Five area wrestlers moved into today's 12:30 p.m. semifinal round of the Northwest AAA Regional Wrestling Tournament - and to within one victory of a berth in next week's PIAA Class AAA state tournament - by all scoring impressive quarterfinal-round victories Friday night at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse.
The five area semifinalists are Altoona's D.J. Hollingshead (132 pounds), T.J. Brandt (138) and Mante Barnes (195), along with Hollidaysburg's Damian Huff (106) and Matt Barton (285).
Brandt, a senior, is a three-time state qualifier, and Huff qualified for states last year as a sophomore.
Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski
Altoona’s D.J.?Hollingshead shut down Jersey?Shore’s Hayden Swartwood.
Mirror photo by?Patrick Waksmunski
Hollidaysburg’s Damian Huff wrestles during his 15-6 major decision over Cathedral Prep’s TaNauz Gregory during their bout at 106 pounds.
Huff scored seven takedowns in a 15-6 major decision over Erie Cathedral Prep freshman TaNauz Gregory in the quarterfinals. Now 23-2 this season, Huff opened the tournament with a 1:47 win by fall over Clearfield freshman Logan Gilbert in the prelims.
Huff started the season at 113 pounds, but has been quite comfortable at 106 since dropping to that weight in the middle of the year.
"My goal is to wrestle tough and wear [opponents] out,'' Huff said. "I've been training pretty hard, and conditioning is a big factor for me. I cut a good bit of weight to get down to 106, and it was tough initially, but lately, I've been able to manage very well.''
Huff draws DuBois freshman Shae Bloom (35-4) in the semis. Bloom decisioned Huff in triple overtime during the dual meet season, when the Hollidaysburg standout was just beginning to adjust to the 106-pound weight class.
"When I wrestled him before, I cut down seven pounds, and it wasn't too good,'' Huff said. "I've been looking at film of him, and I know what shots I can hit on him.''
Huff's Hollidaysburg teammate, Barton, avenged a tough loss to Erie McDowell's Scot Augustine in last year's regional consolation final by escaping Augustine's hold in the ultimate tiebreaker session to score a 3-2 victory at 285. Barton, a senior, will face Clearfield junior Jacob Verchick in the semis.
Barton's loss to Augustine in last year's regional third-place match cost him a trip to the state tournament. Barton, who drew a first-round bye into the quarterfinals, doesn't plan to leave any unstone unturned in his quest for a trip to Hershey this year.
"I don't necessarily want to call it a revenge thing, but it's a sweet victory, and a nice way to start the tournament,'' Barton (26-3 this season) said about outlasting Augustine, who had defeated him 1-0 a year ago.
Hollidaysburg coach Mike Moore was happy with the performance of both his semifinalists.
"Both looked confident and focused, and both are one match away from a trip to Hershey,'' Moore said. "I'm looking forward to the semifinal round.''
Altoona boasts three semifinalists who all sizzled in their outings Friday.
Brandt, a Northwest AAA Regional champion last year at 126, ran up an 11-0 lead on St. Marys' Alex Coudriet before applying a pinning combination nine seconds into the second period. Brandt (27-3) gets DuBois senior Garrett Brown (31-9) in the semis.
"I flowed very well out there tonight,'' said Brandt, who drew a first-round bye. "There are a lot of decent wrestlers here, and I knew I had to wrestle tough.''
Brandt's wrestling-room workout partner, sophomore 132-pounder Hollingshead, logged an 11-0 major decision over Jersey Shore freshman Hayden Swartwood in the quarters. Hollingshead (32-3) draws Erie McDowell senior standout Nick Gibson, a regional runner-up to Brandt last year, in the semis.
Hollingshead came up with two 3-point near-fall sequences on a tilt and cradle en route to defeating Swartwood.
"I felt pretty comfortable out there,'' Hollingshead said. "I was working my stuff on top, and it was finally clicking.''
Barnes was stellar on his feet, riding a barrage of takedowns to a 17-5 major decision over Brashear senior Jamir Guinn in the 195-pound quarters. Barnes (27-6) opened the tournament with a 10-2 major over Titusville sophomore Tyler Nicole. Barnes will face DuBois senior Landon Hanna (33-1) in the semis.
