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Three Cathedral Prep Grapplers Win Regional Titles; Three Other D9/D10 Wrestlers Advance to Super Regionals

Paniro Johnson of Cathedral Prep won the Regional Title at 152 pounds. Photo courtesy of Prep-Villa Athletics

ALTOONA, Pa. – Cathedral Prep had three wrestlers win Class 3A Northwest Regional wrestling titles Saturday.

Jacob Vandee won a 14-2 major decision over Nic Allison of Mifflin County at 113 pounds, Paniro Johnson took home a 13-3 major decision over Williamsport’s Roman Moore at 152 pounds, and John Campbell secured a 5-1 decision over State College’s Ty Price at 215 pounds.

In addition to those three, McDowell’s Logan Sallot (106 pounds), DuBois Chandler Ho (138 pounds), and Clearfield’s Oliver Billotte (285 pounds) also advance to next week’s Western Region Super Regional being held back at Altoona High School.

Sallot secured his spot in the Super Regional through the true-second-place bout where he defeated Casey Smith of Juniata, 4-1. Sallot had fallen to Williamsport’s Cael Nasdeo in the quarterfinals, 7-0, but fought his way back through the wrestlebacks knocking off Obama Academy’s Cameron Suzensky, by fall at 20 seconds, then getting a forfeit victory over Clearfield’s Evan Davis before besting Bald Eagle’s Garrett Choates in the third-place bout. Because he hadn’t wrestled Smith in the championship bracket, he then got a shot at the Juniata wrestler and beat him for second place and a spot in the Super Regional.

Ho advanced all the way to the championship match at 138 pounds where he was beaten by Matt Sarbo of Altoona, 7-2. Ho, however, had already beaten third-place finisher, Taylor Weaver of Central Mountain, in the semifinals, 14-0, to secure a trip to the Super Regional.

Billotte also got the championship bout at 285 pounds but was beaten by Selinsgrove’s Nate Schon, who pinned the Clearfield heavyweight at 50 seconds.

But like Ho, Billotte secured a spot at the Super Regional thanks to a 5-1 semifinal decision over Altoona’s Trevor Manley, who finished third.

Two additional District 10 wrestlers reached the finals only to lose there and then lose again in the True-Second matches.

Cathedral Preps Steffan Lynch fell to Williamsport’s Riley Bower, 6-2, in the 145-pound championship bout and then lost to Mifflin County’s Kyler Everly in the true-second match when Everly pinned the Rambler grappler at the 2:05 mark.

General McLane’s Jackson Spires reached the championship bout at 160 pounds but dropped a 15-0 technical fall to Ethan Richner of Bellefonte. Then, in the true-second bout, Spires lost to Selinsgrove’s Coy Bastian in a tight, 7-5, decision.

One other District 10 wrestler wrestled for a spot at the Super Regionals only to come up short.

Meadville’s Griffin Buzzell, the top seed at 189 pounds, was upset in the quarterfinals by eighth-seeded Steven Miller of Selinsgrove, 11-4.

Undeterred, Buzzell beat Obama Academy’s Bryan Allen, 3-0, St. Marys’ Waylon Wehler, 7-0, and General McLane’s James Laird, by fall at 10 seconds, to capture third place.

Buzzell then faced off against Ethan Rossman of Bellefonte in the true-second match after Rossman lost a 2-1 decision in the championship match to Carson Manville of State College.

But Rossman got the better of Buzzell with a 7-3 decision to secure the second and final spot at 189 pounds to the Super Regionals.

CHAMPIONSHIP AND TRUE-SECOND BOUTS

Full Brackets via Floarena

FINALS

106 – Cael Nasdeo (Williamsport) dec. Casey Smith (Juniata), 8-4
113 – Jacob Vandee (Cathedral Prep) major dec. Nic Allision (Mifflin County), 14-2
120 – Lane Aikey (Bellefonte) major dec. Caleb Fasick (Altoona), 8-0
126 – Luke Simcox (Central Mountain) major dec. Owen Woolcott (State College), 10-2
132 – Jude Swisher (Bellefonte) dec. Pierson Manville (State College), 7-6
138 – Matt Sarbo (Altoona) dec. Chandler Ho (DuBois), 7-2
145 – Riley Bower (Williamsport) dec. Steffan Lynch (Cathedral Prep), 6-2
152 – Paniro Johnson (Cathedral Prep) major dec. Roman Morone (Williamsport), 13-3
160 – Ethan Richner (Bellefonte) tech fall Jackson Spires (General McLane), 15-0, 5:24
172 – Trey Kibe (Mifflin County) dec. Lance Urbas (State College), 7-1
189 – Carson Manville (State College) dec. Ethan Rossman (Bellefonte), 2-1
215 – John Campbell (Cathedral Prep) dec. Ty Price (State College), 5-1
285 – Nate Schon (Selinsgrove) pinned Oliver Billotte (Clearfield), :50

True Second Place
True-second place bouts were not needed at every weight class

106 – Logan Sallot (McDowell) dec. Casey Smith (Juniata), 4-1
113 – Nic Allison (Mifflin County) dec. Aidan O’Shea (Bellefonte), 4-0
120 – Caleb Fasick (Altoona) dec. Devin Harris (Williamsport), 10-3
132 – Baden Bower (Williamsport) dec. Pierson Manville (State College), 3-2
145 – Kyler Everly (Mifflin County) pinned Steffan Lynch (Cathedral Prep), 2:05
152 – Roman Monroe (Williamsport) pinned Carter Weaverling (State College), :25
160 – Coy Bastian (Selinsgrove) dec. Jackson Spires (General McLane), 7-5
189 – Ethan Rossman (Bellefonte) dec. Griffin Buzzell (Meadville), 7-3
215 – Ty Price (State College) dec. Nikolas Miller (Central Mountain), 7-4

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