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Strong First Day for D9/D10 Wrestlers at PIAA Championships; Four Clearfield Grapplers Advance to Quarterfinals in 3A

Brockway's Mark Palmer earns a 17-1 tech fall over Camp Hill's Noah Doi in their Class 2A 126-pound first-round match. Photo by Molly Zimmerman.


HERSHEY, Pa. – A total of 18 Class 2A District 9 and 10 wrestlers, as well as seven in Class 3A, advanced to the quarterfinals at the PIAA wrestling championships Thursday at the GIANT Center.

Among those advancing to the quarterfinals are defending state champion Louie Gill of Hickory in Class 2A at 106 pounds and Jake VanDee of Cathedral Prep in Class 3A at 126 pounds.

Gill earned a third-period pin of Mount Union’s Mason Beatty in the first round, while VanDee notched a hard-fought 2-1 decision over Dante Frinzi of Bethlehem Catholic in the first round.

The 106-pound weight class in Class 2A saw three District 9 and District 10 wrestlers move on to the quarterfinals, as Saegertown’s Carter Beck got a 10-4 decision over Clayton Carr of Wyalusing and Cranberry freshman Elijah Brosius earned an 8-1 decision over Seth Kolb of Benton.

At 113 in Class 2A, defending state medalist Hunter Robison of Saegertown got a pin at the tail end of the first period against Aidan Gruber of Leighton.

Greenville’s Cole Karpinski earned a major decision over Noah Foltz of Bald Eagle Area in their 189-pound Class 2A first-round match. Photo by Molly Zimmerman.

Among those advancing in Class 3A are a quartet of Clearfield Bison, Brady Collins at 126, Mark McGonigal at 172, Carter Chamberlain at 189 and Oliver Billotte at 285.

In Class 2A, Harbor Creek’s Connor Pierce, in search of his fourth PIAA medal and first gold, got an 11-5 decision over Kole Biscoe of Southern Columbia in the first round.

Here’s a breakdown of the rest of the wrestlers moving on to the quarterfinals.


120: Cole Householder (Brookville) dec. Jacob Deysher (Brandywine Heights), 3-2; Hunter Gould (Conneaut) dec. Chase Burke (Benton), 1-0
126: Mark Palmer (Brockway) tech fall Noah Doi (Camp Hill), 17-1, 3:57
132: Owen Reinsel (Brookville) tech fall Peter Chacon (Montour), 16-0, 3:58; Jack Martinec (Cochranton) dec. Kyle McCollum (Beth-Center), 2-1
138: Connor Pierce (Harbor Creek) dec. Kole Biscoe (Southern Columbia), 11-5
145: Carter Gill (Hickory) maj. Dec. Cael Markle (Saucon Valley), 10-0; Story Buchanan (Girard) won by forfeit
189: Cole Karpinski (Greenville) maj. dec. Noah Foltz (Bald Eagle Area), 10-0; Seth Stewart (Brockway) dec. Brennan Morgan (Central Valley), 6-2
215: Bryce Rafferty (Brookville) pinned Dante Mahaffey (Saucon Valley), 3:33; Hayden Linkerhof (Corry) dec. Jared Blobe (Notre Dame-Green Pond), 7-1
285: Xavier Reyda (Corry) pinned Charles Sheppard (Hamburg), 1:35; Joshua Perrine (Saegertown) dec. Tyler Pfizenmayer (Saucon Valley), 3-0


126: Jake VanDee (Cathedral Prep) dec. Dante Frinzi (Beth-Center), 2-1; Brady Collins (Clearfield) dec. Joshua Hillard (Manheim Township), 10-4
152: Kaemen Smith (Cathedral Prep) dec. William Morrow (North Penn), 4-3
172: Waylon Wehler (St. Marys) dec. Cole Bartram (Northern York), 7-4; Mark McGonigal (Clearfield) pinned Caleb Marzolino (Abington Heights), 2:47
189: Carter Chamberlain (Clearfield) dec. Aiden Hight (Chambersburg), 9-3
285: Oliver Billotte (Clearfield) dec. Ben Stewart (Central Dauphin), 7-0

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