 33-6
Palmer fell in his first consolation bout Friday to Suds Dubler of Glendale by fall (1:27) and ended his season at 33-12.
Johnson lost in the quarterfinals by technical fall (15-0, 3:10) to Ryan Crookham of Notre Dame-Green Pond then lost to Baylor Shunk of Penns Valley, 10-1, to end his season at 34-4.
Blankenship dropped his first consolation bout to Thomas Spirk of Saucon Valley, 11-1, to finish his season at 29-9.
Whisner won his first consolation bout Friday by beating Huntingdon’s Myles Banney, 10-2, but then lost to Isaiah DeJesus of Notre Dame-Green Pond by fall (1:58) to end his season at 31-11.
Finch won a 1-0 decision over Ethan Gush of Muncy in the consolation round before losing to Tyler Fisher of Kutztown, 3-2, to finish his season 31-11.
Race beat Mike Kustanbauter of Muncy, 3-2, in the consolation round before losing to Hunter O’Conner of Jersey Shore, 5-3, to finish his season 24-8.
Ayers beat Damon Lemin of Tussey Mountain, 8-1, in the consolation round before losing a heartbreaking, 1-0, decision to Gable Crebs of Montoursville to finish his season 33-7.
In Class 3A, wrestling was still underway in the consolation rounds as of 5 p.m. with DuBois’ Trenten Donahue (126 pounds), St. Marys’ Tyler Dilley (132 pounds), Bradford’s Dillon Keane (170 pounds) and Cranberry’s Brayden Crocker still alive at the time of publication.
Donahue beat Corey Celenza of West Chester East, 5-2, in his first consolation bout of the day and is facing Carlisle’s Rafael Portilla next.
Dilley lost his quarterfinal match to North Hill’s Sam Hillegas and is set to face Nike Twell of Mechanicsburg.
Keane topped West Chester East’s Andrew DiBernardo, 6-0, in his first consolation bout Friday and is facing Caden Wright of Emmaus next.
Crocker lost in the quarterfinals to Damen Moyer of Bethlehem Liberty by fall (4:10) and was set to face Luke Montgomery of Bethel Park in the consolation round.
DuBois’ Dalton Woodrow (145 pounds) was eliminated Friday when he lost to Tanner Rohaley of Cannon-McMillan, 4-2, in the consolation round to finish his season at 33-6.
A pair of wrestlers were also eliminated in Class 3A Friday.
DuBois’ Dalton Woodrow was eliminated at 145 pounds when he lost to Tanner Rohaley of Cannon-McMillan, 4-2, in the consolation round to finish his season at 33-6.
Cranberry’s Brayden Crocker was also eliminated at 195 pounds. Crocker lost in the quarterfinals to Damen Moyer of Bethlehem Liberty by fall (4:10) and then dropped a 5-1 decision in the consolation bracket to Luke Montgomery of Bethel Park. Crocker finishes his freshman season 30-4.