HERSHEY — Of the 27 District 9 wrestlers who started at the PIAA Wrestling Championships, only four failed to make Friday at the Giant Center.
However, not all escaped the first day unscathed. In Class AA, nine wrestlers opened Friday’s schedule at 9 a.m. in the quarterfinals. Those nine are a win away from securing a state medal. A win in the quarterfinals guarantees a top-six medal finish. The top eight overall win medals.
Seven wrestlers opened with a loss, but got a bye in the consolation round and start Friday in the second-round of consolations. Three opened with losses, but won in the first round of consolations. Three wrestlers went 0-2 and were eliminated.
One wrestler, Ridgway’s Ryan Geyer, won his preliminary bout at 195 pounds, lost in the first round and then won a consolation bout to go 2-1 on the first day.
Brookville’s Gavin Park, Taylor Ortz and Jimmy Miller, Brockway’s Ryan Carlson and Mason Lindenmuth, Curwensville’s Shae Bloom, Redbank Valley’s Keshon Truitt and Smethport’s James Duffy, Keystone’s Tyler Beal wrestle in the quarterfinals that start at 9 a.m.
In Class AAA, only Punxsutawney’s Kaleb Young won his opener to reach the quarterfinals. DuBois’ Kolby Ho and Clearfield’s Luke McGonigal lost their first bouts and start Friday in the consolation bracket while Punxsutawney’s Perry Arrington was eliminated after going 0-2.
Along with the Class AA quarterfinals starting at 9 a.m. is the second-round consolations with third-round consolations beginning at 11:15 a.m. Class AAA begins with quarterfinals and second-round consolations at 1:30 p.m., and third-round consolations at 3:45 p.m.
More Class AA wrestling finishes Friday’s schedule with the semifinals set for 6:30 p.m. followed by two more rounds of consolations to set up Saturday’s top-eight place bouts at 2 p.m.
Friday, Class AAA has quarterfinals and second-round consolations starting at 1:30, and third-round consolations at 3:45 p.m. Saturday morning, semifinals start at 9 a.m. along with two rounds of consolations to set up the place bouts beginning at 7 p.m.
Follow the tournament on-line at piaa.org and look for the wrestling page links to live tournament results. You can also watch the tournament at www.nfhsnetwork.com. It’s a pay site, but you can basically watch any match you want on a day pass for $9.95 or the whole tournament by paying a monthly pass rate of $14.95.
Here are Friday’s results from the district’s wrestlers:
106: Gavin Park, Brookville — won opener, QUARTERFINALS
113: Ryan Carlson, Brockway — won opener, QUARTERFINALS
113: Casey Vollmer, Port Allegany — 0-2, eliminated
120: Taylor Ortz, Brookville — won opener, QUARTERFINALS
126: Tanner Altobelli, Redbank Valley — 0-1, SECOND-ROUND CONSOLATION
126: Cole Aaron, Brookville — 0-1, SECOND-ROUND CONSOLATION
126: Jack Glasl, Brockway — 0-2, eliminated
132: Mason Lindenmuth, Brockway — won opener, QUARTERFINALS
138: Shae Bloom, Curwensville — won opener, QUARTERFINALS
138: Adam Shunk, Smethport — 1-1, SECOND-ROUND CONSOLATION
145: James Duffy, Smethport — won opener, QUARTERFINALS
152: Jimmy Miller, Brookville — won opener, QUARTERFINALS
152: Paul Zacherl, Cranberry — 0-1, SECOND-ROUND CONSOLATION
160: Keshon Truitt, Redbank Valley — won opener, QUARTERFINALS
160: Caleb Hetrick, Brookville — 0-1, SECOND-ROUND CONSOLATION
170: Anthony Benson, Brockway — 0-1, SECOND-ROUND CONSOLATION
195: Zach Sintobin, Clarion — 0-1, SECOND-ROUND CONSOLATION
195: Ryan Geyer, Ridgway — 2-1, SECOND-ROUND CONSOLATION
220: Ethan Budd, Port Allegany — 0-1, SECOND-ROUND CONSOLATION
220: Cal Haines, Redbank Valley — 0-2, eliminated
HWT: Jack Karsten, Cameron County — 1-1, SECOND-ROUND CONSOLATION
HWT: Tyler Beal, Keystone — Won opener, QUARTERFINALS
HWT: Brylee Shumaker, Redbank Valley — 1-1, SECOND-ROUND CONSOLATION
106: Kolby Ho, DuBois — 0-1, SECOND-ROUND CONSOLATION
145: Luke McGonigal, Clearfield — 0-1, SECOND-ROUND CONSOLATION
152: Kaleb Young, Punxsutawney — Won opener, QUARTERFINALS
160: Perry Arrington, Punxsutawney — 0-2, eliminated