D-9 AA PIAA Championship recaps

Staff Writer

On Friday, Brookville had five wrestlers advance to the final day of the AA PIAA Wrestling Championships, with Tate Ortz positioning himself to battle for a state title. Saturday's edition of The Spirit includes a full recap of Brookville's day, but the other AA D-9 schools were still competing at press time, so we promised to provide those results here:

-- James Duffy, Smethport, 145 -- Duffy started off with a pair of wins, beating Somerset junior Austin Hemminger 9-5 and Kody Komara of Freedom Area 7-5, to move on to Friday night's semis. There, he faced Huntingdon junior Seth Baney and earned a 5-2 victory to advance to today's finals against South Fayette's Mike Carr.
-- Ryan Carlson, Brockway, 120 pounds -- Carlson's tournament opened with a 4-2 decision over Zach Clark, but in the quarters, he fell to Angelo Barberio of Muncy in a 1-0 decision. In the third consolation round, Carlson rebounded with a 6-0 decision, but a 2-1 loss to Lewisburg's Jordan Glessner sent Carlson for the seventh-place match today.
-- Mason Lindenmuth, Brockway, 126 -- Lindenmuth opened with a pair of wins to advance to the semis, beating Brian Earlston of Line Mountain 9-0 in the first round and Jonah Zych of Saucon Valley 8-2 in the quarters. In the semis, he took on Max Murin of Central Cambria, with Murin knocking him into the consolation bouts with a 7-1 win. In the fifth consy round, Lindenmuth lost a close, 4-3 decision to Bedford's Jonathan Gabriel to send him to the fifth-place match.
-- Ethan Budd, Port Allegany, 220 -- Budd's tournament opened with a win over West Branch's Vincent McDowell -- a pin 2:30 into the bout -- and he followed that with an 8-1 win over Thor Balavage of Scranton Prep to advance to the semis. In that round, he faced Cole Nye, a junior from Bishop McDivitt, but he fell via a a 5-4 decision before beating Rasaun Culberson of South Fayette 13-5 to advance to the third-place bout. There, he will face Gage Glaysz of Greenville.
-- Brylee Shumaker, Redbank Valley, 285 -- Shumaker's first round saw him pin Joe Kazalas of Keystone Oaks in 4:34 to advance to the quarters, where he picked up another pinfall -- this time over Wyomissing Area's Robert Dunbar in 2:36. In the semis, he faced off against Jake Beistel of Southmoreland, dropping a 5-3 decision to fall to the consy round. There, Shumaker pinned Wyalusing's Dawson Otis at the 5:51 mark of their bout to earn a spot in the third-place bout against Salisbury's Alex Nicholas.
-- Tanner Altobelli, Redbank Valley, 126 -- Altobelli earned a first-round win over Trevor Sones of Hughesville to advance to the quarters, but an 8-2 loss to Max Murin of Central Cambria sent him to the wrestlebacks. In the third consolation round, he beat Hunter Goodlin of Jamestown 11-4, and after beating Tanner McHugh of Tamaqua 5-3 in the fourth consy round, he fell to Cole Matthews of Reynolds, 4-2, to set up a fifth-place bout with Brockway's Mason Lindenmuth.
-- Shae Bloom, Curwensville, 152 -- Bloom's tournament started with a 7-0 win over Saucon Valley's Nathan Harka, but in the quarters, he lost to Burrell's Damon Greenwald, sending him to the knockout round. There, he beat Brian Shermeyer of Delone Catholic by pinning him in 4:05, and he kept it going in the fourth consolation bout, beating Jon Wagner of Huntingdon 3-1. A 3-2 loss to Nick Monico of Saegertown in the final consy round, though, sent Bloom to the fifth-place bout, where he'll face Chestnut Ridge's Morgan Deremer.
-- Zach Sintobin, Clarion, 195 -- Sintobin's tournament started in the Round of 16 with a win over Sam Crone, pinning him in 1:53, but in the quarters, he was pinned by Jefferson-Morgan's Bill Bowlen, forcing him to the consolations. There, he beat Clayton Green of West Branch 8-4 to advance, and he went on to earn a 3-1 decision over Cambridge Springs' Deven Simpson to advance. In the final consy round, he lost a 7-0 decision to Greenville's Blake Reynolds, sending him to the fifth-place bout, where he'll meet Conner Buttry of Chestnut Ridge.
District 9 wrestlers who were eliminated on Friday included:
-- Paul Zacherl, Cranberry, 160 -- Zacherl earned a 3-2 victory on the tournament's first day to advance to the quarters, but he lost that bout to Penn Cambria senior Austin Farabaugh via pinfall, and then, in his consolation round bout against South Allegheny's Cody Jenkins,he was defeated 15-5, eliminating him from the tournament.
-- Mac Tanner, Port Allegany, 160 -- Tanner fell to the consolations on Thursday via a 5-3 decision at the hand of Norhern Lehigh's Ryan Farber, but after earning a bye through Consolation Round 2, he defeated Boiling Springs senior Travis Wickard 6-5 to advance. His run came to an end in the third consolation round, though, when he lost a 3-1 decision to Susquenita sophomore Dalton Group.
-- Blake Passarelli, Curwensville, 106 -- Passarelli fell to the consolation round on Thursday, and in the second consolation round, he was pinned by Mountoursville's Wyatt Lutz.
-- Mitchell Overbeck, Brockway, 113 -- Overbeck advanced to the first round with a preliminary round win by injury default Thursday, but he lost his first-round bout, then lost a close, 3-1 decision to Penns Valley junior Darren Yearick to be eliminated Friday.
-- Dustin Jamison, Brockway, 138 -- Jamison won his preliminary round bout over Jayden Johnson of Bishop McDevitt, but he was knocked to the wrestle-backs by George Phillippi of Derry on Thursday. In Consolation Round 2 on Friday, Jamison lost a 6-3 decision to Annville-Cleona's Josh Renninger, eliminating him from the tournament.

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