Tough day for many NTL wrestlers at states
HERSHEY - Outside of Williamson's Billy Barnes and Canton's Garrett Wesneski the rest of the NTL didn't fare well on Friday.
The four other wrestlers still alive bowed out of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships Friday.
Wyalusing's duo both went 0-2 on the day, including losses in extra time in the consolations.
Collin Edsell (120) fell to Ligonier Valley's Joshua Patrick 11-3 then lost to Pen Argyl's Matt Williams 4-2 in sudden victory to bow out of the tournament.
Dylan Otis (220) was pinned by Cochranton's Cam Cyphert in 3:07 in the semis then lost to Notre Dame Green Pond's Dennis Atiyeh 4-2 in tiebreaker in the consolations.
North Penn's Ben Minnch (170) fell to Bermudian Springs' Tristan Sponseller 15-0 technical fall in 2:29 in the semi-finals. Then in the consolations he lost to Biglerville's Josh Asper 2-1 on a stall call to fall out of the tournament.
In the wrestlebacks Williamson's Logan Everett ran into familiar foe Southern Columbia's Kent Lane. Lane held the senior scoreless in a 3-0 win. Lane had defeated Everett in the District 4 final two weeks ago.
Edsell ran into a buzz saw in the quarterfinals.
The freshman was the aggressor in the first period, using a shot to get a leg on Patrick but the senior defended it off and came back with a takedown on Edsell. He then got the freshman on his back for three back points to round out a 5-0 first period.
In the second Edsell took top but it was Patrick scoring with an escape. The Ram struck back, wrapping up Patrick's legs this time for a takedown, cutting the lead to 6-2. As Edsell tried to turn him he lost his grip on Patrick, with the senior using that to score a reversal. He added three more back points to take an 11-2 lead after two periods.
In the third Edsell was on top again. He was able to get a stalling point out of Patrick but little more in the final two minutes.
In the consolations Edsell used a second period reversal to go up 2-0.
In the third, though, he had two calls go against him. He was called for locked hands, giving Williams a point. Then just before the final buzzer he was hit with a stall, tying the match up at 2-all.
In the overtime Williams got the defining takedown for the 4-2 win.
Otis also ran into an equally tough wrestler in the quarters.
Cyphert struck right away with a takedown on Otis. He was able to turn Otis but the Ram sophomore kept the back points to four.
Down 6-0 Otis began the second on top but Cyphert was able to get a reversal then used that to get Otis on his back for a fall in 3:07.
In the consolation both wrestlers scored off escapes to send the match into overtime.
Neither could get the takedown in the extra period.
In the tiebreaker Otis was down first and took a 1-0 lead with an escape about halfway through the period.
Atiyeh escaped quickly when he was on bottom, then got to Otis's legs with three seconds to go in the period for the takedown and 4-2 win.
It was a rough quarterfinals for Minnich, too.
Sponseller racked up 10 first period points on the Panther senior. Then in the second he got another takedown and back points for the 15-0 technical fall in 2:29, sending Minnich to the consolations.
In the consolations against Asper the first period was scoreless.
In the second Minnich scored an escape to go up 1-0 but Asper returned the favor in the third period to knot it at 1-all.
The difference was late in the third Minnich was hit with his second stall call, giving Asper the 2-1 win.
Everett had a chance to get revenge against an old nemesis in the consolations.
Despite lots of activity the first period ended scoreless.
Lane was on bottom to start the second and used that to pick up an escape. Later in the period he was able to defend off an Everett shot then moved around his right side to get the takedown.
In the third Everett was on bottom and came close to getting a reversal late but Lane held him scoreless for the win.