Dusting off the blog for PIAA wrestling news from Hershey…

The guys manning the credential desk at the Giant Center think we brought this morning’s snowstorm with us from upstate, and asked me to take it home with me….

Early results from our part of District 9:
Bad matchup for Port Allegany’s Casey Vollmer in his 113-pound prelim. SE-6 seed Caleb Holley (Boiling Springs, 26-18) jumped out to a 5-0 lead with a near-fall in the first period, extended it to 8-0 in the second, then got the pin at 4:32. Vollmer (27-6) will now face the loser of the match between NE-1 Cameron Newman (D-4 Line Mountain, 38-2) and SE-4 Willy Girard (D-11 Williams Valley, 31-6), who won his prelim 9-0 to advance into the first round.
Vollmer is 11th in Class AA in the latest Off The Mat statewide rankings. Newman is the top-ranked 113-pounder; Girard is 12th.

Smethport’s Adam Shunk (26-7) also lost his prelim — 3-1 on a takedown in OT — to drop into the wrestlebacks at 138. There, he’ll see either NE-1 Collin Edsell (D-4 Wyalusing, 41-5) or SW-4 Dalton Clark (D-6 Ligonier Valley, 36-7), who tech-falled Ali Capobianco 18-3 in the prelims. Edsell’s ranked fifth in the state, just behind Curwensville D-9 champ Shae Bloom.

Ridgway’s Ryan Geyer (25-7) didn’t waste much time moving on, pinning Burrell’s Robert Scherer in 0:24 seconds. He’ll face SE-1 Alek Hummel (D-11 N. Schuylkill, 42-1), the No. 8 195-pounder in Class AA, in the first round.

Next up, in the first round:
At 145, NW-1 James Duffy (Smethport, 33-1) will get SE-5 Colby Stroup (D-3 Newport, 32-8). Duffy is ranked seventh.
At 220, NW-3 Ethan Budd (Port Allegany, 31-1) will face Tri-Valley freshman Dan Scheib (D-11, 32-11), the SE-2 seed. Budd is ranked sixth, Scheib 12th.
At 285, NW-1 Jack Karsten (Cameron County, 33-1) gets SE-4 Nathan Gadinski (D-11 North Schuylkill, 41-4), who won his prelim 3-0. Karsten is fifth, Gadinski 14th.


EscapeSports.com PIAA Class AA results
PIAA.org Individual Wrestling Championships home page
Off The Mat Class AA rankings (.pdf)