Barnes, a senior, was diagnosed with diabetes after last year's District 6-AAA tournament and has been keeping the condition under control with insulin since.
"I don't really get that tired any more,'' he said. "I train really hard in the practice room. I had a lot of different things -- single-legs, bar-arms, two-on-ones - working for me tonight.''
Altoona coach Joel Gilbert commended his semifinal trio for their efforts.
"They all looked sharp,'' Gilbert said. "They were all very aggressive, they controlled their matches, and they were all very physical. That's why they're all in the semifinal round.''
Altoona has three wrestlers - Markief Knode (160 pounds), Trent Kephart (182), and Austin Rosenberry (285) - still alive in today's second consolation round, which begins at 10 a.m. Philipsburg-Osceola has five wrestlers - Bryan Descavish (120), Caleb Shively (138), Jay Prentice (170), Dennis Lumadue (182) and Nick Gray (220) in the second-round consolations.
Eliminated in Friday's first-round consolations were Hollidaysburg's Calob Walls (152) and P-O's Brian Evans (126) and Scott Yarger (145).
Northwest Class AAA Tournament
Team Standings and Key
1. General McLane, GM, 53; 2. McDowel, MD, 48.5; 3. (tie) Central Mountain, CM, and Clearfield, CL, 34.5; 5. Cathedral Prep, CP, 34; 6. Mifflin County, MC, 32.5; 7. DuBois, D, 31.5; 8. Altoona, A, and Bellefonte, B, 24; 10. Bald Eagle Area, BEA, 23; 11. Shukellmay, SH, 20; 12. Jersey Shore, JS, 15; 13. (tie) Philipsburg-Osceola, PO and St. Marys, SM, 13; 15. Allderdice, AD, 12; 16. Hollidaysburg, H, 11; 17. Punxsutawney, PX, 10; 18. Oil City, OC, 9.5; 19. (tie) Meadville, MEAD, Selinsgrove, SE and Titusville, T, 9; 22. Williamsport, WP, 8; 23. Central Tech, CT, 7; 24. Warren, W, 6; 25. (tie) Carrick, CA, Strong Vincent, SV and Westinghouse, WE, 5; 28. (tie) Bradford, BRAD, Erie East, EE, Greater Johnstown, GJ and State College, SC, 4; 32. Brashear, BRAS, 2.
106-Shae Bloom, D, bye; Charlie Lenox, MD, pinned Kyle Catral, SC, 0:40; TaNauz Gregory, CP, pinned Cory Bevan, BR, 1:42; Damian Huff, H, pinned Logan Gilbert, CL, 1:47; Noah Ulmer, JS, pinned Daequan Butler, P, 5:31; Roshaun, Cooley, WP, dec. Coby Bainey, BEA, 7-1; Aaron Ehrgott, MEAD, dec. Luke Leathers, B, 6-2; Joe Wheeling, GM, bye.
113-Jake Gromacki, CP, bye; Travis Giedroc, BEA, maj. dec. Andrew, Bullers, PX, 20-7; Keenan Bottorf, CM, won by forfeit over Devaughn Dorion Long, AD; Bryce Swauger, D, dec, Kaleb Chase, T, 8-4; Hayden Hidley, MC, maj. dec. Benji Yates, MD, 16-4; Hunter Hendricks, GM, maj. dec. Allen Saar, JS, 14-2; Aaron Witherite, B, dec. Josiah McClarren, CL, 4-2; Vinnie Mion, CA, bye.
120-Joel Bowers, PX, bye; Isaac Underhill, MC, pinned Jose Lopez, CT, 4:32; Chase Andrus, CM, pinned Marquee Eiland, CA, 0:59; Paul Deitz, MD, pinned Tyler Hepler, SH, 4:52; Trevor Corl, B, dec. Kyle Luben , MEAD, 5-2; Noah Cline, CL, pinned Bryan Descavish, PO, 1:53; John Ciotti, CP, dec. Kody Cox, D, 7-4; Dalton Link, BR, bye.
