Galasso wins state first-rounder

Father Judge's Joe Galasso gets the upper hand on Jersey Shore's Hadyn Swortwood on the way to a 22-7 victory. Galasso improved to 24-0.
Father Judge's Joe Galasso gets the upper hand on Jersey Shore's Hadyn Swortwood on the way to a 22-7 victory. Galasso improved to 24-0. (BRADLEY C. BOWER / For The Inquirer)
Posted: March 08, 2014

Joe Galasso's quest for a second state wrestling title began without a hitch Thursday.

The unbeaten senior from Father Judge racked up a dominating win in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey.

Galasso, 24-0 and wrestling at 145 pounds, scored a technical-fall victory over Hadyn Swortwood of Jersey Shore. Galasso prevailed, 22-7, in 4 minutes, 40 seconds.

Central Bucks East's Francesco Fabozzi remained on track for a possible meeting with Galasso in the semifinals by dispatching Nathan Cheek of Wyoming Valley West, 11-6.

106. Pennridge's Kordell Rush blanked William Kaldes of Cumberland Valley, 5-0. Riley Palmer of Council Rock South won a 6-3 decision over Charlie Lenox of Erie McDowell. Boyertown's Jakob Campbell pulled out a 1-0 decision over Nazareth's Tyson Klump.

113. Spring-Ford's Ryan Hayes won by technical fall, 19-3, over Damian Huff of Hollidaysburg. Derek Gulotta of Owen J. Roberts beat Doug Gudenburr of Ringgold, 5-0.

120. Scott Parker pinned Middletown's Zach Ulerick in 4:37.

132. Tommy Stokes of Bensalem won by decision against Joel Bowers of Punxsutawney, 5-3. Boyertown's Eddie Kriczky and Pottstown's Bryant Wise lost first-round decisions.

152. Norristown's Michael Springer rolled into the quarterfinals with a 9-3 decision over Tyler Tarasi of Nazareth. Pottsgrove's Nico Demetrio and North Penn's Jeffrey Reimel lost tight decisions.

160. Nick Giangiulio of Perkiomen Valley, Boyertown's Matt Carr, and Pennridge's Kyle Gentile dropped their first-round matches.

170. John Dambro of Garnet Valley emphatically advanced to the quarterfinals by pinning Central Mountain's Gavin Caprio in 5:39. Rashon Lusane of Norristown took out Trent Zdarko of Oil City, 2-0.

182. North Penn's Alex Price waltzed into the quarterfinals with a 7-0 victory over Jared Wehrmann of Wallenpaupack.

195. Jordan Wertz of Boyertown went to a tie-breaker to defeat Cedar Crest's Adam Gilson, 2-1.

220. Mike Boykin of Coatesville and Jordan Wood of Boyertown marched on with wins by major decision.

285. Pat Finn of Pottsgrove and Tracey Green of Methacton won decisions.

Class AA First Round

Calvary Christian's Richie Cerebe easily moved into the quarterfinals at 152 by rolling past Nolan Wise of Highlands, 9-0.

The Results

Class AAA First Round

Matches involving District 1 and 12 wrestlers only.

106: Kordell Rush, Pennridge dec. William Kaldes, Cumberland Valley, 5-0; Riley Palmer, Council Rock South dec. Charlie Lenox, Erie McDowell, 6-3; Jakob Campbell, Boyertown dec. Tyson Klump, Nazareth, 1-0.

113: Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional tech. fall Dustin Steffenino, Upper Perkiomen, 16-1, 2:19; Ryan Hayes, Spring-Ford, tech. fall Damian Huff, Hollidaysburg, 19-3, 5:21; Derek Gulotta, Owen J. Roberts dec. Doug Gudenburr, Ringgold, 5-0.

120: Tyrone Klump, Nazareth dec. Wade Cummings, Downingtown East, 3-2 (ride); Scott Parker, Pennridge pin Zach Ulerick, Middletown, 4:37; Chandler Olson, Shippensburg dec. Michael Marino, Garnet Valley, 4-3.

126: Shae Bloom, BuBois dec. Dan Martoccio, Council Rock South 2-1; Sam Krivus, Hempfield (Dist. 7) dec. Kolton Veit, Souderton, 3-0; Austin Headlee, Waynesburg dec. Ben Ross, Pennridge, 8-3.

132: Jalen Palmer, Delaware Valley dec. Eddie Kriczky, Boyertown, 3-0; Tommy Stokes, Bensalem dec. Joel Bowers, Punxsutawney, 5-3; Zach Elvin, Central Dauphin maj. dec. Bryant Wise, Pottstown, 11-1.

138: Demetri D'Orsaneo, Owen J. Roberts dec. Greg Konieczny, La Salle, 5-0; Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional dec. Brad Patton, West Chester Henderson, 7-3; Colby Ems, East Stroudsburg South maj. dec. Evan Wilson, Central Bucks East, 13-5.

145: Francesco Fabozzi, Central Bucks East dec. Nathan Cheek, Wyoming Valley West, 11-6; Joe Galasso, Father Judge tech. fall Hadyn Swortwood, Jersey Shore, 22-7, 4:40; Demetri Probst, Central Mountain dec. Shane Ruhnke, Great Valley, 5-2; Max Good, Cedar Cliff dec. Dominick Petrucelli, Owen J. Roberts, 6-0.

152: Jake Shaffer, Latrobe dec. Jeffery Reimel, North Penn, 6-5; Michael Springer, Norristown dec. Tyler Tarasi, Nazareth, 9-3; Josh Ortman, Parkland dec. Nico Demetrio, Pottsgrove, 2-1.

