Central Mountain, Bellefonte, Bald Eagle Area all bring home medals from Regional High School Wrestling Tournament
At the beginning of the wrestling season, Central Mountain had 14 wrestlers. After the district championships, they had 10 wrestlers;
Now we are down to only three wrestlers as Geo Barzona, Caleb Turner, and Richard Thompson have qualified for the PIAA state individual championships after good performances at the Northwest regional tournament at Altoona on Saturday.
Geo Barzona reached the semifinals on day one of the two day tournament by earning a technical fall and a fall to take on Cade Balestrini of Shikellamy High School.
Barzona became the only Central Mountain finalist by earning a 7-2 decision over Balestrini.
Barzona later fell to Ed Scott of Dubois High School by a tough 6-5 decision to settle for second place.
The next qualifier, Caleb Turner, started the tournament by earning a fall in 1:33 over Steven Sawyer of Clearfield High School. He later lost by a 10-5 decision to Jake Paulson of Erie McDowell High School in the quarterfinals.
Turner later turned things around by winning four matches to take third place and advance to the big tournament in Chocolate Town, USA.
The last state qualifier, Richard Thompson, started the tournament with a fall in 2:52 over Meadville’s Isaac Whistler.
Thompson later earned a trip to the semifinals by earning a 6-2 decision victory over Clearfield’s Trae Kitko.
After losing to Kawaun Deboe of Cathedral Prep in the semifinals, Thompson earned third place by beating Drew Linnes of State College High School.
As a team, the Central Mountain Wildcats finished the regional tournament in fourth place with 90 points and three state qualifiers.
Cathedral Prep won the northwest regional championship with 140 points and eight state qualifiers.
Dubois High School finished in second place with 118 points and General McLane High School finished in third place with 93 points.
Barzona (37-3), Turner, and Thompson will now look forward to only three days of practice this week before heading to the Giant Center at Hershey.
The PIAA wrestling individual championship begin at Chocolate Town, USA this Thursday with the 3A tournament starting at 4:00.
The state brackets have already been released on the PIAA website. Barzona will take on Cameron Enriquez of Stroudsburg High School (31-2) in the first round of the 113-pound bracket.
Turner (34-9) will play in a pigtail match against Tyler Neglia of Wallenpaupack High School (30-8). The winner will take on Drew Peck of Chambersburg High School (31-4).
Finally, Thompson (33-11) will take on Cameron Tinner of Shippensburg High School (36-2) in the first round of the 285-pound bracket.
Below are all the state qualifiers from the Northwest region heading to the sweetest place on earth.
Champion: Dubois’ Trenton Donahue
Second: Mifflin County’s Christian Fisher
Third: Bellefonte’s Cole Stewart
Fourth: General McLane’s Andrew Brest
Champion: Dubois’ Ed Scott
Second: Central Mountain’s Geo Barzona
Third: Shikellamy’s Cade Balestrini
Fourth: Cathedral Prep’s Brady Sittinger
Champion: St. Mary’s Tyler Dilley
Second: Dubois’ Dalton Woodrow
Third: Altoona’s Hunter Hileman
Fourth: Cathedral Prep’s Andrew Stark
Champion: Bald Eagle Area’s Garrett Rigg
Second: Mifflin County’s Noah Myers
Third: McDowell’s Jeffery Boyd
Fourth: Williamsport’s Riley Hilner
Champion: Altoona’s Cole Manley
Second: Dubois’ Kolby Ho
Third: McDowell’s Leno Ciotti
Fourth: Cathedral Prep’s Spencer Staab
Champion: Bald Eagle Area’s Seth Koleno
Second: Hollidaysburg’s Nathan Swartz
Third: St. Mary’s Alec Bittler
Fourth: Williamsport’s Richard Lowrie
Champion: Bellefonte’s Brock Port
Second: Bald Eagle Area’s Gage McClenahan
Third: Cathedral Prep’s Albert Taylor
Fourth: Hollidaysburg’s Dalton Long
Champion: Cathedral Prep’s Carter Starocci
Second: General McLane’s Owen Watkins
Third: Somerset’s Austin Hemminger
Fourth: Bellefonte’s Chase Gardner
Champion: Mifflin County’s Trent Hidlay
Second: Cathedral Prep’s Dazjon Casto
Third: State College’s Ian Barr
Fourth: Dubois’ Carson Hanna
Champion: Clearfield’s Luke McGonigal
Second: Cathedral Prep’s Luigi Yates
Third: Altoona’s Brenton Simington
Fourth: McDowell’s Lilyaz Veysalov
Champion: State College’s Cole Urbas
Second: McDowell’s Jake Paulson
Third: Central Mountain’s Caleb Turner
Fourth: Hollidaysburg’s Mason McCready
Champion: General McLane’s Ethan Laird
Second: Altoona’s Parker McClellan
Third: Dubois’ Dave Henninger
Fourth: Shikellamy’s Josh Krieger
Champion: State College’s Pete Haffner
Second: Meadville’s Jeff Craig
Third: Punxsutawney’s Blake Bizousky
Fourth: General McLane’s Riley Vaughn
Champion: Cathedral Prep’s Kawaun Deboe
Second: Hollidaysburg’s Hunter Gill
Third: Central Mountain’s Richard Thompson
Fourth: State College’s Drew Linnes