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.

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