WILLIAMSPORT — Nothing really seemed to bother Bob Long.
Not the spacious confines of Williamsport’s Magic Dome. Nor the loud, boisterous District 4 crowd.
By the way, this was Long’s first trip to the PIAA Class 2A Northeast Regional. And judging by Friday’s results, it probably won’t be the last for the Lake-Lehman freshman.
Long was one of four Wyoming Valley Conference wrestlers to advance into Saturday morning’s semifinal round. He’ll be joined by Meyers’ Colin Pasone (113) and Jeremy Bergold (145), and Hanover Area’s John Sheridan (285) in their quest toward regional glory.
Three wrestlers from the Lackawanna League are still alive for gold medals. They are Valley View’s Brett Uhrin (132), Western Wayne’s Cole Fuller (220) and Scranton Prep’s Thor Balavage (220).
Benton currently leads the team race with 33 points. Southern Columbia, Wyalusing, Montoursville and Lewisburg round out the top 5.
It was a tough quarterfinal round for the WVC as 17 were sent into the consolation bracket.
Long, though, made it look easy.
“Well, this wasn’t my first time wrestling here. I was here with PJW’s a few years ago. It was scary then because the gym was so big. At least it looked real big back then,” Long said. “I just told myself that this was just another match.”
A quick start doesn’t hurt, either.
He quickly hit a five-point move on Montgomery’s Brandon Daldo for a 5-0 lead after the first period in the 106-pound quarterfinal, and added a single-leg shot and dump in the third for the 7-2 victory.
Long, who picked up his 32nd win on the year, now faces off with Benton sophomore Joe Klock – who pinned Meyers’ Bryce Waters in the second period.
“I feel pretty good, but it will be tough. I know the kid, and I’ve wrestled him before. He’s tough, but we will see what happens,” Long said.
Pasone, the District 2 champ, wasted little time. He got a quick takedown of Warrior Run’s Trey Heiss, rolled him to his back and stuck his shoulders deep in the Resilite for the first-period fall.
It sets up a good semifinal at 113 against Lewisburg’s Brian Friery, who needed just 1 minute, 6 seconds to send Western Wayne’s Ryan Dunn to the consolations.
“When Colin wrestles his match, he’s tough,” Meyers head coach Ron Swingle said. “We talked about not over-committing. We really don’t need all the extra points. He just needs to take care of his minutes and his match, and move forward.”
For Bergold, it was a battle.
The Meyers’ junior laid on the concrete floor in the hallway, catching his breath.
“He’s a tough kid,” Bergold said of his opponent, Sayre’s Gavin Lundy-McCutcheon.
No doubt, a real stomach-turner.
Bergold took a 2-0 lead after one period, but found himself tied at 7-7 midway through the third. The Mohawk was able to break McCutcheon’s grasp at the edge of the circle with 49 seconds left to score the bout-clinching point.
“The whole match, all I kept thinking was I couldn’t get caught and that I had to win this one,” he said. “I felt like I was in good position most of the match. There were one or two times I was out of position, but I was able to regroup kind of fast.”
Up next for Bergold is a matchup with Montoursville’s Keith Batkowski, District 4’s runner-up.
“Jeremy wrestled a smart match because he controlled the positions he could control,” Swingle said. “And that’s what we talked about. You can’t overwrestle. You have to stay within your strengths and score your points. You know that it will be six hard minutes.”
It took Sheridan some time to shake off the nerves.
Once he did, the Hawkeye showed how dominant he could be. He took down Lewisburg’s Cody Palmer three times in the final two periods before getting the pin with two ticks left on the clock.
The semifinal should be a battle as Sheridan meets up with North Penn’s Justin Kriner, who picked up his 30th victory with a fall over Valley View’s Matt Pittsman.
“I was a little worried because of the slow start,” Hanover head coach Anthony Mercadante said. “Maybe he had some jitters because he hasn’t been down here in two years. Once he got that takedown, it built his confidence up, and you can tell he wrestled with confidence from that point forward. That first takedown is big because it shows you can score.”
2016 PIAA Class 2A Northeast Regional
Athens (A), Benton (Ben), Bloomsburg (Bloom), Blue Ridge (BR), Canton (Can), Central Columbia (CC), Danville (Dan), Elk Lake (EL), Hanover Area (Han), Hughesville (Hugh), Lackawanna Trail (LT), Lake-Lehman (LL), Lewisburg (Lew), Line Mountain (LM),Loyalsock (L), Meyers (Mey), Midd-West (MW), Milton (Mil), Montoursville (MT), Montrose (Mont), Montgomery (MG), Mount Carmel (MCA), Muncy (Mun), North Penn (NP), Sayre (S), Scranton Prep (SP), Shamokin (SA), South Williamsport (SW), Southern Columbia (SCA), Sullivan County (Sull), Towanda (T), Troy Area (TA), Valley View (VV), Warrior Run (WR), Western Wayne (WW), Williamson (Will), Wyalusing (Wyal), Wyoming Area (WA).
