Thursday, 9:33 p.m.
HERSHEY — The 14-wrestler District 9 Class AA contingent got off to a strong start in Thursday morning’s opening round at the Giant Center, going 11-3. All 11 winners are now one win away from clinching a top-eight medal berth.
Brookville couldn’t have had its weekend start any better as all six Raiders opened with wins, three of them by technical falls from Taylor Ortz, and Brock and Brodie Zacherl. Dalton Zimmerman won a major decision, and Zach Vroman and Jimmy Miller won decisions.
It was also business as usual for other the district’s other No. 1-ranked wrestlers in the state as Kyle Bova of Coudersport and Evan Delong of Kane, like Brock Zacherl, opened with technical falls.
Redbank Valley went 2-1 in its bouts as Willie Gruver won 4-1 at 120 and Ben Carrillo notched a 2-1 decision at heavyweight.
Of the three first-round losers — Ryan Carlson of Brockway at 106, Tanner Altobelli at 126 and Sam Colebert at 160 — Carlson and Colebert will wrestle Friday. Carlson notched a 2-0 decision in the first round of consolations. Altobelli was eliminated with a 7-4 loss and Colebert advanced with a 10-8 win.
Friday’s Class AA action begins with quarterfinal bouts at 9 a.m., followed by second-round consolation bouts at 10:45 a.m. Then Friday night, three more rounds start with semifinals and third-round consolations at 6:30, and fourth-round consolations at 9 p.m.
D9 Class AA First Round Results
106: Aaron Burkett, Chestnut Ridge, dec. Ryan Carlson, Brockway, 4-3.
113: Taylor Ortz, Brookville, tech. fall. Coy Campbell, Upper Daughin, 17-2, 3:14.
120: Willie Gruver, Redbank Valley, dec. Caleb Bordner, Tri Valley, 4-1.
126: Shawn Nitcznski, Sullivan County, dec. Tanner Altobelli, Redbank Valley, 5-2.
126: Cody Blankenship, Kane, dec. Stone Kepple, Derry Area, 11-5.
132: Dalton Zimmerman, Brookville, maj. dec. J.R. Andrejcik, Burrell, 9-1.
138: Brock Zacherl, Brookville, tech. fall Angel Canela, Wyomissing, 4:26.
145: Zach Vroman, Brookville, dec. Sam Miller, Bloomsburg, 5-1.
152: Brodie Zacherl, Brookville tech. fall Anthony Snyder, 17-2, 5:35.
160: Adam Soldridge, Bethlehem Catholic, dec. Sam Colebert, Oswayo Valley, 2-1.
160: Jimmy Miller, Brookville, dec. Zach Bradley, Catasauqua, 4-1.
160: Kyle Bova, Coudersport, pinned Connor Murphy, Boiling Springs, 3:02.
170: Evan Delong, Kane, tech. fall Derek Hull, Chartiers-Houston, 17-2, 3:32.
HWT: Ben Carrillo, Redbank Valley, dec. Austin Buttry, Chestnut Ridge, 2-1.
D9 Class AA First-Round Consolation Results
106: Carlson dec. Nolan Link, Penn Cambria, 2-0.
126: Joseph Davis, Cambria Heights, dec. Altobelli, 7-4
160: Colebert dec. Jarred Hardinger, Wyomissing, 10-8.