Boykin, Wood reach semifinals

Boyertown's Jordan Wood (top) battles Kiski Area's Tyler Worthing in a Class AAA 220-pound quarterfinal. Wood won by a technical fall. BRADLEY C. BOWER / For The Inquirer
Boyertown's Jordan Wood (top) battles Kiski Area's Tyler Worthing in a Class AAA 220-pound quarterfinal. Wood won by a technical fall. BRADLEY C. BOWER / For The Inquirer
Posted: March 09, 2014

HERSHEY, Pa. - The Mike Boykin-Jordan Wood rivalry might feature a new chapter on Saturday.

Boykin, of Coatesville, and Wood, of Boyertown, each have enjoyed two big wins in the early rounds of the PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament and berths in the 220-pound semifinals at the Giant Center.

They might meet again in Saturday's finals.

Boykin, a senior, knocked off Wood, a sophomore, in the Southeast Region tournament last weekend, avenging a one-point loss to Wood in the regional final last season.

Boykin took a 13-3 major decision in the preliminary round before pinning Greater Latrobe's Dylan Davis in 1 minute, 41 seconds Friday in the quarterfinals.

"I'm confident right now, but I'm not overly confident," Boykin said. "It doesn't matter who I go up against. I'm just going to keep wrestling the way I wrestle.

"This is my last year wrestling in high school to [win a state title]," Boykin said. "That's the goal, and I'm really focused."

Wood has stomped through the state tournament, notching a major decision in a preliminary match and an 18-1 technical fall in a quarterfinal against Kiski sophomore Tyler Worthing.

Wood said the loss to Boykin in the championship bout last weekend has become a key factor toward his quest for the state title.

"It's a major drive," Wood said. "Coming in here, I was No. 2 in the bracket, and just like last year I'm expected to get second place and I don't like that. I want to push past that."

"But I'm going to take each step one at a time. I'm not looking at Boykin yet. I'm looking at the semifinals."

Boykin is set to face Solanco junior Bo Spiller in the semifinals, and Wood will wrestle Bethlehem Liberty senior Jake Gunning in the other semi. The potential rematch between the two in the 220 final Saturday night will be one to look for as the tournament enters its third day.

Also Friday:

The gold-medal quest for senior Richie Cerebe, Calvary Christian's lone wrestler, ended when Cerebe was pinned in 4:54 by Southern Columbia's Blake Marks in a Class AA semifinal at 152.

Cerebe jumped out to an early 8-3 lead over Marks and held a four-point advantage until Marks pulled off an impressive move from the bottom to pin Cerebe in the third period.

Central Bucks East senior Francesco Fabozzi (39-1) took a 6-0 decision in his Class AAA quarterfinal at 145 pounds to set up a semifinal bout against Father Judge senior Joe Galasso (25-0), who advanced with a 5-3 decision.

Owen J. Roberts' Derek Gulotta (113), Pennridge's Scott Parker (120), Norristown's Mike Springer (152), and Pottsgrove's Pat Finn (220) also scored quarterfinal wins.

CLASS AAA QUARTERFINALS

106: Dan Moran, Northampton dec. Kordell Rush, Pennridge, 3-1; Connor Sheehan, Solanco dec. Riley Palmer, Council Rock South, 6-4; Brett Kulp, Exeter dec. Jakob Campbell, Boyertown, 5-2; Devin Brown, Franklin Regional dec. Luke Werner, Bethlehem Liberty, 7-1.

113: Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional tech. fall Jacob Lizak, Parkland, 19-4, 5:03; TyShawn White, Central Dauphin dec. Ryan Hayes, Spring-Ford, 6-4; Joe Wheeling, General McLane dec. Luke Landefeld, North Allegheny, 6-4, (OT); Derek Gulotta, Owen J. Roberts pin Chris Thompson, Philipsburg-Osceola, 3:47.

120: Luke Pletcher, Latrobe maj. dec. Zack Clingan, Spring Grove, 12-2; Tyrone Klump, Nazareth maj. dec. Owen Wherley, South Western, 8-0; Scott Parker, Pennridge tech fall. Roshaun Cooley, Williamsport, 17-2, 5:38; Ethan Lizak, Parkland maj. dec. Chandler Olson, Shippensburg, 12-3.