126-D.J. Fehlman, W, bye; Colton Killion, JS, pinned DeShon Hill, OA, 1:36; Dylan Graham, CL, won by forfeit over Cole Hanley, CM; Noah Stewart, MC, dec. Coleman Cousins, MD, 5-2; Kaleb Young, PX, dec. Anthony Myers, SC, 2-0; Alex Root, CP, dec. Brian Evans, PO, 12-7; Keller Watkins, GM, tech fall Marcus Winn, SE, 17-0, 2:52; Josh Zinkovsky, AD.
132-D.J. Hollingshead, A, bye; Hayden Swartwood, JS, pinned Cody Kirk, CA, 0:57; Tristan Paul, SH, dec. Deane Twitcherll, GM, 5-1; Nick Gibson, MD, dec. Clint McCaslin, BEA, 7-2; Christian Stone, CL, pinned Dalton Burns, T, 0:45; Jacob Watt, CM, dec. Beau Coletta, CP, 9-6; Lucas Besch, MC, dec. Josh Schuckers, PX, 8-2; Darue Johnson, P, bye.
138-T.J. Brandt, A, bye; Zach Luben, MEAD, dec. Alex Coudriet, SM, 8-4; Ken Stoll, GM, pinned Keron Jones, P, 1:14; Garrett Brown, D, dec. Caleb Shively, PO, 6-3; Ean Disilvio, AD, maj. dec. Paul Mancuso, CT, 11-2; Perry Arrington, PX, dec. Kevin Bair, MC, 7-4; Steffen Yaskoweak, WP, dec. Joseph Powers, BEA, 3-1 OT; Shawn Spearman, MD, bye.
145-Brandon Wilson, MC, bye; Tyler Yetzer, SM, pinned Anntwan Porter, BR, 3:45; Zach Herman, JS, dec. Teagan O'Sullivan, CP, 8-6; Cody Nolan, MD, maj. dec. Scott Yarger, PO, 16-3; Nolan Barger, CL, pinned Dillon Kephart, B, 4:51; Alex Hargenrader, OC, pinned Derek Horner, SC, 1:27; Jared Carlson, SV, pinned Jeff Bottenhorn, PX, 1:45.
152-Joshua Corignani, BRAD, bye; Joe Knarr, MC, dec. Ryan Dailey, MD, 5-3; Richard White, GJ, pinned Markus Kratochvil, CA, 3:56; Mike Sutton, GM, pinned Mark Troisi, D, 1:14: Chad Reese, CM, tech fall Dijon Deboe, SV, 17-0, 5:32; Alex Feldbauer, SM, pinned Calob Walls, H, 1:39; Dan Krysiak, CP, pinned Mike Beck, CL, 2:22; Cameron Jacobson, AD, bye.
160-Gavin Caprio, CM, bye; Ehrin Lee, T, pinned Dustin Coles, BRAD, 3:04; Ossie Bowers, GM, pinned Trevaun Jackson, WE, 2:47; Mike Kennelly, D, pinned Mitchell Taylor, BEA, 2:37; Trent Zdarko, OC, tech fall John Semmer, BR, 15-0, 5:34; Alexander Stover, SC, dec. John Rohrbach, SH, 6-3; Markief Knode, A, maj. dec. William Gabor, SM, 11-3; Tyree Spearman, MD, bye.
170-Tyler Hendricks, GM, bye; Darryl Englehardt, SH, pinned Joshua Morrissey, BRAS, 2:34; Joshua Cameroni, SM, dec. Benjamin Verbitskey, BEA, 4-3; Nicholas Shawley, B, maj. dec. Louis Crawford, MEAD, 10-2; Tom Sleigh, D, maj. dec. Devin Stacey, CM, 8-0; Jay Prentice, PO, dec. Chris Starocci, SV, 6-5; Kyle Rogers, MD, pinned Matthew Moonan, BRAD, 2:42; DeAndre Caviness, OA, bye.
