15 locals earn first round wins at Regionals.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | March 5, 2016 | Photo courtesy Jamie Brown


15 locals earn first round wins at RegionalsLocal wrestlers had a good first round at the Class AA Northeast Regional Championships Friday with 15 of the 21 wrestlers earning a win into the semi-finals.

That victory moves them one step away from a PIAA berth.

At 126 pounds, Athens' Brian Courtney had no problems in his 25-8 technical fall over Benton's Colton Babcock in 4:50. Courtney will face Warrior Run's Jeremy Hanford, who pinned Western Wayne's James Maloy in 4:54, in the semi-finals.

At 132 pounds, Wyalusing's Josh Haley pinned Lackawanna Trail's Tyler Baltrusaitis in 3:08 to advance.

Haley will face Valley View's Brett Uhrin, who edged Athens' Kaidon Winters 7-5 in sudden victory. Winters will take on Baltrusaitis in the consolation quarterfinals.

At 138 pounds, both NTL wrestlers won and will face each other in the semi-finals.

Athens' Gage Cannavino pinned Hanover's Owen Davis in 2:43m, while Wyalusing's Creighton Edsell scored a 5-0 decision over Lake-Lehman's Bob Lipski.

Wyalusing's Collin Edsell defeated Athens' Nate Bradley 11-2 in the 145 pound weight class. Edsell will face Bloomsburg's Mitch Milbrand, who pinned Western Wayne's Braden McIntosh in 2:53.

Bradley will take on McIntosh in the consolations.

On the other side of the bracket, Sayre's Gavin Lundy-McCutcheon nearly upset the District II champion, falling 8-7 to Meyers' Jeremy Bergold.

Lundy-McCutcheon will face Blue Ridge's Mike Kelly in the next round. Kelly was pinned by Montoursville's Keith Batkowski in 40 seconds.

At 152 pounds, two out of the three NTL wrestlers picked up a win.

Wyalusing's Denton Porter scored an 11-3 major decision over Lake Lehman's Jake Tomolonis, while NP-Liberty's Sean Kshir earned a 6-2 decision over Western Wayne's Harrison Clookey.

Porter will now face top seed Zach Fry of Hughesville. Fry defeated Towanda's Steven Yates by technical fall 15-0 in 2:28. Yates will now face Tomolonis.

Kshir will face Shamokin's Jacob Carpenter, who beat the District II champion, Noah Rakowski of Hanover, 10-4.

At 160 pounds, Towanda's Breycin Fulmer and NP-Liberty's Charlie Andrews both won.

Fulmer scored a 10-0 major decision over Elk Lake's Jake Hand, while Andrews pinned Western Wayne’s Ryan Atcavage in 1:24.

Fulmer will face Southern Columbia's Blake Marks, who pinned Midd-West's Andrew Zerby in 3:33 while Andrews will get Lewisburg's Trey Delbaugh, a 6-3 winner over Meyers' Gino Setta.

Towanda's Dayton Wickwire and Sullivan County's Dylan Ammerman both got wins at 170 pounds and will face each other in the semi-finals.

Wickwire earned a 10-1 major decision over Danville's Jay Bennett, while Ammerman scored a 17-0 technical fall over Scranton Prep's Bruce Parola in 5:15.

At 182 pounds, Troy's Zach Zimmerman earned a narrow 5-4 win over Scranton Prep's Ivan Balavage to advance to the semi-finals.

He will face top seed, Montoursville's Garrett Hoffman. Hoffman beat Towanda's Clay Mosier by fall in 38 seconds.

Mosier will now face Balavage in the wrestlebacks.

At 220 pounds, Athens' Roger Horton scored a 4-2 win over Lake Lehman's Mike Slivinski to advance. He will face District IV champion Gabe Bogutskie of Mt. Carmel.

Bogutskie defeated Canton's Brady Bryington 8-4, with Bryington dropping down into the consolations to face Slivinski.

Both NTL wrestlers at 285 won.

Wyalusing's Dawson Otis decisioned Loyalsock's Crae McCracken 7-1, while NP-Liberty's Justin Kriner pinned Valley View's Matt Pittsman in 3:51.

Otis will face Line Mountain's Garrett Kieffer while Kriner takes on Hanover's John Sheridan. Kieffer pinned Lake Lehman's Kaleb Konigus in 3:26 while Sheridan pinned Lewisburg's Cody Palmer in 5:59.

Benton leads the team scores with 33 while Southern Columbia (31), Wyalusing (29), Montoursville (27) and Lewisburg (26) are close behind.

NP-Liberty is tied for sixth with 19 points, Athens is tied for eighth with 18.5, Towanda is tied for 12th with 12, Sullivan County is 18th with 6.5 and Troy is tied for 20th with five points.

The semi-finals and consolation quarterfinals begin at 9:30 a.m. and will wrestle straight through until the final four wrestlers at each weight are still alive.

The finals and third place matches will begin after the parade of champions at 4:30 p.m.