AAA States Preview: Clearfield\’s Owen, 4 from DuBois Ready for Hershey

HERSHEY — Gold medals await 14 PIAA Class AAA wrestlers at Hershey’s Giant Center Saturday, March 10th, where the season ends and the top wrestlers in the state are crowned.

District IX will have five state qualifiers, including DuBois wrestlers Nick Wykoff (112), Ethan Swope (119), Zach Lundgren (160) and Eric Lundgren (171). Clearfield’s Sean Owen is set to compete at heavyweight.

Wykoff, a senior, punched his ticket to states when he defeated returning state qualifier Rocco Welleck (Erie Cathedral) 2-1 OT for the bronze medal last weekend at regionals. He enters the tournament 35-3 on the season and has a career mark of 109-41. This season Wykoff became only the third DuBois wrestler to win the PowerAde Christmas Tournament. He is a two-time District IX Champion at 103 and 112 pounds, respectively. Wykoff, who is making his first state tournament appearance, has drawn a preliminary match-up with Southeast Regional Runner-up Tim Boate (West Chester Henderson, Jr., 30-6).

Swope, a senior, finished second at the regional tournament after falling 7-1 to Nic Bedelyon (Indian Valley, Sr., 38-2), who placed fifth in the state last year. Swope enters the tournament with a 27-4 season record, while his career record reads 68-18. He is a two-time District IX Champion at 112 and 119 pounds, respectively. This will be Swope’s second trip to states, as he went 0-2 in last year’s tournament. Swope will meet Southwest Regional Runner-up Joe Waltko (North Allegheny, So., 34-5) in the opening round. Waltko achieved a fourth place medal last season.

Zach Lundgren, a senior, pushed his regional championship bout with returning state runner-up Quentin Wright (Bald Eagle Area, Jr., 37-0) to overtime, where he fell by a 5-3 score. Lundgren enters the tournament with a 34-6 record. At Districts, he passed cousin Mario Morelli to become DuBois’ career wins leader with a 132-35 mark. Lundgren was also named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. He is a four-time District IX Champion (130, 135, 145 and 160) and two-time regional runner-up. Lundgren will be making his third trip to Hershey, where he will square off with Northeast third placewinner Tyler Foreman (Bangor, Jr., 29-5) in preliminary action.

Eric Lundgren, a junior, earned his first trip to states with a 7-4 decision over Clay Steadman (General McLane) in the regional consolation finals. Lundgren enters the tournament 29-11 on the season, while his career record stands at 47-37. He was a District IX Runner-up after placing fourth last year. Lundgren opens the 171-pound bracket against Southeast Regional Champion Dave Morey (Garnet Valley, Sr. 35-3).

Owen, a sophomore, overcame a quarter-final loss to reel off four consecutive wins, including a 4-3 ride out over Nate Knepp (Indian Valley), who finished sixth at states last season. Owen Is 31-7 on the season, while his career record is 47-23. He’s recorded 19 falls and claimed tournament crowns at Tool City, Seneca Valley and Districts. Owen will meet Southcentral Regional Champion Marcus Zimmerman (Manheim Central, Sr., 31-3) in a heavyweight battle. Zimmerman finished eighth last year at states.

The top eight wrestlers in each weight class will receive medals during Saturday night\’s championship finals.

Complete Tournament Schedule

Thursday March 8, 2007
• Preliminaries AA 9:00 am
• First Round Consolations AA 12:15 pm
• Preliminaries AAA 4:00 pm
• First Round Consolations AAA 7:15 pm

Friday March 9, 2007
• Quarterfinals AA 8:00 am
• Second Round Consolations AA 9:45 am
• Quarterfinals AAA 1:00 pm
• Second Round Consolations AAA 2:45 pm
• Semi-Finals AA 6:30 pm
• Third Round Consolations AA 6:30 pm
• Fourth Round Consolations AA 9:00 pm

Saturday March 10, 2007
• Semi-Finals AAA 8:00 am
• Third Round Consolations AAA 8:00 am
• Fourth Round Consolations AAA 10:30 am
• 3rd, 5th, & 7th Place Consolations AA 12:30 pm
• PWCA AA Coach of the Year 2:00 pm
• PWCA Hall of Fame Induction 2:05 pm
• Parade of Champions AA 2:15 pm
• Finals AA 2:30 pm
• 3rd, 5th, & 7th Place Consolations AAA 6:00 pm
• PWCA AAA Coach of the Year 7:30 pm
• PWCA Hall of Fame Induction 7:35 pm
• Parade of Champions AAA 7:45 pm
• Finals AAA 8:00 pm

PIAA Class AAA Wrestling — First Round Pairings

Region codes: NE-Northeast Region (Districts 2, 4, 11), NW-Northwest Region (Districts 6, 8, 9, 10), SE-Southeast Region (Districts 1, 12), SC-Southcentral Region (District 3), SW-Southwest Region (District 7).

x-denotes returning champion.

