The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 8, 2012

Four wrestlers win Top Hat gold

Four wrestlers win Top Hat gold


"My goal at the beginning of the tournament was to tech fall my way through so I came up a little short," Walter said. "I was really confident to start and I didn't get too excited for any of the matches. It wasn't too big of a deal, just a good way to start the season. I had never seen or heard of (Ramich) before so I just went at my own pace and took it to him."

Mironenko, who beat Hughesville's Derek Earnest, 3-2, to start his state championship run a year ago, used a solid 5-1 decision over Devon Ackerman of South Western to reach the 285-pound final. There, facing Central Mountain's Caleb Stover, he converted a first period takedown, escaped in the second and, after another takedown, turned the senior for a fall in 3:41.

"My pinning combinations weren't working for me earlier in the day but we fine-tuned some things and got it back to working shape," Mironenko said. "It feels great to get another championship, especially with Cole and Ty getting their second one, too. We are like brothers on our team. As soon as I came to wrestling I spent a lot of time at their house; we are a really tight group of friends.

Ty Walter showed no sign of having a gimpy ankle in the semis when he pinned South Williamsport's Justin Knee in 1:33. But he tweaked it in the first period of his 170-pound final with Schuylkill Valley senior, Joey Waack. After converting a first period takedown, Walter needed injury time and took another timeout in the second. But, instead of folding, Walter put together a five-point period thanks to an escape, a takedown, and two near fall points, for a 7-3 decision.

"I tried to keep it hidden through the tournament but I hurt my ankle pretty bad this week," Walter said. "I was frustrated (early in the match) because all (Waack) was doing was reaching right for my ankle. He wasn't really wrestling, he was just going for my ankle. It was excruciating but I couldn't quit. I think he kind of gave up when he realized it."

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