The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 8, 2013

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10:45: The Valley's other quarterfinalist at heavyweight goes down as Southern Columbia senior Jake Becker drops a tough 5-4 decision to Bethlehem Catholic sophomore Andrew Dunn.

 Becker, now 37-5, needs to beat West Branch's Morgan Selepack (36-7) in the consolation round to secure a state medal.

That also wraps up the quarterfinals. Second-round consolations to start soon.

10:35: Lewisburg senior Brandon Smith is also into the semifinals thanks to a 4-2 win over Fort LeBeouf senior Evan Daley. Smith (35-1) will meet SW Regional champ Jake Temple (39-1) in the 220 semifinals later this evening.

Returning state champion Nazar Mironenko of Mifflinburg lost his bid for a second state title in a 6-2 loss to Port Allegheny senior Nicholas Budd at 285 pounds. Mironenko, now 35-4, will take on Biglerville senior Trevor Stover in the consolations later. He needs 1 victory to secure a state medal.

10:25: Milton senior Ryan Solomon wins his 140th career match, reaching the state semifinals for the fourth time in his career with a 7-0 win over Bethlehem Catholic senior Josh Alpha, 7-0 at 195 pounds. Solomon, now 38-0, meets Kittining senior Zac Croyle (30-11) in the semifinals tonight.

10:05: At 152 pounds, Milton gets its first semifinalist as junior Ryan Priesch continues his dominant postseason run with a 3-0 victory over Halifax senior Robbie Moretz. Priesch, who has now outscored his first two opponents, 11-0, is now 31-4 and will meet Reynolds' senior Austin Mathrews (47-1) in tonight's semifinals.

At 160, Mifflinburg senior Ty Walter, the NE regional champ, shut down Fort LeBeouf senior Taylor Fox for a 6-2 win in the quarterfinals. Walter, now 34-3, meets unbeaten Forest Hills senior Cody Law (32-0) in the semifinals.

10 a.m.: At 145, Benton gets another semifinalist when Colt Cotten tops Bermudian Springs' sophomore Briton Shelton, 8-2. Cotten (42-5) will meet Tri-Valley's Blake Bowman (37-8) in the semifinals.

Midd-West senior Zach Heeter dropped out of the championship bracket with a tough 7-0 loss to two-time champ Michael Racciato of Pen Argyl, 7-0. Heeter, now 39-6, will meet Zach Vroman of Brookville in the consolation round.

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