182-Jesse Shambach, SH, bye; Phil Selker, CP, pinned Trenton Kephart, A, 3:46; Ben Bish, MEAD, pinned Stephen Granzeier, BRAS, 4:40; Jacob Taylor, BEA, pinned Andrew Boob, SE, 5:39; Chris Laird, GM, dec. Joey McLaughlin, SM, 5-0; Shane Marshall, D, dec. Bub Lumadue, PO, 6-4 OT; Blaze Buckwalter, CM, pinned Dan Henry, W, 1:22; Jaylen Wilkins, AD.
195-Landon Hanna, D, bye; Loc Long, CM, dec. Chris McNeal, W, 6-0; Mante Barnes, A, maj. dec. Tyler Nicole, T, 10-2; Jamir Guinn, BRAS, dec. Nate Lose, JS, 5-2; Kyle Langdon, BRAD, pinned Alex Thayer, GM, 5:32; Austin Lewis, SE, pinned Drew Hannon, MC, 1:41; Mike Betz, CA, dec. Seth Brown, CT, 3-1 OT; Aaron Varner, BEA, bye.
220-Dwayne Pepper, SH, bye; Alex Streich, MC, dec. Kyle Kahley, MC, 2-1 OT TB; Jesse Baker, GM, maj. dec. Jesse Reid, CA, 9-1; Nate Sharkey, BEA, pinned Zach Zawatski, BRAD, 0:34; Rodjecko Christian, WE, dec. Billy Kennedy, WP, 6-4; Cameron Porter, CM, pinned Luke Carr, MEAD, 5:29; Nick Gray, PO, dec. Gary Fledderman, SM, 3-1 OT; Pat Williamson, EE, bye.
285-Dan Karpinski, SH, bye; Garrett Poorman, B, pinned Deiontre Plott, EE, 1:48; Austin Rosenberry, A, pinned Peter Granzeier, BRAS, 1:01; Caleb Rhodes, MC, pinned Lauryn Wade, CA, 0:5o; Jake Verchick, CL, pinned Ian Mallory, GM, 6:16; Scot Augustine, MD, pinned Nate Petitti, D, 0:52; Matthew Barton, H, bye.
106-Bloom, D, dec. Lenox, MD, 7-5; Huff, H, maj. dec. Gregory, CP, 15-6; Cooley, WP, maj. dec. Ulmer, JS, 12-2; Wheling, GM , dec. Ehrgott, MEAD, 8-2.
113-Gromacki, CP, pinned Giedroc, BEA, 1:09; Bottorf, CM, pinned Swauger, D, 4:22; Hidlay, MC, tech fall Hendricks, GM, 19-3, 4:33; Witherite, B, maj. dec. Mion, CA, 16-2.
120-Bowers, PX, dec. Underhill, MC, 4-2; Deitz, MD, maj. dec. Andus, CM, 16-3; Corl, B, dec. Cline, CL, 7-0; Ciotti, CP, pinned Link, BRAS, 4:49.
126-Fehlman, W, dec. Killion, JS, 12-5; Graham, CL, dec. Stewart, MC, 5-2; Young, PX, dec. Root, CP, 6-0; Watkins, GM, pinned Zinkovsky, AD, 1:51.
132-Hollingshead, A, maj. dec. Swartwood, JS, 11-0; Gibson, MD, maj. dec. Paul, SH, 18-5; Stone, CL, pinned Watt, CM, 2:16; Besch, MC, tech fall Johnson, P, 17-2, 4:10.
138-Brandt, A, pinned Luben, MEAD, 2:09; Brown, D, dec. Stoll, GM, 3-2; Disilvio, AD, pinned Arrington, PX, 0:42; S. Spearman, MD, tech fall Yaskoweak, WP, 16-1, 3:33.
145-Wilson, MC, tech fall Yetzer, SM, 18-3, 5:30; Nolan, MD, dec. Herman, JS, 5-3; Barger, CL, tech fall Hargenrader, OC, 17-1, 4:10; Estep, AD, maj. dec. Carlson, SV, 10-0.
152-Knarr, MC, maj. dec. Corignani, BRAD, 13-2; Sutton, GM, tech fall White, GJ, 15-0, 4:21; Reese, CM, dec. Feldbauer, SM, 4-0; Krysiak, CP, maj. dec. Jacobson, AD, 11-3.
