PIAA Wrestling: Class 3-A FINAL Results

By: HSSN Staff
Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 11:28 PM

The expectation coming in to the Giant Center in Hershey was for the world to see history. But the history the crowd seen was certainly unexpected. At 126, Spencer Lee of Franklin Regional was looking to become the 13th wrestler in PIAA history to win four state championships. In his way was undefeated South Central champion Austin DeSanto of Exeter Township. The two battled for much of the match with DeSanto scoring last, a takedown just as the buzzer sounded to defeat Lee and shock the world, 6-5. Lee, who was wrestling with a knee brace, gave word to the media after his match that he had been wrestling all postseason with a complete tear of his ACL.

With Lee’s loss, he became the 44th three time PIAA champion. The 45th wasn’t far behind. Cameron Coy of Penn Trafford won his third state title with a win over Carter Starocci of Cathedral Prep 5-2. Coy picked up two takedowns en route to claiming his third gold medal.

There were a pair of all WPIAL finals going for state gold. The first was at 113, where Sam Hillegas of North Hills and Louis Newell of Seneca Valley wrestled for the third week in a row. Hillegas grabbed two takedowns, the second coming late in the third period, to beat Newell for the third straight week, this time 5-2, to cap his freshman campaign undefeated and as a state champion. The other all WPIAL final was at 285, where Brendan Furman of Canon McMillan met Isaac Reid of Kiski Area for the sixth time this season. Furman dominated on his feet, also grabbing two takedowns, in his 5-3 win to end the season as a state champion.

Two additional wrestlers added gold medals from the WPIAL. One was Jake Woodley of North Allegheny at 195, who beat Ethan Laird of General McLane 3-1. The win gave Woodley his second state title. The other was Jarod Verkleeren of Hempfield at 145. Verkleeren poured on the points to win by major decision 16-5 over Brock Port of Bellefonte.

For a full recap of the AAA PIAA Championships, listen in to Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, Monday night at 7:00 PM, on the MSA Sports Network. We will be joined by Sam Hillegas of North Hills, Jarod Verkleeren of Hempfield, Cameron Coy of Penn Trafford, Jake Woodley of North Allegheny, and Brendan Furman of Canon McMillan.

Medal Round Results:

1st – Doug Zapf (Downingtown West) dec. Ryan Sullivan (Shaler) 5-2
3rd – Darren Miller (Kiski Area) dec. Andrew Cerniglia (Nazareth) 2-0
5th – Frankie Bonura (Moon) dec. Luke Lucerne (Council Rock North) 2-1
7th – Kurtis Phipps (Norwin) dec. Christian Fisher (Mifflin County) 6-0

1st – Sam Hillegas (North Hills) dec. Louis Newell (Seneca Valley) 5-2
3rd – Ed Scott (DuBois) dec. Sean Pierson (Nazareth) 8-4
5th – Matt Wilde (Boyertown) dec. Cameron Enriquez (Stroudsburg) 6-4
7th – Kenny Herrmann (Bethlehem Catholic) dec. Jacob Dunlop (Belle Vernon) 2-0

1st – Julian Chlebove (Northampton) maj. dec. Luke Werner (Liberty) 13-3
3rd – Matt Parker (Pennridge) dec. Chris Wright (Central Dauphin) 4-3
5th – Logan Macri (Canon McMillan) dec. Zurich Storm (New Oxford) 6-4
7th – Zach Glenn (Bethlehem Catholic) dec. Vincent Distefanis (Hempfield) 1-0

1st – Austin DeSanto (Exeter Township) dec. Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional) 6-5
3rd – Ryan Anderson (Bethlehem Catholic) dec. Jakob Campbell (Boyertown) 5-2
5th – Chandler Olson (Shippensburg) dec. Noah Levett (Kiski Area) 8-1
7th – Matt Marino (Garnet Valley) fall Patrick Gould (ES South) 2:48

1st – Zack Trampe (Council Rock South) dec. Jimmy Hoffman (Hazelton) 4-2
3rd – KJ Fenstermacher (Northampton) dec. Jared Papcsy (Bethlehem Catholic) 4-2
5th – Cole Manley (Altoona) dec. Andrew Wert (Central Dauphin) 2-1
7th – Leno Ciotti (McDowell) dec. Wyatt Long (Cumberland Valley) 4-2 OT

