WRESTLING: 4 Knights in top 6 at North East; 3 Eagles at Burgettstown
NORTH EAST – Two Knights – Jake Johnson and Louie Head – advanced to the semifinals on Saturday of the North East Tournament, but fell in the championship semifinals and eventually finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Steven Haner started slowly on Friday, but had a great run in the consolation bracket on Saturday to finish at Ike’s highest placewinner in third place at 113 pounds.
“He lost his first match Friday, and Saturday he won five in a row and they were all close matches,” said Eisenhower coach Kiel Woodburn. “He’s a prime example of working as hard as he can every single day. He deserves every bit of it because he works so hard.”
In the first round of the consolation bracket, Haner decisioned Strong Vincent’s Kyle Nash, 10-5. He then earned a 5-4 decision over Keystone’s Nick Baughman. In the consolation quarterfinals, he decisioned Mercer’s Austin King, 6-4. And then hung on, 2-1, in the semis over Conneaut, Ohio’s Isaiah Norangus. Finally, he went 5-0 on Saturday, and 5-1 for the tournament, with a 6-4 decision over North East’s Logan Gray in the third-place match.
Jeb Fedorchuk lost in the quarterfinals for the Knights, 5-3 to Strong Vincent’s Josh Caben, but bounced back to win three matches before losing in the third-place match to finish fourth.
Fedorchuk earned a 3-2 decision at 120 pounds over Redbank Valley’s Tanner Altobelli, a 10-6 decision over Sharon’s Austin Alfreno, and a 9-3 decision over Conneaut’s Nick Moss. He had a shot at Caben again in the third-place match, losing by a 5-1 decision.
Johnson pinned Girard’s Dan Daugherty in the quarterfinals, before falling to Seneca’s Trevor Beiter, 3-2, at 195 pounds. In the consolation semifinals, he lost a 6-5 decision in overtime on criteria to North East’s Andrew Phelps. Johnson pinned Lakeview’s Andrew Clayton in 45 seconds in the fifth-place match.
Former Eisenhower wrestler Trevor Spicer, now of Frewsburg, finished third.
Head also won in the quarters – an 11-10 decision over Conneaut’s Taylor Ellis, before losing by decision to Strong Vincent’s Jared Carlson in the semifinals. Head lost in the consolation semifinals, 6-4 at 145, to Corry’s and former Youngsville wrestler Hunter Proctor. He lost again, 7-3, to Mercer’s Alex Shaffer in the fifth-place finals. Proctor finished fourth.
Richard Knisley and Tyler Gourley had advanced to the quarterfinals at 138 and 132 pounds, respectively, and won one more match in the consolation rounds before bowing out.
Hunter Keppel (220) and Robbie Wilston (152) also won consolation matches for Eisenhower on Saturday.
“We always want to do better than what we do but we’re still climbing the mountain,” said Woodburn. “We’re right there, but we need to fins a way to come back in that blood round
At Burgettstown, W.V., Youngsville’s Stone Sivak finished third for the Youngsville Eagles at the 27-team tournament, Jeremy Lyon fourth and Jaykup Durlin sixth.
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