160-Lee, T, dec. Caprio, CM, 6-1; Bowers, GM, dec. Kennelly, D, 7-0; Zdarko, OC, dec. Stover, SC, 6-0; T. Spearman, MD, maj. dec. Knode, A, 18-7.
170-T. Hendricks, GM, pinned Englehardt, SH, 1:46; Shawley, B, pinned Cameroni, SM, 1:50; Sleigh, D, tech fall Prentice, PO, 16-0, 4:09; Rodgers, MEAD, pinned Caviness, OA, 2:28.
182-Shambach, SH, dec. Selker, CP, 8-1; Taylor, BEA, pinned Bish, MEAD, 1:01; Laird, GM, dec. Marshall, D, 9-3; Buckwalter, CM, pinned Wilkins, AD, 2:33.
195-Hanna, D, pinned Long, CM, 0:40; Barnes, maj. dec. Guinn, BRAS, 17-5; Lewis, SE, pinned Langdon, BRAD, 5:32; Varner, BEA, pinned Betz, CA, 0:29.
220-Pepper, SH, dec. Streich, W, 5-2; Sharkey, BEA, dec. Baker, GM, 3-0; Christian, WE, dec. Porter, CM, 11-4; Williamson, EE, dec. Gray, PO, 5-1.
285-Poorman, B, pinned Karpinski, SH, 0:56; Welton, CT, dec. Rosenberry, A, 4-0; Verchick, CL, dec. Rhodes, MC, 6-5 UTB; Barton, H, dec. Augustine, MD, 3-2 UTB.
106-Catral, SC, bye; Gilbert, CL, pinned Bevan, BRAS, 0:39; Butler, P, dec. Bainey, BEA, 12-7; Leathers, B, bye.
113-Bullers, PX, bye; Chase, T, won by forfeit; Yates, MD, maj. dec. Saar, JS, 9-0; McClarren, CL, bye.
120-Lopez, CT, bye; Hepler, SH, pinned Eiland, CA, 0:28; Descavish, PO, pinned Luben, MEAD, 4:30; Cox, D, bye.
126-Hill, OA, bye; Cousins, MD, won by forfeit; Myers, SC, dec, Evans, PO, 7-3L Winn, SE, bye.
132-Kirk, CA, bye; Twitchell, GM, maj. dec. McCaslin, BEA, 9-1; Coletta, CP, maj. dec. Burns, T, 9-1; Schuckers, PX, bye.
138-Coudriet, SM, bye; Shively, PO, pinned Jones, P, 1:30; Mancuso, CT, dec. Bair, MC, 9-2; Powers, BEA, bye.
145-Porter, BRAS, bye; O'Sullivan, CP, pinned Yarger, PO, 1:39; Horner, SC, dec. Kephart, B, 3-0; Bottenhorn, PX, bye.
152-Dailey, MD, bye; Troisi, D, pinned Kratochovil, CA, 1:23; Deboe, SV, dec. Walls, H, 9-3; Beck, CL, bye.
160-Coles, BRAD, bye; Jackson, WE, dec. M. Taylor, BEA, 12-5; Rohrbach, SH, pinned Semmer, BRAS, 0:36; Gabor, SM, bye.
170-Morrissey, BRAS, bye; Crawford, MEAD, dec. Verbitskey, BEA, 6-1; Stacey, CM, dec. Starocci, SV, 4-3; Moonan, BRAD, bye.
182-Kephart, A, bye; Boob, SE, dec. S. Granzeier, BRAS, 5-3; Lumadue, PO, pinned McLaughlin, SM, 3:40; Henry, W, bye.
195-McNeal, W, bye; Lose, JS, dec. Nicole, T, 3-0; Thayer, GM, pinned Hannon, MC, 1:14; Brown, CT, bye.
220-Kahley, MC, bye; Reid, CA, pinned Zawatski, BRAD, 1:24; Kennedy, WP, dec, Carr, MEAD, 7-3; Fledderman, SM, bye.
285-Plott, EE, bye; Wofel, SM, pinned P. Granzeier, BRAS, 1:52; Mallory, GM, pinned Wade, CA,1:11; bye; Petitti, D, bye.