126: Zach Valley, Northampton maj. dec. Shae Bloom, BuBois, 10-0; Sam Krivus, Hempfield (Dist. 7) dec. Rodney Sunday, Dallastown, 3-1; Dalton Macri, Canon-McMillan tech. fall D.J. Fehlman, Warren, 26-11, 5:45; Austin Headlee, Waynesburg maj. dec. John Ritter, Bethlehem Liberty, 9-1.

132: Matthew Grossmann, Manheim Township dec. Jalen Palmer, Delaware Valley, 4-2; Chase Zemanak, Nazareth dec. Tyler Smith, Franklin Regional, 3-0; Cameron Coy, Penn-Trafford dec. Tommy Stokes, Bensalem, 3-0; Tyler Buckiso, Peters Township dec. Zach Elvin, Central Dauphin, 1-0.

138: Vincenzo Joseph, Pittsburgh Central Catholic pin Demetri D'Orsaneo, Owen J. Roberts, 5:11; Patrick Duggan, Cumberland Valley dec. Kaleb Young, Punxsutawney, 5-3 OT; Michael Kemerer, Franklin Regional dec. Hayden Hidlay, Mifflin County, 7-4; Colby Ems, East Stroudsburg South dec. Cortlandt Schuyler, Manheim Township, 8-3.

145: Francesco Fabozzi, Central Bucks East dec. Michael Hartman, Spring Grove, 6-0; Joe Galasso, Father Judge dec. Josh Maruca, Franklin Regional, 5-3; Solomon Chishko, Canon-McMillan maj. dec. Demetri Probst, Central Mountain, 17-6; Max Good, Cedar Cliff dec. Jarod Verkleeren, Belle Vernon, 1-0.

152: T.C. Warner, Cumberland Valley pin Paul Dunn, Bethel Park, 2:47; David Hollingshead, Altoona dec. Jake Shaffer, Latrobe, 3-0; Michael Springer, Norristown dec. Mason Bentzel, Spring Grove, 5-2; Josh Shields, Franklin Regional maj. dec. Josh Ortman, Parkland, 13-2.

160: Ehrin Lee, Titusville dec. Bobby Fehr, Northampton, 3-2 (TB); Ian Shannon, Carlisle dec. Austin Bell, Belle Vernon, 5-4; Garrett Peppelman, Central Dauphin tech. fall Chad Reese, Central Mountain, 19-4, 4:37; Jonathan Avon, North Hills dec. Matt Carr, Abington Heights, 3-2.

170: Kyle Coniker, Pittsburgh Central Catholic dec. Rashon Lusane, Norristown, 4-2; Cody Seibert, Big Spring dec. John Dambro, Garnet Valley, 6-1; Noah Wilps, Chartiers Valley dec. John Jakobsen, Stroudsburg, 5-2; Chance Marsteller, Kennard Dale tech. fall Gabe Hale, Downingtown West, 19-3, 4:47.

182: Alex Price, North Penn dec. Kyle Koser, No. York, 7-3; Kellan Stout, Mt. Lebanon dec. John Shorter, Manheim Twp., 5-2; Zack Zavatsky, Latrobe maj. dec. Josh Colello, Cedar Cliff, 14-4; Casey Glunt, James Buchanan dec. Clay Byerly, N. Allegheny, 2-1 (TB).

195: Jan Johnson, Governor Mifflin dec. Tom Sleigh, DuBois, 4-3; Andrew Phipps, Norwin dec. Jordan Wertz, Boyertown, 3-1; Nezar Haddad, Parkland dec. Dylan Herb, Shippensburg, 5-3; Jovon Reyes, Dieruff dec. Cole Macek, Montour, 3-2.

220: Bo Spiller, Solanco pinned Dwayne Pepper, Shikellamy, 2:29; Michael Boykin, Coatesville pinned Dylan Davis, Latrobe, 1:41; Jake Gunning, Bethlehem Liberty dec. Hunter Hatlee, Wilson, 8-4; Jordan Wood, Boyertown tech. fall Tyler Worthing, Kiski Area, 18-1, 4:40.