103 pounds — Mark Rappo, (Council Rock South, SE-1, Jr., 49-0) vs. Keith Scharrer, (General McLane, NW-3, Sr., 31-7); Simon Rice, (Central Dauphin, SC-1, So., 39-3) vs. Jordan Toledo, (Pleasant Valley, NE-3, Fr., 29-8); Desmond Moore, (Easton, NE-1, Sr., 39-2) vs. Tim Santry, (Upper Moreland, SE-3, Fr., 34-5); Nick Rodgers, (North Allegheny, SW-2, Fr., 30-7) vs. Jordan Rich, (Central Mountain, NW-2, Fr., 33-6); Shane Young, (Penn-Trafford, SW-1, So., 42-0) vs. Tanner Bidelspach, (Spring Grove, SC-3, So., 28-8); Matt Malfaro, (Boyertown, SE-2, Fr., 35-9) vs. Brendan Kennelly, (Pocono Mountain West, NE-2, So., 31-4); Mitchell Port, (Bellefonte, NW-1, Fr., 37-4) vs. Chris McGinley, (Central Bucks West, SE-4, Fr., 32-8); Zach Barrick, (Lower Dauphin, SC-2, So., 24-9) vs. Chris Mongelluzzo, (Hempfield, SW-3, So., 37-9).

112 pounds — Chris Albright, (Red Lion, SC-1, Jr., 37-2) vs. Kyle Cramer, (Pleasant Valley, NE-3, Sr., 25-8); Ken Trumbetta, (Greensburg Salem, SW-1, Sr., 36-2) vs. Will Bentley, (Owen J. Roberts, SE-3, Jr., 33-10); Pat May, (Downingtown West, SE-1, Jr., 41-2) vs. Nathan Pennesi, (Greater Latrobe, SW-3, So., 35-8); Steve Mancuso, (McDowell, NW-2, Sr., 32-9) vs. Taylor Brown, (Emmaus, NE-2, Jr., 30-6); Matt Snyder, (Lewistown, NW-1, Jr., 39-2) vs. Vince Knowles, (Interboro, SE-4, Fr., 32-7); Brock Stoltz, (Manheim Central, SC-2, Jr., 31-10) vs. Zach Cecchetti, (Kiski Area, SW-2, Jr., 32-4); Kegan Handlovic, (Easton, NE-1, Jr., 39-3) vs. Patrick Wieger, (Central Dauphin, SC-3, Jr., 38-5); Tim Boate, (West Chester Henderson, SE-2, Sr., 35-3) vs. Nick Wykoff, (DuBois, NW-3, Sr., 35-3).

119 pounds — Nico Cortese, (Hempfield, SW-1, Jr., 45-1) vs. Jack Chidester, (Conestoga, SE-3, Jr., 34-5); Nic Bedelyon, (Indian Valley, NW-1, Sr., 38-2) vs. Alex Little, (Dover, SC-3, Sr., 28-7); Chris Kochinsy, (Middletown, SC-1, Jr., 24-6) vs. Brandon Potts, (Altoona, NW-3, Sr., 37-4); Gary Atiyeh, (Whitehall, NE-2, Sr., 31-6) vs. Steve Armor, (Springfield Delco, SE-2, Sr., 40-4); x-Jordan Oliver, (Easton, NE-1, Jr., 41-1) vs. Jason Hirsh, (Council Rock South, SE-4, Jr., 40-14); Joe Waltko, (North Allegheny, SW-2, So., 34-5) vs. Ethan Swope, (DuBois, NW-2, Sr., 27-4); Chris Sheetz, (Upper Perkiomen, SE-1, Sr., 49-3) vs. Josh Kindig, (Blue Mountain, NE-3, Fr., 35-5); Kenny Stank, (Central Dauphin, SC-2, So., 35-12) vs. Zach Zummo, (Plum, SW-3, Jr., 27-4).

