WRESTLING: Fehlman in AAA semis; Ike’s Johnson, Yville’s Durlin in Class AA tourney semis
Warren County has three wrestlers in the semifinals at Northwest Region competition in Sharon and Altoona.
In Class AAA, in what may be the deepest bracket in the region in terms of quality, Warren sophomore D.J. Fehlman advanced to the semifinals at Altoona Area High School with a 12-5 decision over Jersey Shore’s Colton Killian, out of District 4. Fehlman, 31-1 on the season, will face District 9 runner-up Dylan Graham (30-4), of Clearfield, in the semifinals for a chance at his first trip to the PIAA Class AAA Tournament. The top three advance to Hershey. A win would put him in Saturday’s championship match at 126 pounds.
Sophomore Alex Streich also kept winning for Warren, with a 2-1 decision over Mifflin County’s Kyle Kahley in the first round at 220 pounds. But Streich lost by a 5-2 decision to District 4 champion Dwayne Pepper of Shikellamy to be sent to the consys on Saturday.
Warren senior Chris McNeal was knocked to the consolation rounds in a 6-0 preliminary loss to Central Mountain’s Loc Long at 195. Junior Dan Henry also lost at 182, by pin in the preliminaries.
In Class AA, at Sharon High School, Youngsville junior Jaykup Durlin (31-5) is in the semifinal match at 220 pounds on Saturday against Cochranton’s Cam Cyphert (30-2) after two wins Friday. Durlin pinned Fairview’s Ryan Cardman in the second period before pinning District 9 champ Cal Hanes of Redbank Valley in the first round of the quarterfinals.
A win would guarantee Durlin a trip to states, but he was pinned by Cyphert at last week’s District 10 Class AA Tournament so he still has a lot of work to do.
“We’re right where we want to be and one upset in we’re in,” said Youngsville coach Scott Ishman.
Eisenhower senior Jake Johnson also has a stiff test in the semifinals Saturday morning, at 195 pounds. Johnson (30-8) will meet D10 champ Trevor Beiter (30-2), of Seneca, in the semis. At the North East Tournament this season, Johnson fell in a 3-2 decision to Beiter. Johnson worked his way to the semis by earning a 9-2 decision over Brookville’s Taylor Cudworth in the quarterfinals. Johnson had an early lead on Beiter in the regular season before getting pinned.
“As well as he’s wrestling right now, I wouldn’t want to be the kid from Seneca,” said Ike coach Kiel Woodburn. “First place or third place, it still takes you to states. That’s the goal.”
Three other county qualifiers were eliminated on Friday.
Also for Ike, freshman Louie Head lost in the preliminary round at 145 pounds to Conneaut’s Talor Ellis in a 14-11 decision. He was later eliminated by Grove City’s Trey Maher, 8-5. Maher earned his 100th career win with the match.
“Kind of both of those matches, he got behind in the first period, he came back and fought,” said Woodburn. “I think going into here, the lights were a little too bright for him. I think he realized he can hang with any of these guys. He’s got hopefully three more years to give it a go.”
Youngsville junior Stone Sivak was pinned in the second round of his preliminary match at 182 pounds by Hickory’s Joe Hines, and later eliminated by Coudersport’s Forest Tuttle.
“He wrestled very well,” said Ishman, adding it was Sivak’s “no-give-up attitude” that got him to regions. “It’s why he’s here.”
After a dramatic effort to advance to regions, Sheffield’s Ricky Prosen was eliminated after an 8-0 loss to Slippery Rock’s Dave Huselton at 120 pounds, and losing by pin to Seneca’s Cyle Yaple.