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District 6 has strong showing in 1st day of PIAA Championships

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With wrestling completed Thursday, District 6 has 19 total wrestlers with thoughts of gold in their minds.

Class AA had a total of 10 wrestlers make it to the quarterfinals. Huntingdon has half of those wrestlers.

Alive for the Bearcats are Collin Glorioso (132), Seth Baney (148), Jon Wagner (152), Jacob Oliver (170) and Logan Fisher (195). The other five wrestlers are Westmont Hilltop’s Anthony Walters (170) and Josiah Jones (220), Penn Cambria’s Austin Farabaugh (160), Central Cambria’s Max Murin (126) and Central’s Brock Biddle.

For Class AAA, Mifflin County has five wrestlers alive. All five of those athletes are in the quarterfinals. They are Noah Myers (120), Hayden Hidlay (152), Trent Hidlay (160), Noah Stewart (170) and Trey Hartsock (195).

The others are Altoona’s Cole Manley (126), Bald Eagle Area’s Josh Fye, Central Mountain’s Geo Barzona (106) and Bellefonte’s Brock Port.

The district also boasts a total of 20 wrestlers still alive combined between Class AA and Class AAA.

Weight class of death

For the first time in tournament history, there are three former champions in one weight class.

Each proved his pedigree on day one of the championships, which run through Saturday at the Giant Center. This year’s 126-pound bracket stacks up as the tournament’s best in terms of past titles and finishes, with Reynolds’ Cole Matthews, Bedford’s Jonathan Gabriel and Central Cambria’s Murin all advancing to Friday’s quarterfinals. The 126-pound weight class also features Athens’ Brian Courtney, a runner-up last year at 120 pounds.

Matthews, who defeated Courtney in last year’s 120-pound title bout, breezed through his first-round match against Tamaqua’s Tanner McHugh with a 19-4 technical fall at the 5:55 mark. The Reynolds sophomore will face Pequea Valley’s Gabe Miller on Friday.

Gabriel, the defending champion at 126, recorded a 4-1 decision over Archbishop Carroll’s Nick Poulos. The senior will meet Courtney, who pinned Jamestown’s Hunter Goodlin in 3:23 in the quarterfinals.

In the lower half of the bracket, Murin, who won last year’s 113-pound title, scored an 18-5 major decision over Northwest Lehigh’s Quentin Bernhard. Murin is set to face Redbank Valley’s Tanner Altobelli.

Welcome to the club

There were six total wrestlers to make it into the 100-career win club.

Joining Port were Central Dauphin’s Skitch Light, Berlin Brothersvalley’s Toby Cahill, Keystone Oaks’ Joe Kazalas, Bracetti Academy’s Edwin Morales and Dallas’ Cole Dixon.

In Class AAA, Light picked up his win in a 152-pound preliminary matchup with Terry Victor of Waynesburg. Morales earned his in the 170-pound consolation first round over Koltyn Eason of Central Dauphin. Dixon got his in the 182-pound consolation first round with Nick Bonomo of Quakertown.

In Class AA, Cahill topped Reynolds’ Cole Rickert in the first round of the 220-pound bracket. Kazalas pinned Northern Lebanon’s George Thompson in a 285-pound preliminary matchup.

Nate Cobler: 814-231-4609, @ncoblercdt; Roger Van Scyoc: rvanscyoc@centredaily.com, @rogervanscy

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