1. Benton, 33; 2. Southern Columbia, 31; 3. Wyalusing, 29; 4. Montoursville, 27; 5. Lewisburg 26; 6. Bloomsburg, 19; 6. North Penn, 19; 8. Athens 18.5; 8. Milton, 18.5; 10. Line Mountain, 14; 10. Warrior Run, 14.
Meyers, 12; Hanover, 7; Lake-Lehman, 6; Wyoming Area, 0.
106: Jaret Lane (Sca) pinned Colby Bronzburg (Bloom), 5:20; Wyatt Lutz (MT) maj dec. Joseph Hester (Mont), 13-3; Joe Klock (Ben) pinned Bryce Waters (Mey), 2:48; Bobby Long (LL) maj dec. Brandon Daldo (MG).
113: Alan Diltz (Ben) pinned Lucas Drick (MG), 1:13; Shane Casey (SCA) pinned Chucky Rohan (Mont), 3:57; Brian Friery (Lew) pinned Ryan Dunn (WW), 1:06; Colin Pasone (Mey) pinned Trey Heiss (WR), 1:58.
120: Jordan Gessner (Lew) pinned Cole Hauck (LM), 1:47; Cole Rhone (Ben) pinned Brandon Judge (VV), 1:37; Angelo Barberio (Mun) dec. Jacob O’Brien (Mont), 10-6; Matt Milbrand (Bloom) pinned Jeff Bennett (Han), 0:59
126: Brian Courtney (A) tech fall over Colton Babcock (Ben), 25-8, 4:50; Jeremy Hanford (WR) pinned James Maloy (WW), 4:54; Brian Earlston (LM) pinned Kevin Huertero (Mey), 1:41; Trevor Sones (Hugh) dec. Kendrick Beyer (WA), 9-2.
132: Brett Uhrin (VV) dec. Kaidon Winters (A) 7-5 OT; Josh Haley (Wyal) pinned Tyler Baltrusaitis (LT), 3:08; Mike Stuart (Ben) pinned Patrick Heck (WA), 5:11; Todd Lane (SCA) dec. Noah Stamm (Mil), 4-3.
138: Zack LeBarron (WR) pinned Evan Campbell (CC), 2:58; Logan Bennett (Mil) tech fall over Marc Stine (VV), 16-0, 5:13; Gage Cannavino (A) pinned Owen Davis (Han), 2:43; Creighton Edsell (Wyal) dec. Bob Lipski (LL), 5-0.
145: Collin Edsell (Wyal) maj dec. Nate Bradley (A) 11-2; Mitch Milbrand (Bloom) pinned Braden McIntosh (WW), 2:53; Keith Batkowski (MT) pinned Mike Kelly (BR), 0:40; Jeremy Bergold (Mey) dec. Gavin Lundy-McCutcheon (S) 8-7.
152: Zach Fry (Hugh) tech fall over Steven Yates (Tow), 15-0, 2:28; Denton Porter (Wyal) maj dec. Jake Tomolonis (LL), 11-3; Sean Kshir (NP) dec. Harrison Clookey (WW), 6-2; Jacob Carpenter (SA) dec. Noah Rakowski (Han), 10-4.
160: Blake Marks (SCA) pinned Andrew Zerby (MW), 3:33; Breycin Fulmer (Tow) maj dec. Jake Hand (EL), 10-0; Charlie Andrews (NP) pinned Ryan Atcavage (WW), 1:24; Trey Delbaugh (Lew) dec. Gino Setta (Mey), 6-3
170: Dayton Wickwire (Tow) maj dec. Jay Brennan (Dan), 10-1; Dylan Ammerman (SC) tech fall over Bruce Parola (SP), 17-0, 5:13; Brandon Stokes (Mil) pinned JJ Hooper (Han), 1:04; Jeremy Walsh (Ben) dec. Zachary Briggs (WA), 6-4
182: Garrett Hoffman (MT) pinned Clay Mosier (Tow), 0:37; Zach Zimmerman (T) dec. Ivan Balavage (SP), 5-4; Andrew Shedleski (Lew) pinned Adam Buczynski (WA), 1:01; Gage Heller (Mil) dec. Tom Williams (LL), 8-6.
195: Gavin Hoffman (MT) pinned Sam Crone (Dan), 2:19; Allen Yancoskie (MCA) maj dec. Namir Murphy (Mey), 13-4; Steve Toczlousky (SCA) dec. Dakota Swoyer (WW), 9-2; Tommy Harrison (Bloom) dec. Trent Phillips (LT), 7-1.
220: Thor Balavage (SP) pinned Jarrett Walters (Dan), 1:34; Cole Fuller (WW) dec. Ben Cerney (MT), 7-3; Roger Horton (A) dec. Mike Slivinski (LL), 4-2 OT; Gabe Bogutskie (MCA) dec. Brady Bryington (Can), 8-4.
285: Dawson Otis (Wyal) dec. Crae McCracken (L), 7-1; Garrett Kieffer (LM) pinned Kaleb Konigus (LL), 3:26; Justin Kriner (NP) pinned Matt Pittsman (VV), 3:51; John Sheridan (Han) pinned Cody Palmer (Lew), 5:59.
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