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PIAA team wrestling: Bethlehem Catholic uninspired but advances

Keanu Dillard finished off Bethlehem Catholic's PIAA team wrestling first-round win with a first-period pin. (Rick Kintzel/첥Ƶ)
Keanu Dillard finished off Bethlehem Catholic’s PIAA team wrestling first-round win with a first-period pin. (Rick Kintzel/첥Ƶ)
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HERSHEY — Bethlehem Catholic won its PIAA Team Wrestling Championships first-round match Thursday at Hershey’s Giant Center.

The Golden Hawks then got a tongue-lashing from head coach Mike Cole.

“It felt like we went through the motions,” Cole said. “If that’s the case, it’s not the worst thing in the world.

“But we’ve got to get hyped up for tomorrow because Trinity is a good team.”

Bethlehem Catholic faces District 7 runner-up Trinity in Friday’s 2 p.m. quarterfinals. Trinity disposed of District 4 champion Selinsgrove 54-14 in Thursday’s first round.

The Golden Hawks had a great week of practice but were uninspired against the Rams, the last team to beat the District 11 powers in the state team tournament.

Central Dauphin won consecutive decisions at 133 and 139 to take a 6-3 lead. Bethlehem Catholic won three in row before returning state runner-up Ryan Garvick got the Rams within 15-12 with a pin at 172.

But Dario Cruz got a 4-1 win at 189, James DeLuise a major decision at 215 and Jacob Lance a 5-0 winner for the Golden Hawks to regain control.

“[Central Dauphin] is relatively weak up top,” Cole said. “So, we should have done well. I think we should have done better.

“Lance picked his way through dealing with a heavyweight. That was good. He could have pinned him, but it was good. [DeLuise] was going through the motions. [Cruz] went through the motions. But they got the job done.”

Thunder Beard got a first-period pin at 107 for Central Dauphin, but brothers Reef and Keanu Dillard made sure there was repeat of three years ago when Bethlehem Catholic last lost in the state team duals — 29-26 at Central Dauphin.

Reef picked up a pin 3:53 at 114 and Keanu followed with a 43-second fall to finish it off.

“We’re on the incline,” Cole said. “But we’re not there yet. So, we’re working hard. We’ll see. This is a great group of kids. I’m confident these guys will respond well.”

Easton and Pennridge also convincingly rolled into Friday’s quarterfinals. The Red Rovers trailed 9 to minus-1 after two bouts Chris Kelly lost 5-4 because of being hit with a penalty point in the third period and then not being rewarded for a takedown in the last 15 seconds.

Easton coach Jody Karam was hit with an unsportsmanlike call for arguing the takedown call, which resulted in a lost team point.

The Red Rovers trailed 14-3 after four bouts before Quentin Hammerstone and James Geiger registered pins to grab the lead.

Easton won eight of the last nine bouts to win 44-17.

“The kids were a lot more composed than I thought they would be,” Karam said. “It’s their first time out here. I’ve got more guys on my staff who have been here than most of my kids and me.”

Colby Celuck’s 3-1 win at 171 gave the Invaders their final win and last lead 17-15. But Shae Linegar and Kurtis Crossman put together back-to-back falls give the Red Rovers the momentum for good.

Hammerstone pin at 152 was the big shift in the match.

“At the start, they had all the momentum,” he said. “But we just had to focus on our match and focus on the next one and stay in it.

“I definitely was nervous but once you get out there, you definitely feel nervous. It was a lot of fun.”

Easton faces District 3 champion Gettysburg, which rolled over District 12 champion LaSalle College 45-12 thanks to four pins and a technical fall.

The Red Rovers have been preparing for a date with the Warriors (22-1), whose only loss this year is to District 4 Class 2A champion Warrior Run.

“We know what we’re up against,” Karam said. “They are legitimate, no doubt about it. They looked really good. Obviously, we have our work cut out for us.

“It’s pretty awesome being out here. If things don’t go well the next match, I’m not sure how awesome I’m going to feel. It’s a great feeling to get here. We have great kids.”

