BROCKWAY — The 2017 District 9 Junior High Wrestling Championships were held Saturday at Brockway Area High, and 11 area wrestlers took home individual titles.
Brookville led the local contingent with four champs and 10 placewinners (Top 4), while Johnsonburg had the second most champions among area squads with three. The Rams had six placewinners overall.
Johnsonburg’s performance earned head coach Dan Carnovale District 9 Coach of the Year Honors.
Host Brockway landed two wrestlers on top the podium, with five other teammates joining them there. Redbank Valley and Clarion each one champ, with the Bulldogs placing seven overall and Clarion two.
Curwensville didn’t win a title but had nine wrestlers place in the Top 4, while Ridgway garnered four placewinners.
Brookville got individual titles from Bryce Kunselman (90), Cody Hetrick (138), Elliot Park (185) and Logan Reddinger (210).
Kunselman went 2-0 with a pin and a 13-2 major decision over Redbank’s Trent Rupp in the finals. Hetrick, the second seed, put together a 3-0 day and recorded two falls — pinning top-seeded Cole Haight of Johnsonburg in the finals in 2:51.
The top-seeded Park notched pins in both of his bouts, including a fall in 3:20 in the finals over second-seeded Aiden Gardner of Redbank Valley. Reddinger, the No. 2 seed at 210, also pinned both his opponents — decking top-seeded Anthony Dalesio of Curwensville in 33 seconds in the finals.
Raiders Caden Walter (110) and Wyatt Griffin (145) each came away with runner-up finishes, while teammates Logan Oakes (85), Wyatt Kulik (130) and Nathan Taylor (165) were each third at their respective weights. Josh Popson added a fourth-place finish at 80 pounds for Brookville.
Johnsonburg’s strong day was led by a trio of champs in Dalton Stahli (110), Cole Casilio (145) and Isaac Zimmerman (155).
Stahli went 3-0 on the day and notched a 13-0 major decision over Brookville’s Walter in the finals. Casilio won both his bouts, capturing the 145-pound crown with a 10-6 win over Brookville’s Griffin.
Zimmerman recorded a 47-second pin in his semifinal bout before upending Coudersport’s Cale Ayers, 5-2, in the 155-pound finals.
Johnsonburg also had a trio of wrestlers reach the finals before coming away with second-place finishes in Cole Norlin (100), Nolan Shaffer (115) and Cole Haight (138).
Rovers Dom Inzana (100) and Noah Bash (130) each captured individual titles in their home gym to lead Brockway.
Inzana spent just 58 seconds on the mat in recording two pins. He decked Johnsonburg’s Norlin in 40 seconds in the 100-pound finals.
Bash, the No. 2 seed at 130, went 3-0 on the day, recording a pin and major decision on his way to the finals. He then knocked off top-seeded Wyatt Kulick of Brookville 8-2 for the title. Bash’s strong showing earned him the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler award.
Brockway also had a pair of second-place finishers in Robbie Brubaker (80) and Ben Glasl (95), with teammates Eli Fremer (105), Connor Ryckman (115) and Weston Smith (210) each coming in third.
Redbank’s lone title came at 115 pounds, where Kris Shaffer went 3-0 and pinned his way to the finals. Once in the title match, the second-seeded Bulldog blanked top-seeded Nolan Shaffer of Johnsonburg, 6-0.
Kris Shaffer was joined in the finals by teammates Trent Rupp (90), Kobe Bonanno (165) and Gardner (185). Dalton Bish (110) and Hudson Martz (155) each finished third for Redbank, while Owen Shaffer added a fourth-place finish at 250.
Owen Reinsel claimed Clarion’s lone crown at 85 pounds, posting a pair of first-period falls on his way to the title. He decked Port Allegany’s Ian Dynda in 40 seconds in the finals.
The Bobcats only other placewinner was Jordan Pezzuti, who was fourth at 145.
Dalesio was Curwensville’s only finalist on his way to placing second at 210. The Golden Tide did have five wrestlers — Jacob Carfley (75), Jacob Mullins (80), Spencer Hoover (90), Andrew Freyer (122) and Jayce Witherite (185) — place third.
Zach Shaffer (105), Adam Straw (130) and Jake McCracken (155) added third-place finishes for Curwensville.
Ridgway’s best finish came from Jake Kunselman, who was second at 250. Elker Tyler Merritt was third at 100 pounds, with Ben Briggs (110) and Ricky Delhunty (122) placing fourth at their respective weights.