Barger Defeated in Semis; Will Wrestle for Third

HERSHEY — Clearfield’s Nolan Barger was defeated in the state semifinals on Saturday morning by an 11-2 score by undefeated Solomon Chisko (10-0) of Canon-McMillan. Chisko, who has bronze medaled the last two years at states, will face Chris Vasser (42-3) of Cedar Cliff in the 145 pound finals Saturday night.

Barger regrouped quickly and defeated Adam Smith (42-7) from Manheim Township by a 6-4 score to reach the consolation finals. Barger (38-2) will face the Southwest Region runner-up from Franklin Regional, Josh Shields (43-6). The winner will bring home the bronze, matching Barger’s older brother Tommy’s top finish.

A win for Barger would be the 128th of his career, tying teammate Christian Stone for fourth on Clearfield’s all-time win list.

Other District 9 wrestlers going for medals are DuBois Beaver teammates Tom Sleigh at 170 and Landon Hanna at 195, who are both wrestling for third.

District 7 powerhouse Canon-McMillan has all but sealed up the team title with 86 points and four finalists. Central Dauphin sits in second place with 72 points and two finalists.

Complete results courtesy the PIAA: http://www.escapesports.com/2013-PIAA

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