285: Shane Kuhn, Kiski Area dec. Tracey Green, Methacton, 1-0; Thomas Haines, Solanco maj. dec. Brandon Lance, Nazareth, 9-1; Pat Finn, Pottsgrove dec. Scot Augustine, Erie McDowell, 3-1; Ryan Monk, Dallas dec. Zeynul Zaynullayev, 5-4.

CLASS AAA SECOND-ROUND CONSOLATIONS

Matches involving District 1 and 12 wrestlers only.

106: Gage Curry, North Hills dec. Jakob Campbell, Boyertown, 7-1; Riley Palmer, Council Rock South maj. dec. Cole Manley, Altoona, 11-0; Kordell Rush, Pennridge dec. Carmine Ciotti, Erie Strong Vincent, 4-1.

113: Dustin Steffenino, Upper Perkiomen dec. Chris Thompson, Philipsburg-Osceola, 5-4; Ryan Hayes, Spring-Ford dec. Travis Smith, Nazareth, 7-1.

120: Jimmy Hoffman, Hazleton dec. Chandler Olson, Shippensburg, 2-1; Michael Marino, Garnet Valley dec. Zack Clingan, Spring Grove, 12-6.

126: Dan Martoccio, Council Rock South dec. John Ritter, Bethlehem Liberty, 3-2; D.J. Fehlman, Warren dec. Kolton Veit, Souderton, 8-7; Ben Ross, Pennridge dec. Shae Bloom, DuBois, 6-2.

132: Zach Elvin, Central Dauphin dec. Eddie Kriczky, Boyertown, 5-0; Tommy Stokes, Bensalem dec. Alex Wolfe, Cumberland Valley, 2-1; Jalen Palmer, Delaware Valley dec. Bryant Wise, Pottstown, 11-4.

138: Cortlandt Schuyler, Manheim Township pin Greg Konieczny, La Salle, 1:49; Demetri D'Orsaneo, Owen J. Roberts dec. Mike Kauffman, State College, 5-0.

145: Josh Maruca, Franklin Regional maj. dec. Shane Ruhnke, Great Valley, 15-3; Michael Hartman, Spring Grove maj. dec. Dominick Petrucelli, Owen J. Roberts, 8-0.

152: Mason Bentzel, Spring Grove dec. Jeffery Reimel, North Penn, 3-1 (OT).

160: Matt Carr, Abington Heights dec. Nick Giangiulio, Perkiomen Valley, 6-0; Chad Reese, Central Mountain dec. Gregg Harvey, Boyertown, 5-1; Bobby Fehr, Northampton dec. Kyle Gentile, Pennridge, 5-2.

170: Ben Swarr, Garden Spot dec. Gabe Hale, Downingtown West, 9-3; Idris White, Father Judge dec. John Jakobsen, Stroudsburg, 5-1 (OT); John Dambro, Garnet Valley dec. Calvin O'Farrell, Chambersburg, 10-6; Connor Martinez, Dallas dec. Rashon Lusane, Norristown, 1-0.

182: Kyle Koser, Northern York dec. Caleb Edwards, Avon Grove, 7-5.

195: Jordan Wertz, Boyertown dec. Karon Lucas-Tillery, Penn Wood, 1-0.

220: Antonio Pelusi, La Salle dec. Hunter Hatlee, Wilson, 3-2 (UTB).

285: Zeynul Zaynullayev, Mt. Lebanon dec. Joe Hansbury, Archbishop Ryan, 4-3; Scot Augustine, Erie McDowell dec. Sean Snodgrass, Downingtown East, 3-1 (OT); Tracey Green, Methacton dec. Andrew Brown, Harrisburg, 1-0.

CLASS AA QUARTERFINALS

152: Steve Edwards, Burrell dec. Brad Malinowski, Fort LeBoeuf, 10-6; Cole Walter, Mifflinburg dec. Robert Boozer, Cochranton, 5-0; Blake Marks, Southern Columbia dec. Brodie Zacherl, Brookville, 8-2; Richie Cerebe, Calvary Christian dec. Andrew Doak, Blairsville, 3-1.

CLASS AA SEMIFINALS

152: Blake Marks, Southern Columbia, pin Richie Cerebe, Calvary Christian, 4:54.

CLASS AA FOURTH-ROUND CONSOLATIONS

152: Grant Fetchet, South Fayette, dec. Richie Cerebe, Calvary Christian, 1-0

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