125 pounds — x-Colin Johnston, (Canon-McMillan, SW-1, Jr., 34-2) vs. Jake O\’Hara, (Crestwood, NE-3, So., 34-5); Joshua Dziewa, (Pennsbury, SE-1, Fr., 46-2) vs. Matt Bonson, (Lewistown, NW-3, Sr., 38-5); Dylan Alton, (Central Mountain, NW-1, Fr., 36-2) vs. D.J. Evans, (Downingtown West, SE-3, Sr., 36-6); Zach Oberlander, (Dallastown, SC-2, Jr., 36-9) vs. Shane Fenningham, (Northampton, NE-2, So., 30-9); Jonathan Crawford, (Lower Dauphin, SC-1, Sr., 36-2) vs. Rob Vollrath, (Council Rock South, SE-4, Sr., 31-17); Matt Scherich, (McGuffey, SW-2, Sr., 33-4) vs. Chad Frankhauser, (Indian Valley, NW-2, Jr., 33-6); Matt Bogusz, (Parkland, NE-1, Sr., 34-3) vs. Sam Sherlock, (West Mifflin, SW-3, Fr., 35-4); Eric Rosencranz, (Quakertown, SE-2, Sr., 33-7) vs. Corey Houser, (Gov. Mifflin, SC-3, Sr., 19-1).

130 pounds — Bobby Ward, (Nazareth, NE-1, Jr., 36-6) vs. Jason Scanlon, (Downingtown West, SE-4, Sr., 42-5); Andrew Alton, (Central Mountain, NW-1, Fr., 35-6) vs. Brandon Bucher, (Northern, SC-3, Sr., 41-5); Dexter Lederer, (Neshaminy, SE-1, Sr., 39-3) vs. Preston Snyder, (Bellefonte, NW-3, Jr., 31-5); Marshall Peppelman, (Central Dauphin, SC-2, Fr., 40-4) vs. Rudy Chelednik, (Hempfield, SW-2, Sr., 38-8); Grant Lowther, (Trinity, SW-1, Sr., 15-2) vs. Andrew Walmsley, (Upper Darby, SE-3, Sr., 33-4); Mike Robinson, (Lewistown, NW-2, Sr., 38-2) vs. JuJu Drummond, (Easton, NE-2, Sr., 34-10); Tyler Nauman, (Middletown, SC-1, Sr., 31-1) vs. Nick Garber, (Waynesburg, SW-3, Sr., 39-6); Shane Smith, (Upper Perkiomen, SE-2, Sr,, 46-8) vs. Matt Evangelisti, (Crestood, NE-3, Sr., 33-8).

135 pounds — Jake Shirk, (Bald Eagle Area, NW-1, Sr., 33-7) vs. Eric McCann, (Pennridge, SE-3, Sr., 31-8); Bryan Ortenzio, (Cedar Cliff, SC-1, Sr., 34-5) vs. Jacob Stout, (Northampton, NE-3, Sr., 26-13); Mike Greck, (Nazareth, NE-1, Sr., 40-4) vs. Dan Pascuzzi, (Warren, NW-3, Sr., 35-6); Tony Clark, (Kiski Area, SW-2, Jr., 31-4) vs. Bernie Crandley, (Hatboro Horsham, SE-2, Sr., 28-8); Dave Cawley, (North Allegheny, SW-1, So., 30-8) vs. Jeremy Stierly, (Owen J. Roberts, SE-4, Sr., 31-4); Johnathan Quiggle, (Central Mountain, NW-2, Jr., 28-8) vs. Walter Peppelman, (Central Dauphin, SC-2, Jr., 40-2); Ryan Kemmerer, (Upper Perkiomen, SE-1, So., 44-8) vs. Josh Long, (Middletown, SC-3, Sr., 22-10); Josh Roosa, (Crestwood, NE-2, Jr., 33-3) vs. Adam Steele, (Greensburg Salem, SW-3, Sr., 36-9).

140 pounds — Jamal Lyons, (Cathedral Prep, NW-1, Fr., 29-4) vs. Shane Everett, (Pleasant Valley, NE-3, Sr., 30-8); x-Zach Kemmerer, (Upper Perkiomen, SE-1, Sr., 49-5) vs. Jared Zeamer, (Manheim Central, SC-3, Sr., 30-11); Jarred Kane, (Lower Dauphin, SC-1, Sr., 35-0) vs. Colin McConnell, (Pennridge, SE-4, So., 27-12); Jim Sheptock, (Northampton, NE-2, So., 30-8) vs. Luke Miller, (Indiana, SW-2, Sr., 31-2); Andrew Ritchie, (Nazareth, NE-1, Sr., 42-4) vs. Jacob Weslager, (Belle Vernon, SW-3, Sr., 38-4); Jonathan Hammond, (Methacton, SE-2, Jr., 33-4) vs. Adam Will, (Indian Valley, NW-2, Jr., 28-11); James Fleming, (West Mifflin, SW-1, So., 33-0) vs. Clint Copeland, (Conneaut Lake, NW-3, Jr., 37-5); Tony Dallago, (Central Dauphin, SC-2, Jr., 37-8) vs. Jonathan Weibel, (Quakertown, SE-3, Jr., 34-7).

