Trinity bounces back from WPIAL loss, routs Selinsgrove in state tournament

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Thursday, February 8, 2024 | 10:29 PM


HERSHEY — WPIAL Class 3A runner-up Trinity won 10 of 13 matches and had eight pins in an easy 54-14 first-round win against District 4 champion Selisngrove at the PIAA team championships Thursday at the Giant Center.

The Hillers (12-1) raced out to a 21-0 lead thanks to pins by Zane Garner (127 pounds), Blake Reihner (139) and Thomas Allison (145).

They also got pins from Mickey Horne (107), Jacob Wright (114), Dominick Canali (121), Bodie Morgan (172) and Robbie Allison (215).

Key win: Trinity’s Cael Nicolella trailed 10-4 to Selinsgrove’s Ethan Miller in the first period and rallied for a 14-13 victory at 160 pounds.

Coach’s thoughts: “I thought we came out a little nervous at the beginning and then we settled in,” Trinity coach Ron Tarquinio said. “It’s exciting to get a win here. It’s a testament to the guys for bouncing back from the WPIAL finals.”

Up next: Trinity will face District 11 champion Bethlehem Catholic (13-1) in the quarterfinals at 2 p.m. Friday. Bethlehem Catholic defeated Central Dauphin, 37-18.

TRINITY 54, SELINSGROVE 14

127: Zane Garner (T) p. Alex Kadryna, 3:08.

133: Devin Junko (T) d. Nathan Martin, 4-2.

139: Blake Reihner (T) p. Ryan Hapster, 1:02.

145: Thomas Allison (T) p. Trent Turner. 3:30.

152: Landyn Turner (S) d. Jackson Bruckner, 4-2.

160: Cael Nicolella (T) d. Ethan Miller, 14-13.

172: Boden Morgan (T) p. Luke Smith, 1:26.

189: Tucker Teats (S) p. Adam Watson, :40.

215: Robbie Allison (T) p. Jarod Bullington, 5:01.

285: Jack Peters (S) t.f. Nickolas McAdams, 15-0 (3:45).

107: Mickey Horne (T) p. Martin Wilson, 1:12.

114: Jacob Wright (T) p. Anthony Snokk, 3:05.

121: Dominick Canali (T) p. Mike Zettlemoyer, 1:21.

Records: T 12-1, S 10-4.

Paul Schofield is a TribLive reporter covering high school and college sports and local golf. He joined the Trib in 1995 after spending 15 years at the Daily Courier in Connellsville, where he served as sports editor for 14 years. He can be reached at pschofield@triblive.com.

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