NW Regionals semis will include eight AAA D-9ers

Zach Becker, St. Marys (File photo by Zak Lantz of The Spirit)
Staff Writer

A field of eight semi-finalists will lead the District 9 AAA wrestling contingent into today's Northwest Regionals in Altoona, including four DuBois Beavers, two Clearfield Bison and two St. Marys Dutchmen.

Punxsy's two competitors, Stone Smith (160) and Zander Neal (285) are both still alive as well, and will attempt to wrestle through the consolation rounds, beginning shortly after 11 a.m.

The Beavers' first semi-finalist is Ed Scott (31-2) at 126 pounds. Scott opened the tournament with a second-period pin of Mifflin County's Joey Taptich, and in the second round, he turned it up a notch with a first-period fall over Warren's Alex Anderson. Today, Scott will face Philipsburg-Osceola's Hunter Weitoish in the semis.

Bumping up one weight class, Dalton Woodrow (30-6) is the Beavers' second semi-finalist at 132. He pinned Warren's Donovan Fiscus in the first round on Friday, then won a 6-0 decision over Lucas Holderman of Bald Eagle in the quarters. Today, he'll meet McDowell's Jeffrey Boyd in the semis.

The third DuBois wrestler with an unblemished record thus far is Kolby Ho (30-4) of DuBois. Ho pinned Meadville's Trent Tidball in the third period of their first-round match, then earned a last-second, 21-6 tech fall with a takedown over Ethan Richner of Bellefonte. Ho will meet Logan Long of Central Mountain in today's semis.

Izsak Kerner (21-14) overcame the seeding odds, entering as the third seed from D-4/9 and knocking off Dorian Crosby, the District 10 champion, with a 3-2 win, then pinning Central Mountain's Tanner Riggle in the quarters. He'll meet State College's Cole Urbas, the District 6 champion, with hopes of another upset in the semis.

Clearfield's first semi-finalist, 120-pounder Matt Ryan (26-7) picked up a pair of decisions on Friday to make it to today's semis. His 4-2 win over Bellefonte's Cole Stewart in the first round moved him to the quarters, where he won 7-3 over Mifflin County's Derek Burk. In today's semis, Ryan will meet Matt Leehan of General McLane.

It was a quick day at the office for Clearfield's second semi-finalist, 195-pounder Luke McGonigal (30-0), who kept his undefeated season hopes alive after a bye through the first round and a 45-second pin over David Close of Bald Eagle. Today, McGonigal meets the second seed out of D-6, Brandon Anderson of Philipsburg-Osceola.

St. Marys' first semi-finalist will be the first to take the mats for D-9, as he's the 106-pounder, Marco Paropacic. Paropacic started with a bye after being bumped to the top seed through an injury scratch; then, he won a 5-0 decision over Vincent Rinella of Meadville to move on to today's semis. There, he will meet Altoona's Matt Sarbo.

The Dutchmen's other first-round bye went to Zach Becker (31-4), and he turned his one match into a semi-final berth as well by spinning a last-second (literally) reversal to win 4-2 over Tanner Weaver of Central Mountain. Today, he'll meet Ian Klinger of Philipsburg-Osceola in the semi-final bout.