NEW BETHLEHEM — Host Redbank Valley holds a slight lead in the team standings after the first day of the Redbank Valley Christmas Wrestling Tournament Friday.
The Bulldogs had 71 points, just a 1/2 point ahead of Berlin Brothersvalley. Sharon wasn’t far behind in third at 69.5 points with Sheffield (60) rounding out the top five. Other District 9 teams in the 13-team event were Punxsutawney, Sheffield, Clarion and Keystone.
The semifinal round begins action Saturday. Here are District 9 semifinalists, by weight class:
106: Ryan Kube (Redbank Valley) vs. Kole Holden (Sheffield) in one semifinal.
113: Round robin format with just six wrestlers in the bracket. Clarion’s Caleb Bailey is 2-1.
120: Top-seeded Willie Gruver (Redbank Valley) vs. Eli Lambiotte (Punxsutawney) in one semifinal.
126: Top-seeded Nick Baughman (Keystone) vs. Tanner Altobelli (Redbank Valley) and Marcus Spittler (Smethport) vs. Austin Alfreno (Sharon).
132: Joel Bowers (Punxsutawney) vs. Andrew Campbell (Sharon) and Rickey Prosen (Sheffield) vs. Austin Howard (Northwestern)
138: Kaleb Young (Punxsutawney) vs. Brian Fries (Sheffield)
145: Top-seeded Braden Fochtman (Berlin) vs. Josh Schuckers (Punxsutawney) and Doug Grubbs (Sheffield) vs. Mitch Blose (Redbank Valley)
152: Top-seeded Taylor Cahill (Berlin) vs. Perry Arrington (Punxsutawney) and James Duffy (Smethport) vs. Sebastian Rinehardt (Northwestern)
160: Top-seeded Bryce Fochtman (Berlin) vs. Jordon Johnson (Smethport) and Keshon Truitt (Redbank Valley) vs. Cory Buchanan (Sharon).
170: Akete Kindle (Smethport) vs. Alan Porreca (Sharon)
182: No D9 wrestlers in semifinals
195: Top-seeded John Wissinger (West Shamokin) vs. Brylee Shumaker (Redbank Valley) and Alex Burkhart (Clarion) vs. Toby Cahill (Berlin)
220: Top-seeded Cal Haines (Redbank Valley) vs. Levi Bloom (Sheffield) and Tyler Beal (Keystone) vs. Zach Sintobin (Clarion).
HWT: Top-seeded Dylan Dinch (Smethport) vs. Zach Huet (Clarion) and Ben Carrillo (Redbank Valley) vs. Anthony Collins (Berlin).