State championships finish up today.
Editor's note: We learned of a wrestler we inadvertently left off this list. We updated below.
Editor's Note: Story updated to include Saegertown's Landon Caldwell at 189.
Seven area wrestlers advanced to the third day of competition at the PIAA AA Wrestling Championships in Hershey, when hard work comes to a fruition with medals dangling from their necks.
Make no mistake, standing on the podium in Pennsylvania is quite an accomplishment. It is a hotbed for top college recruiters and they take notice of these athletes.
In a battle of North West Region 106 pounders, two wrestlers very familiar with each other from club wrestling in a rematch from a week back, Saegertown’s Carter Beck bested Cranberry’s Elijah Brosius 3-0 to move up in the consolation bracket. Beck later lost his next match against Cole Hubert of Saucon Valley and goes to the fifth-place match against Parker Sentipal of Burgettstown. Brosius wrestles for seventh place against Major Lewis of Trinity.
Hunter Gould of CASH will wrestle for the fifth-place spot on the podium in the 120-weight class. Gould fell to Coen Bainey of Bald Eagle Area in the consolation semis. He will go up against Chris Vargo of Bentworth.
Joshua Perrine of Saegertown also will be competing for fifth place but in the heavyweight (285) division. He advanced to the semifinal round of the consolations before losing to Emmanuel Ulrich of Mifflinburg.
He will face Leo Muzika of Faith Christian.
Hunter Robison of Saegertown will be wrestling for seventh place at 113. In the Round of 4 in the consolations, he lost to Branden Wentzel of Montoursville. Robison will face Jack Kazalas of Quarter Valley.
Also earning a spot in a seventh-place match is Jack Martinec of Cochranton. He competes in the 132-weight bracket. Martinec lost to Max Stein Faith Christian in the consolation Round of 4. He meets Kyle McCollum of Beth Center in their final match of the tournament.
Lastly, Saegertown's Landon Caldwell, who won his first round preliminary match to make it to the round of 16 where he lost putting him into the consolation rounds, went on to win four straight matches before falling for a second time in the tournament to Quaker Valley's Patrick Cutchmember. Today he wrestles Brockway's Seth Stewart for fifth place.