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Wrestling: Hickory’s Gill Claims Gold at Powerade Tournament

Hickory's Louie Gill and Connor Saylor. Photo Hickory Wrestling Twitter.

CANONSBURG, Pa. – Hickory’s Louie Gill captured gold at 106 pounds at the prestigious Powerade Invitational on Thursday.

Gill knocked off Ayden Smith of Notre Dame-Green Pond, 6-4 in the finals, after wins over Anthony Mutarelli of Malvern Prep (4-3) in the semifinals and Bergen Catholic’s (N.J.) Brian Melamud (11-0) in the quarterfinals.

Hickory had a pair of medalists, as Connor Saylor took seventh at 138. Saylor advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Alex Almeyda of St. Joseph Regional (N.J.), 3-0. He bounced back with a 6-1 win over Mount Pleasant’s Jamison Poklembo.

The Hornets, one of five District 10 programs competing, finished 23rd (62.5 points) in the 65-team field. Reynolds was 33rd, Cathedral Prep 45th, Saegertown 50th, and Fort LeBoeuf 56th.

Saegertown’s Landon Caldwell was the other D10 wrestler to medal, earning fifth-place with a 3-1 win over Delbarton’s (N.J.) Nicholas Olivieri.

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