PIAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Solanco trio to AAA quarters Goodhart, Devenney, Adam Smith join Mules' Haines, Sheehan, Spiller BY DAVE BYRNE, Sports Writer
HERSHEY -- Hershey's Giant Center is no place for the faint of heart.
And no place for a wrestler to bring his "B" game.
Six Lancaster Countians proved once again there is no such thing as a bad win in the PIAA Class AAA championships.
Solanco's Connor Sheehan (106), Thomas Haines (220) and Bo Spiller (285) join Hempfield's Joey Goodhart (285) and Warwick's Tom Devenney (285), as well as Manheim Township's Adam Smith (145), in today's quarterfinals, which begin at 1:30 p.m.
Also alive in the wrestlebacks are Warwick's Devin Schnupp (106), Solanco's Ronnie Perry (120), Township's Alex Smith (132), Garden Spot's Nick Cook (132), Manheim Central's Ben Metzler (138) and Lampeter-Strasburg's Jeff Pickel (195).
Sheehan got the round off to a promising start with a 6-4 win over Canon-McMillan's Brendan Price.
Sheehan executed a sweet inside trip for the go-ahead takedown, late in the second period, then hit a snap-and-spin with 33 seconds left to ice the win.
"I don't usually hit (the trip) in the room or practice," Sheehan said. "I hit it out at PowerAde, once or twice, (then) I kind of abandoned it. But I felt (Price) opened it up. I shot in hard and he went down."
Haines had the easiest time of a rocky round for the locals, turning Kyle Kahley of Mifflin County five times in a 16-0 technical fall. He tilted Kahley three times over 38 seconds to cap the tech in 3:17.
"He was strong," said Haines. "I couldn't really lock up anything else. I have a strong tight waist, and a good grip. So, I figured why not tilt it?"
Spiller's opening victory had a familiar feel as he planted Hollidaysburg's Matthew Barton in 1:05.
"I felt really comfortable," he said. "Getting that first win is really huge."
Devenney spent the first two minutes sparring with William Tennent's Andrew Van Buskirk, then turned him early in the second period, securing the fall in 2:42.
"He won the flip (choosing bottom in the second period)," Devenney shared.
"I looked over at my coaches and (said) 'All right.' I just worked my stuff and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out."
Tied at 2-2 after two periods, Goodhart outscored Downingtown East's Sean Snodgrass 4-2 over the last two minutes to prevail 6-4.
"I just pushed him on his feet and wore him down," said Goodhart, who dropped Snodgrass with a single leg to ice the win.
"I didn't wrestle that well … but I'll take it. It doesn't matter how you do it, just get it done."
Smith yielded an easy two in the opening stanza, but was there at the end to claim an overtime victory over Southern Lehigh's Matthew Mirth, 6-4.
Smith led 3-2 after two on a reversal, gave back a reversal in the third period, but escaped immediately to force OT.
In extras Smith got position in a scramble off a front headlock and stuck in a Merkle.
"I was getting underneath (on shots) and I knew I could get out," Smith said. "In the overtime ... as I was coming up, he pushed and I dragged it through."
A 10-1 loss to Nazareth's Tyrone Klump dropped Schnupp into the consis where he outscored Quakertown's Collyn Dorney, 5-2.
Perry was beaten at his own game, taken down and tilted by Vincenzo Joseph of Pittsburgh Central Catholic, who went on to win 8-0.
Perry came back to stop Pennsbury's Jason Bing, tilting him twice in an 8-3 win.
Alex Smith came out short in a wild match with McDowell's cat-quick Nick Gibson. Gibson reversed out of Smith's second-period back points try, getting three back points himself, to go up 14-6, then closed out a 17-8 major.
Smith had not yet begun to score and he threw a first-period four-spot at Wyoming Valley West's Travis Roper to go up 5-2.
It was 11-4 Smith after two and he took Roper's third-period rally in stride to claim a 14-11 victory.
Down 4-1 after a period to Connellsville's Ethan Kenney, Cook clawed back to 4-4. Kenney escaped at the start of the third period and held Cook off for a 5-4 win.
The points that eluded Cook in the prelims came to him in the wrestlebacks as he reversed North Penn's Joey O'Brien with four seconds left to win 6-4.
Metzler went Cook two seconds better in the consolations after a 14-4 loss to Father Judge's Joe Galasso.
Tied at 1-1 with Garrett Brown of DuBois, Metzler rallied late, scoring a single-leg takedown with two seconds left for a 3-1 verdict.
DuBois' Landon Hanna scored the only takedown in a 3-2 decision over Pickel in the championship round.
Pickel clicked on a double-leg shot halfway through the second period and controlled William Tennent's Marc Isaac the rest of the way to nail down a 3-1 win in the consolation.
Township's Cortlandt Schuyler (126) and John Shorter (182) were eliminated with back-to-back losses.
Schuyler took an early 4-1 lead on Tyler Walker of North Hills, but Walker scored the last five points of the first period for a 9-5 lead and never stopped in a 13-7 victory.
Taking on Boyertown's Eddie Kriczky in the wrestlebacks, Schuyler led 3-1 after two periods, but Kriczky scored a takedown with 1:46 left and controlled Schuyler the rest of the way for a 4-3 win.
North Allegheny's Alex DeCiantis scored five points late in the first period to break open an eventual 11-1 victory over Shorter in the prelims.
Wrestling Delaware Valley's Martin Strenk in the consis, Shorter fell behind 5-0 with just over a minute left, closed to within two points, but got no closer in a 7-3 defeat.