Good morning from the Giant Center, where Brockway’s Joel Yahner, the lone District 9 Class AA wrestler still alive in the championship bracket, advanced with a 3-0 win over Corey Garry (Fort Cherry). He’ll face defending 285-pound champ John Rizzo (Richland) in this evening’s semifinals, slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.
On to the second round of consis, where Chet Tanner’s next opponent is Arty Walsh (34-6) from Schuylkill Valley in District 3, who lost an 11-2 decision to Coltin Fought in this morning’s quarterfinal round. Walsh will be a tough out: he won the 112-pound state championship in 2009 as a freshman at Wyomissing before transferring first to Juniata, then to his current school.
Corey Bush (Ridgway), the 119-pound D-9 champ, is on Mat 2 right now. Choosing the up position to begin the second period, he put Claysburg-Kimmel’s James Dodson on his back for a moment, and leads 2-0 after two. More back points in the third, and Bush has this one well under control, moving on to the third round with an 8-1 win.
At 125, Jesse Wolfe (Johnsonburg) takes his match against Jaydon Rice to OT, but the Bethlehem Catholic wrestler gets the takedown and the 6-2 win.
UPDATE: Tough out indeed. Walsh is lightning-quick. Already up 4-1 at the beginning of the second period, he turns one of Tanner’s shots into a takedown and near-fall of his own. Twelve seconds into the third, it’s over, as a reversal gives the Schuylkill Valley wrestler an 18-3 TF. Tanner ends his senior year with a 39-6 record, and it’s time to make the long drive north.