Norristown's Zach Fuentes, Brett Harner, and Shane Springer all advanced safely through the first round of the PIAA State Class AAA wrestling championships on Thursday at Hershey.
The trio of Eagles topped 17 winners from District 1 and four from District 12 who reached Friday's quarterfinals.
Norristown sophomore Mikey Springer won his 100th career match, but it was in the first round of wrestlebacks at 138 pounds, a 4-3 win over Parkland's Josh Ortman, after dropping a 13-4 opening-round decision to 2010 state champion Steve Spearman of Erie McDowell. Springer's senior brother, Shane, won his 184th career match.
Council Rock South (Billy Rappo, P.J. Steinmetz), La Salle (Matt Cimato, Casey Kent) and West Chester Rustin (Cory McQuiston, Tyler Wood) each had two wrestlers win their opening matches.
Class AA. Pottstown's Trenton Clifford (38-4) won his first-round match, handing Claysburg-Kimmel's James Dodson (37-1) his first loss, via a second-period pin.
CLASS AAA PRELIMINARIES
106: Jim Long, W.C. Henderson tech. Logan Feeser, South Western, 16-0, 4:29; Scott Parker, Pennridge dec. Nick Shields, Dallastown, 6-0; Zach Fuentes, Norristown dec. Zach Elvin, Central Dauphin, 10-1; Ethan Lizak, Parkland dec. Dan Martoccio, Council Rock South, 10-4.
113: Billy Rappo, Council Rock South tech. John Ciotti, Erie Cathedral Prep, 19-3, 4:42; Sean Bianco, Pleasant Valley dec. Derek Gulotta, Owen J. Roberts, 8-2; Guesseppe Rea, Stroudsburg dec. Michael Marino, Garnet Valley, 3-2; Jason Bing, Pennsbury pinned Anthony Vizza, DuBois, 4:57.
120: Grimaldi Gonzalez, Liberty def. Kolton Veit, Souderton, forfeit; Thomas Traxler, Bellefonte pinned Anthony DiEmidio, Pennsbury, 4:56; Cory McQuiston, West Chester Rustin pinned Tyler Walker, North Hills, 1:15; Godwin Nyama, Brashear dec. Tommy Stokes, Bensalem. 17-5.
126: Corey Keener, Blue Mt., dec. Dylan Steffenino, U. Perkiomen, 21-8; Patrick Duggan, Cumb. Valley dec. Evan Harkins, W.C. Rustin, 5-3; Josh Maruca, Franklin dec. Josh DiSanto, Pennsbury, 10-9; Colt Shorts, Canon-McMillan dec. Tyler Clapp, Strath Haven, 4-1.
132: Malcolm Harris, Johnstown dec. Wolfgang McStravick, Upper Perkiomen, 9-3; Joe Galasso, Father Judge dec. Josh Shields, Franklin Regional, 5-2; Mackenzie McGuire, Upper St. Clair dec. Steve Quinn, West Chester Rustin 4-1; John Dutrow, Council Rock North dec. Daniel King, Susquehanna Twp. 3-1 (OT).
138: Matt Cimato, La Salle dec. Joey Miller, Central Mt., 11-2; Steve Spearman, McDowell major dec. Mikey Springer, Norristown, 13-4; Chris Vassar, Cedar Cliff major dec. Adam Moser, Owen J. Roberts, 15-3; Zach Ross, N. York dec. Wayne Armstrong, Interboro, 18-10.
145: Brandon Arnsberger, Octorara dec. Austin Rose, Central Dauphin, 6-2; Garett Hammond, Chambersburg dec. Jason Dombrosky, Spring-Ford, 13-2; Andrew Kinney, Owen J. Roberts dec. Tom Sleigh, DuBois, 6-0; T.C. Warner, Cumberland Valley dec. Justin Staudenmayer, Plymouth Whitemarsh, 2-1 (TB).
152: Tyler Manion, Central Catholic dec. Jon Neiman, Boyertown, 11-2; Casey Kent, La Salle tech. John Kyriacopoulos, Upper St. Clair, 15-0, 4:39; Ryan Montgomery, Oxford dec. D.J. Myers, Gen. McLane, 6-0; Dillon Gavlock, Central Mt., dec. Seth Ehlo, C.B. West, 3-2.
160: Brett Harner, Norristown dec. Tyler Hendricks, General McLane, 12-2; Brian Brill, Central Mountain pinned Charlie Grab, W.C. Henderson, 4:58; Chance Marsteller, Kennard Dale tech. Joe Gartland, Penncrest, 20-5, 3:31; Colton Peppelman, Central Dauphin dec. Danny Michaels, Pottsgrove, 5-0.
170: Cody Wiercioch, Canon-McMillan dec. Gordon Bolig, O.J. Roberts, 11-3; Dominic Rigous, C.B. South dec. Nezar Haddad, Parkland, 4-0; Marc Wagner, Del. Val. dec. Chris Kurkian, Marple Newtown, 9-4; Shane Springer, Norristown dec. Mitch Myers, Blue Mt., 6-0.
182: Chris Jastrzebski, Central Bucks West dec. Blaze Buckwalter, Central Mountain, 5-1; Khlique Harris, Erie McDowell pinned Dalton Fleming, Upper Perkiomen, 4:20; Tyler Wood, West Chester Rustin dec. Ryan Burnheimer, Westmont Hilltop, 4-1; Matt McCutcheon, Kiski dec. Tyler Letrinko, Norristown, 7-2.
195: David Wilke, Nazareth dec. Larry Gordon, Norristown, 4-2; P.J. Steinmetz, Council Rock South dec. Chad Hoffman, Hazleton, 6-2; Landon Hanna, DuBois dec. George Shipp, North Penn, 8-3; Aaron Varner, Bald Eagle dec. Devon Dhoble, Upper Dublin, 10-1.
220: Aaron Bradley, Nazareth dec. Matt Jorgenson, Quakertown, 11-0; Mike Boykin, Coatesville dec. Nathan Sharkey, Bald Eagle, 9-6; Jake Cooper, Arch. Wood dec. Ben Balish, Pine-Richland, 6-4; Shaun Heist, Parkland pinned Tyler Callender, C. Rock North, 3:13.
285: Damon Sims Jr., Hopewell pinned Paul Johnson, St. Joseph's Prep, 2:37; Dawson Peck, Chambersburg pinned Matt Gould, Interboro, 3:19; Averee Robinson, Susquehanna Township pinned Andrew Vanbuskirk, William Tennent, 1:36; Cody Klempay, Canon-McMillan pinned Tom Trampe, Council Rock South, 1:38
CLASS AA PRELIMINARIES
126: Austin Harry, Lake Lehman pinned Richie Cerebe, Phil-Mont Christian, 3:59.
132: Trenton Clifford, Pottstown pinned James Dodson, Claysburg-Kimmel, 3:43.
CLASS AA FIRST-ROUND CONSOLATIONS
126: Brandon Puckly, Fort LeBoeuf dec. Richie Cerebe, Phil-Mont Christian, 3-0.