145 pounds — Grant Paswall, (Bald Eagle Area, NW-1, Sr., 33-3) vs. Darren Hackenburg, (Garden Spot, SC-3, Sr., 35-2); Justin Accordino, (Coughlin, NE-1, Sr., 38-0) vs. Nick Casbar, (Central Bucks East, SE-4, Jr., 34-5); Nick Nelson, (Shaler, SW-1, Sr., 30-2) vs. Shane Alterio, (Bellefonte, NW-3, So., 25-15); Steve Rathfon, (Downingtown West, SE-2, Sr., 39-5) vs. James English, (Central York, SC-2, Jr., 32-5); Jason Kadelski, (Methacton, SE-1, Sr., 32-4) vs. Donnie Tasser, (Belle Vernon, SW-3, Jr., 42-2); Steve Bozak, (State College, NW-2, Jr., 34-5) vs. Zach Sigley, (Freedom, NE-2, Sr., 30-6; Mallie Shuster, Big Spring, SC-1, Jr., 38-1 vs. Colin Dailey, Easton, NE-3, Jr., 39-8); Jake Kemerer, (Hempfield, SW-2, So., 38-8) vs. Bryan Knoblauch, (Council Rock South, SE-3, Sr., 29-12).

152 pounds — x-Ryan Goodman, (Greater Latrobe, SW-1, Sr., 34-1) vs. Robbie Robinson, (Pittston Area, NE-3, Jr., 31-5); Mike Evans, (Cumberland Valley, SC-1, Fr., 43-3) vs. Matt Magill, (Great Valley, SE-4, Sr., 38-7); Mike Wechsler, (Northampton, NE-2, Jr., 25-13) vs. Nick Milano, (Cathedral Prep, NW-2, So., 36-7); Chris Bailes, (Middletown, SC-3, Sr., 30-7) vs. Brian Tanen, (Souderton, SE-1, Sr., 34-2); Cash Horne, (Conneaut Lake, NW-1, Jr., 34-4) vs. Brian Letters, (Fox Chapel, SW-3, Sr., 37-4); Eric Powell, (Plymouth Whitemarsh, SE-2, Jr., 37-4) vs. Christian Mory, (Central Dauphin, SC-2, Sr., 31-4); Ethan Headlee, (Waynesburg, SW-2, Sr., 41-4) vs. Matt Gregg, (Lewistown, NW-3, Sr., 31-11); Jim Norley, (West Chester Henderson, SE-3, Sr., 40-4) vs. x-Tim Darling, (Nazareth, NE-1, Sr., 42-4).

160 pounds — Thad Frick, (Nazareth, NE-1, Sr., 44-1) vs. Karl DeCiantis, (North Allegheny, SW-3, Jr., 34-6); Edward Ruth, (Susquehanna Township, SC-1, So., 25-1) vs. Brian Watson, (Pennsbury, SE-4, Sr., 37-8); Quentin Wright, (Bald Eagle Area, NW-1, Jr., 37-0) vs. Julian Colon, (Hempfield, SC-3, Sr., 41-3); David Jones, (Boyertown, SE-2, Sr., 42-4) vs. Travis Uncapher, (Hempfield, SW-2, Sr., 41-4); Brad Clark, (Methacton, SE-1, Sr., 34-1) vs. Bryan Towers, (Meadville, NW-3, Sr., 37-5); Nate Eachus, (Hazleton, NE-2, Sr., 35-8) vs. Ryan Dill, (Red Land, SC-2, Sr., 25-4); Matt Ryan, (Canon-McMillan, SW-1, Sr., 35-2) vs. Dillon Evans, (Council Rock South, SE-3, Sr., 44-6); Zach Lundgren, (DuBois, NW-2, Sr., 34-6) vs. Tyler Forman, (Bangor, NE-3, Jr., 29-5).