1st – Sammy Sasso (Nazareth) maj. dec. Daniel Moran (Northampton) 8-0
3rd – Colin Cronin (Upper Darby) maj. dec. Zach Ortman (Parkland) 10-2
5th – Seth Koleno (Bald Eagle Area) dec. Luke Kemerer (Hempfield) 8-6 2OT
7th – Eric Hutchinson (Conestoga) dec. Nick Acuna (Moon) 2-1 2OT

1st – Jarod Verkleeren (Hempfield) maj. dec. Brock Port (Bellefonte) 16-5
3rd – Brock Wilson (Nazareth) fall Jake Hinkson (North Allegheny) 5:24 OT
5th – William Evanitsky (Scranton) dec. Tucker Brough (Big Spring) 5-3
7th – Gage McClenahan (Bald Eagle Area) inj. def. Ryan Stocku (Penncrest) 0:00

1st – Cameron Coy (Penn Trafford) dec. Carter Starocci (Cathedral Prep) 5-2
3rd – Gerrit Nijenhuis (Canon McMillan) dec. Chase Stephens (Coatesville) 4-1
5th – Brock Godzin (Belle Vernon) dec. Colin Shannon (North Penn) 8-5
7th – Brayden Wills (Mechanicsburg) dec. Owen Watkins (General McLane) 2-1

1st – Trent Hidlay (Mifflin County) dec. Josh Stillings (Pennridge) 5-3
3rd – Eric Hong (North Allegheny) dec. Jonah Barley (Penn Manor) 3-2
5th – Ryan Resnick (Owen J. Roberts) dec. Luke Nichter (Chambersburg) 8-3
7th – Jason Montgomery (Bethel Park) dec. Cade Wilson (Nazareth) 4-2

1st – Michael Labriola (Bethlehem Catholic) maj. dec. Luke McGonigal (Clearfield) 17-9
3rd – Tim Wallace (Albert Gallatin) dec. Tyler Bagoly (Exeter Township) 5-1
5th – Tommy O’Brien (Wilson) dec. Alec Shaw (Greensburg Salem) 7-3
7th – Cade Moisey (Northampton) dec. Luigi Yates (Cathedral Prep) 5-3

1st – Travis Stefanick (Nazareth) dec. Nino Bonaccorsi (Bethel Park) 4-3
3rd – Cole Urbas (State College) dec. Drew Peck (Chambersburg) 4-0
5th – Elijah Jones (Boyertown) fall Matt McGillick (Penn Trafford) 5:55 OT
7th – Jake Paulson (McDowell) dec. Collin Stevens (Central Bucks East) 7-4

1st – Jake Woodley (North Allegheny) dec. Ethan Laird (General McLane) 3-1
3rd – Colin McCracken (Waynesburg) dec. Jake Koser (Northern York) 2-0 OT
5th – Miles Lee (South Philadelphia) dec. Nick Duliakas (Owen J. Roberts) 6-3
7th – Eli Grape (Upper St. Clair) dec. Ben Fromm (Cocalico) 9-4

1st – Brian Kennerly (Upper Darby) dec. Ian Edenfield (Laurel Highlands) 3-2 2OT
3rd – Joe Doyle (Council Rock South) fall Billy Korber (Belle Vernon) 2:48
5th – Francis Duggan (Cedar Cliff) fall Ron D’Amico (Shaler) 0:35
7th – Bryce Shields (Dallastown) fall Greg Bensley (PM West) 4:48

1st – Brendan Furman (Canon McMillan) dec. Isaac Reid (Kiski Area) 5-3
3rd – Roman Macek (Montour) dec. Gerald Brown (West Mifflin) 3-1 OT
5th – Niko Camacho (Bethlehem Catholic) dec. Vincenzo Pelusi (LaSalle) 3-1 OT
7th – Kawaun DeBoe (Cathedral Prep) dec. Erech Noecker (Blue Mountain) 3-2

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