District 12 champion La Salle took six wrestlers to the PIAA Class AAA state championship tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey, and three Explorers still have a shot at a title after winning their first-round bouts on Thursday.
Joe Mazzi won at 130 pounds with a pin in 3 minutes, 48 seconds, Matt Cimato pinned at 140 pounds in 1:59, and Shane Springer picked up a pin at 160 pounds in 1:12 as the Explorers finished the opening day of the three-day competition in first place with 18 points.
Billy and Matt Rappo are still in contention for what would be the fifth and sixth titles won by the Rappo family since 2004.
Billy Rappo earned a 2-0 victory for Council Rock South at 103 pounds and Matt Rappo won at 135 pounds, 7-2. Shane Gilmore also won for the Golden Hawks, winning a 3-2 decision at 171 pounds. South is eighth with 9.5 points.
PIAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Matches involving wrestlers from Districts 1 and 12 only.
Class AAA First Round
103: Jim Long, W.C. Henderson, pinned Shane Peters, Clearfield, 1:33; Dom Forys, North Allegheny, dec. Zach Fuentes, Norristown, 5-2; Colt Shorts, Canon-McMillan, dec. Jason Bing, Pennsbury, 11-0; Billy Rappo, Council Rock South, dec. Tanner Shoap, Chambersburg, 2-0.
112: Corey McQuiston, West Chester Rustin, dec. Christian Stone, Clearfield, 8-2; Anthony Cabrera, Bethlehem Liberty, dec. Rob D'Annunzio, Methacton, 5-2; DeMarquis Holley, Dieruff, dec. Aaron Moldoff, Marple Newtown, 3-0; Godwin Nyama, Brashear, dec. Dylan Steffenino, Upper Perkiomen, 8-4.
119: Corey Keener, Blue Mt., dec. Ryann Flynn, Marple Newtown, 5-2; Matt Harkins, Hatboro-Horsham, dec. Austin Gillihan, Corry, 6-1; Mackenzie McGuire, U. St. Clair, dec. John Dutrow, Council Rock North, 5-1; Evan DiSora, Easton, dec. Josh DiSanto, Pennsbury, 11-2.
125: Devon Lotito, Bethlehem Liberty, tech. Shane Longstreth, Council Rock North, 15-0, 4:13; Max Good, South Western, dec. Justin Staudenmayer, Plymouth Whitemarsh, 2-0; Jeremy Minich, Boyertown, tech. Derrick Evanovich, Peters Township, 16-1, 4:50; Zach McGinnis, Waynesburg, dec. Wolfgang McStravick, Upper Perkiomen, 4-2.
130: Zach Horan, Nazareth, dec. Tyler Romano, North Penn, 11-4; Scott Wolfinger, Quakertown, dec. Nolan Barger, Clearfield, 15-9; Joe Mazzi, La Salle, pinned Trevor Medlang, Franklin Regional, 3:48; Tanner Hough, Westmont Hilltop, pinned Ben Hartshorn, Conestoga, 3:05.
135: Joseph Rizzolino, Easton, pinned Mike Mathis, Central Bucks South, 4:32; Matt Rappo, Council Rock South, dec. Eric Howey, Stroudsburg, 7-2; Seth Spack, Punxsutawney, pinned Steve Quinn, West Chester Rustin, 2:51; Mason Popham, Unionville, tech. Tom Sleigh, DuBois, 18-2, 4:43.
140: Tyler Manion, Central Catholic dec. Cody Zechman, Selinsgrove, 5-4; Shane Miller, Middletown, dec. Kyle Duffy, Spring-Ford, 7-3; Kevin Gooding, Central Dauphin, dec. Matt Martoccio, Council Rock South, 9-3; Matt Cimato, La Salle, pinned Tre Miller-Scott, Central Dauphin East, 1:59; Mitchell Minotti, Easton, dec. Wayne Armstrong, Interboro, 8-1.
145: Jayshon Wilson, Carlisle, pinned Ryan Montgomery, Oxford, 1:40; Eric Nutter, Central Catholic, dec. Casey Kent, La Salle, 4-2 (OT); Brandon Parker, Norristown, dec. Logan Walstrom, Philipsburg Osceola, 5-1; Nick Catalano, Canon-McMillan, dec. Connor Moore, Council Rock South, 3-2.
152: Geno Morelli, DuBois, dec. Brett Harner, Norristown, 3-2; Mark Havers, Bradford, dec. Jon Neiman, Boyertown, 5-1; Tyler Buckwalter, Central Mountain, dec. Thomas Demetrio, Pottsgrove, 2-1 (OT); Lorenzo Thomas, Central Catholic, pinned Jordan Moser, Owen J. Roberts, 1:22.
160: Mike Shermot, Governor Mifflin, dec. Rich Jasinski, Pennridge, 8-2; Zach Thomson, Mechanicsburg, dec. Matt Krueger, Spring-Ford, 9-2; Nick Russell, Neshaminy, dec. Damian Lascoli, Hollidaysburg, 5-3; Shane Springer, La Salle, pinned Jake English, Central York, 1:12.
171: J.M. Staudenmayer, Plymouth Whitemarsh, dec. Derek Danver, Clearfield, 8-3; Shane Gilmore, Council Rock South, dec. Jacob Taylor, Bald Eagle, 3-2; Neal Grudi, Spring Grove, dec. Nick Burns, La Salle, 7-2; Grant Dickey, Cedar Cliff, dec. Tyler Mauger, Boyertown, 6-4.
189: Perry Hills, Central Catholic, pinned Nick Becattini, Conestoga, 0:38; John Bolich, Upper Moreland, pinned Nikos Garofola, Hempfield, 1:58; Ryan Burnheimer, Westmont Hilltop, dec. Seth Snyder, Sun Valley, 3-1; Haddon Corbett, Harriton, dec. Andrew Welton, Central, 7-3.