171 pounds — Mike Reilly, (Crestwood, NE-1, Sr., 32-4) vs. Rob Waltko, (North Allegheny, SW-3, Sr., 38-4); Dave Morey, (Garnet Valley, SE-1, Sr., 35-3) vs. Eric Lundgren, (DuBois, NW-3, Jr., 29-11); Will Harris, (Johnstown, NW-1, Jr., 29-3) vs. Vince D\’Ortone, (Penncrest, SE-4, Jr., 18-9); Cory Baker, (Spring Grove, SC-2, Jr., 31-10) vs. Lance Bryson, (Albert Gallatin, SW-2, Jr., 32-4); Corey Getz, (Warwick, SC-1, Sr., 36-1) vs. Marcus Wilson, (Northampton, NE-3, Sr., 34-5); Ryan MacNamara, (Bald Eagle Area, NW-2, Sr., 24-8) vs. Jesse Dewan, (Boyertown, SE-2, Sr., 42-4); A.J. Brentzel, (Penn-Trafford, SW-1, Sr., 44-0) vs. Jay Hahn, (Great Valley, SE-3, Sr., 37-10); Joe Loffredo, (Jersey Shore, NE-2, Jr., 29-5) vs. Kevin Gerhart, (Lower Dauphin, SC-3, Sr., 34-5).

189 pounds — David Crowell, (Nazareth, NE-1, Sr., 37-8) vs. Anthony Fulginitti, (Lower Merion, SE-3, Jr., 35-2); Jon Moore, (Kiski Area, SW-1, Sr., 31-7) vs. J.C. Laughlin, (South Western, SC-3, Sr., 23-3); Austin Carter, (Council Rock South, SE-1, Sr., 46-4) vs. Joe Kennedy, (Delaware Valley, NE-3, Jr., 36-4); J.R. Brown, (Bellefonte, NW-2, Sr., 34-5) vs. Randy Criss, (Conrad Weiser, SC-2, Sr., 35-2); Ryan Maggs, (Central Mountain, NW-1, Sr., 34-5) vs. Mike Platco, (Spring-Ford, SE-4, Sr., 23-5); Nate Eachus, (Hazleton, NE-2, Jr., 36-6) vs. Eric Fulmer, (Shaler, SW-2, Sr., 26-7); Keith Dickey, (Cedar Cliff, SC-1, Fr., 34-7) vs. Michael Salopek, (Norwin, SW-3, Jr., 21-1); Tim Kovitch, (Neshaminy, SE-2, Sr., 33-8) vs. Brian Kochik, (Bald Eagle Area, NW-3, Sr., 27-9).

215 pounds — Bill Farrell, (Pennsbury, SE-1, Sr., 48-1) vs. T.J. Valore, (Hempfield, SW-3, Jr., 34-6); Kevin Struble, (Bald Eagle Area, NW-1, Sr., 34-6) vs. Derrick Hockensmith, (Cumberland Valley, SC-3, Sr., 44-4); Jordan Enck, (Manheim Central, SC-1, Jr., 26-2) vs. Josh Mummert, (West Chester East, SE-4, Jr. 35-3); Jason Dominick, (Scranton, NE-2, Jr., 23-6) vs. Danny Vaughan, (Pittsburgh Central Catholic, SW-2, Jr., 39-4); Justin Wieller, (Northampton, NE-1, Sr., 32-6) vs. John Mangol, (Corry, NW-3, Sr., 30-6); Jack Callendar, (Council Rock North, SE-2, Jr., 31-9) vs. Brandon Miller, (Middletown, SC-2, Sr., 28-5); Dan Utchel, (Chartiers Valley, SW-1, Jr., 35-5) vs. Andrew Myers, (Hatboro Horsham, SE-3, Sr., 31-3); Josh Wensel, (Bellefonte, NW-2, Jr., 28-12) vs. Ray Bennett, (Abington Heights, NE-3, Sr., 34-5).

285 pounds — Marcus Zimmerman, (Manheim Central, SC-1, Sr., 31-3) vs. Sean Owen, (Clearfield, NW-3, So., 31-7); Tyler Cowman,( Wyoming Valley West, NE-1, So., 34-1) vs. Zakk Barker, (Coatesville, SE-4, Jr., 17-9); Justin Haines, (Connellsville, SW-1, Jr., 33-5) vs. Nick Irwin, (Parkland, NE-3, Jr., 14-4); Bruce Augustine, (Upper Perkiomen, SE-2, Sr., 35-7) vs. Tim Watson, (Bald Eagle Area, NW-2, Jr., 25-8); Brian Ellixson, (Haverford, SE-1, Sr., 33-4) vs. Eric Kush, (Chartiers Valley, SW-3, Jr., 32-8); Michael Gesford, (Hershey, SC-2, So., 21-3) vs. Evan Craig, (Abington Heights, NE-2, Fr., 34-6); Brant Clouser, (Altoona, NW-1, Sr., 35-3) vs. David Osei, (Abington, SE-3, So., 35-6); Steve Santia, (Hempfield, SW-2, Sr., 39-9) vs. Brad Ladd, (Dallastown, SC-3, Sr., 42-3).

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