Pennridge trailed Erie Cathedral Prep 10-9 after four bouts but won eight of the final nine for a 48-13 victory.

Anthony Granite trailed 8-0 in the 139-pound bout before storming back to get a pin in 4:34. Sam Kuhns’ takedown midway through the third period gave him a 6-4 win at 152.

The Ramblers led 13-12 after Robert Martucci’s 3-2 win at 160, but the Rams rolled after that starting with Talan Hogan’s pin in 2:22 at 170.

Pennridge faces District 3 third seed Wilson-West Lawn, which knocked off District 7 champion Connellsville 30-29, in Friday’s quarterfinals.

PIAA Team Wrestling Championships

Thursday at Hershey’s Giant Center

CLASS 3A FIRST ROUND

Bethlehem Catholic 37, Central Dauphin 18

127: Ryder Campbell (BC) dec. Luke Hitchcock, 5-3

133: Clayton Ferree (CD) dec. Mason Thomas, 4-0

139: William Flanagan (CD) dec. Marco Frinzi, 2-1

145: Shane McFillin (BC) dec. Gavin Reynolds, 6-0

152: Kollin Rath (BC) pinned Isak Patti, 2:44

160: Charlie Scanlan (BC) dec. Mason Wydra, 8-2

172: Ryan Garvick (CD) pinned Grady Miletics, 1:12

189: Dario Cruz (BC) dec. Cole Ramberger, 4-1

215: James DeLuise (BC) maj. dec. Anthony Neuhard, 10-1

285: Jacob Lance (BC) dec. Gabe Lara, 5-0

107: Thunder Beard (CD) pinned Louden Hower, 0:31

114: Reef Dillard (BC) pinned Francis Perri, 3:53

121: Keanu Dillard (BC) pinned Pierce Lemmings, 0:43

Easton 44, West Scranton 17

127: Tyson Cook (WS) pinned Ben Riehl, 1:32

133: Jason Williams (WS) dec. Chris Kelly, 5-4*

139: Ben Fanelli (E) maj. dec. Mark Hubshman, 14-6

145: Michael Turi (WS) tech. fall Jaron Trimmer, 15-0, 2:36

152: Quentin Hammerstone (E) pinned Angel Olavarria, 4:49

160: James Geiger (E) pinned Mason Bennett, 0:24

172: Colby Celuck (WS) dec. Justin Cosover, 3-1

189: Shae Linegar (E) pinned Nick Fuchylo, 1:58

215: Kurtis Crossman (E) pinned Evis Aquino Perez, 0:25

285: Ladearus Conyers (E) dec. David Lara, 1-0

107: Noah Fenner (E) tech. fall Santino Aniska, 16-0 in 3:43

114: Nick Salamone (E) maj. dec. Connor Lagier, 14-2

121: Ethan Krazer (E) tech. fall Landon Hirschler, 15-0, 4:30

*Easton lost a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct

Pennridge 48, Erie Cathedral Prep 13

127: Quinn McBride (P) dec. Keagan Oler, 6-5

133: Andrew Gammon (ECP) pinned Danny Metzler, 0:33

139: Anthony Grantie (P) pinned Trevor Bruno, 4:34

145: Gabe Dorman (ECP) maj. dec. Brady McMahon, 9-1

152: Sam Kuhns (P) dec. Brandon Byrd, 6-4

160: Robert Martucci (ECP) dec. Ryan Gallagher, 3-2

172: Talan Hogan (P) pinned Jaden Crockett, 2:22

189: Ryan Rowe (P) maj. dec. Corey Kowalski, 16-5

215: Riley Cullen (P) pinned Max Spaulding, 1:02

285: Chase Washington (P) pinned Alex Hagerty, 1:03

107: Kevin McFadden (P) dec. Aiden Carter, 6-2

114: Colby Martinelli (P) pinned Will English, 1:37

121: Cole Coffin (P) tech. fall Amir Johnson, 16-0, 4:30

Morning 첥Ƶ reporter Tom Housenick can be reached at 610-820-6651 or at thousenick@mcall.com

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