Live from Hershey: Day 1

There’s some good wrestling in District 9, but once you get to the state championships in Hershey, it’s a whole different ballgame. Thursday morning’s Class AA preliminaries proved that, as Big 30-area matmen went 0-5 in their opening-round matches. They’ll wrestle in the first consolation round early this afternoon, with Class AAA — and Bradford’s Mark Havers, the only area wrestler still alive for a state title — following them onto the mat at 4 p.m.

Prelims:
103: Matt Welliver (Benton, 19-9) pinned Trent Neely (Smethport, 26-5), 5:16
112: Jamie Welsh (Pen Argyl, 34-9) d Nate Schwab (Smethport, 28-4), 8-4
119: Nate Giorgio (Schuylkill Valley, 40-4) pinned Corey Bush (Ridgway, 34-4) 2:50
125: Ben Rager (Central Cambria, 34-1) d Jesse Wolfe (Johnsonburg, 31-4), 2-1
130: David Batkowski d Chet Tanner (Port Allegany, 38-5) 7-0

First-round consis (12:15 p.m.):
103: Neely vs. Bryan Israel (Saucon Valley, 32-5)
112: Schwab vs. Nathan Reckner (South Side Beaver, 35-7)
119: Bush vs. Trevor Hernandez (Biglerville, 39-11)
125: Wolfe vs. Paul Sloand (Saucon Valley, 27-15)
130: Tanner vs. Drew Jackson (Pequea Valley, 37-13)

For brackets updated at the end of each match, visit the PIAA website.

UPDATE: The locals fared better in the afternoon, with three out of five winning their first-round consi matches. Port’s Chet Tanner scored a takedown in the final second of the first period, added another in the third, then held on to post a 4-1 win over Drew Jackson (Pequea Valley, 37-14). Elk County entrants Bush and Wolfe are also still alive, with just the two Smethport wrestlers going two-and-out.

First-round consis:
103: Bryan Israel (Saucon Valley, 33-5) pinned Neely (Smethport, 26-6), 4:33
112: Nathan Reckner (South Side Beaver, 36-7) d Schwab (Smethport, 28-5), 10-2
119: Bush (Ridgway, 35-4) d Trevor Hernandez (Biglerville, 39-12), 3-0
125: Wolfe (Johnsonburg, 32-4) d Paul Sloand (Saucon Valley, 27-16), 4-1
130: Tanner (39-5) d Drew Jackson (Pequea Valley, 37-14), 4-1

Second-round consis start tomorrow morning at 9:45. See you then.

Wrestling: Tanner moves on to states

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
March 10, 2011

Following Chet Tanner’s third-place finish at the District IX Wrestling Championships, his goal for last weekend’s Northwest Regional was clear: “Take care of business.”

By the time the Port Allegany senior walked off the mat in Sharon with a 15-0 technical fall over Taylor Ellis (Conneaut Lake) in the 130-pound semifinals, he knew he could go ahead and book another business trip.

Tanner (38-4) couldn’t solve two-time state placewinner Dylan D’Urso (42-5) in the championship match, as the Reynolds junior captured his third straight Northwest crown with a 12-0 major decision. However, Tanner’s second-place finish made him one of just five Big 30-area wrestlers in Class AA to earn a trip to Hershey for this weekend’s PIAA Championships, with Smethport lightweights Trent Neely (2nd-103) and Nate Schwab (2nd-112), Ridgway’s Corey Bush (3rd-119), and Johnsonburg’s Jesse Wolfe (3rd-125) also advancing by virtue of their top-three standing.
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Lowery added to Raabe Classic roster

Seth Lowery, seen here bulling his way toward the end zone in Port Allegany's 47-40, four-OT playoff win over ECC, has been added to the Pennsylvania roster for the Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic. Kickoff for the 38th annual all-star game between teams from N.Y. and Pa. is slated for Aug. 6 in Bradford.

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
March 10, 2011

Seth Lowery ran roughshod over opposing Allegheny Mountain League football teams last fall, helping to lead Port Allegany’s deepest foray into the District IX playoffs in school history and earning a berth on the Olean Times Herald Big 30 All-Star Team. Already a prestigious honor, a spot on the Big 30 squad is even more significant for senior players because it comes with an automatic invitation to participate in the next Don Raabe Charities Classic.

This week, the Raabe committee made it official with the announcement that the 5-7, 190-pound Gator running back/linebacker, a finalist for both the Big 30 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards in 2010, has been added to the Pennsylvania roster for this year’s game.

The 38th annual Big 30 Don Raabe Charities Classic will be played Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011 at Parkway Field in Bradford, Pa. The first 37 games have produced nearly $1.5 million dollars to benefit numerous charities and personal causes throughout the Twin Tiers. Teams consist of graduated seniors from 30 high schools in Pennsylvania and New York.

The Pennsy roster includes players from Bradford, Cameron County, Coudersport, Eisenhower, Elk County Catholic, Kane, Johnsonburg, Otto-Eldred, Port Allegany, Ridgway, Sheffield, Smethport, St. Marys, Warren and Youngsville.

There’s a change north of the state line this year, when players from the Chautauqua County schools of Southwestern and Frewsburg will join those from traditional Big 30 members Allegany-Limestone, Bolivar-Richburg, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Cuba-Rushford, Ellicottville, Franklinville, Gowanda, Olean, Pioneer, Portville, Randolph, Salamanca and Wellsville.

New York won last year’s contest 46-37, increasing its series lead to 19-16-2.

Lowery, a three-time AML All-Star who lists the Buffalo Bills as his favorite team and Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews as his favorite player, gained 1,011 yards and scored 10 touchdowns on 171 carries in 2010 to lead the Gators in rushing for the third consecutive season. He saved some of his best work for the Gators’ playoff run, with a 154-yard, four-touchdown performance – including the game-winning score – in Port’s wild 47-40, four-overtime quarterfinal victory at Elk County Catholic.

A National Honor Society student and a multi-sport athlete who qualified for districts in the shot put last spring, Lowery plans to attend Slippery Rock to major in physical education.