By Michael Waterloo
For The Daily Item
Both Shikellamy and Selinsgrove sent wrestlers to Clarion University on Friday night with the hopes of advancing to regionals in Altoona next weekend.
The two-day event kicked off Friday night. Selinsgrove coach Seth Martin didn’t feel there were many surprises.
“There weren’t too many surprises. We’re just going by paper because, really, these District 9 guys, we see their records, and we don’t really know a lot of the schools that they wrestle,” Martin said. “So, I wasn’t sure what to think.”
Selinsgrove ended Friday night with a respectable four wrestlers heading into today’s matches with an unscathed record.
At 106 pounds, Nathan Young was the first Seal to take to the mat for Selinsgrove. Young, the No. 6 seed, was up against the No. 3 seed Braden Bower of Williamsport. Down 2-0 in the match, Young was ousted at the 45-second mark of the first period via pin.
Young will wrestle in the consolation bracket to start today’s action.
At 113, No. 4 seed Bryce Reichenbach of Selinsgrove made quick work of No. 5 seed Anthony Lorson of Williamsport with an 11-2 major victory.
At 120 pounds, Gabe Ludwig was a late scratch for Selinsgrove, which allowed Roshaun Cooley of Williamsport to advance to the second round uncontested.
The Seals returned to action at 132, as Brett Benfer took on No. 2 seeded Austin Gahr of DuBois. Gahr held on for a 5-4 win, sending Benfer to the consolation bracket.
No. 7 Logan Boyer went up against Josh Schuckers of Punxsutawney. Schuckers took control of the match and never let up, as he earned the 16-1 tech-fall victory.
Anthony Showers, another No. 7 seed, went up against St. Marys star wrestler and football player Alex Feldbauer, also a No. 2 seed. Feldbauer scored the early takedown on Showers, which allowed him to earn the pin at the 53-second mark of the first period.
Arguably one of the top matches of the night came at 160 pounds, where Punxsutawney’s Keegan Fischer won a back-and-forth battle with Joey Radel of Selinsgrove with a pin at 1:23 of the third.
No. 2 seed Nathan Bingaman turned Selinsgrove’s fortunes around, as he faced 3-13 Mikale Guinter of Williamsport in his first-round match. Bingaman earned the pin with 30 seconds left in the match.
Bingaman will face Joe Snyder of Shikellamy.
Aaron Boob made it two in a row for the Seals, as he earned the pin at the 1:44 mark of the first period in the 182-pound match against Tim Schuster of Bradford.
Boob will have to take down No. 1 seed Dominic Loffredo — who won his match over Eric Budnovitch — if he wishes to advance to regionals.
Austin Lewis earned a bye at 195, which will set him up for a date with Jersey Shore’s Nate Lose.
Andrew Boob extended Selinsgrove’s list of second-round wrestlers after he defeated Bradford’s Bryce Whitman via a 16-0 tech-fall win.
Shikellamy was also in action on Friday night, as its night started with Tyler Hepler earning a pin over Steve Jacobson of DuBois in his 113-pound match.
The No. 2 seed Hepler will face No. 3 seed Cameron Resch of St. Marys, who defeated Isiah Leone 8-1 on Friday.
At 120 pounds, Jake Matthews had to go against a D-9 opponent in Eli Lambiotte of Punxsy. The agile Lambiotte earned the 15-0 tech-fall victory over Matthews, making him Shikellamy’s first consolation bracket member.
John Supsic joined Matthews in the consolation bracket after he fell victim to the buzz saw that is Noah Cline (20-7) of Clearfield via pin.
Shikellamy got back on the board at 132 pounds, as Nick Cashdollar defeated Coy Killion.
At 138, No. 2 seed Tristan Paul had the luxury of a first-round bye thanks to his 23-3 regular season record.
At 145 pounds, the No. 5 seed Jared Brown earned a 2-0 victory over No. 4 seed Carson Hanna.
Brown will face No. 1 seed Tyler Yetzer of St. Marys to start his day today.
Anthony Best had a tough opponent at 152, as he faced Colton Killion of Jersey Shore. Killion took control early, and he didn’t take his foot off of the gas pedal, earning a 14-4 major decision.
Mike Mahoney had a rough draw at 160, as the No. 8 seed had to face William Gabor, the No. 1 seed, from St. Marys. Gabor earned the quick fall at the 1:01 mark of the first period.
Joe Snyder righted the ship for Shikellamy at 170 pounds, as he defeated Punxsutawney’s Travis Perry in a closely contested match.
Snyder will face Nathan Bingaman of Selinsgrove in the second round.
At 182 pounds, Ajay Baker fell to No. 2 seed Travis Ogden of Clearfield, but made it closer than some would have thought.
Baker hung around in the match before Ogden eventually pinned him at the 43-second mark of the third period.
Kayleb Shirk earned a No. 4 seed heading into the tournament, and with that, earned a draw against No. 5 seed Daniel Salinas of Saint Marys. Salinas earned the minor upset, as he downed Shirk with the 7-1 victory.
Dwayne Pepper flexed his muscles on Friday to show why he was the No. 1 seed at 220 pounds.
Pepper — who finished the regular season with a 16-3 record — faced a first-year Punxsy wrestler in freshman Blake Bizousky in his first-round match. Pepper made quick work of Bizousky, as he pinned him at the 39-second mark of the first period.
And at heavyweight, No. 4 seed Jeremy Bacon took down No. 5 seed Matt Lingle of DuBois just before the buzzer, as he earned the pin at the 1:59 mark in the first period.