215: Brandan Clark, Methacton, dec. Kyle McWreath, Trinity, 3-1; Joe Stolfi, Souderton, dec. Jason Laboranti, Pittston, 14-2; Tarek Haddad, Parkland, dec. Matt Muscari, W.C. Henderson, 7-4; Matt Idelson, Garnet Valley, pinned Nick Bennick, Shikellamy, 0:52.
Hwt.: Jeremy Reith, Father Judge, dec. Luke Fleck, Franklin Regional, 5-1; Averee Robinson, Susquehanna Township, dec. Ryan Geiger, La Salle, 14-8; Dawson Peck, Chambersburg, pinned Gavin Queenan, Norristown, 2:29; Cody Klempay, Canon-McMillan, dec. Brendan Walsh, Garnet Valley, 5-1.
Class AAA First-Round Consolations
103: Zach Fuentes, Norristown, dec. Joe Wheeling, General McLane, 8-0; Jake Gromacki, Erie Cathedral Prep, dec. Jason Bing, Pennsbury, 10-3.
112: Rob D'Annunzio, Methacton, def. Tyler Smith, Franklin Regional, default; Kenny Arentz, Governor Mifflin, dec. Aaron Moldoff, Marple Newtown, 9-0; Paul Bewak, Hempfield, dec. Dylan Steffenino, Upper Perkiomen, 8-1.
119: Jon Brigham, Cumberland Valley, dec. Ryann Flynn, Marple Newtown, 4-1; John Dutrow, Council Rock North, dec. Josh Polacek, Westmont Hilltop, 8-3; Josh DiSanto, Pennsbury, dec. Ethan Kenney, Connellsville, 9-7.
125: Kody Young, Punxsutawney, dec. Shane Longstreth, Council Rock North, 6-0; Justin Staudenmayer, Plymouth Whitemarsh, pinned Shawn Spearman, Erie McDowell, 2:38; Robert Rizzolino, Easton, dec. Wolfgang McStravick, Upper Perkiomen, 6-3.
130: Shyheim Brown, Central Dauphin, dec. Ben Hartshorn, Conestoga, 8-3.
135: Ty Lydic, Latrobe, dec. Mike Mathis, Central Bucks South, 5-1; Jason Stephen, Northampton, dec. Steve Quinn, West Chester Rustin, 5-0.
140: Cody Zechman, Selinsgrove, dec. Kyle Duffy, Spring-Ford, 3-0; Matt Martoccio, Council Rock South, tech. Matt Ritz, Crestwood, 15-0, 4:58; Wayne Armstrong, Interboro, dec. Logan Struble, Central, 6-1.
145: Zach Voytek, Greensburg Salem, pinned Ryan Montgomery, Oxford, 2:36; Garrett Peppelman, Central Dauphin, def. Casey Kent, La Salle, forfeit; Connor Moore, Council Rock South, dec. Matt Gotzon, Southern Lehigh, 8-4.
152: Brett Harner, Norristown, dec. Ben Johnson, Franklin Regional, 3-2; Jon Neiman, Boyertown, dec. Jackson Stabile, Hamburg, 8-7; Thomas Demetrio, Pottsgrove, dec. James Fruehan, Abington Heights, 5-1; Tim Samec, Hazleton, dec. Jordan Moser, Owen J. Roberts, 5-4.
160: Rich Jasinski, Pennridge, dec. Marc Wagner, Delaware Valley, 4-1; Zack Zavatsky, Latrobe, dec. Matt Krueger, Spring-Ford, 5-2.
171: Nick Burns, La Salle, pinned Dustin Taubert, Corry, 2:14; Tyler Mauger, Boyertown, dec. Travis Moyer, Blue Mountain, 5-3 (OT).
189: Dominick Wolfe, Shikellamy, dec. Nick Becattini, Conestoga, 7-3; Phil Sprenkle, Dallastown, pinned Seth Snyder, Sun Valley, 4:04.
215: Aaron Bell, Erie Strong Vincent, dec. Matt Muscari, W.C. Henderson, 5-2.
Hwt.: Ryan Geiger, La Salle, pinned Josh Gonzalez, Pocono Mountain West, 4:15; Gavin Queenan, Norristown, pinned Tim Maeshack, Williamsport, 4:12; Josh Duplin, Westmont Hilltop, dec. Brendan Walsh, Garnet Valley, 3-1.
Class AA First Round
112: Tyler Roberts, Jamestown, dec. Baffour Atakora-Bediako, Church Farm, 9-6; Evan Link, Penn Cambria, dec. Tony Yohe, Annville-Cleona, 11-1; Brad Farley, Bermudian Springs, dec. Shane Rankin, Union City, 15-1; Jamie Welsh, Pen Argyl, dec. Nate Schwab, Smethport, 8-4; Zain Retherford, Line Mountain, pinned Nathan Reckner, South Side Beaver, 1:52; Vito Pasone, Wilkes-Barre Meyers, dec. Joshua Patrick, Ligonier Valley, 7-4; Nick Roberts, North Star, dec. David Sheesley, Mifflinburg, 9-1; Zeke Moisey, Bethlehem Catholic, dec. Zack Kelly, Burrell, 4-1.
Class AA First-Round Consolations
112: Joshua Patrick, Ligonier Valley, dec. Baffour Atakora-Bediako, Church Farm, 5-0; Tony Yohe, Annville-Cleona, dec. Shane Rankin, Union City, 7-2; Nathan Reckner, South Side Beaver, dec. Nate Schwab, Smethport, 10-2; David Sheesley, Mifflinburg, dec. Zack Kelly, Burrell, 7-0.