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High school wrestling: Penns Valley has eight alive after first day of District 6 Class AA Championships

Penns Valley’s Corey Hazel, top, pins United’s Grant Ingalis in their 182-pound match during the District 6 Class AA quarterfinals on Friday at the Altoona Field House. Hazel got the fall in 13 seconds.
Penns Valley’s Corey Hazel, top, pins United’s Grant Ingalis in their 182-pound match during the District 6 Class AA quarterfinals on Friday at the Altoona Field House. Hazel got the fall in 13 seconds. CDT photos

Penns Valley’s Corey Hazel did the most for the least on the first day of the District 6 Class AA Wrestling Championships at the Altoona Field House.

While his 11 teammates were sweating and fighting and slugging it out for minutes on end, Hazel spent just 13 seconds on the mat.

It was productive nonetheless.

Hazel, the No. 1 seed at 182 pounds, Curtis Decker, the No. 2 seed at 126 pounds, and Andrew Hurd, the No. 2 seed at 152 pounds, all advanced to the semifinals, which are slated for noon Saturday.

Darren Yearick (106), Jared Hurd (132), Jacob Confer (138), Isaac Bierly (145) and Logan Johnson (285) are all still alive and face fourth-round consolation bouts when that round starts at 10:30 a.m.

Hunter Homan (160), Allen Cain (170), Lucas Sharer (195) and Jared Bressler (220) all lost two matches and were eliminated during the evening session.

“We want to win more. You always want more,” Penns Valley coach Joel Brinker said. “Even if you only lost one match, you want to win it.

“Overall, I’m pleased. We lost some close ones I wish we could have pulled off. I think they’re fighting and scrapping and that’s what we’re looking for.”

Penns Valley, with eight of its 12-man contingent still alive, sits in eighth place with 68.5 points. Huntingdon leads the team race with 10 wrestlers still in contention and 97 points. West Branch is second with 11 and 94 points. Central is in third with 11 alive and 83 points. Mount Union is fourth with nine and 78, followed by Westmont Hilltop with eight and 75.5.

Decker, the No. 2 seed at 126, made it look easy in advancing to the semifinals. He started his day with a 55-second fall and followed it up with a 19-2 technical fall in 6:00. He’ll meet No. 3 seed Brock Biddle of Central in today’s semifinal round.

“He’s wrestled two good matches,” Brinker said. “He’s wrestling within himself. He needs to get back to the basics and fundamentals and clean up some things. He’s looking good.”

Andrew Hurd had to work for his bid to the semifinals. After a first-round bye, he notched a 4-0 decision and then turned in an 11-4 decision. He’ll meet Dominic Farabaugh, the No. 3 seed from Penn Cambria, in the 152-pound semifinals.

“He’s getting involved in the tournament,” Brinker said. “He’s coming along, wrestling physical. We need him to keep it up in the semifinals.”

If you blinked you missed Hazel’s day.

With only 15 wrestlers at 182 pounds, there were no first-round matches and Hazel, the No. 1 seed, had a second-round bye into the evening session and the quarterfinals. He needed just 13 seconds to deck Grant Ingalls of United. Hazel will meet undefeated No. 4 seed Taylor Foster of Juniata in the semifinals.

“Corey’s been here about 10 hours and he got 13 seconds,” Brinker said. “He was warming up all day. We’re expecting big things out of him this weekend.

“The 2 and 3 seed at his weight went down today so it will be interesting to see who he would get if he gets into the finals.”

Yearick had a bye into the second round, where he earned a 7-0 decision. In the quarterfinals, he was pinned by No. 1 seed Hunter Campbell of Cambria Heights.

Jared Hurd had a bye in the opening round and scored a fall in 4:51 in the second round. He just missed a quarterfinal upset, falling to Mount Union No. 2 seed Jake Boozel, 4-3.

Confer, too, had an opening-round bye. He started his day with a 9-1 major decision in the second round. In the quarterfinals, he was blanked, 5-0, by No. 5 seed Tyler Scott of Huntingdon.

After a first-round bye, Bierly was knocked into the consolation bracket. He then reeled off two straight wins, by fall in 3:27 and then a 7-4 decision.

Johnson lost a heartbreaking 4-2 sudden victory match in his opener, but rebounded with a fall in 1:55 in the evening session to stay alive.

Homan went 2-2 at 160, as did Cain at 170 and Bressler at 220. Lucas Sharer went 1-2 at 195. All four were eliminated in the evening session.

Two of the three-man St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy contingent — 106-pounder Joey Wheeler and 113-pounder Max Wortman — went 0-2 and were eliminated in the first session. Austin Emel survived into the evening session. He notched a fall in 1:23, dropped a 13-9 decision and then recorded another pin in 51 seconds. In his third-round consolation bout, he was pinned and eliminated.

Saturday’s schedule is as follows: 10:30 a.m. — fourth-round consolations; noon — semifinals and fifth-round consolations; 2:30 p.m. — consolation semifinals; 6 p.m. — fifth-place, third-place and championship final bouts run concurrently on three mats.

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