160: Ehrin Lee, Titusville dec. Nick Giangiulio, Perkiomen Valley, 6-4; Ian Shannon, Carlisle dec. Gregg Harvey, Boyertown, 3-2; Matt Carr, Abington Heights dec. Kyle Gentile, Pennridge, 7-3.

170: Rashon Lusane, Norristown dec. Trent Zdarko, Oil City, 2-0; John Dambro, Garnet Valley pin Gavin Caprio, Central Mountain, 5:39; Cody Seibert, Big Spring dec. Idris White, Father Judge, 7-6; Gabe Hale, Downingtown West dec. Devin Fallenstein, Ringgold, 6-4.

182: Alex Price, North Penn dec. Jared Wehrmann, Wallenpaupack, 7-0; Zack Zavatsky, Latrobe maj. dec. Kody Lupfer, Neshaminy, 16-4; Clay Byerly, North Allegheny dec. Caleb Edwards, Avon Grove, 6-4.

195: Tom Sleigh, DuBois tech. fall Wesley McGuire, Coatesville, 15-0, 5:11; Jordan Wertz, Boyertown dec. Adam Gilson, Cedar Crest, 2-1 (TB); Dylan Herb, Shippensburg dec. Karon Lucas-Tillery, Penn Wood, 5-4.

220: Bo Spiller, Solanco dec. Marc Isaac, William Tennent, 12-8; Mike Boykin, Coatesville maj. dec. Lucas Chestnut, Mechanicsburg, 12-4; Dylan Davis, Latrobe dec. Antonio Pelusi, La Salle, 3-2 (UTB); Jordan Wood, Boyertown maj. dec. David Wuestner, Lower Dauphin, 13-3.

285: Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area maj. dec. Joe Hansbury, Archbishop Ryan, 12-2; Tracey Green, Methacton dec. Jackson Stanford, Cumberland Valley, 5-2; Thomas Haines, Solanco dec. Sean Snodgrass, Downingtown East, 8-2; Pat Finn, Pottsgrove dec. Joey Goodhart, Hempfield (Dist. 3), 6-2.

Class AAA First-Round Consolations

Matches involving District 1 and 12 wrestlers only.

113: Dustin Steffenino, Upper Perkiomen dec. Dylan Chatterton, Central York, 3-0.

120: Jake Gromacki, Erie Cathedral Prep dec. Wade Cummings, Downingtown East, 6-2; Michael Marino, Garnet Valley maj. dec. Kevin Kinyua, Mt. Lebanon, 15-2.

126: Dan Martoccio, Council Rock South dec. Garrett Kyner, Chambersburg, 5-1; Kolton Veit, Souderton dec. Noah Cline, Clearfield, 5-1; Ben Ross, Pennridge dec. Tristan Watts, Exeter, 5-1.

132: Eddie Kriczky, Boyertown dec. Trevor Corl, Bellefonte, 4-1; Bryant Wise, Pottstown maj. dec. Todd Hetrick, Northampton, 13-3.

138: Greg Konieczny, La Salle dec. David Rump, Chambersburg, 6-1; Wesley Hoover, Dallastown dec. Brad Patton, West Chester Henderson, 4-2; Mike Kauffman, State College dec. Evan Wilson, Central Bucks East, 3-2.

145: Shane Ruhnke, Great Valley dec. Ethan Stever, Exeter, 6-4 OT; Dominick Petrucelli, Owen J. Roberts won by forfeit.

152: Jeffery Reimel, North Penn pin Jake Colello, Cedar Cliff, 1:33; Will Finkey, Garden Spot pin Nico Demetrio, Pottsgrove, 4:48.

160: Nick Giangiulio, Perkiomen Valley dec. Jack Habowski, Lampeter Strasburg, 3-0; Gregg Harvey, Boyertown dec. Ethan Laird, General McLane, 6-4; Kyle Gentile, Pennridge dec. Jared Siegrist, Manheim Central, 7-2.

170: Idris White, Father Judge dec. Gavin Caprio, Central Mountain, 7-3.

182: Dennis Rivas, Allentown Dieruff dec. Kody Lupfer, Neshaminy, 8-3; Caleb Edwards, Avon Grove maj. dec. Trey Hartsock, Mifflin County, 9-1.

195: Zach Smith, North Allegheny maj. dec. Wesley McGuire, Coatesville, 11-0; Karon Lucas-Tillery, Penn Wood dec. Tim Pearce, Mifflin County, 4-2.

220: Omar Haddad, Parkland dec. Marc Isaac, William Tennent, 7-2; Antonio Pelusi, La Salle dec. Lucas Chestnut, Mechanicsburg, 3-1 OT.

285: Joe Hansbury, Archbishop Ryan dec. Jackson Stanford, Cumberland Valley, 6-1; Sean Snodgrass, Downingtown East pin Joshua Fye, Bald Eagle Area, 2:40.

Class AA First Round

152: Steve Edwards, Burrell dec. Kyle Wanner, Pequea Valley, 15-5; Brad Malinowski, Fort LeBoeuf dec. Vinny Vonelli, Pius X, 3-1; Robert Boozer, Cochranton pin Ryan Ramich, Schuylkill Valley, 1:29; Cole Walter, Mifflinburg dec. Taylor Cahill, Conemaugh Township, 5-0; Brodie Zacherl, Brookville tech. fall Anthony Snyder, Tri-Valley, 17-2, 5:35; Blake Marks, Southern Columbia dec. Grant Fetchet, South Fayette, 7-2; Andrew Doak, Blairsville dec. Dominic Vitale, Benton, 7-5; Richie Cerebe, Calvary Christian maj. dec. Nolan Wise, Highlands, 9-0.

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