1:45 p.m. Friday
HERSHEY — Four District 9 wrestlers kept their dreams for a state title alive while 10 overall head into Friday night’s sessions with a medal already clinched at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.
D9 wrestlers were 4-7 in Friday morning’s quarterfinals, with the semifinalists securing at least a top-six finish. Seven wrestlers notched a win in the second-round of consolations, thus clinching themselves a top-eight medal finish.
Still alive in tonight’s semifinals that start at 6:30 p.m. are Brookville’s Taylor Ortz and Brock Zacherl at 113 and 138 respectively, Coudersport’s Kyle Bova at 160 and Kane’s Evan Delong at 170.
Redbank Valley’s Willie Gruver and Ben Carrillo, Brookville’s Dalton Zimmerman, Brodie Zacherl, Zach Vroman and Jimmy Miller, and Kane’s Cody Blankenship all dropped their quarterfinal bouts. However, all but Zimmerman and Carrillo won their first consolation bout to clinch a top-eight medal. Zimmerman and Carrillo were eliminated from the tournament.
Brookville has clinched five state medals, which is believed to be a District 9 Class AA record.
The third round of consolations will run concurrently with the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. All wrestlers in the consolations can still finish as high as third place. While semifinal winners advance to Saturday’s finals at 2 p.m., the semifinal losers drop into the fourth round of consolations to be wrestled at 9 p.m. tonight.
All Class AA place bouts start at 2 p.m. Saturday. It’ll run as a weight-by-weight schedule, meaning that 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th place bouts will be wrestled simultaneously on four mats.
Today’s Class AAA action began at 1:30 p.m. with the quarterfinals followed by second-round consolations at 3:15 p.m.
D9 Class AA Quarterfinal Results
113: Taylor Ortz, Brookville, pinned Kyle Drick, Montgomery, 3:32.
120: Todd Lane, Southern Columbia, dec. Willie Gruver, Redbank Valley, 6-0.
126: Grant Bond, Boiling Springs, dec. Cody Blankenship, Kane, 5-3.
132: Austin Harry, Lake Lehman, maj. dec. Dalton Zimmerman, Brookville, 10-1.
138: Brock Zacherl, Brookville, maj. dec. Garrett Thomas, Bedford, 14-2.
145: Jason Nolf, Kittanning, maj. dec. Zach Vroman, Brookville, 16-4.
152: Blake Marks, Southern Columbia, dec. Brodie Zacherl, Brookville, 8-2.
160: Ryan Preisch, Milton, maj. dec. Jimmy Miller, Brookville, 8-0.
160: Kyle Bova, Coudersport, dec. Jeric Kasunic, Benton, 3-1, OT.
170: Evan Delong, Kane, dec. Zane Black, Bishop McDevitt, 13-6.
HWT: Brady Mutton, Pen Argyl, dec. Ben Carrillo, Redbank Valley, 3-1, OT.
D9 Class AA Second-Round Consolation Results
106: Ryan Carlson, Brockway dec. Diltz, Benton, 8-4.
120: Willie Gruver, Redbank Valley maj. dec. Decker, Penns Valley, 14-3.
126: Cody Blankenship, Kane, pinned Davis, Cambria Heights, 2:23.
132: Maloney, Bethlehem Catholic, dec. Dalton Zimmerman, Brookville, 3-1.
145: Zach Vroman, Brookville, dec. Vaughn, Boiling Springs, 4-3.
152: Brodie Zacherl, Brookville dec. Cahill, Berlin-Brothersvally, 1-0.
160: Sam Colebert, Oswayo Valley, dec. Reed, Lewisburg, 1-0.
160: Jimmy Miller, Brookville, dec. Brown, Beth-Center, 3-2.
HWT: Devin Reed, Everett, dec. Ben Carrillo, Redbank Valley, 3-2.